AMMAN “” A senior member of Iraq’s Al Qaeda branch was killed recently in a US crackdown on insurgents in the Iraqi town of Qaim near the Syrian border, a Jordanian newspaper reported yesterday.
Khalid Suleiman Darwish, better known as Abu Alghadiya, was among those killed in the operation, the daily Alghad quoted “well- informed sources” as saying.
Abu Alghadiya, a Syrian dentist married to a Jordanian woman, was described by Arab media as the “˜number two” in Iraq’s Al Qaeda network and tipped to succeed its leader Abu Musab Al Zarqawi….
According to the Jordanian paper, Abu Alghadiya and Al Zarqawi were among the founders of the “˜Syria Warriors” group in Afghanistan in late 1999.
They later moved to Iraq, where they founded the “Monotheism and Jihad” faction before declaring allegiance to Osama bin Laden and joining Al Qaeda terrorist network, the report said.