ABDUL RAHMAN MUSTAFA AL-KADULI

The Pentagon announced heute that a senior Islamic zustand leader called Abd al Rahman Mustafa al Qaduli (also known as Hajji Iman, Abu Ali al Anbari und Abu Ala al Afri, among other aliases) has actually been killed.

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During a drücken sie conference, Secretary von Defense Ashton Carter would not say exactly how or wie man Qaduli (seen on die right) met his demise, yet he emphasized ns veteran jihadist’s prominence within the Islamic state pecking order.

Qaduli served ns organization an a variety von capacities and was involved bei its außen operations wing, according kommen sie Carter. The external operations unit ist responsible for plotting against die West. Carter did notfall know if Qaduli was involved in planning the assault top top Paris tonnage November or the attack in Brussels earlier this week, yet twice throughout the drücken sie briefing he claimed that Qaduli was generally involved in the Islamic State’s international plotting.

The US zu sein “systematically eliminating” die Islamic State’s “cabinet,” ns Defense Secretary said. However Carter also explained that while it is “necessary” to kill unterschied figures such together Qaduli, it zu sein not “sufficient” kommen sie defeat die overall organization.

Qaduli has been hunted über American authorities zum years. He was designated as a terrorist an May 2014 über the us Treasury Department, which published a quick biography on him. Qaduli join al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) an 2004, according kommen sie Treasury. He became a “deputy” and “assistant” zu AQI’s founder, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, and also served as the group’s emir zum Mosul, Iraq.

Qaduli reported kommen sie al Qaeda’s hohes level leadership (AQSL) an South Asia. He was “AQI’s representative” zu AQSL in Pakistan, according to Treasury. The “traveled bei February 2006 to pakistan on behalf des kommen sie conduct in interview, which was then to be provided to al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan.” LWJ report, Treasury room designates 2 ‘al Qaeda leaders’ in Syria.>

In may 2015, the state Department available a reward of up to $7 million for information on Qaduli’s whereabouts. Zustand explained the Qaduli had actually been imprisoned inside Iraq, but joined the Islamic state upon his release in 2012. Die Islamic State is the successor organization kommen sie AQI, i beg your pardon Qaduli originally joined.

Press reports provide some additional details concerning Qaduli’s murky career.

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According zu Hisham al Hashimi, in adviser to die Iraqi government, Qaduli traveled to Afghanistan in 1998 und joined al Qaeda at that time. Citing Hashimi in April 2015, Newsweek reported that Qaduli had temporarily changed Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as ns head des the Islamic state after Baghdadi was purportedly injured. However, this detail has notfall been publicly confirmed.

Qaduli was also supposedly an favor of reconciling ns Islamic state with al Qaeda and its official branch in Syria, Al Nusrah Front. If true, climate he undoubtedly faced stiff opposition from other hohes level Islamic zustand commanders since Baghdadi’s men ausblüten seek kommen sie undermine al Qaeda’s standing among jihadists much more than 2 years after die organizations split.

According to ns Observer, Osama bin Laden recommended the Qaduli, a former Physics teacher that became bei influential ideologue, become AQI’s chef emir in 2010. AQI’s two oberteil leaders were killed bei April des that year and Abu Bakr al Baghdadi changed them. So, if bin Laden go nominate Qaduli weil das the oberteil spot in AQI, the kopieren, gruppe did notfall follow his advice.

Like many einzelheiten about Qaduli’s past, morgen Laden’s endorsement des Qaduli has notfall been publicly verified. It zu sein possible that Qaduli’s function within AQI, as well as zu sein Laden’s desire kommen sie see er lead die group, zu sein discussed in one of the plenty of al Qaeda files recovered during ns May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, pakistan that schutz yet to be released.

Bill Roggio is a senior Fellow at die Foundation zum Defense of Democracies und the Editor of FDD"s Long zu sein Journal. Schneidbrett Joscelyn zu sein a senior Fellow at die Foundation weil das Defense of Democracies und the seniorin Editor for FDD"s Long zu sein Journal.

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It seems that we schutz gotten out von granny equipment now. The pace at which we space eliminating jihadist leadership zu sein something that should truly impact ns way they operate. We deshalb have conventional boots on the ground in the Mosul operation. If we can make considerable territorial gains against Isis, climate their interior differences wollen probably reason their disintegration.