Abu Zarr, from the jihadist website that announced his execution.
A Turkish jihadist commander who fought in the Caucasus for 15 years before arriving in the Afghan-Pakistan border areas was executed recently by the Taliban.
Abu Zarr, who is also known as Serdal Erbasi, was executed in the Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan for ordering the deaths of two “foreign fighters,” according to a Turkish jihadist website. Two of his followers, who carried out the deaths of the foreign fighters, were also executed along with Abu Zarr.
The “Sharia court of the Waziristan-Uruzgan region” ordered Abu Zarr’s execution after accusing him of ordering the murders of Samil Dagistanli and Ismail Azeri, two other jihadists from the Caucasus, presumably from the Russian republic of Dagestan, and Azerbaijan. Dagistanli and Azeri were in opposition to Abu Zarr after he split off from the Taifatul Mansura, or the Victorious Sect, due to a dispute over money received from outside of the region. According to the Taliban sharia court, Abu Zarr ordered two of his followers to kill Dagistanli and Azeri.
The jihadist website, which is supportive of Abu Zarr, claimed that “plots were hatched full of sedition and disinformation about Abu Zarr who was in disagreement with some groups,” and that he was executed by the Taliban because he was “uncontrollable.”
Abu Zarr is known to have entered the Afghan-Pakistan border area from the Caucasus sometime in late 2008. According to the jihadist website, he “previously took part in the jihad within the borders of Chechnya for 15 years, acted as the leader of a group of Turkish mujahideen, and went to Afghanistan after parting ways with the movement named the ‘Caucasus Emirate.'” The Caucasus Emirate was designated by the US as a terrorist entity, and some of its top leaders have connections to al Qaeda and other jihadist groups in the region.
Abu Zarr was reportedly arrested in January 2010 during a raid in southern Turkey. Turkish officials described him as the leader of al Qaeda’s network in Turkey.
The Victorious Sect is a transnational Turkic jihadist group that operates along the Afghan-Pakistani border and is based in North Waziristan. Abu Zarr was a commander in the Victorious Sect before he formed his splinter faction. He has been featured in their propaganda. In one tape, released on YouTube, Abu Zarr is seen planning and executing mortar attacks in Afghanistan.
The Victorious Sect was established in 2009 by the Islamic Jihad Union, a splinter faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, to accommodate the increasing influx of European foreign fighters in the region, according to DPA. Scores of German and other European fighters belong to the Victorious Sect. They are often called the German Taliban or the German Taliban Mujahideen.
The Victorious Sect has issued multiple statements from Pakistan’s tribal areas. In June 2010, Abu Yasir al Turki, the spokesman for the the group announced the deaths of two al Qaeda fighters and a Turkish fighter in a US Predator strike in North Waziristan. The Victorious Sect also announced the death of Eric Breininger, a German member of the Islamic Jihad Union who was killed while fighting Pakistani security forces during a clash near Mir Ali in North Waziristan on April 30, 2010.