He's Iraq's most famous Shiite militiaman, a fierce warrior whose nom de guerre — Abu Azrael — is an archangel of death in Islam. But the 37-year-old has another nickname: the "Iraqi Rambo."
Abu Azrael, as he is known, is purported to be a legendary commander of the Imam Ali Brigade, a Shiite fighter groyp which have big rile in Tikrit operation. He has become a cult figure with Iraqi social media users creating tribute Facebook pages to him and circulating images of Abu Azrael holding axes, waving swords, and ….
Although his real identify remains unclear, local reports claim he’s worked as a university lecturer.
He became so famous that his image came on the cover of foreign magazines.
Tikrit is Saddam’s hometown and it has a great strategic and emotional importance for the country’s Sunni minority. Some local reports that the Iraqi and Shia forces have already seized large areas of the city.