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Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander

Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Kurdish Peshmerga forces killed senior Islamic State commander Yasin Ali Suleiman Shlash on Tuesday.
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Somali member of Parliament and folk singer assassinated

Somali member of Parliament and folk singer assassinated

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 23 (UPI) --The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for killing Somali member of Parliament Saado Ali Warsame.
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Prominent former Somali government official target of al-Shabaab bombing in Mogadishu

Prominent former Somali government official target of al-Shabaab bombing in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 5 (UPI) -- Islamist militant group and al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a bombing in Mogadishu on Saturday that killed six.
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Syria: Assassination of al-Qaida chief intensifies rebel feuding

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The assassination of Abu Khalid al-Suri -- personal representative of al-Qaida chief Ayman al Zawahiri -- in northern Syria this week is expected to intensify fierce infighting between jihadist groups that's seriously weakening the rebellion against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

New generation of al-Qaida warlords make deadly mark

BAGHDAD, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- As al-Qaida mounts a widening insurgency in Iraq, fights in Syria's civil war and opens up new battle fronts across the Middle East and North Africa, a new generation of commanders has emerged to lead the resurgent jihadists.

Al Shabab bombing in Somalia kills 16

BELEDWEYNE, Somalia, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Sixteen people were killed Saturday in Somalia in an attack by al-Shabaab militants, officials said.
In search of bin Laden death images

In search of bin Laden death images

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A Washington legal organization says it wants to break through the "blind deference" of the federal courts to the executive branch when it comes to withholding classified material, and has embarked on what may be a quixotic attempt to gain access to photographs showing the death and burial of Osama bin Laden.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Anti-Assad supporters say 185 killed in Syria Sunday

Anti-Assad supporters say 185 killed in Syria Sunday

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 21 (UPI) -- Supporters of Syrian rebels said 185 people were killed across the civil war-torn country Sunday, including 13 members of one family.

Al-Shabaab confirms deaths of two top members

MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 30 (UPI) -- A top Somali militant wanted in the United States was killed amid clashes between members the terror group al-Shabaab, a spokesman for the group said.

Al-Qaida leadership rift hints at future trouble

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 24 (UPI) -- The shadowy leader of al-Qaida in Iraq is the first commander of the organization's branches to openly defy the top jihadist leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who ordered him to stop claiming control of al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate, the al-Nusra Front.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 8, 2013.
By United Press International

Hezbollah's heading for sectarian showdown

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 20 (UPI) -- Hezbollah has taken heavy losses while backing regime forces in Syria, heightening concerns the Shiite movement's heading for a showdown with Sunni jihadists.

Deadly bombings hit drive to save Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 7 (UPI) -- A series of bombings in Mogadishu shows that the al-Shabaab movement, allied to al-Qaida, remains a lethal force despite the loss of key strongholds.

Mali: Hard-pressed al-Qaida calls for aid

BAMAKO, Mali, March 25 (UPI) -- Two months after French forces intervened in Mali, al-Qaida and its allies are under heavy pressure in the northern mountains.

Crisis-hit Jordan grapples with jihadists

AMMAN, Jordan, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Jihadists are becoming increasingly active in Jordan, already gripped by political crisis that could threaten the Hashemite throne.
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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Iraq's most-wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqari was killed in a safehouse by 500-pound bombs dropped by U.S. warplanes on June 7, 2006, it was announced on June 8, 2006. Al-Zarqari is shown in a U.S. Defense Department image after his death. (UPI Photo/Defense Department)
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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Arabic: أبومصعب الزرقاوي‎, ’Abū Muṣ‘ab az-Zarqāwī, Abu Musab from Zarqa); October 30, 1966 – June 7, 2006), born Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh (Arabic: أحمد فضيل النزال الخلايله‎, ’Aḥmad Faḍīl an-Nazāl al-Ḫalāyla) was a Jordanian militant Islamist who ran a paramilitary training camp in Afghanistan. He became known after going to Iraq and being responsible for a series of bombings, beheadings, and attacks during the Iraq War.

He formed al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in the 1990s, and led it until his death in June 2006. Zarqawi took responsibility, on several audio- and videotapes, for numerous acts of violence in Iraq including suicide bombings and hostage executions. Zarqawi opposed the presence of US and Western military forces in the Islamic world, as well as the West's support for and the existence of Israel. In late 2004 he joined al-Qaeda, and pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden. After this al-Tawhid wal-Jihad became known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), and al-Zarqawi was given the Al-Qaeda title, "Emir of Al Qaeda in the Country of Two Rivers".

In September 2005, he declared "all-out war" on Shia in Iraq after the Iraqi government offensive on insurgents in the Sunni town of Tal Afar. He dispatched numerous suicide bombers throughout Iraq to attack American soldiers and areas with large concentrations of Shia militias. He is also responsible for the 2005 bombing of three hotels in Amman, Jordan. Zarqawi died in a targeted killing on June 7, 2006, while attending a meeting in an isolated safehouse approximately 8 km (5 mi) north of Baqubah. Two United States Air Force F-16C jets dropped two 500-pound (230 kg) guided bombs on the safehouse.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi."
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