Abu Ahmad al-Alwani

Waleed Jassem al-Alwani—known by his alias Abu Ahmad al-Alwani—is a senior member of ISIS.Isabel Coles and Ned Parker, “How Saddam’s men help Islamic State rule,” Reuters, December 11, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/mideast-crisis-iraq-islamicstate/. In November 2014, Alwani was reported to be the head of ISIS’s military council.Richard Barrett, “The Islamic State,” Soufan Group, November 2014, 31, http://soufangroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/TSG-The-Islamic-State-Nov14.pdf. He previously served as the council’s chief of staff, and before that, is reported to have overseen ISIS’s activities in Iraq’s Diyala province.“Exclusive: Top ISIS leaders revealed,” Al Arabiya, February 13, 2014, http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/02/13/Exclusive-Top-ISIS-leaders-revealed.html;
Richard Barrett, “The Islamic State,” Soufan Group, November 2014, 31, http://soufangroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/TSG-The-Islamic-State-Nov14.pdf.
During Saddam Hussein’s reign in Iraq, Alwani was reportedly a member of the Iraqi army.Richard Barrett, “The Islamic State,” Soufan Group, November 2014, 31, http://soufangroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/TSG-The-Islamic-State-Nov14.pdf.

Alwani was reported deceased by London’s Sun in February 2015.Rhodri Phillips and David Willets, “Half of I.S. chiefs are wiped out in air raids,” Sun, February 2, 2015, https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/22401/half-of-i-s-chiefs-are-wiped-out-in-air-raids/. However, in December 2015, Reuters named Alwani as a “senior officer” in ISIS and made no mention of his reported death.Isabel Coles and Ned Parker, “How Saddam’s men help Islamic State rule,” Reuters, December 11, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/mideast-crisis-iraq-islamicstate/.

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