Abu al-Walid

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Abu al-Walid (ابو الوليد) (also transliterated as Abu al-Waleed and also called Abu al-Walid al-Ghamdi or simply Abu Walid) (1967 – April 16, 2004), was a Saudi-born Arab of the Ghamid tribe who fought as a "mujahid" volunteer in Central Asia, the Balkans, and the North Caucasus. He was killed in April 2004 by the Russian federal forces.

Al-Walid was one of the most prominent Arabs fighting in Chechnya, and took over as Amir (commander) of an autonomous unit composed mostly of non-Chechen mujahideen following the death of its previous commander Ibn al-Khattab on March 20, 2002.

Abu al-Walid was accused by Russians of terrorist attacks on civilians, and "there are allegations that al-Walid is variously an agent of Saudi intelligence, the Muslim Brotherhood, or Bin Laden's al-Qaeda."


During his lifetime, little was known about al-Walid’s background, lifestyle or fighting methods. In sharp contrast to his predecessor – Ibn al-Khattab (more commonly known as Khattab) who was known to have a personal camera crew of two who followed him even into combat, al-Walid was very reclusive. This led to speculation about his identity, whereabouts and actions, and occasionally to rumours of his death. One such rumour that was very...
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