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How a US citizen became a key player in the Islamic State’s rivalry with al Qaeda | FDD’s Long War Journal
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How a US citizen became a key player in the Islamic State’s rivalry with al Qaeda | FDD’s Long War Journal

Ahmad Abousamra, a US citizen who graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, became one of the Islamic State’s top propagandists and “chief editor” of its English-language magazine. His story is told in the the eighth edition of the Islamic State’s Rumiyah (“Rome”) magazine, which was released online in several languages earlier this week. He is identified as “Abu Sulayman ash-Shami” and “Shaykh Ahmad ‘Abdul-Badi’ Abu Samrah” in Rumiyah. The cover of the publication, seen above, features him.

Abousamra was apparently killed in an airstrike near Tabqa, Syria in January. Press reports previously indicated that he was killed in mid-2015.

Source: How a US citizen became a key player in the Islamic State’s rivalry with al Qaeda | FDD’s Long War Journal