February 2005 - July 2005

February 2005 - July 2005

Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein

United States

  • February 2005: In U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, American citizen Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, was indicted on charges of providing material support to Al-Qa`ida and conspiring to assassinate President George Bush. The indictment contends that Ali pursued religious studies in Saudi Arabia in 2000 and returned to the kingdom in 2002 to aid and join forces with the Al-Qa`ida network; discussed plans to assassinate the president with several unidentified coconspirators; received a religious blessing to carry out the alleged plot and received weapons training and instruction in document falsification from known Al-Qa`ida figures. Ali was arrested in Saudi Arabia in June 2003 and extradited to the U.S. in February 2005.
  • March 2005: In federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Yemeni Sheik Mohammed Ali Hasan al-Moayad, 56, and his Yemeni assistant Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, 31, were found guilty of providing material support to Hamas and conspiring to support Al-Qa`ida. Al-Moayad and Zayed were arrested in 2003 in Frankfurt, Germany, after they were recorded discussing funneling $2.5 million to the fight against America’s “Zionist government.” The prosecution had experienced several setbacks in the case, including the November 2004 apparent suicide bid of a key informant and a January 2005 judicial refusal to allow prosecutors to present documents allegedly linking the sheikh to suspected Al-Qa`ida militants in Afghanistan and Croatia. Sentencing is scheduled for May 2005.
  • April 2005: French citizen of Moroccan descent Zacarias Moussaoui, 36, on trial for involvement in the September 11 attacks, pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, to participating in a broad conspiracy by Al-Qa`ida to fly planes into American buildings. Moussaoui admitted to being “guilty of a broad conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction to destroy the White House” and explained that he was training for a post-September 11 attack on the White House. (4/05)
  • American citizens Dr. Rafiq Abdus Sabir, 50, and Tarik ibn Osman Shah, 42, were arrested and charged with conspiring to provide material support to Al-Qa`ida. Florida resident Sabir allegedly agreed to treat jihadists in Saudi Arabia, while New York resident Shah, a jazz musician and self-described martial arts expert, allegedly agreed to train Al-Qa`ida recruits in hand-to-hand combat. In an FBI sting operation from 2003 to 2005, the two men allegedly took an oath pledging their allegiance to Al-Qa`ida. (5/05)
  • Pennsylvania resident Ronald A. Grecula, 68, was indicted in Houston on one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to Al-Qa`ida. Arrested in Houston in May 2005, Grecula is accused of plotting to build an explosive device with the intention of selling it to Al-Qa`ida. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Grecula discussed with an undercover FBI agent “Grecula’s technical knowledge regarding how to build an explosive device with “ordinary” materials, the destructive potential of the bomb, Grecula’s willingness to put on a demonstration for the proposed client – Al-Qa`ida, his willingness to train terrorists to fly planes and possible targets in the U.S. for terroristic acts, and the need for Grecula and the undercover agent to “be careful” as they planned the venture.” (6/05)
  • A federal grand jury in Minneapolis added four new charges against Mohammed Abdullah Warsame, 31, a Somali with Canadian citizenship, who was arrested in December 2003 and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Al-Qa`ida. The new indictment added a count of providing material support to Al-Qa`ida and three counts of making false statements to the FBI. Warsame allegedly fought with the Taliban, shared a meal with Usama bin Ladin, attended military training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan and wired money to people he met in the Afghan training camps. (6/05)
  • A U.S. district court judge in New York sentenced Yemeni cleric Sheikh Mohammed Al Hassan al-Moayad, 57, to seventy-five years in prison for conspiring to support Al-Qa`ida and Hamas. Al-Moayad was convicted in March 2005 of conspiring to provide material support and resources to foreign terrorist organizations. His assistant, Yemeni Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, 31, convicted of terrorism conspiracy, is scheduled to be sentenced in September 2005. (7/05)

Europe

  • Spain—January 2005: A Spanish judge indicted eight people—Reda Zerroug, Redouane Zenimi, Samir Mahdjoub, Mohamed Ayat, Hedi Ben Youssef Boudhiba, Khaled Madani, Tahar Ezirouali, and Francisco Garcia Gomez—on charges of having provided logistical help and false documents for suspects in the September 11 attacks, including Ramzi Binalshibh. The eight are believed linked to the Al-Qa`ida Hamburg cell that planned the World Trade Center attacks and to Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi’s terrorist network. All but Boudhiba and Ezirouali are in Spanish custody, with the former in jail in Britain and the latter at large, subject to an international arrest warrant.
  • France—February 2005: Iraqi authorities captured Talib Mikhlif Arsan Walman al-Dulaymi, a.k.a. Abu Qutaybah, a key aide to Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, believed responsible for arranging safe houses and transportation as well as passing packages and funds to Al-Zarqawi. Authorities also captured Mohamed Najam Ibrahim, the alleged leader of an Al-Qa`ida terror cell responsible for a string of beheadings in Iraq.
  • France—March 2005: A French court convicted six French Algerian men of plotting a suicide bombing, inspired by Al-Qa`ida, against the U.S. embassy in Paris in the weeks before the September 11 attacks. Ringleader Djamel Beghal, 39, received the maximum sentence of ten years in prison, and communications and logistics operative Kamel Daoudi, 30, received a nine-year prison term. Daoudi was accused by the prosecution of meeting with Al-Qa`ida figures in Afghanistan in connection with the foiled plot. The four other defendants—Nabil Bounour, 34, Abdelkrim Lefkir, 34, Rachid Benmessahel, 35, and Johan Bonte, 23—received prison sentences ranging from one to six years. Beghal was arrested in the UAE in July 2001 and extradited to France in September 2001. The designated suicide bomber was found to be Nizar Trabelsi, convicted in Brussels in 2003 of plotting to blow up a NATO military base in Belgium on behalf of Al-Qa`ida.
  • Spain—April 2005: A Spanish judge charged eleven Pakistani nationals (Mohamed Afzaal, Shahzad Ali Gujar, Nasser Ahmad Khan, Masoud Akhtar, Shafqat Ali, Mahmoud Anwar, Adnan Aslam, Farhat Iqbat, Irfan Khan, Zaman Qamar Uz, Mohamed Choudhry Aslam) with forming a cell in Barcelona to aid global terrorism and Al-Qa`ida. Cell ringleader Muhammad Afzaal is accused of meeting an Al-Qa`ida leader in Dubai and receiving instructions about forming terrorist cells in Europe. Other members of the cell are accused of funneling money to Islamist militants in Pakistan responsible for the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, and meeting with and providing money to Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, a.k.a. Muhammad the Egyptian, charged with involvement in the March 2004 Madrid train bombings. Cell members were arrested in September 2004, and authorities reportedly found computer videos of the Madrid attacks and video footage of prominent buildings in Barcelona. (4/05)
  • A French court sentenced Algerian national Abderrahmane Ameuroud and Frenchmen Adel Tebourski and Youssef el Aouni for seven, six and two years respectively for providing logistical assistance to Al-Qa`ida agents who killed Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Masood in September 2001. The three men were convicted of providing funds and forged documents to the two Tunisian radicals who posed as journalists and detonated a bomb that killed Masood. Two other men, Merhez Azouz and Khellaf Hamman, received jail terms of five and two years respectively for helping recruit Islamic fighters for Afghanistan from 1998 to 2000. (5/05)
  • A Spanish judge indicted thirteen suspected Islamic extremists on charges of belonging to an Al-Qa`ida cell in Madrid.  The indicted suspects include eleven Moroccan nationals—Mustapha Maymouni, 33, Abdelaziz Mouratik, 33, Abderrazak Azzi, 43, Mohamed Larbi Ben Selam, 27, Mohamed El Ouazzani, 23, Abdelkrim El Ouazzani, 37, Samir Ben Abdellah, 37, Said Rehou, 22, Mohamed Afalah, 29, (later reported dead in Iraq), and Madrid train bombing suspects Faissal Allouch, 35 and Khalid Zeimi Pardo, 28—and two Algerians, Noureddine Bellid, 39 and Azzedine Bellid, 37. Maymouni is in a Moroccan prison in connection with the 2003 Casablanca attacks. According to the indictment, the suspects had formed two terror cells in 2002—one in Morocco and one in Madrid. (5/05)

Elsewhere Abroad

  • Australia—March 2005: An Australian court ruled that Joseph Terrence “Jihad Jack” Thomas, 31, must stand trial on charges of receiving financial support from Al-Qa`ida, providing the terrorist network with resources to help carry out a terrorist attack in Australia and having a false passport. Prosecutors allege that Thomas spent three months at an Al-Qa`ida training camp in Afghanistan and was later approached in Pakistan by an Usama Bin Ladin associate who tried to recruit him to carry out surveillance of military installations in Australia.
  • Jordan—March 2005: A Jordanian military court convicted and sentenced in absentia Al-Qa`ida leader and terrorist mastermind Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, to fifteen years in jail for planning an attack on the Jordanian embassy, the offices of the Jordanian military attaché, and unspecified American targets in Iraq. The U.S. has issued a $25 million reward for Al-Zarqawi, who was sentenced to death twice in Jordan—for the October 2002 killing of American diplomat Laurence Foley, and for planning to attack U.S. and Israeli targets during 1999 New Year’s celebrations in Jordan.
  • Pakistani authorities arrested Abu Farraj al-Libbi, the reported number three Al-Qa`ida leader wanted in connection with two assassination attempts on Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf. Pakistani security officials have described Libbi as Al-Qa`ida’s operational commander in Pakistan. Several days later, Pakistani authorities arrested 18 people thought to be part of Libbi’s terrorist network. (5/05)
  • A Yemeni court convicted and sentenced to prison Al-Khadr Abdel Rabou and Abdullah Ahmed al-Remi for being members of Al-Qa`ida. The two men had trained in Afghan terrorist camps in 2001. (5/05)
  • Saudi authorities arrested five nationals from Chad in Jeddah, accusing them of belonging to Al-Qa`ida, of killing French citizen Laurent Barbot in September 2004, and of committing several armed robberies. (6/05)
  • An Algerian court sentenced Algerian terrorist Mohamed Meguerba, 37, to ten years in prison for setting up and belonging to a foreign terrorist organization. Meguerba trained at the Al-Qa`ida-run El-Farook terrorist camp in Afghanistan and was a key conspirator, according to British authorities, in an Al-Qa`ida plot to launch attacks in London using ricin and other poisons. Information Meguerba gave his Algerian interrogators about the ricin plot was reportedly used by British authorities to capture and convict Algerian Kamel Bourgass in April 2005. (6/05)
  • An Indian court convicted self-confessed Al-Qa`ida operative Mohammed Afroze, 29, of conspiring to “commit terrorist acts on territories of nations at peace with India” and forgery. Arrested in December 2002, Afroze was sentenced to five years “rigorous imprisonment” for conspiring between 1997 and 2001 to hijack passenger planes and crash them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon in the U.S., the House of Commons in London, the Rolta Towers in Australia, and Parliament House in New Delhi.  (7/05)

AL-QA`IDA-LINKED

  • Philippines—February–March 2005: In recent months, Philippines authorities have arrested several Al-Qa`ida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terror suspects who allegedly came to the Philippines to train local Islamic extremists in explosives, weapons, and combat tactics. Suspected Indonesian JI members Mohammad Nasir Hamid, Mohammed Yusuf Karim, Didi Deskiarna (initially identified as Malaysian Ted Yolanda), and Filipino Muhajir de la Merced were charged with illegal possession of explosives and firearms. Their arrests are believed to have thwarted planned attacks on an airport, malls, a church, and American troops. Several weeks later police arrested Indonesian Rohmat, a.k.a. Zaki, 26, alleged JI liaison officer to Abu Sayyaf and suspected of involvement in the February 2005 bombings in the southern Philippines that killed eight people.
  • Filipino authorities have also made several Al-Qa`ida-linked Abu Sayyaf arrests.   Palestinian Fawaz Zi Ajjur, 39, who allegedly trained Abu Sayyaf terrorists in bomb-making in the past, returned to the Philippines and was arrested. Authorities also arrested wanted Abu Sayyaf terrorist Aminula Jimlani, one of the militants who allegedly seized three Americans and seventeen local tourists and beach resort staff from a western Philippine island in 2001. Two of the Americans were killed in the attack, and Jimlani’s capture has been sought by the U.S. government. Jimlani was also allegedly involved in the burning of Ipil in the southern Philippines in 1994, which killed fifty-three people. Police also arrested suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists Abu Khalil Trinidad, 26, and Gamal Baharan, alias Tapay, suspected of planting a bomb aboard a bus in Manila’s Makati financial district in February 2005, which killed four people and wounded 100 others. A few weeks later, a third suspect, Gappal Bannah, 24, surrendered to police. (2/05, 3/05)
  • Pakistan—March 2005: A Pakistani antiterrorism judge in Karachi convicted two doctors—Akmal Waheed and Arshad Waheed—of providing financial and medical aid to Jundullah (Army of God), an Islamic extremist group with suspected ties to Al-Qa`ida. The two brothers were sentenced to seven years in prison.
  • Algeria—April 2005: Algerian Islamic extremist Kamel Bourgass, 31, was convicted in Britain of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance by the use of poisons and/or explosives to cause disruption, fear, or injury. Bourgass was arrested in January 2003 after British police found raw materials and equipment needed to produce the poison ricin in a suspected chemical weapons laboratory. British officials reportedly said that Bourgass intended to target the rail link between central London and Heathrow Airport. While on the run from British authorities, Bourgass stabbed to death a police officer. He was sentenced to seventeen years imprisonment for the ricin conspiracy and life imprisonment for the murder. Bourgass is suspected of meeting and discussing the conspiracy with Al-Qa`ida officials.
  • United States—April 2005: The U.S. government unsealed an indictment by a federal grand jury in Manhattan charging three British nationals with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, providing material support and resources to terrorists, and conspiring to damage and destroy buildings as part of a plot to attack financial institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Washington. Dhiran Barot, a.k.a. Abu Eisa al-Hindi, 32, Nadeem Tarmohammed, 26, and Qaisar Shaffi, 25, are accused of conducting surveillance on prominent financial buildings between August 2000 and April 2001. There is no mention of Al-Qa`ida in the indictment, but the September 11 Commission Report said that Al-Qa`ida leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed sent Barot to Malaysia to receive terrorist training and, at the direction of Usama Bin Ladin, sent him to the U.S. “to case potential economic and Jewish targets in New York City.” The three suspects are among a group of eight terrorism suspects arrested in England in August 2004 and currently await trial there on terrorism-related charges. (4/05)
  • Singapore—April 2005: Singaporean authorities arrested suspected Jemaah Islamiyah member Jahpar Bin Osman, 35, accused of training in the southern Philippines and negotiating with JI on targets to be attacked.
  • India—April 2005: An Indian court in Calcutta convicted gangster Aftab Ansari and six other men of attacking the American Cultural Center in Calcutta in January 2002 and killing five policemen who were guarding the center. Ansari is suspected of ties to Al-Qa`ida and the Al-Qa`ida-linked Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET). (4/05)

RECENT ARRESTS OF AL-QA`IDA AND AL-QA`IDA-LINKED LEADERS IN IRAQ

  • Musaab Kasser Abdul Rahman Hassan, a.k.a. Abu Younis (Suspected car bomb maker and bombing mastermind)
  • Mohammed Khalaf Shkarah al-Hamadani, a.k.a. Abu Talha (Alleged Al-Qa`ida leader in Mosul)
  • Mutlaq Mahmoud Mutlaq Abdullah, a.k.a. Abu Raad (Suspected senior aide to Abu Talha)
  • Jassim Hazan Hamadi al-Bazi, a.k.a. Abu Ahmed (Suspected of building and selling cars used by suicide bombers)
  • Sami Ammar Hamid Mahmud, a.k.a. Abu Aqil (Suspected of masterminding the kidnappings of Iraqis and foreigners)
  • Imad Nassar Ahmed Amarah, a.k.a. Abu Hamza (Suspected aide to Abu Talha, accused of bringing suicide bombers into Iraq and running safe houses in the Mosul area)
  • Mahdi Moussa al-Jabouri, a.k.a. Mullah Mahdi (Suspected head of Mosulbranch of Ansar al-Sunnah Army)
  • Khamis Farhan Khalaf Abd al-Fahdawi, a.k.a. Abu Seba (Suspected senior aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi; suspected of involvement in the July 2005 assassination of the Egyptian envoy to Iraq)
  • Abdulla Ibrahim Muhammed Hassan al Shadad, a.k.a. Abu Abdul Aziz (Suspected Baghdad head of operations for Al-Qa`ida in Iraq)
  • Abdullah Mohammad Rashid al-Rashud (Suspected Senior Al-Qa`ida leader in Saudi Arabia)
  • Hamdi Tantawi (Suspected lieutenant to senior Al-Qa`ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri)

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