Militant Leadership Monitor – November 2014

The November 2014 issue of Militant Leadership Monitor begins with a snapshot of two Syrian military defectors who are now FSA commanders by Nicholas Heras. Ahmad Absi Al-Su’oud defected in March 2012 and now leads al-Furqa 13 while Hassan Mar’i Al-Hamadeh defected with his MiG-21 in June 2012 and now commands al-Furqa 101. Next, Sunguta West profiles the new leader of al-Shabaab, Ahmad Umar. This is followed with a look at Muhammad al-Azeri, the main leader of Azerbaijani fighters in Syria. Then, the shadow commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani, is profiled by Nima Adelkah. Finally, Jacob Zenn covers Boko Haram’s key negotiator in Cameroon Alhaji Abdalla.