Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) is marking its four-year anniversary. An umbrella for several jihadi-insurgent groups operating in the country, the largest being Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI), the ISI's formation was announced in a video released in October 2006. Its formation came just over four months following the killing of AQI's founder, the Jordanian Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, in a June U.S. airstrike.
The ISI's original amir (leader), Abu 'Umar al-Husayni al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi, and "minister of war," Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, who was also head of AQI, were killed in a U.S. airstrike near Tikrit on April 18/19. The current senior leadership of the ISI is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (amir), Abu 'Abdullah al-Baghdadi (deputy amir), and Nasir li'Din Allah Abu Sulayman (minister of war).
Artwork produced by cyber jihadi-takfiris has been trickling out in "honor" of the anniversary, some of which is included in this post.