Schlagwort-Archive: Arab

Jordanian Al-Qaida Fighter Killed in Afghanistan

by Florian Flade

„The hero of Khorasan Zaid Saleh al-Hourani, known to everyone as Abu Musab al-Hourani“, the beginning of a short biography of a Jordanian Jihadist fighter killed in Afghanistan reads. The article about Al-Hourani was posted on Jihadist Internet forums recently and gives a rare insight into the situation of foreign fighters in Afghanistan these days.

„Abu Musab al-Hourani“, a resident of Amman, from a Jericho family, allegedly was a close aid to former Iraqi Al-Qaida leader Abu Musab az-Zarqawi and recruited about 30 other Jordanians to Jihad in Iraq. In Jordan al-Hourani was imprisoned for 5 years because of his terrorist activities.

In 2010 he traveled to Pakistan and joined the mujaheddin in the tribal areas. Pictures released with his biography are showing Abu Musab al-Hourani in the Pakistani tribal agency of Orakzai. „He took part in operations targeting the Pakistani military“, the biography reads. Al-Hourani was wounded during the fighting in Pakistan, both in battle with Pakistani troops (on his leg) and in CIA drone strikes (again his leg) but recovered from the injuries.

After two years as part of the Al-Qaida forces in Pakistan Abu Musab al-Hourani decided to wage Jihad in Afghanistan. In July 2012 he was killed during a US military raid in the province of Ghazni.

US Drone Strike In Somalia Kills Arab Al Qaida Members

by Florian Flade

Al-Qaida member „Abu Usama“ from Morocco was killed in Somalia drone strike

On Saturday a US drone fired missiles at a convoy carrying Islamist militants about 60km south of Mogadishu. Several foreign Jihadis were said to have died in the airstrike. Local residents reported four Al-Shabaab fighters became victims of the drone strike, among them a white Kenyan Jihadi named „Akram.

A member of a Jihadi Internet forum now confirms the identity of those who were killed by the US drone. According to the Internet posting two foreign Islamist and a Somalia militant became „martyrs“ in the missile strike. A Moroccan national named „Abu Usama“ is among the dead.

„Abu Usama“ who was featured in a video released by Somalia militant group „Al-Shabaab“ in 2011, allegedly grew up in a neighborhood of Cassablanca and first got involved with Al-Qaida during a stay on the Arabian Peninsula. Later he joined Al-Qaida in Iraq under the command of Abu Musab az-Zarqawi before returning to Morocco.

The two other foreign militants are named as „Abu Ahmad“ and „Abu Bakr al-Ansari“.

If true the latest US drone strike in Somalia indicates the CIA´s ongoing will to strike high value Al-Qaida targets in the country if necessary. Several Al-Qaida commanders have been taken out by either drone attacks or US commando raids in Somalia in previous years.

Bin Laden Courier Captured in Karachi?

by Florian Flade

May 4th, Gulshan e-Iqbal District, Karachi: Pakistani security forces raided a building in the center of the coastal town of Karachi. They arrested the suspected Arab al-Qaida member Muhammad Ali Qassim aka „Abu Suhaib al-Makki“.

According to Pakistani authorities Qassim, who had a satellite phone and GPS tracking devices on him at the time of the arrest, had lived in Pakistan for years with his wife and three children. His nationalities was not confirmed but it is suspected he is either a Yemeni or Saudi citizen of 35 to 40 years old. The Pakistani intelligence ISI believes Qassim took over an important role in al-Qaida after a US drone attack killed the Egyptian Mustafa Abu al-Yazid in May 2010.

Qassim allegedly speaks Pashto and Urdu and was, according to the BBC one of the main couriers between Osama Bin Laden and his deputy Dr.Ayman az-Zawahiri. He traveled a lot around Pakistan and had previously lived in various cities in the country, including Peshawar, Faisalabad and Abbottabad, where Bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs about two weeks ago.

US officials said „Abu Suhaib al-Makki“ was not on the most-wanted list of al-Qaida figures and is not suspected of being a member of the terrorist networks leadership. If the reports are true, he was a courier regularly transferring messages from Bin Laden to Zawahiri and vice versa, it is interesting to note that he was arrested only two days after Bin Laden was killed. Did Pakistani intelligence know about the presence of the Arab al-Qaida courier in Karachi? Where they tracking him or did they come across him only because of the intel found in the Bin Laden compound?