Saturday, October 04, 2008

Mahir Ahmad Mahmud al-Zubaydi, Al-Qaeda in Iraq Suicide Car Bomb (VBIED) Mastermind is Killed by US troops.

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces said they shot dead a leader of al Qaeda in Iraq on Friday who was the mastermind behind a series of deadly recent VBIED car bombings in Baghdad. A spokesman for coalition forces said Mahir Ahmad Mahmud Judu' al-Zubaydi, also known as Abu Assad or Abu Rami, had been al Qaeda in Iraq's "emir" of the Rusafa neighborhood of the capital.

Mahir Ahmad Mahmud al-Zubaydi, allegedly directed the VBIED cell believed to be responsible for nearly simultaneous car bomb and suicide attacks Thursday 10/02/08, according to the statement.
VBIED Suicide bombers struck Shi'ite worshippers as they gathered for prayers at two mosques in Baghdad to celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast on Thursday, killing a total of 16 people and wounding nearly 60, officials said.

Al-Zubaydi was one of the most senior activists to be killed by American forces. His death would be a major blow to al-Qaeda in Iraq even as the group's recruiting efforts have been "severely curbed" by a decision of many Sunnis to join forces with the Americans in the fight against it, military spokesman Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll said. "His removal from the AQI network will send shock waves through Baghdad's terrorist bombing networks," Driscoll said in the statement.

The military also blamed al-Zubaydi as responsible for several VBIED car bombings and mortar attacks in Baghdad's main Shiite district of Sadr City in 2006 and 2007, including a series of blasts that killed more than 200 people on Nov. 23, 2006.

The Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device" (VBIED) or suicide VBIED is the weapon of choice for al-Qaeda in Iraq and while the surge has pushed back the terrorists in Iraq the VBIED or car/truck bomb attacks have remained consistent and increased somewhat in Iraq. "They've gone to more spectacular systems (Dump Trucks loaded with explosives) that can inflict more casualties per attack, likely because they can't sustain high-volume attacks. So that shift to the car/truck bomb is certainly a distinctive shift that we've seen. So we have seen an enemy, I think, that has adapted, trying to be as productive as they can with the limited capacity that they're able to sustain ".


Al-Zubaydi also was believed to have planned and participated in abductions and videotaped executions, including one in which he is personally seen shooting one of four kidnapped Russians, according to the statement. The Russian embassy workers were abducted in June 2006 after an attack on their car in Baghdad's Mansour neighborhood. They were later killed, along with a fifth Russian.

Bill Warner...Private Investigator