Abu Abdul Rahman

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Abu Abdul Rahman is an Iraqi Canadian alleged to have led insurgent forces in "the most disciplined, intense attacks from insurgency forces" in the November 2006 Battle of Turki.[1]

Abu Abdul Rahman moved to Turki in 1995, after marrying a woman from the city.[2][3]

Abu Abdul Rahman began calling himself al-Iraqi and a "deputy emir" of the insurgency when he posted online stating that the Iraqi mujahideen were entering the "threshold of a new stage in this war."[1] On May 11, 2005 he stated;

The Crusader propaganda apparatus continues to lie and deny. They deny the shooting down of their helicopters, well, our videos are on the way, and when the videos are shown to the entire world, the American military commanders ought to be compelled to explain their lies.[4]

Some sources have suggested he led a "Martyrs Brigade" in Iraq, at the request of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.[5]

Rahman wrote the online statement confirming the death of Zarqawi, saying ""We herald the martyrdom of our mujahid Sheik Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and we stress that this is an honor for our nation"[6][7] leading some to speculate that he may step up as Zarqawi's successor.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Shephard, Michelle. Toronto Star, "Canadian allegedly leading insurgency", November 25, 2006
  2. Wong, Edward. New York Times, "Some Fighters in Iraq Adopt New Tactics to Battle U.S.", November 24, 2006
  3. CTV, Iraq closer to civil war as insurgents entrench. November 26, 2006
  4. Berner, Brad K. "The World According to al-Qaeda", 2005 ISBN 1-4196-1046-5
  5. Hafez, Mohammed M. "Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology" pp.54, 2007 ISBN 1-60127-004-6
  6. Burns, John. New York Times, After Long Hunt, U.S. Bombs Al Qaeda Leader in Iraq, June 9, 2006
  7. Hendawi, Hamza. Associated Press, "Zarqawi followers vow to obey successor", June 9, 2006