Abu Ghadiya

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Badran Turki Hishan al-Mazidi
(Arabic: بدران تركي هيشان المزيدي‎)
Nickname(s)Abu Ghadiya (Arabic: أبو غادية‎)
Born1976
Mosul, Iraq or Damascus, Syria
DiedNovember, 2004 (aged 25–26) or October 26, 2008 (aged 29–30)
Abu Kamal, Syria
Allegianceal-Qaeda
UnitAl-Qaeda in Iraq
Battles/warsIraqi insurgency

Abu Ghadiya (Arabic: أبو غادية‎), was an al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) militant and smuggler. The United States Treasury Department claimed his real name was Badran Turki Hishan al-Mazidi (Arabic: بدران تركي هيشان المزيدي‎) and that he was born sometime between 1977-1979 in Mosul. However, other reports claimed that Abu Ghadiya was born in Damascus in 1976 and his real name was Sulayman Khalid Darwish (Arabic: سليمان خالد درويش‎). He graduated from the Damascus University Dentistry School sometime during the 1990s, until he later went to Afghanistan and joined al-Qaeda.[1] He was primarily involved in the logistics of AQI's effort in Iraq and assisted in smuggling weapons, money and fighters across the Syria-Iraq border. The US claimed he was targeted and killed, in a cross-border raid conducted by the U.S. military and possibly the Syrian government as well on October 26, 2008.[2][3] However, the Syrian government protested the raid claiming that it killed eight civilians.[4] As well as journalists who reached the attack site reporting that claims by local people say that the victims of the raid were all innocent civilians.[5][6][7]

Role in Iraqi Insurgency[edit]

According to the United States Treasury Department, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi appointed Abu Ghadiya the lead Syrian commander for AQI's logistics in 2004. After Zarqawi's death, Ghadiya took orders from his successor, Abu Ayyub Al-Masri, either directly or through a deputy. Abu Ghadiya allegedly provided false passports, safe houses, weapons and money to militants on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border before the fighters would cross into Iraq.[8]

Death[edit]

According to the United States, Ghadiya was killed in a 2008 raid by US Special Operations inside Syrian territory.[9] However, the U.S. never produced Ghadiya's body. Contradicting American claims, an AQI obituary of the militant which was released in August 2006 stated that Abu Ghadiya had died on the Saudi-Iraqi border sometime after the US-Iraqi offensive on Fallujah in November 2004.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abu al-Ghadia to Build on al-Zarqawi’s Legacy in Iraq Jamestown Foundation
  2. ^ Sale, Richard (2008-11-21). "Killing of al-Qaida Smuggler in Syria was Joint Syrian, U.S. Effort". Middle East Times. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  3. ^ Naylor, Sean Killing Abu Ghadiya Foreign Policy. September 7, 2015
  4. ^ Syria hits out at 'terrorist' US British Broadcasting Corporation.
  5. ^ Syria 'Gave Green Light For Raid' Sky News. Archived.
  6. ^ Syrian witness reacts to US raid British Broadcasting Corporation.
  7. ^ The Murders at al-Sukariya Vanity Fair.
  8. ^ "Treasury Designates Members of Abu Ghadiyah's Network Facilitates flow of terrorists, weapons, and money from Syria to al Qaida in Iraq" (Press release). U.S. Department of Treasury. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  9. ^ Bowley, Graham (2008-10-31). "As if on Cue, Syrians Protest U.S. Incursion on Their Soil". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  10. ^ Profile: Abu Ghadiya British Broadcasting Corporation.


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