Death of a Sulayman

Posted: 13th May 2008 by Will McCants in Uncategorized
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Abu Sulayman al-`Utaybi that is. On May 11, al-Fajr Media Center (one of the main distribution points for AQ material) posted a statement on the forums by Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, a senior AQ leader in Afghanistan. Abu al-Yazid announced the death of al-`Utaybi, who was killed fighting U.S. forces in Paktia Province, Afghanistan.

A sympathetic news source,, says that he was probably killed on Saturday, May 10, when the Afghan government claimed that five people were killed fighting in Paktia Province.

According to a May 12 statement by the Global Islamic Media Center (another important distribution organ), `Utaybi had been a Sharia judge for the Islamic State of Iraq, but had been dismissed from his post. According to Abu al-Yazid’s May 11 statement, `Utaybi left Iraq six months ago for Afghanistan.

`Utaybi was a prominent militant in Iraq and you can find videos of him online, wagging the righteous finger (or, to use the Jihadi term, sabbabat al-tawhid–“the index finger of monotheism”). I’m curious as to why he was dismissed. That he headed straight for Afghanistan makes me wonder if this is a sign of things to come as AQ gets squeezed out of Iraq.



  1. Matt says:

    Interesting that they use al-Fajr as well; for the US and Iraq dawn still carries the connotation of Falljuah. . .

    I agree it seems reasonable that as AQI and the other foreign jihadis are squeezed in Iraq that they may head for Afghanistan. I figure that they’d head for the FATA in Pakistan and the area immediately over the border in Afghanistan. . .



  2. Jon says:

    Hahaha, I had always noticed that jihadists wagged their finger like that, but I never knew that they actually had a name for it.

    Sabbabat al-tawhid, that’s hilarious.