Amir al-Rashid, a young Muslim man who died in Syria as he traveled to Iraq for jihad, was the subject of a biography and memorial, including pictures and a one-minute video, posted yesterday, June 1, 2006, to a password-protected jihadist forum. The ?martyr? is described as a benevolent and kind young man, less than twenty-five years old and a proprietor of three stores, who was eager to participate in the Iraq jihad after learned of the prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib jail. The author states: ?He didn?t like life and its people; he was sleepless because of what happened with the Muslims all over the world of killing and dishonoring.?
In October 2005, while traveling to Iraq through Syria, Amir al-Rashid and three of his companions were involved in a car accident as they approached the border, one killed instantly and Amir dying later in a hospital. His ?pure body? was then transferred to Riyadh and prayers were made on him at al-Rajhi Mosque.
The video features a looping series of images of Amir al-Rashid?s identification card, horseman carrying a banner of ?No God, but Allah,? and a deceased Amir laying wrapped in towels.
The video and a translation of the message are provided to our Intel Service members.