Schlagwort-Archive: Saudi

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?

NATO Kills Saudi Al-Qaida Commander in Afghanistan

by Florian Flade

NATO announced today a April 14th airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed a wanted Saudi al-Qaida commander who was responsible for suicide bombings and attacks on Coalition troops. Abu Hafs al-Najdi aka „Abdul Ghani“ was one of ISAF´s most wanted targets in Afghanistan.

The 27 year-old Saudi national whose real name is Saleh Nayef al-Makhlafi regularly crossed the border into Pakistan and met with senior al-Qaida leadership, ISAF claims. Al-Makhlafi became al-Qaida´s commander and recruiter in Kunar Province, training militants and sending them on attacks against NATO and Afghan security forces.

When the NATO airstrike happened, al-Makhlafi was holding a meeting in Dangan district of Kunar with a number of Afghan, Pakistani and foreign militants, some of whom were also killed in the military strike.

The Saudi al-Qaida commander´s name is found on the Saudi-Arabian most-wanted list of terrorists among the 85 sought-after al-Qaida members. Al-Makhlafi´s aliases are given as „Abdul Ghani“ and „Abu Hafs“. He was born in the Saudi captial Riyadh according to the information presented by the Saudi interior ministry. ISAF was on the hunt for Al-Makhlafi for four years.