Abu Suleiman al-Naser

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Abu Suleiman al-Naser
Abu Suleiman ISIS.jpg
Native name أبو سليمان الناصر
Born Neaman Salman Mansour al Zaidi
Died 2011
Cause of death Airstrike
Other names Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman
Abu Ibrahim al-Ansari
Abu Ibrahim al-Zaidi
Abu Ibrahim Nu'man
Military career

Flag of Jihad.svg Al-Qaeda (unknown–2011)

Years of service Unknown–2011
Rank ISI War Minister[1][2]
(April 2010–February 2011)
Battles/wars Iraq War

Abu Suleiman al-Naser[3] (Arabic: أبو سليمان الناصر‎‎, Neaman Salman Mansour al Zaidi) was the military commander or "War Minister" of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) during the Iraq War.[1]

Little is known about Abu Suleiman. He succeeded Abu Ayyub al-Masri as Minister of War for the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in April 2010, after al-Masri and ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed in an operation by US and Iraqi forces in Tikrit. Suleiman's appointment was announced in a statement in which he used the nom de guerre Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, meaning "Defender of God’s Religion, Father of Suleiman".[4] He is reported to have been a detainee at Camp Bucca prison,[5] and served as the ISI's leader in Anbar Province under the nom de guerre Abu Ibrahim al-Ansari.[6]

Iraqi security forces claimed to have killed Suleiman in February 2011, in the city of Hīt, west of Baghdad.[1] However, ISI denied his death a month later.[7] Despite this, ISI leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISI spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani confirmed his death in August 2011.[8][9]

A report by Al Jazeera's Center for Studies, and an analysis of ISIL's leadership structure by a purported insider, also confirmed that Suleiman had in fact been killed in 2011, and that following his death, the position of "War Minister" was replaced by a military council composed of former regime military officers under the leadership of Haji Bakr.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c "Iraqi forces kill al-Qaida 'war minister' in raid". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Islamic State Senior Leadership: Who's Who" (PDF). Brookings. 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  3. ^ [1] A picture of Abu Suleiman al-Nasser, dated 1 February 2011, at the site of Bill Warner, PI.
  4. ^ "Al Qaeda in Iraq's security minister captured in Anbar". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Photos of AQI's top 2 leaders". Long War Journal. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "اخبار العراق الان من السومرية نيوز". www.alsumaria.tv. Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  7. ^ "ISI Denies Death Of Its Minister Of War". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ http://triceratops.brynmawr.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10066/15267/ADN20110807.pdf?sequence=1
  9. ^ "Al Qaeda suicide bomber kills 28 Iraqis in attack in Baghdad mosque". The Long War Journal. 
  10. ^ Hassan Abu Haniyeh. "Daesh's Organisational Structure". 
  11. ^ Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi. "An Account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi & Islamic State Succession Lines".