by Florian Flade
Abu Muhammad, a policeman in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul explained to the news media what he had witnessed in the morning of April 10th 2009 when he was on duty in the southern part of the city. The policeman saw a truck filled with about a ton of explosives hidden under grain driving right behind two US Humvees on the street leading to Mosul´s police headquarters right next to U.S. Military’s Forward Operating Base Marez.
The American vehicles entered the compound and stopped. The next moment the truck driver rammed his vehicle through a metal barrier and slammed into a sandbagged wall. As Iraqi guards shot at the truck, the driver detonated the explosives next to the Humvees about 50 yards from the gate.
Five US soldiers died in the blast that left a 60-foot crater in the ground and destroyed the two US vehicles in the convoy. “There was more than 1,000 kg of explosives in the truck, which leveled three buildings”, an Iraqi police official said. Staff Sergeant Gary L. Woods, 24, of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky; Sergeant First Class Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, California; Sergeant Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis; Corporal Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport, Iowa; and Army Private First Class Bryce E. Gaultier, 22, from Cyprus, California – all lost their lives in the suicide bombing that is said to have initially targeted the Iraqi police headquarter of Mosul.
The next day one of the leaders of the terror cell that orchestrated the deadliest attack on US troops since March 10th 2008, chatted over the internet with a man living in Canada. “Did you hear about the huge incident yesterday? Is it known?”, the Canadian resident asked the Iraq-based terrorist. “Yes”, responded the member of the Iraqi terror network. “He was one of the Tunisian brothers”, explained the man in Canada whose name is Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa (alias “Tahir Sharif Sayfildin”)
The 38 year-old resident of Canada obviously was proud of the action of the Tunisian suicide bomber. He had reason to be proud because he allegedly was the one who sent a group of Tunisian jihadis into battle in Iraq. Isa is suspected of being a member of the terror network that conducted the deadly bombing. He was arrested yesterday by Canadian authorities in Edmonton on charges filed by U.S. officials. Prior to the arrest there had been a cooperation of U.S., Canadian and Tunisian authorities to gain information about the terror suspect´s involvement with the Iraqi terror group.
In a complaint filed on January 14th by prosecutors in New York City, Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa is charged with providing support to a Iraqi bases terror network: “The defendant is charged in connection with his support for a multinational terrorist network that conducted multiple suicide bombings in Iraq and that is responsible for the deaths of five American soldiers.” The defendant Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa is also suspected of being involved in another suicide bombing on March 31th 2009. That day two Tunisian militants who traveled to Iraq via Libya and Syria in October 2008 with the bomber that killed the five US soldiers in the April´09 Mosul bombing, attacked a police station and killed seven Iraqis.
“A day or two after the bombing, the brother of one of the bombers received an anonymous phone call in which the caller repeated three times that the bomber had “been martyred two days ago in combat with the Americans in Mosul”, the U.S. complaint of the Department of Justice reads.
Canadian Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa allegedly recruited eight Tunisians via the internet and organized the two groups´ travels to Iraq where they joined al-Qaida in Iraq. In March 2009 he tried to recruit a second group of Tunisian jihadis according to the complaint. “Try to delete everything…off your computer.Don’t leave one character of information or anything behind…Don’t leave any trace…Do not forget to keep reading Qur’an and repeat the famous prayers on the way until you meet with God”, Muhammad Isa told one of the Tunisians in online communications. Upon his departure from Tunisia the militant was arrested by Tunisian authorities.
“There is no more pressing duty after the declaration of faith than fighting the enemy”, the Canadian man told his motives to another person in January 2010, “Fighting comes before the other four pillars of faith…Islam came for the good of humanity. So if someone doesn’t like good, we fight them, like those dog Americans.” The same month Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa talked to the leader of a Iraqi al-Qaida cell about his plans to come to Iraq and take up arms against US troops. He is “1,000,000 percent” committed to the cause of Jihad in Iraq, Isa explained the Iraqi terrorist leader. “Even if I can’t work over there, I can work here”, he stated.
According to the complaint which includes information received by wiretapping, in November 2009 Isa told his mother his greatest wish was to die a martyr. On May 28th 2010 he told his sister living in Iraq she should carry out a “Go learn about weapons and go attack the police and Americans”, he said, “Let it be that you die.”