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Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Zenberaniyah Enclave

The U.S. military is allegedly bombing the Zenberaniyah farming enclave south of Baghdad according to an AP wire report. The AP story calls the place Zambaraniyah (substituting the "n" for a "m") although I'm pretty sure it is pronounced with a "n" and that this is indeed the same place that I've been following for several months now.

My interest in Zenberaniyah stems from a character called Sa'ad Hashim Daoud al-'Ubeidi, who goes by the alias "Abu Seif"; he's a former adjuct to Saba'awi Al-Tikriti (Saddam's half-brother, and former head of the General Security Directorate); Abu Seif's reached the rank of Colonel in the GSD.

His current location is Damascus where he is seeking treatment for his son, Seif, who was critically wounded in a military confrontation several months ago. His nephew (brother's son) also died in the same confrontation. Abu Seif is also undergoing kidney treatment in Syria.

Abu Seif belongs to the Albu-'Awwad sub-clan of the 'Ubeid tribe, who are concentrated in Zenberaniyah.

I can't figure out if he's Al-Qaeda, Islamic Army or if he's working for Mohammad Younis al-Ahmed. He could be working for all three. Whatever his loyalties, he is extremely dangerous and effective. His fighters are allegedly responsible for several dozen US deaths and have taken the lives of hundreds of Iraqis.


Blogger Don Cox said...

Thanks for that useful background information, which I haven't sen anywhere else.

4:23 AM, January 11, 2008

Blogger bg said...


there's a huge operation going on..

did the AP happen to mention the name of it??

thanks, bg


10:43 PM, January 12, 2008

Anonymous me said...

Several days before this airstrike there was already action in the village, as indicated by mnf news about the finding of a cache and the killing of a US soldier there.

It seems to me that if the guys there were Islamic State they would have been "cleansed" long ago, the north babil area and Arab Jabour already many months ago was a focus for US action there. They must be some insurgence faction that had been coexisting with awakenings till now.

Insurgents and awakenings are now to coexist in many areas, but still the awakenings always or usually prevent the insurgents from attacking americans. I don´t know why or if this wasn´t the case.

12:31 PM, January 15, 2008


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