A brother-in-law of al Qaeda in Iraq’s former leader, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, has died while fighting for the Al Nusrah Front in Syria, Al Jazeera reported. And his replacement as emir of an Al Nusrah subgroup also served Zarqawi in Iraq.
Iyad al Tubasi, who is also known as Abu Julaybib, is thought to have been killed earlier this week in Daraa, a town in southwestern Syria near the Jordanian border. Al Tubasi is just the latest Zarqawi family member to die on the battlefield or to have been captured.
Al Jazeera’s sources say that “the Al Mujahidin Shura Council and the legislative committee of Al Nusrah Front…appointed 38 year-old Jordanian Mustafa Abd al Latif Salih, known as Abu Anas al Sahhaba, as the emir of the front in Syria.” Salih is not the overall emir of Al Nusrah, but instead leads a subgroup in Daraa province. The Nusrah Front has been active in Daraa, and has claimed five suicide attacks in the town since the end of June.
Earlier this week, the US State Department said that al Qaeda in Iraq’s emir, Abu Du’a, or Abu Bakr al Baghdadi al Husseini al Qurshi, “is in control of both AQI and Al Nusrah.”
Salih “was active in the Salafi jihadist trend” in Jordan and “accompanied” Zarqawi “in Iraq for a while, Al Jazeera reported. “One of his duties in Iraq was to work in Syria as a recruiter of fighters and transport them to Iraq.” Salih “was arrested twice in Syria” and allegedly tortured before being turned over to the Jordanians at some point.