BAGHDAD, Oct 4 (KUNA) — A leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq’s Baghdad networks who was the mastermind behind some of the city’s recent bombings was killed by Coalition forces Friday.
Mahir Ahmad Mahmud Judu’ Al-Zubaydi, also known as Abu Assad or Abu Rami, was believed to be A-Qaeda “emir” of the Rusafa neighborhood of Baghdad.
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“Arabs” among 20 killed by U.S. strike in Pakistan
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Pakistani protesters shout slogans at a rally to condemn the alleged US strikes in Pakistani tribal areas.
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani villagers collected the corpses and body parts Saturday of at least 20 people, including several suspected Arab militants as well as three children, killed by a U.S. missile strike overnight.
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DUBAI, Oct 4 (Reuters) – American al Qaeda militant Adam Gadahn described Pakistan’s new leaders as U.S. puppets in a war against Islamic militants, in an Internet video posted on Saturday.
“The Pakistan Army … and the professional spreaders of lies at their service are trying to make us believe that the state of Pakistan has turned a new leaf (after U.S-allied former President Pervez Musharraf left power),” Gadahn said in the video posted on Islamist websites. “These are not the leaders Pakistan wants and deserves. They are the leaders America wants and preserves in order to reach its policy objectives, hinder the jihad against the Crusaders in Afghanistan … and ensure that nuclear-capable Pakistan remains docile, contained and sharia-free,” Gadahn said.
“Their battle has always been and remains to be America’s battle, not Pakistan’s. And this battle (against Islamic militants) is what has brought Pakistan to the verge of break-up,” said Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American.
Gadahn, born Adam Pearlman, is a California-born convert to Islam and the first American to be charged with treason since the World War Two era. He is believed to be in Pakistan.
Faced with an intensifying Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, U.S. forces in the past month have carried out missile strikes with pilotless drones and a commando raid on the Pakistani side of the border.
The raids have strained relations between the allies. The Pakistani government has protested that the attacks violated territorial sovereignty and undermined its own long term efforts to crush militancy in a country where anti-American sentiment runs high.
But Gadahn dismissed Pakistan’s protests as a “cynical public relations ploy”.
Gadahn has made a number of videotaped messages on behalf of al Qaeda. In January, he urged Islamist militants to welcome President George W. Bush with bombs when he visited the Middle East and tore up his U.S. passport on camera.
Security analysts had speculated in recent months that Gadahn may have been killed in a U.S. air strike. (Reporting by Firouz Sedarat; Editing by Giles Elgood)Â
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He exercised a degree of control over terrorist operations in other districts as well, said a Multi-National Force (MNF) statement on Saturday.
Coalition forces were led to a building in Baghdad’s Adhamiya neighborhood Friday after receiving intelligence reports indicated Abu Rami was there. Upon arriving at the building, Coalition forces surrounded it and called on the occupants to surrender.
During the callout, forces were engaged with small arms fire coming from the building. In retaliation, the Coalition forces returned fire, killing Abu Rami and a female.
“Sadly, here again is a case where the Al-Qaeda has put innocent lives in danger in order to protect themselves and shield their terrorist efforts,” said Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman.
Coalition forces evacuated several children from the building before performing a controlled detonation of unexploded ordnance inside the residence. When the house caught fire, forces called for assistance from the local fire department, and as a safety precaution, began evacuating surrounding buildings.
In his position, Abu Rami allegedly masterminded numerous car bombings. A Baghdad bombing cell in his network is assessed to be responsible for separate car bomb and suicide bomber attacks in Baghdad Oct. 2, which killed eight people and wounded more than 30 others.
Abu Rami was reportedly also responsible for multiple car bombings and mortar attacks in Sadr City in 2006 and 2007, including one car bombing on Nov 25, 2006, which killed more than 200 people.
In addition to car bombings, Abu Rami was assessed to be a planner and participant in multiple kidnappings and videotaped executions. In a video recording from June 2006, Abu Rami is seen shooting one of four Russian diplomats.
Abu Rami allegedly had ties to AQI senior leaders in Baghdad and the Northern Belt around the city. He is reportedly responsible for attacks in Baghdad, Salah ad-Din and Diyala provinces.
Originally a member of Ansar Al-Islam, Abu Rami joined AQI in 2004 and became the military “Emir” of the Rusafa district in 2007 before taking over responsibility for all terrorist operations there this year. Suspected members of the network already in custody say Abu Rami was focused on car bombings and suicide bombings and personally selected the targets. He allegedly ordered and directed a car-bombing attack May 1 that killed one American Soldier and wounded three Soldiers and three Iraqi civilians. Detainee reporting puts him at the scene of the crime.
Intelligence reports indicate that Abu Rami advocated going after civilian targets and inflicting casualties on the Iraqi population.
While the terrorist group has been marginalized by its attacks on Iraqi civilians, detainees in custody report that Baghdad’s AQI membership has been severely curbed by many men joining Sons of Iraq groups. They say AQI is unable to effectively recruit new members because of the perception the terrorist group is failing.
“Abu Rami did nothing for the people of Iraq except fill their cemeteries with innocent victims,” Admiral Driscoll said. “His removal from the AQI network will send shockwaves through Baghdad’s terrorist bombing networks. Its ability to conduct grizzly attacks against Iraqi civilians and Coalition and Iraqi forces has been severely crippled by this precision operation.” (end) hha.gta KUNA