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From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Al-Hazbar al-Nahdi
By SITE Institute
March 8, 2006

In the ninth issue of the al-Qaeda in Iraq publication, ?From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs,? the writer, Abu Ismail al-Muhagir, tells the story of Al-Hazbar al-Nahdi. Al-Nahdi, a Saudi Arabian from a financially secure family, is written to have heeded the calls of Muslim scholars to join the jihad in Iraq, despite his partial paralysis preventing the use of one leg and rendering his left hand ?semi-inoperative?. Al-Muhagir tells that al-Nahdi was often delegated the task of guarding his companion mujahideen, and he would bring a weapon light enough for him to carry and use.

A month after his arrival in Iraq, al-Muhagir notes that Al-Hazbar al-Nahdi told his fellows that he would become a ?martyr? the next day, a vision at which was scoffed. However, at the date and time al-Nahdi states he would be martyred, during an operation in which members of the group set out to burn two vehicles, a tank fired a shell, the shrapnel of which killed al-Nahdi. Al-Muhagir states: ?He is one of those who did little but were greatly rewarded".

A summary of the biography and a translation of selected excerpts.


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