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  • proper n. Ab (Semitic), a common part of Arabic-derived names, meaning "father of" in Arabic.
  • proper n. A volcano on the island of Honshū in Japan.
  • proper n. Mount Abu, the highest mountain in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
  • proper n. Abu, Yamaguchi, a town in Japan.
  • proper n. A minor god of vegetation in Sumerian mythology.
  • proper n. The fifth month of the Babylonian calendar.
  • proper n. The ancient Egyptian name for the city of Elephantine, near modern day Aswan.
  • proper n. A language of Papua New Guinea which is not related to Abau and nor to Abui.


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  • But it turns out he kept close to his family — or at least part of it — and his most-trusted courier was a Kuwaiti-born Pakistani who went by the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, according to U.S. documents and investigators.

    Accounts piece together bin Laden's fugitive trail

  • It was around that time that the CIA had learned the true identity of a trusted courier known by the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti.

    Why U.S. had it wrong about bin Laden's hideout

  • U.S. officials have identified the courier as Sheikh Abu Ahmed, a Pakistani man born in Kuwait who went by the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti.

    Bin Laden property was purchased for 'an uncle'

  • The major, who assumed the nom de guerre Abu Khatab, also provided training to the militants in Waziristan, and he was later given the task of raising funds through the kidnapping of wealthy businessmen for ransom.

    The Scorpion’s Tail

  • For five years, when the family lived in Fez, Maimonides feigned conversion and took the name Abu Imran Musa ibn Maymun.

    The Great Experiment

  • Shkaki declined; but when the Mossad learned that Said Mussa Marara, better known by the nom de guerre Abu Mussa, would be at the conference, they were sure that Shkaki would change his mind.

    The Secret War with Iran

  • The Mossad probe, carried out with the cooperation of SIDE, took over a year, and the result sounded like a broken record: The network responsible for the attack was controlled by a veteran terrorist known only by the nom de guerre Abu al-Foul; the network belonged to the Hizballah offshoot run by Imad Moughniyeh; and it had operated along the same lines as two years previously.

    The Secret War with Iran

  • Chesser achieved notoriety on the Internet under the name Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee when he warned the creators of "South Park" that they risked death for mocking Islam.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • "We are going to capture another soldier and cleanse all the Israeli jails of our prisoners," said a masked spokesman using the nom de guerre Abu Mujahid. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Ibrahim "Awwad Ibrahim" Ali al-Badri, also known by the alias "Abu Du'a," was put on the agency's global terrorist list earlier this week and is the senior leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, the State Department said.


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