Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

1966 - 2006

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Arabic: أَبُو مُصْعَبٍ ٱلزَّرْقَاوِيُّ, ’Abū Muṣ‘ab az-Zarqāwī, Father of Musab, from Zarqa; ; October 30, 1966 – June 7, 2006), born Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh (أَحْمَدُ فَضِيلِ ٱلنَّزَالِ ٱلْخَلَايْلَةَ, ’Aḥmad Faḍīl an-Nazāl al-Ḫalāyla), was a Jordanian jihadist who ran a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. He became known after going to Iraq and being responsible for a series of bombings, beheadings, and attacks during the Iraq War, reportedly "turning an insurgency against US troops" in Iraq "into a Shia–Sunni civil war". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has received more than 4,244,647 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 56 in 2019). Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is the 92nd most popular extremist (up from 96th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Jordan (down from 12th in 2019) and the most popular Jordanian Extremist.

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Among extremists, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ranks 92 out of 283Before him are Anders Behring Breivik, Susan Atkins, Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova, Fritz Honka, Nedeljko Čabrinović, and Henry Lee Lucas. After him are Whitey Bulger, Jacques Mesrine, Luciano Leggio, Jack Unterweger, Harold Shipman, and Sirhan Sirhan.

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Among people born in 1966, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ranks 37Before him are Dean Cain, Kiefer Sutherland, Gianfranco Zola, Emmanuelle Seigner, Yoshihiro Togashi, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. After him are Dejan Savićević, Jan Železný, Cecilia Bartoli, Stefan Edberg, Oleksii Reznikov, and John Cusack. Among people deceased in 2006, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ranks 77Before him are Reinhart Koselleck, Floyd Patterson, Allen Carr, Sven Nykvist, Shin Sang-ok, and Dürrüşehvar Sultan. After him are Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Milan Babić, Lillian Asplund, Billy Preston, John Money, and Tina Aumont.

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In Jordan

Among people born in Jordan, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ranks 13 out of 59Before him are Abdullah II of Jordan (1962), Nicomachus (60), Menippus (-290), Philodemus (-110), Marouf al-Bakhit (1947), and Balak (null). After him are Phinehas (-1300), Meleager of Gadara (-130), Nayef Hawatmeh (1938), Simon bar Giora (100), Jair (-1000), and Zaid ibn Shaker (1934).

Among EXTREMISTS In Jordan

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