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Tohir Abduhalilovich Yuldashev
Тахир Абдухалилович Юлдашев
Born (1967-10-02)October 2, 1967
Died August 27, 2009(2009-08-27) (aged 41)
Allegiance Flag of Jihad.svg Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

War on Terror:

Tohir Abduhalilovich Yuldashev (Russian: Тахир Абдухалилович Юлдашев Takhir Abdukhalilovich Yuldashev), (October 2, 1967 – August 27, 2009) cofounded the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an Islamist organization active in Central Asia, with Juma Namangani in December 1991.[1] According to the Defense Intelligence Agency he was a key leader opposing US forces during Operation Anaconda. The United Nations considers the IMU an Islamic terrorist organization.[2]

When anti-Taliban forces killed Namangani, the IMU's military leader and cofounder, in Afghanistan in 2001, Yuldashev took over the IMU's day-to-day operations as well.[3]

According to the BBC, Yuldashev learned that al Qaeda was planning to use hijacked airliners to attack the United States on September 11, 2001, prior to the attacks.[4] The BBC reported that Yuldashev then informed the Taliban Foreign Minister, Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil, who sent an envoy to warn the USA of al Qaeda's attack plans prior to September 11, 2001. According to the BBC Yuldashev was told to initiate an advance warning to the USA of the attacks because he was concerned that an al Qaeda attack on the USA would trigger an American counter-attack, which would imperil the safe haven his group had been enjoying in Afghanistan.

A video message from Tohir Yuldashev was reportedly distributed throughout the Uzbek areas of Central Asia in early 2007.[5] In the video Tohir was reported to have said:

Today, our primary goal is to emancipate Iraq and Afghanistan from the American occupation.

After Baitullah Mehsud was reported to have been killed by missiles fired from an American Predator drone the Asia Times reported that Yuldashev had been Baitullah's ideological mentor, that Yuldashev had put 2,500 hardened fighters at his disposal, and that Baitullah lived with the Uzbek, who became his biggest ideological inspiration.[6]

On September 30, 2009, a man, who claimed to be Yuldashev's bodyguard, reported to the Pakistan newspaper The News International that Yuldashev was killed in a US Predator drone airstrike shortly after Mehsud's death.[7][8] US and Pakistan officials afterwards confirmed Yuldashev was killed in an airstrike on August 27, 2009.[9] Yuldashev reportedly lost a leg and arm in the drone missile strike on August 27, 2009 and was rushed to a hospital in Zhob in Baluchistan, but died the next day.[10] His death was formally announced by the IMU on August 16, 2010.[11]

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  1. "Wanted: Tohir Yaldeshev". Defense Intelligence Agency. October 2006. http://www.dia.mil/site6_images/cards/af/af010x.jpg. Retrieved 2009-02-04. [dead link] mirror
  2. "In the spotlight: The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)"]. Center for Defense Information. March 25, 2002. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. https://archive.is/98Lh. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  3. "Terrorist Organizations". World Statesmen. http://www.worldstatesmen.org/Terrorist.html#IMU. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  4. Kate Clark (September 7, 2002). "Taleban 'warned US of huge attack'". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2242594.stm. Retrieved 2007-01-16. "An aide to the former Taleban foreign minister, Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, has revealed that he was sent to warn American diplomats and the United Nations that Osama bin Laden was due to launch a huge attack on American soil."  mirror
  5. Igor Rotar (August 28, 2007). "Ferghana valley: Return of the Jihad". Eurasianet. http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav082807.shtml. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  6. Syed Saleem Shahzad (2009-08-08). "Baitullah: Dead or alive, his battle rages". Asia Times. Archived from the original on 2009-08-07. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.atimes.com%2Fatimes%2FSouth_Asia%2FKH08Df04.html&date=2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  7. Yusufzai, Rahimullah (2009-09-30). "Tahir Yuldachev is dead: bodyguard". The News International. Archived from the original on 2009-11-28. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thenews.com.pk%2Fprint1.asp%3Fid%3D200845+&date=2009-11-28. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  8. David Ignatius (2010-02-17). "What the partisan squabbles miss on Obama's terror response". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fwp-dyn%2Fcontent%2Farticle%2F2010%2F02%2F16%2FAR2010021605043.html%3Fhpid%3Dopinionsbox1&date=2010-03-07. "These raids have ravaged the top tier of al-Qaeda's lieutenants. The victims include Saleh al-Somali, the chief of external operations, who was killed Dec. 8; Abdullah Said al-Libi, the chief of operations in Pakistan, who was killed Dec. 17; and Tahir Yuldashev, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, who was killed in August." 
  9. "Tahir Yuldashev killed in Aug 27 drone attack". Daily Times. 2009-10-02. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. https://archive.is/fQTj. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  10. Roggio, Bill (October 4, 2009). "Tahir Yuldashev Confirmed Killed In US Strike In South Waziristan". The Long War Journal.
  11. Roggio, Bill (August 16, 2010). "Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan confirms leader Tahir Yuldashev killed". The Long War Journal. http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2010/08/islamic_movement_of_1.php. 

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