Al Qaeda operative killed in Pakistan linked to Zarqawi
While news reports have focused on the death of senior al Qaeda operative Sadam Hussein Al Hussami, who is also known as Ghazwan al Yemeni, at the hands of the US in the March 10 airstrike in North Waziristan, one of the three other al Qaeda operatives killed in the same attack was also a longtime al Qaeda fighter and trainer. Among those killed was Abu Jameelah al Kuwaiti Hamed al Aazimi, a Kuwaiti citizen and former government employee who is a three-decade veteran of jihad, according to the martyrdom statement written by Abu Abdulrahman al Qahtani and translated by Global Terror Alert.
Aazimi was "our big brother; big in everything old in age," according to Qahtani. Aazimi fought the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. After returning to Kuwait, he was employed as "an administrator in the Ministry of Religious Endowment, and he received a great salary...."
Later Aazimi fought against the US in Iraq, where he "accompanied al Zarqawi and remained with him for a period of time." At some point Aazimi was wounded, and he returned home to Kuwait, where he was arrested. After his release from jail, he joined al Qaeda in Pakistan's tribal areas, and eventually wound up in Miramshah in North Waziristan.
According to the statement, Aazimi was "the expert on explosives and the arts of engagement." He fought "numerous engagements with the Americans and the apostates and he taught them great lessons at the Ancorada front, and their Humvees and tanks were a prey to his mines and their remains are still spread around those mountains." [Note: I have not been able to determine where the "Ancorada front" was.]
Aazimi passed along his training to younger al Qaeda terrorists, according to Qahtani. "The young men would gather so he can teach them how to use grenades and mines and trained them how to build the explosives... the love for this science filled his heart...."