Definitions for "Abu Deraa"
Abu Deraa (real name: Ismail al-Zerjawi Hafidh), (Arabic أبو درع) is an Iraqi Shi'ite warlord whose men have been accused of terrorizing and killing Sunnis. His aim has apparently been to avenge Shi'ite deaths at the hands of Sunnis in Iraq, though he has stated that he is fighting for all Iraqis and only targets the 'occupiers'. Abu Deraa operates out of Sadr City, which is also the stronghold of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia, the al-Mahdi Army. He has gained a reputation for his command of Shi’ite death squads and brutal attacks targeting Sunni Muslims and cases of mass kidnappings in broad daylight.