|Badran Turki Hishan al-Mazidi
(Arabic: بدران تركي هيشان المزيدي)
|Nickname||Abu Ghadiya (Arabic: أبو غادية)|
|Died||October 26, 2008 (aged 29–30)
Abu Kamal, Syria
|Unit||Al-Qaeda in Iraq|
Abu Ghadiya (Arabic: أبو غادية), born Badran Turki Hishan al-Mazidi (Arabic: بدران تركي هيشان المزيدي) sometime between 1977-1979 in Mosul, was a Sunni militant active with al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). He was primarily involved in the logistics of AQI's effort in Iraq and assisted in smuggling weapons, money and fighters across the Syria-Iraq border. He was targeted and killed in a cross-border raid conducted by the U.S. military on October 26, 2008.
Role in Iraqi Insurgency
According to the United States Treasury Department, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi appointed Abu Ghadiya the lead Syrian commander for AQI's logistics in 2004. After Zarqawi's death, Ghadiya took orders from his successor, Abu Ayyub Al-Masri, either directly or through a deputy. Abu Ghadiya provided false passports, safe houses, weapons and money to militants on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border before the fighters would cross into Iraq.
Ghadiya was killed in a 2008 raid by US Special Forces inside Syrian territory. See article 2008 Abu Kamal raid
- Sale, Richard (2008-11-21). "Killing of al-Qaida Smuggler in Syria was Joint Syrian, U.S. Effort". Middle East Times. Retrieved 2008-11-21.[dead link]
- "Treasury Designates Members of Abu Ghadiyah's Network Facilitates flow of terrorists, weapons, and money from Syria to al Qaida in Iraq" (Press release). U.S. Department of Treasury. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-11-21.