American suicide bomber deployed in Islamic State assault in Baiji

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Abu Abdullah Al Amriiki (The American)

An American suicide bomber, identified only as Abu Abdullah al Amriiki, reportedly detonated himself during an assault on pro-government positions in the central Iraqi city of Baiji. A photo and subsequent details of the suicide operation have been released by the Islamic State and distributed online.

According to the jihadist group, the American drove a “four wheel drive vehicle loaded with explosive materials and detonated in the Rafidi [Rejector] Army barracks” in the southwestern sector of the city. The American was used in a coordinated assault on pro-government positions in the area. Three other suicide bombers were deployed, including two Tajiks and an Iraqi. According to the Islamic State’s statement, the bombers were targeting a “railway area” to the west of the city.

This is not the first American suicide bomber used by the Islamic State. Earlier this year, the jihadist group said that Abu Dawoud al Amriiki detonated a car bomb on Iraqi positions near the city of Samarra.

Another American, Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who was also known as Abu Hurayra al Amriki, carried out a suicide attack in Syria last year. Abusalha, who was from Florida, was a member of Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria. Al Nusrah is a rival to the Islamic State. Abusalha rammed a truck packed with 16 tons of explosives into a Syrian military position as part of a multi-pronged operation. [See LWJ report, US officials have identified American suicide bomber in Syria.]

Al Amriiki’s detonation:

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Caleb Weiss is an intern at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a contributor to The Long War Journal.

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6 Comments

  • David Eliezer says:

    i am surprised they didn’t use this guy to try to hit the U.S. homeland. Are they afraid of waking the bear?

  • BUFF Crew Chief says:

    Yeah! He’s burning in hell! Too bad he didn’t detonate when they were putting the explosives on him…

  • Evan says:

    It’s more of a propaganda move than anything…

    But seriously, they have the people, they have the material, they have the money, and they have the will and opportunity…
    How hard would it be to get some explosive packed cars into the US? That coupled with the teams that we already know are here presents a scary picture.
    These guys will try to use whatever they can, on the softest targets possible, to cause the most mayhem as they can…
    Schools, hospitals, malls, etc…

  • Mr T says:

    That cloud looks like a turban on top, a beard on the bottom and a face in between. I can see the nose.

  • Dennis says:

    These claims of “Americans” doing these suicide missions are at best simple propaganda. Obviously that’s not someone named Bob or maybe John. These are people who grew up Muslim or Arab or whose parents brought them here and they became citizens, at best. None of the people I grew up with or know they were born here, are performing this crap. These ” alienated ” youth, account for what? They give their lives up for something that won’t be recognized beyond their sphere of influence. They don’t now or ever will, be counted as one of u.s.

  • Doug Rose says:

    Who gives a crap! He ain’t no American! End of line!

    “Another One Bites The Dust”

    Oh! Let’s go!

    Steve walks warily down the street
    With the brim pulled way down low.
    Ain’t no sound but the sound of his feet,
    Machine guns ready to go.

    Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this?
    Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?
    Out of the doorway the bullets rip
    To the sound of the beat

    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust
    Hey, I’m gonna get you, too
    Another one bites the dust

    How do you think I’m going to get along
    Without you when you’re gone?
    You took me for everything that I had
    And kicked me out on my own

    Are you happy, are you satisfied?
    How long can you stand the heat?
    Out of the doorway the bullets rip
    To the sound of the beat

    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust

    There are plenty of ways that you can hurt a man
    And bring him to the ground
    You can beat him, you can cheat him
    You can treat him bad and leave him when he’s down

    But I’m ready, yes, I’m ready for you
    I’m standing on my own two feet
    Out of the doorway the bullets rip
    Repeating to the sound of the beat

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