Born: 16 January 1992;
Place of Birth: United States;
Nationality: Albanian, American;
Zulfi Hoxha (also known by the nom de guerre Abu Hamza al-Amriki) is an Albanian-American Islamic State (IS) senior commander and recruiter of foreign fighters fighting in Syria and Iraq.
He was active on social media before his departure for Syria. He reportedly operated a Twitter account on which he interacted with other Islamic State supporters.
Hoxha left the United States on 6 April 2015 for Turkey and four days later joined an Islamic State training camp in Syria.
The co-conspirators in the 2015 Boston beheading plot who were part of a network that was in communication with Islamic State operatives in Syria, raised the funds and made the arrangements that enabled Hoxha to travel to Turkey, make contact with and joined the Islamic State in Syria.
Within six months he was featured in a video where several captured Kurdish soldiers are beheaded. Hoxha was the first to behead one of the captives.
It might be the first known case of an American Islamic State member beheading individuals on video, and it is the first case in which the US government confirmed the name and American citizenship of an Islamic State member featured in Islamic State media.
He is present in the propaganda video “We Will Surely Guide Them To Our Ways” (published in May 2017), where he says in English – “Are you incapable of stabbing a kaffir (non-Muslim) with a knife, throwing him off of a building, or running him over with a car? Liberate yourself from hellfire by killing a kaffir”, located in Nineveh in northwestern Iraq.
Also, Hoxha appeared in a video showcasing Islamic State weaponry. Hoxha is one of only a few dozen Americans to have gone overseas to join the Islamic State terrorist group.
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