This week's issue of the Islamic State's al-Naba' newsletter features a 'story of a martyr.' The subject of this article is a man called Abu Omar al-Khalayfawi, who is said to have been a veteran of the jihadist insurgency in Iraq since the early days of the American invasion and his pledge of allegiance to Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi. Abu Omar's timeline can be summarised as follows:
. Born in 1405 AH (i.e. 1984-1985) in the al-Taji area (north of Baghdad) to a religious family.
. Pledged allegiance to Zarqawi and fought the American occupiers in north Baghdad, al-Karma and Fallujah.
. Joined Islamic State of Iraq and commanded a detachment in the Sheikh Aamer area in al-Taji.
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