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Since 15 May, there have been conflicting reports about Zarqawi from the Iraqi authorities and Islamic websites. These include claims that the Jordanian has been seriously wounded, that he was spirited out of Iraq for emergency surgery to remove shrapnel lodged in his chest and that a new leader of his core organisation, Qa'idat al-Jihad Bilad al-Rafidayin (Al-Qaeda Organisation for Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers), has been appointed on a temporary basis.
It is almost impossible to determine what is really happening with Zarqawi, who more than any other individual has come to embody the two-year-old insurgency in Iraq. US counterintelligence officials indicate they are now inclining towards the theory that Zarqawi has probably been seriously wounded by US forces during recent anti-insurgent sweeps in western Iraq near the Syrian border. However, Lt Col Steve Boylan, the Coalition's chief information officer, stressed on 29 May: "We have nothing to validate the reports." The suspicion lingers in many quarters that the often contradictory reports are part of a disinformation operation by Zarqawi to mask his movements and to explain his absence from Iraq.
One hypothesis is that he is seeking to widen his jihad beyond Iraq. The elusive Zarqawi has been building up a European network through his original core organisation, Jamaat al-Tawhid wa'al-Jihad (Unity and Holy War). This is primarily focused on Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Belgium, but according to European intelligence services who have interrogated some of its members over the last year or so, there have been plans to extend operations eastwards towards the Balkans and Turkey.
There are conflicting accounts of the jihadi career of Abu Musab. Abu Musab is his kuniyat (assumed name) and not the real name. al-Zarqawi means from Zarqa, which is a town in Jordan. His assumed name means father of Musab of the town Zarqa in Jordan. One does not know why he uses Musab as his kuniyat. His real name is believed to be Ahmad Fadil Al-Khalailah, which means Ahmad son of Fadil of al-Khalil, which is the name the Arabs use for the Israeli town of Hebran.His family had apparently migrated to Jordan from al-Khalil (Hebran) and he himself was born in Zarqa. He also uses the kuniyats Abu Ahmad, Abu Muhammad and Sakr Abu Suwayd.
The mystery of Zarqawi
Since 15 May, there have been conflicting reports about Zarqawi from the Iraqi authorities and Islamic websites. These include....
....My hypothesis is that he is seeking to widen his jihad beyond Iraq. The elusive Zarqawi has been building up a European network through...
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
One reason why I should not ban you for good, right now?
[edit on 13-6-2005 by Thomas Crowne]