Abdul Hadi Daghlas

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Abdul Hadi Daghlas, known as Abu Taisir, was a Jordanian man and a relative of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He was Zarqawi's top lieutenant in Iraq.

He travelled to the Khurmal camp in Iraqi Kurdistan from Tehran, Iran. The Central Intelligence Agency traced his satellite phone and located him.

On the second day of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, more than 40 American cruise missiles hit the town of Khurmal in Iraqi Kurdistan. Abdul Hadi Daghlas was among the dead. (Wikipedia) also known as Abu 'Ubayda. He had earlier been arrested by the Jordanian security forces in 1999. Was possibly based at Herat Military Training Camp.

Al-Zarqawi had made of Kurdistan a stepping stone for his operations in Iraq.

In August 2001, he held a meeting with his close aides, Khalid al-‘Arouri and Abdal-Hadi Daghlas, to establish training camps for them in Kurdistan to recruit more Arab-Afghans. A dispute between Al-Shami and Al-Zarqawi prompted the latter to bring Abd al-Hadi Daghlas (one of his confidants) from Afghanistan to Kurdistan to directly oversee the training camps there.

Abu Taisir was featured in a graphic used by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell during his presentation about Iraq's transgressions to the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003. Powell did not discuss Abu Taisir by name, however. He was shown as part of the Zarqawi network, but no more details were provided.


On the second day of a US invasion of Iraq, the US military conducts an airstrike against the training camp in Northern Iraq controlled by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The camp is territory controlled by Kurdish rebels and it is believed that a chemical weapons lab is there. Prior to the start of the war, the US drew up three separate plans to attack the camp with air strikes, but each time the plans were rejected by the White House. [MSNBC, 3/2/2004] More than 40 cruise missiles hit the camp near the town of Khurmal, destroying what Gen. Tommy Franks calls a “massive terrorist facility.” But Saddam Hussein had been given an ultimatum before the start of the war, which meant the timing of the start of the war had been announced several days in advance. Not surprisingly, by the time the camp is hit, al-Zarqawi and many of his followers had already left it. One of al-Zarqawi’s top lieutenants, Abdul Hadi Daghlas, a.k.a. Abu Taisir, is killed. Al-Zarqawi will release an audio message (1) several months later lamenting his death. [WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/10/2004] Former National Security Council member Roger Cressey will later claim, “Here’s a case where they waited, they waited too long and now we’re suffering as a result inside Iraq.” [MSNBC, 3/2/2004]

Notes:
1.  In the second part of the audio message, 18 minutes long, Al-Zarqawi mentions his friend Abd Al-Hadi Daghlas, also known as Abu 'Ubayda, who was killed by U.S. forces in Iraq at the beginning of the war.
Al-Zarqawi says: "I will never forget our brothers, the martyrs, who were with us through good and bad, and first and foremost the dear and beloved brother, the living martyr Abu Al-'Ubayda Abd Al-Hadi Daghlas. By Allah, since I was guided by Allah, I never experienced a catastrophe like the loss of this brother. He was a brother I felt small next to because of his courage, devotion, patience, and modesty. Eyes cry for people like Abd Al-Hadi…"
2.  The link between Daghlas and Douglas is yet to be proven.
3.  Estimated date of birth: 1970

See also:
•  The Douglas families of Palestine

 

Sources

 

Sources for this article include:

•  U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the United Nations, Feb. 5, 2003.
•  'Elusive Enemy: Long in U.S. Sights, A Young Terrorist Builds Grim Resume.' David Cloud: Wall Street Journal: Feb. 10, 2004.

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