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Extremist shot dead in Aleppo

September 28th, 2007 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Followers of extremist leader Mahmoud Abu al-Qaqaa say he’s been shot dead after Friday prayers in Aleppo.

Al-Qaqaa is accused of recruiting militants to fight in Iraq. It’s thought he has thousands of followers in Syria.

It is not clear who killed him, but the government has been cracking down on extremists over the past three years, including a number of gun battles in the north of the country and near the Lebanese border.

A year ago, a group of militants killed during an attack on Damascus were found to be carrying CDs of sermons by Al-Qaqaa.

Soon after, Al-Qaqaa was made head of a religious school by the government, so they could keep him under control – since then, his anti-American speeches have been toned down.

The government is trying to stop fighters crossing into Iraq, because of American warnings they aren’t doing enough. Shooting this man seems to be key to the government’s battle against extremism.

In 1982, an insurgency led by the Muslim Brotherhood left around 20,000 people dead. The uprising began in Aleppo and culminated with the razing of the central city of Hama.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 syria almighty // Sep 28, 2007 at 11.38 pm

    Link, please.

    And did you get my e-mail?

  • 2 sasa // Sep 28, 2007 at 11.41 pm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7019253.stm

    Sorry syria almighty, i dont think i did…it could have gone straight to my junk mail folder…can you send it again, i’ll keep an eye out for it now…

  • 3 Anonymous // Sep 29, 2007 at 9.50 am

    Sasa, to say that he was an exremist is a little bit over the top.
    He only called for Jihad against Americans in Iraq, he’s not Osama.
    Mind you, his activities must have been sanctioned by the government..

  • 4 Anonymous // Sep 29, 2007 at 12.02 pm

    Are you taking about the episode where Assad wiped out the habitants of Hama from existance ? or is that another incident in 1982?

  • 5 syria almighty // Sep 29, 2007 at 4.13 pm

    The “habitants” of Hama were Muslim Brotherhood terrorists.

  • 6 Wassim // Sep 29, 2007 at 9.04 pm

    Syria Almighty,
    Shame on you…

  • 7 Anonymous // Oct 4, 2007 at 4.17 pm

    this Character is made by mukhabarate, and he was the head of a governemt institue (some religion school) which means he was taken out by the same people that were employing him. Peace to the middle east, and THE GOLAN HIGHTES ARE SYRIAN.

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