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Nu'man Salman Mansour al-Zaidi (Arabic: نعمان سلمان منصو الزيدي‎), also known as Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman[1](Arabic: أبو سليمان الناصر‎), was the military commander or "War Minister" of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) during the Iraq War.[1]

Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman
Abu Suleiman ISIS.jpg
Native name
أبو سليمان الناصر
Born
Neaman Salman Mansour al Zaidi
DiedFebruary 24, 2011
Other namesAl-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman
Abu Ibrahim al-Ansari
Abu Ibrahim al-Zaidi
Abu Ibrahim Nu'man
Military career
AllegianceFlag of Jihad.svg Al-Qaeda (unknown–2011)
Years of serviceUnknown–2011
RankISI War Minister[1][2]
(April 2010 – February 2011)
Battles/warsIraq War

Little is known about Suleiman. He succeeded Abu Ayyub al-Masri as Minister of War for the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in April 2010, after al-Masri and ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed in an operation by US and Iraqi forces in Tikrit. Suleiman's appointment was announced in a statement in which he used the nom de guerre Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, meaning "Defender of God's Religion, Father of Suleiman".[3] He is reported to have been a detainee at Camp Bucca prison,[4] and served as the ISI's leader in Anbar Province under the nom de guerre Abu Ibrahim al-Ansari.[5]

Iraqi security forces killed Suleiman on February 24, 2011, in the city of Hīt, west of Baghdad.[1] However, ISI denied his death four days later.[6] Despite this, ISI leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISI spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani confirmed his death in August 2011.[7][8]

A report by Al Jazeera's Center for Studies, and an analysis of ISIL's leadership structure by a purported insider, also confirmed that Suleiman had in fact been killed in 2011, and that following his death, the position of "War Minister" was replaced by a military council composed of former regime military officers under the leadership of Haji Bakr.[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Iraqi forces kill al-Qaida 'war minister' in raid". The Washington Post. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Islamic State Senior Leadership: Who's Who" (PDF). Brookings Institution. 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ Bill Roggio (1 December 2010). "Al Qaeda in Iraq's security minister captured in Anbar". Long War Journal. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Photos of AQI's top 2 leaders". Long War Journal. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  5. ^ "اخبار العراق الان من السومرية نيوز". www.alsumaria.tv. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  6. ^ https://www.memri.org/jttm/isi-denies-death-its-minister-war
  7. ^ http://triceratops.brynmawr.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10066/15267/ADN20110807.pdf?sequence=1
  8. ^ Bill Roggio (28 August 2011). "Al Qaeda suicide bomber kills 28 Iraqis in attack in Baghdad mosque". The Long War Journal.
  9. ^ Hassan Abu Haniyeh. "Daesh's Organisational Structure". Al Jazeera.
  10. ^ Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi. "An Account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi & Islamic State Succession Lines".