Abu Ayyub al-Masri is Dead.
Posted by Exile on May 1, 2007
An American military spokesman in Iraq identified “Abu al-Masri” as the likely successor to Abu Musab Zarqawi after Zarqawi was killed on June 7, 2006. Military officials later confirmed he was the same as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, a most-wanted terrorist in Iraq for over a year.
On Feb. 11, 2005, U.S. Central Command announced the Iraqi government had issued a warrant for his arrest, and the U.S. government initially offered a reward of $50,000 for information leading to his capture. The reward was later raised to $5 million.
He was the last remaining original member of the Mujahideen Shura Council.
He had manufactured explosives in Iraq, particularly car and truck bombs. He had also helped foreign fighters move from Syria to Baghdad, and oversaw al-Qaeda’s activities in southern Iraq.
He also arranged meetings between Zarqawi and Ansar al-Islam commander Umar Baziyani.
He had been a terrorist since 1982, when he joined Ayman al-Zawahri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
He probably came into Iraq in 2002, before Zarqawi’s arrival, and may have helped establish the first al-Qaeda cell in the Baghdad area.
He was believed to have fled Fallujah during the U.S.-led offensive into the city, Operation al-Fajr, which started on Nov. 8, 2004.
He first went to Afghanistan in 1999. He trained and lectured other militants.
He is believed to have met Zarqawi at the al-Farouk camp in Afgahnistan in 2001 or 2002.
As of June 2006, he has had recent communications with Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Shortly following Zarqawi’s death, militant web sites identified Abu Hamza al-Muhajer as the successor to Zarqawi. Military officials say the believe he is the same as Abu Ayyub al-Masri.
Al-Muhajer means ‘the immigrant’ – possibly an attempt to make a non-Iraqi more palatable to Iraqis in the insurgency.
American military officials suggested there was some uncertainty whether he could exert full control over al-Qaeda and other groups in Iraq, and have wondered if others – such as Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Iraqi or Abdullah bin Rashid – may try to assume authority.
And now he´s dead. Killed during in-fighting amongst the islamist animals in Iraq.
Great news. We didn’t have to waste ammunition on this piece of human garbage.