Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

1966 - 2006

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Arabic: أَبُو مُصْعَبٍ ٱلزَّرْقَاوِيُّ, ’Abū Muṣ‘ab az-Zarqāwī, Abu Musab from Zarqa; English pronunciation ; 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". He was sometimes known by his supporters as the "Sheikh of the slaughterers".He formed Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in 1999, and led it until his death in June 2006. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has received more than 2,909,183 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is the 87th most popular extremist, the 12th most popular biography from Jordan (down from 10th in 2019) and the most popular Jordanian Extremist.

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Among extremists, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ranks 87 out of 205Before him are Susan Atkins, Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova, Shamil Basayev, Luciano Leggio, Taha Yassin Ramadan, and Jacques Mesrine. After him are Armin Meiwes, Delphine LaLaurie, Robert Hansen, Kang Kek Iew, Joachim Kroll, and Gary Ridgway.

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Among people born in 1966, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ranks 31Before him are Stefan Edberg, Julen Lopetegui, Alessandro Costacurta, Cláudio Taffarel, Billy Zane, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. After him are Emmanuelle Seigner, Jan Železný, Enrique Peña Nieto, Gordon Ramsay, Gianfranco Zola, and Jon Favreau. Among people deceased in 2006, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ranks 79Before him are Jane Jacobs, James Van Allen, Dürrüşehvar Sultan, Pierre Clostermann, Jack Warden, and Ryutaro Hashimoto. After him are Zoia Ceaușescu, Shin Sang-ok, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Allen Carr, Richard Kuklinski, and P. F. Strawson.

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In Jordan

Among people born in Jordan, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ranks 12 out of 37Before him are Abdullah II of Jordan (1962), Menippus (-290), Judas of Galilee (-100), Nicomachus (60), Philodemus (-110), and Balak (null). After him are Meleager of Gadara (-130), Simon bar Giora (100), Fouad Twal (1940), Phinehas (-1300), Zaid ibn Shaker (1934), and Abdullah Ensour (1939).

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Among extremists born in Jordan, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ranks 1