Finding Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, had long been the U.S. military's top priority -- trumping even the search for Osama bin Laden. No brutality was spared in trying to squeeze intelligence from
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Arabic: أبومصعب الزرقاوي, About this sound pronunciation (help·info) ’Abū Muṣ‘ab az-Zarqāwī, Abu Musab from Zarqa); October 30, 1966 – June 7, 2006), born Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh (Arabic: أحمد فضيل النزال الخلايله, ’Aḥmad Faḍīl an-Nazāl al-Ḫalāyla) was a militant Islamist from Jordan who ran a paramilitary training camp in Afghanistan. ... He formed al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in the 1990s, and led it until his death in June 2006.