Friday, December 09, 2011

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Announces the 'Martyrdom' of 87 Members in 2011, Including Top Commander 'Abbas Mansur

Abu Usman Adil (left) and 'Abbas Mansur

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a transnational jihadi-takfiri movement based in Waziristan, Pakistan but with units across many of the Pakistani Pashtun tribal agencies, announced earlier this week the names of 87 of its members that were killed in 2011. They were presumably killed either in U.S. drone missile strikes or in fighting with the Pakistani army or Frontier Corps. The IMU has particularly close ties to the Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Among the killed is a top IMU military commander, 'Abbas Mansur (Abbas Mansoor) from Kyrgystan, and 'Abdul 'Aziz Ukasha from Teshkent, Uzbekistan, who was previously billed as a "journalist" for the IMU media department, Jundullah (God's Soldiers) Studio. Mansur was a longtime member of the IMU and a close aid to the movement's late leader, Tahir Yuldashev, also known as Muhammad Tahir "Faruq," who died of wounds sustained in a U.S. drone missile strike in 2010.

Ukasha was featured prominently in a number of the IMU's video productions, as was Mansur.

Mansur was recently featured prominently in the second installment of Jundullah Studio's video series Glad Tidings from Pakistan. He has also been pictured previously alongside the IMU's new amir, Abu Usman Adil.

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