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Understanding the rising cult of the suicide bomber: Appendix 8 – Transcripts of the wills of Iraqi Suicide Bombers

This article is part of AOAV’s report, Understanding the rising cult of the suicide bomber, to read the whole report, please see here. To see the other sections of the report, please go here.

  1. Abu Talha Al-Houlaibi

Nationality: unspecified

Affiliation: Islamic State

Attack date: July 2014

Attack location: Mosul

Related videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lt-FGVZAhE


Content of will

Abu Talha Al-Houlaibi was affiliated with IS, and carried out his attack in Mosul in July 2014. In his will, he states: ‘‘I call on my brothers to accept the Jihad path, many people say that Jihadis live in fear and don’t get married, they say Jihad is killing and it has no life, Jihadis get married, they eat, they drink and live the most beautiful life. The prophet peace be upon him says: ‘‘you should carry on jihad, it’s one of the doors to heaven, Allah will make distress go away with this path. We are all human we all fear explosions. The prophet told us that the martyrdom only feel an ant bite. The martyrdom operation is the best way to spite the religion’s’ enemies, it puts fear in their hearts. The Islamic State in Iraq and Al Sham survived and is expanding and persisting, we say to the enemy of religion in the West as well as Arabs; tyrants or Arabs and the foreigners that the Islamic state which is Islam is persisting, and we say to spiteful scholars die in your anger, IS will stay, do you guess that either IS or Islam is reliant on platforms or discloses or spreading the word of Islam. It won’t last without fatalities. Unless Muslims sacrifice themselves. Therefore, the prophet and his companions sacrificed their lives and money to raise the honour of Islam. Blessed is the one who took the path of Jihad, the closest path to heaven. A man won’t fear when he embarks on the righteous path because it puts peace and serenity in his heart.’’

  1. Abu Omar Al Shami

Affiliation: Islamic State

Attack location: Al Ramadi, Iraq

Attack date: July 2016

Related videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuNPPsi3pTA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuNPPsi3pTA

Content of will

Abu Omar Al Shami was affiliated with IS, and carried out his attack in Al Ramadi, Iraq, in July 2016. He says in his will: “We ask Allah to make us sincere, we ask him to make us devoted to him This deed is only for Allah, it doesn’t have any aim for reputation or for nationalism, my deed is only for the glorified and exalted, be to say to me: ‘I approve of you’. I only have one wish and that is for Allah glorified and exalted for him to smile for what I am doing.’’

  1. Rabyei Al Muhajer

Affiliation: Islamic State

Attack date: December 2013

Attack location: Al Anbar, Iraq

Related videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P381dTLjsAE

Content of will

Rabyei Al Muhajer was affiliated with IS, and carried out his attack in Al Anbar. He says is his will: ‘‘By Allah, oh rawafidh, the Sunnis shall never leave you alone, the descendants of the prophet’s companions shall never leave you alone, the sons of the prophet’s companions shall never leave you alone, by Allah, we shall come to you with martyrdom operations, we shall come to you with suppressors, we shall come to you with improvised explosive devices, we shall never leave you alone, by Allah we will avenge all those who cursed, and those shall never be safe from the hands of the jihadist.’’

He says being asked what he would like to say to his Jihadist brothers: ‘‘I call on my Jihadi brothers to devout to Allah, this my first and last advice to them, devoutness to Allah.’’

When asked ‘What do you say to the youth of the nation who are absent from jihad in the name of Allah?’, he replies: ‘‘To the youth of the nation, to those who accepted and were humiliated by the infidels and Rawafidh, I tell you that Islam will only get stronger if they fight it.’’

  1. Abu Qasoura Al Muhajir

Affiliation: Islamic State

Attack date: December 2013

Attack location: Al Anbar, Iraq.

Relevant videos: https://archive.org/details/rsaaaelMlahm13

Content of will

Abu Qasoura Al Muhajir was affiliated with IS, and carried out his attack in Al Anbar, in December 2013. He states in his will: ‘‘We are only carrying out this work to bring victory to the religion and to Allah. To avenge Allah and his prophet and the Prophet’s companions from those despiteful apostates, from those filthy rawafidh, those who spoke ill in the honour of the prophet’s companions May Allah be pleased with them. By Allah we will avenge them, we shall avenge them in a way that they shall never forget.’’

  1. Saif Al Islam Al Iraqi

Affiliation: Islamic State

Attack date: October 2016

Attack location: Al Mosul, Iraq

Related video: https://cloud.mail.ru/public/Lm8j/ekoSxaVY8   

Content of will

Saif Al Islam Al Iraqi was affiliated with IS, and carried out his attack in Al Mosul, Iraq in October 2016. He says in his will: “My message to those who are absent from jihad, I target this message to you, why don’t you walk to your state, you must carry out jihad and martyrdom operations, these are calamitous and spiteful on Rawafidh. My message to my mother and father, if they receive the news of my martyrdom to be happy and chant Allahu Akbar and praise Allah to this bliss that came to them.’’

  1. Abu Omar Al Iraqi and Sa’ad Al Iraqi

Affiliation: Islamic State

Attack date: October 2016

Attack location: Al Mosul, Iraq

Related video: https://cloud.mail.ru/public/Lm8j/ekoSxaVY8   

Description included in the video

The production presents the bombers involved in numerous suicide operations, however, only two of them speak during the production. The production also features a disabled fighter, and stresses in this context that nothing can stop the Jihadis from fighting and sacrificing their lives. As we have found, this isn’t the first time that IS stress this point, as in a production examined, they featured a disabled suicide bomber and focused on his operation in Syria.

Content of will

Abu Omar Al Iraqi and Sa’ad Al Iraqi were both affiliated with ISIS, and carried out their suicide operations in Al Mosul, Iraq in October 2016. In the video, they state: ‘‘Didn’t you know, oh crusaders, that we have hundreds of thousands of the descendants of Haram, Abdulla and Omeri, don’t you see how they are advancing to death fearlessly, laughing, and death is escaping them, so they chase it until they reach it, they chase to death to write history again, they are saying with their blood; here is the heaven, here is the jihad market, here is the Islam house, here is the Khilafat house, here is the devotion, here is dignity, and there isn’t dignity for Muslims but here. Can those be defeated? No I swear by the God of Muhammad peace be upon him.’’

This research was undertaken with assistance from the NATO Counter-IED Centre of Excellence.