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.