[QODLink]
Archive
Al-Tawhid and Al-Jihad leader killed
The head of the legislative body of the al-Tawhid and al-Jihad group, responsible for the capture and beheading of two Americans, has been killed in Iraq.
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2004 11:57 GMT
The group has beheaded two of three captured foreigners
The head of the legislative body of the al-Tawhid and al-Jihad group, responsible for the capture and beheading of two Americans, has been killed in Iraq.

Iraqi sources said Umar Yusuf Jumaa, also known as Abu Anas al-Shami, was killed on Friday in a US air strike targeting his vehicle in Abu Ghraib, Iraq.

Al-Shami, 35, is identified as one of two main persons on the group's website, Aljazeera's correspondent in Amman, Yasir Abu Hilala, said. The other person mentioned on the site is  Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who is alleged to have ties to the al-Qaida network.

Described as a prominent Muslim scholar in Jordan, al-Shami is considered the legislative organiser of the group.

Al-Shami, who left Iraq for Jordan after the US-led invasion, is said to have been responsible for issuing fatwas (Islamic edicts) on the website.

The leader, who completed his studies in Kuwait, was arrested twice during his residency in Jordan. Details surrounding those arrests were not available.

The group al-Tawhid and al-Jihad last week captured two Americans and a British man working in Iraq and threatened to behead them unless their demands for female prisoners to be released are met.

The two Americans have since been beheaded and their bodies found by Iraqi police.

Relatives of the British captive are appealing to British and Iraqi officials to heed the captors' demands.

Source:
Aljazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The conservative UMP party suffers from crippling internal divisions and extreme debt from mismanagement.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
join our mailing list