Emir of the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Shaykh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi


al-Shaykh Abu Omar al-Hussayni al-Qurayshi al-Baghdadi, he is Hamid Dawoud Muhammad Khalil al-Zawi, was born in 1964 in al-Zawi, a city in the western region of Wilayat al-Anbar. He graduated from police academy in Baghdad. Then worked as a security officer for the Iraq security services in al-Haditha city and since he was well-known for his straight behaviour and his religious activities, he has frequently been subjected to harassment from the Baathist regime and was later dismissed from the army because of his Salafi ideology in the early 1990s, then he started working in an electrical repair shop near his house in 1993.

He was frequently seen attending the mosques especially al-Assaf mosque, which was near his house in al-Haditha, until he became the official Imam of this mosque. As a consequence, he formed a group in al-Haditha from the residents to fight against the Americans and their puppets in cooperation and coordination with other groups in Wilayat al-Anbar. Since there was a direct coordination and assistance between these groups and Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, he met Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Lubnani and Abu Anas al-Shami in al-Haditha and this was a turning point in his Jihadist life. After that, he pledged allegiance to Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, when he was known Abu Mahmoud at that time.

With the upsurge of fighting in Iraq, especially in Wilayat al-Anbar, he became well-known for his Jihad against American military forces and their puppets. During this time he met Shaykh Abu Mus’ab and became so close to him that they were spent a lot of time together. Since then he become one of the most wanted by the Americans. Soon after that he moved to Baghdad where he took charge of Majlis al-Shura (Shura Council) and al-Hay’a al-Shar’iya (Shari’a Authority) there, and was known as Abu Marwa. After a great effort in organizing and tracking of different activities in Baghdad, he moved to Wilayat Diyala in the time it was under complete control of al-Mujahideen, and became the Wali (alderman) of Diyala. Shortly after he received the general responsibility of Wilayats (governorates) in which he had to choose the emirs and leaders of the Wilayats. He didn’t recruit any soldier before testing his Aqida and also refused to recruit anyone who has a hypocritical ideology or fight for nationalism, patriotism, democracy, relativism, etc. He chose emirs and soldiers so carefully form only those who he thought were most qualified and there is no risk to corrupt the reputation of the organization.

After the establishment of the Islamic State in late 2006, he was pledged allegiance as Amir al-Mu’mineen upon the Islamic State of Iraq by Hilf al-Mutayibeen (was includes many of the fighting groups in Iraq as well as al-Mujahideen Shura Council that was consist of al-Qaeda in Iraq and seven other Mujahideen groups). He continued leading the State and fighting against crusaders and apostates until most of the Iraq’s land became in the hands of al-Mujahideen. He got his Shahada in al-Tharthar area north of Ramadi city, in the western Wilayat al-Anbar after more than 6-hours of fighting with the crusaders and apostates who couldn’t end the battle without air forces in April 2010.


1. Truth has Come and Falsehood has Vanished
December 22, 2006

An 18:44-minute audio speech praising tribal elders for allying with Islamic State of Iraq against the crusader occupier, announcing the start of implementation Shari’a in areas under the Islamic State of Iraq control, and calling upon the groups of former Iraqi army officials to join the army of the Islamic State.

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2. A Conquest from Allah and an Imminent Victory
February 3, 2007

An 22:56-minute audio speech declaring a new offensive within al-Karama (Dignity) Plan which won’t include Baghdad solely but will rather encompass all the lands of the Islamic State.

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3. I am on Clear Proof from My Lord
March 13, 2007

An 28:25-minute audio speech talking about the State’s ideology and conspiracy against al-Jihd in the Land of the Two River by the traitors of the religion (Al Saloul).

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4. Harvest of the Years for the State of al-Muwahideen (Monotheists)
April 17, 2007

An 41:52-minute audio speech viewing the dividends and losses after four years of al-Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers (Mesopotamia).

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5. And If you Cease (to attack), It will be Better for you
July 8, 2007

An 50:11-minute audio speech giving Iran a two-month ultimatum to stop meddling in Iraqi affairs and end all forms of support to the Rafida of Iraq, or face all-out war and warning Arab states against doing business with Iran, he also frowning upon Kurdish nationalism, which it is in the same breath as Arab, Turkish or Persian nationalism, but criticizing how the Kurds have been dismembered as a nation by “phony borders” in order to punish the sons of Salahuddine who destroyed the Crusaders and Magus in Egypt and al-Sham, and clarifying that the best way to unite them would be under the banner of Islam and within the Islamic State.

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6. They Plan and Allah Plans Too
September 15, 2007

An 31:50-minute audio speech announcing a $150,000 reward for the head of the Swedish cartoonist who defamed the Prophet ﷺ, highlighting the plight of some of the weakened Iraqis, who after four long years of war are being worn down and manipulated by those who claim to be Muslims, and announcing the “Expedition of the Martyr of the Ummah, al-Shaykh Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi” that is sure to be of grave concern to the American’s in Iraq as well as making clear that this Ramadan signals the end of the “Western Age”.

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7. As for the Foam it Passes Away as Scum
December 4, 2007

An 46:12-minute audio speech declaring  a new armed unit “al-Siddiq Corps” to tackle apostates (in refrence to Abu Bakr al-Sidd’q’s war on apostates) and the beginning of a military offensive known as the “Battle of the Martyr Abu Omar al-Kurdi”, the purpose of this battle is fight all the apostates and traitors of the Sahwa councils, showing his admiration for the tribes, describing them as brave and generous and fighting back-to-back with al-Mujahideen until the enemy is defeated, reminding Muslims that al-Jihad is Fard Ayn (compulsory upon every Muslim) and he brought forth proofs of this, certifying that the non-Iraqi Mujahideen are the most willing to give away there lives for the religion, so that only 200 non-Iraqi Mujahideen remain in Iraq.

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8. Humble Towards Believers, Mighty Against the Disbelievers
December 22, 2007

A 46:55-minute audio speech clarifying the ideological foundation of the Islamic State that is to love and hate for the sake of Allah (al-Walaa wal-Baraa), explaining thet one cannot make common cause with non-Muslims just because they share the same ethnicity or nationality, and focusing against those who argue that safeguarding one’s life or money is more important that protecting one’s religion, stressing there is no conflict between what Allah demands and the boundaries of reason.

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9. The Religion is Sincere Advice
February 14, 2008

An 29:25-minute audio speech accusing Hamas of being responsible for a chain of treacheries including recognizing the authority of international organizations such as UN, entering into alliances with the apostate regimes in Egypt, Syria and Iran and displaying rampant hostility towards the Salafi Jihadists, he also accusing Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East of treachery beacuse they have abandoned the blood of the martyrs and their brother in Iraq fighting side-by-side with the crusaders against the followers of al-Tawheed, finally he calling upon al-Qassam Brigade, who remain faithful to the concept of al-Jihad to defect to the cause of the Salafi Jihadists.

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10. The Solid Cemented Structure
May 14, 2008

An 30:17-minute audio speech commenting on the inter-Shia fighting in al-Basra and how the Shia tribes resolving their differences peacefully, he uses this point to shame the Sunni tribes who have taken arms against their fellow of Ahlu al-Sunnah in Islamic State, which would only benefit the Shia, he also calling for turning a new page with these tribes by offering amnesty for those who leave the Iraqi security forces and the Sahwa councils.

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11. And Fight the Disbelievers All Together
September 9, 2008

An 30:20-minute audio speech calling for fighting the officials of Iraqi government, and again urging Muslims for revenge against the Danish caricaturist of the Prophet Muhammad, ﷺ.

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12. The Promise of Allah
September 24, 2008

An 37:12-minute audio speech assuring Muslims of victory, and defying the enemy and its prisons on the occasion of two years since the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq.

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13. Eulogy for the Martyr, Abu Qaswara al-Maghribi
October 22 , 2008

A 08:18-minute video showing the eulogy for the Martyr, Abu Qaswara al-Maghribi by Amir al-Mu’mineen, al-Shaykh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.

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14. Message to the White House Governors
November 7, 2008

An 21:45-minute audio speech mockeding the inadequacies of the US government, particularly in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav and describing them as a cartoonish civilization, for if the electricity is shut down or computers stop operating, they immediately return to a medieval state, he asking the US under the new Administration to withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan and to pull its military presence from the Muslim world, reminding them that a century ago, Amrica was a neutral nation, growing peacefully until it began intervening in foreign wars, including the conflicts with Islamic countries, concluding by a proposal of mutual benefit which is stop intervening in the affairs of our Ummah either directly or indirectly, and if they do so, our part will be guarantee free trade, including the trade of petroleum.

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15. The Believers Are But a Brotherhood
January 10, 2009

An 15:46-minute audio speech outlining how Palestinians should counter Israel’s operation in Gaza, and promises increased attacks on US forces in Iraq in retaliation for Gazans’ plight. He asks soldiers in countries like Egypt to smuggle weapons into Gaza, or at least make the location of these weapons known to willing fighters. He urges Palestinians to unite and fight together, and reminds Palestinians all over the world of their “duty” to aid their brothers in Gaza. Finally, he concludes by urging Muslims to target Jewish and US interests throughout the world, and promising more attacks against US forces in Iraq.

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16. Harvest of the Good
March 18, 2009

An 16:53-minute audio speech commenting on the plan of the governor of Washington and calling their plan to withdraw American forces by 2011 an implied avowal of defeat, he also declaring the end of the al-Karama (Dignity) Plan and announcing a new offensive within the Harvest of the Good Plan.

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17. Lying Traitors
May 12, 2009

An 17:37-minute audio speech denying claims of his arrest and inciting against the Shia-led Iraqi government.

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18. al-Aqsa Between the Deviation of the Christians and the Deception of the Jews
May 30, 2009

An 40:03-minute audio speech discussing the visit of Pope Benedict to the Middle East and provides a historical accounting of the relationship between the Christians and the Jews, clarifying how the Western world has reached a point of hysteria in supporting the Jews but the muslims put their souls, their children, and their money are all expendable and for the sake of raising the word of Allah and for the sake of al-Aqsa, and condemning the criminal actions of the government of Pakistan against the Muslims of that country.

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19. Glory in Protecting Religion and Honour
July 8, 2009

An 42:57-minute audio speech criticizing the Iraqi Government’s celebration of the National Day and the withdrawal of the US forces from the cities by virtue of the security agreement.

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20. Declaration of the Second Cabinet Reshuffle for the Islamic State of Iraq
September 21, 2009

A 10:10-minute video announcing the second cabinet formation for the Islamic State of Iraq, orally delivered (recording) by the spokesman for the Ministry of Information and written down by al-Shaykh al-Mujahid, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, may Allah accept him.

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21. The Political and Religious Crime of Elections and Our Obligation Towards It
February 13, 2010

An 34:23-minte audio speech discussing the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq, announcing that these elections will be prevented in any way that is permissible and possible, and that what has been prepared to prevent these elections is the greatest danger and most serious.

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22. The Axe of al-Khalil
March 19, 2010

An 09:47-minute audio declaring a new military campaign to target Iraqi political parties.

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23. Stop Them, Do Not Kill Them
March 25, 2010

An 24:07-minute audio speech clarifying the actions of the Islamic State on the day of the Iraqi elections, March 17, and clarifying the Islamic State’s goals in anti-election campaign.

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