[Homestead] Another Black Hat gone in Iraq
tvoivozd at infionline.net
Wed Sep 22 13:29:07 EDT 2004
Al Sadr should have gone the same way. Pointless to talk to religious
ideologues. Now for Al Zarqawi and Osama.
Spiritual Leader of Iraqi Militant Group Has Been Killed in U.S.
Airstrike, According to Family
*By Jamal Halaby* Associated Press Writer
Published: Sep 22, 2004
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The spiritual leader of a militant group that
claimed to have beheaded two American hostages in Iraq has been killed
in a U.S. airstrike, and his Jordanian family is preparing a wake, a
newspaper and Islamic clerics said Wednesday.
Sheik Abu Anas al-Shami, 35, was killed when a missile hit the car he
was traveling in on Friday in the west Baghdad suburb of Abu-Ghraib,
said the clerics, who have close ties to the family. They spoke on
condition of anonymity.
Al-Shami was a close aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the
militant group Tawhid and Jihad. The al-Qaida-linked group is blamed for
some of the biggest attacks in Iraq, including the bombing of the U.N.
headquarters last year, and the beheadings of foreign hostages -
including two Americans this week.
Al-Zarqawi is believed to have personally decapitated the American
hostage Eugene Armstrong on Monday.
Al-Shami, a Jordanian of Palestinian descent who was also known as Omar
Yousef Jumah, was believed to be the voice on several audio tapes that
Tawhid and Jihad released via the Internet. In one such tape in August,
a speaker identified as al-Shami said the militants planned to kill
Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, soldiers and police officers.
"We will not allow you to destroy our hopes in this blessed holy war,
and we will not let you steal our bright tomorrow, which is now
appearing on the horizon," the speaker said on the tape.
The independent Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad quoted al-Shami's family on
Wednesday as confirming the death. It said the family was preparing a
wake in the east Amman suburb where al-Shami lived before he went to
Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion last year.
The pan-Arab satellite television Al-Jazeera reported al-Shami's death
earlier in the week, quoting unidentified relatives. A Jordanian
security official said he could not confirm the death.
The clerics close to the family recalled al-Shami as a calm, flexible
person of moderate ideology. They were surprised to hear he had joined
Tawhid and Jihad. When he left Jordan last year, he told friends he was
going to Saudi Arabia.
They said al-Shami was a leading member of a small Salafiyah movement in
Jordan. The movement advocates the peaceful introduction of strict
Islamic law, such as veils for women and gender segregation.
Al-Shami studied Islamic theology in Saudi Arabia and lived in Kuwait
until the Iraqi invasion of 1990, the clerics said. After further
Islamic studies in Medina, Saudi Arabia, al-Shami returned to Jordan and
preached Salafiyah theology at an Amman mosque.
In the late 1990s, the government closed down an Islamic center that
al-Shami had established in Amman on grounds that it was propagating a
fanatical interpretation of Islam, according to the clerics and Al-Ghad
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