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Ramadi-based Zarqawi lieutenant killed

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq – A senior Abu Musab al-Zarqawi lieutenant and Al Qaeda in Iraq military leader was killed during a series of Coalition raids in western Iraq Oct. 15.

Coalition forces conducted the raids on suspected terrorists operating near the town of Ramadi. The terrorists were suspected of having senior Al Qaeda in Iraq connections.

At least 12 terrorists were killed during the raids. Recently captured detainees identified one of the dead terrorists as Sa’ad Ali Firas Muntar al Dulaymi (aka Abu Abdullah).

Intelligence sources indicate that Sa’ad Ali Firas was highly regarded by many senior Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists, to include Zarqawi himself. Sa’ad Ali Firas facilitated high-level meetings in Ramadi and Fallujah, where senior-level terrorists gathered to discuss strategy and ongoing operations. Zarqawi was said to have attended some of these meetings.

Sa’ad Ali Firas quickly ascended the ranks and supposedly worked with Zarqawi’s lieutenant Abu-Qutaiba in a vehicle smuggling network originating in Jazirah, near Fallujah, prior to Qutaiba’s capture by Coalition forces. Sa’ad Ali Firas then ran his own smuggling organization funding bomb making operations in the Fallujah and Ramadi areas.

Sa’ad Ali Firas was chiefly responsible for planning and executing all terrorist attacks on Iraqi and Coalition forces in the Ramadi and Fallujah areas.




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