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/.

Also Known As

Extremist entity
ISIS
Type(s) of Organization:
Insurgent, territory-controlling, religious, terrorist, violent
Ideologies and Affiliations:
Islamist, jihadist, pan-Islamist, Salafist, takfiri
Position(s):
Chief of General Staff

ISIS is a violent jihadist group based in Iraq and Syria. The group has declared wilayas (provinces) in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the North Caucasus. ISIS has also waged attacks in Turkey, Lebanon, France, Belgium, Iraq, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tunisia, and Kuwait.

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So you go to India, and if you see a Hindu walking down the road you are allowed to kill him and take his money, is that clear? Jews should be killed ... as by Hitler. People with British passports, if you fly into Israel, it is easy. Fly into Israel and do whatever you can. If you die, you are up in paradise. How do you fight a Jew? You kill a Jew. In the case of Hindus, by bombing their businesses.

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