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From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs of al-Qaeda in Iraq, The “Knights Group” – Abu Khabbab al-Filasteeni, Abu Umar al-Masri, and Abu Suliman al-Filasteeni
By SITE Institute
January 31, 2006

The eighth issue of al-Qaeda in Iraq?s publication, ?From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs,? written by Abu Ismail al-Muhagir, tells of the ?Knights Group,? composed of three mujahideen: Abu Khabbab al-Filasteeni, Abu Umar al-Masri, and Abu Suliman al-Filasteeni. Al-Muhagir provides descriptions of great depth into Abu Khabbab and Abu Umar, tracing their activities and travels from the first jihad in Afghanistan against Communist rule, to other Middle Eastern states, and in the case of Abu Umar, to Italy, where he was arrested, and then Germany upon his release. Ultimately, each of the men made their journey to Iraq with their families, and waiting until Saddam Hussein?s regime fell, entered into jihad against Coalition and Iraqi forces.

Al-Muhagir recounts the events that ended the lives of Abu Khabbab al-Filasteeni, Abu Umar al-Masri, and Abu Suliman al-Filasteeni, describes in great detail an operation whereby Coalition forces stormed a house occupied by not only the three men and other families, but al-Muhagir, as well. He glorifies the deaths of these mujahideen, noting their unwillingness to escape the house or surrender. For example, concerning Abu Umar, al-Muhagir writes: ?after they were taken out, the Americans were surprised by the sheikh the jihad fighter, the lion Abu-Umar who came out to them from the place where he hid. He carried in his hands a 120mm mortar shell that we had prepared for this situation, replacing its original detonator with the detonator of a grenade. The hero pulled the ring out, and a terrible explosion sounded, throwing four of the criminals to hell, while he went up to a Paradise of truth by a powerful King.?

A summary fo the biography and a translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.


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