Schlagwort-Archive: facilitator

The Day Rami met Yassin

by Florian Flade

Yassin al-Suri is one of the World´s most wanted men. He is Al-Qaida´s main money man and responsible for sending financial donations from the Gulf region to Pakistan. German Jihadist Rami M., now imprisoned, met the mysterious Al-Qaida figure in Waziristan.



Iran Denies Presence Of High-Level Al-Qaida Facilitator

by Florian Flade

Izzaddin Abdel Aziz Khalil from the Syrian town of Al-Qamishli is now international terrorist celebrity. The 29 year-old Syrian has been added to the U.S. Most Wanted List of terrorists. A $ 10 Million reward is offered for information leading to his killing or arrest.

Khalil who is known as „Yassin al-Suri“ is labeled as a senior Al-Qaida facilitator based in Iran. According to U.S. authorities Al-Suri is moving terrorist recruits across the Middle East into Iran and then to Pakistan and Afghanistan. His activities are known to Iranian authorities, the U.S. claims.

„Iranian authorities maintain a relationship with al-Suri and have permitted him to operate within Iran´s borders since 2005“ – the U.S. Ministry of Justice states – „Al-Suri funnels significant funds via Iran for onward passage to al-Qaida´s leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq“.

Yassin al-Suri was also responsible for arranging a deal with Iran´s regime for the release of imprisones Al-Qaida members (among them Egyptian Saif al-Adel and Kuwaiti Sulaiman Abu Ghaith) from Iranian prisons. Allegedly Iranian officials handed the prisoners to Al-Suri who then facilitated their travel to Pakistan.

Meanwhile Iran has denied having any affiliation with the Al-Qaida opertive Yassin al-Suri. „These amateurish scenarios by the U.S. government on the presence of an Al-Qaida member in Iran are totally baseless“, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.


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?