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Abu Waheeb
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Abu Waheeb
Native name أبو وهيب
Birth name Shaker Wahib al-Fahdawi
شاكر وهيب الفهداوي
Nickname Abu Waheeb
Nusayri Hunter
Teacher of the Nusayris[1]
Desert Lion[2]
Born 1986 (age 32–33)[3]
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Commands held ISIL Forces in Anbar

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Shaker Wahib al-Fahdawi al-Dulaimi, known as Abu Waheeb ("Father of the Generous") (Arabic: أبو وهيب) is a leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant forces in Anbar, Iraq.[4] He is notorious for the execution of a group of three Syrian Alawite truck drivers in Iraq in the summer of 2013, as head of the Al Anbar Lions.[3]


Fahdawi was born in 1986. In 2006, whilst studying computer science at the University of Anbar, he was arrested by US forces on charges of belonging to Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Following Fahdawi's arrest he was detained by US forces at the Camp Bucca detention facility in southern Iraq until 2009, when he was sentenced to death and moved to Tikrit Central Prison in Saladin Province.[2]

Fahdawi was one of 110 detainees who managed to escape the prison in 2012, following a riot and an attack on the prison by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq.[2]

Following his escape he became an ISI field commander in Anbar province, having been trained and prepared during his incarceration. The two prisons he had been housed at had previously held a large number of ISI leaders.[2] Since his escape he has been active in anti-government operations, with his appearances becoming more brazen. Iraqi officials have blamed him for a long list of terror-related offences.[3]

Anbar security officials have put a $50,000 bounty on him.[3]


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