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Professor Gary R. Bunt

Abu Ali al-Anbari

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, The Biography of Abu Ali al-Anbari: Full Translation and Analysis


"The study of the life of Abu Ali al-Anbari arguably embodies the biggest misconceptions about the Islamic State, largely because so many claims related about him have turned out to be erroneous. In a popular telling back in 2015, Anbari represented the case-in-point of the Islamic State as the 'ghost of Ba'athist Iraq'. Depicted as the wali (governor) of the Islamic State's Syrian provinces, it was claimed that Anbari was the one who "boosted al-Baghdadi up ISIS's greasy pole."" This looks like an interesting long-read. Anbari did produce some audio recordings, as well as other propaganda materials.

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