Abu Suleiman al-Naser

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Abu Suleiman al-Naser
Native name أبو سليمان الناصر
Born Neaman Salman Mansour al Zaidi
Died 25 February, 2011
Other names Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman
Abu Ibrahim al-Ansari
Abu Ibrahim al-Zaidi
Abu Ibrahim Nu'man
Military career
Allegiance Flag of Jihad.svg Al-Qaeda (unknown–2011)
Years of service Unknown–2011
Rank ISI War Minister[1][2]
(April 2010–February 2011)
Battles/wars Iraq War

Abu Suleiman al-Naser[3] (Arabic: أبو سليمان الناصر‎‎, Neaman Salman Mansour al Zaidi) was the military commander or "War Minister" of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) during the Iraq War.[1]

Little is known about Abu Suleiman. He succeeded Abu Ayyub al-Masri as Minister of War for the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in April 2010, after al-Masri and ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed in an operation by US and Iraqi forces in Tikrit. Suleiman's appointment was announced in a statement in which he used the nom de guerre Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, meaning "Defender of God’s Religion, Father of Suleiman".[4] He is reported to have been a detainee at Camp Bucca prison,[5] and served as the ISI's leader in Anbar Province under the nom de guerre Abu Ibrahim al-Ansari.[6]

Iraqi security forces claimed to have killed Suleiman in February 2011, in the city of Hīt, west of Baghdad.[1] However, ISI denied his death a month later.[7] Despite this, ISI leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISI spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani confirmed his death in August 2011.[8][9]

A report by Al Jazeera's Center for Studies, and an analysis of ISIL's leadership structure by a purported insider, also confirmed that Suleiman had in fact been killed in 2011, and that following his death, the position of "War Minister" was replaced by a military council composed of former regime military officers under the leadership of Haji Bakr.[10][11]


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  2. "Islamic State Senior Leadership: Whos Who" (PDF). Brookings. 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. [1] A picture of Abu Suleiman al-Nasser, dated 1 February 2011, at the site of Bill Warner, PI.
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  8. http://triceratops.brynmawr.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10066/15267/ADN20110807.pdf?sequence=1
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  10. Hassan Abu Haniyeh. "Daesh's Organisational Structure".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi. "An Account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi & Islamic State Succession Lines".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>