History[edit | edit source]
He was born in Derna, Libya in 1975.
Iraq[edit | edit source]
After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he traveled from Libya to Iraq via Syria to fight coalition forces. He was a member of Al-Qaeda in Iraq since at least 2004 and was an associate of Abu Umar al-Tunisi since then. According to a description given by the United States Department of the Treasury, he was personally trained by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
He was captured by American forces in Al-Karābilah, Al Anbar Governorate on September 6, 2005. A press release at the time says he admitted to being the improvised explosive device emir of Karabilah, responsible for conducting numerous bombings against Coalition and Iraqi forces.
Libya[edit | edit source]
In mid-2012 he was freed from jail in Iraq and returned to Libya, where he continued to support IS, starting a branch of IS in Libya in late 2014. He provided Tunisian IS leader Abu Umar al-Tunisi hundreds of thousands of dollars and dispatched experienced, trusted personnel to aid him between late 2012 and early 2013.
US and UN sanctions[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Counter Terrorism Designations". https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20150929.aspx. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- "IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE EMIR CAPTURED". http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1498265/posts. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- "Iraq Report, 10 Oct/05 - Winds of Change.NET". http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/iraq_report_10_oct05-print.html. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- "Security Council ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Adds 12 Names to Its Sanctions List - Meetings Coverage and Press Releases". https://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12266.doc.htm. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
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