August 8th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Al Qaeda leader designated as global terrorist

By Wesley Bruer

A senior al Qaeda leader who trained militants in Afghanistan and who has close ties to other top members of the group has been designated by the State Department as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist."

The designation also comes with sanctions against Azaam Abdullah Zureik Al-Maulid, better known as Mansur al-Harbi.

Though the United States is just now turning its attention to al-Harbi, he has long been a wanted man in his home country of Saudi Arabia.

In early 2009, al-Harbi was among the 83 Saudis and two Yemenis named on Saudi Arabia's list of most wanted terrorists for engaging in extremist activities abroad.

A veteran of Afghanistan's terror training camps, al-Harbi also was wanted for his connections with other senior al Qaeda leaders.  According to the U.S. State Department, al-Harbi "traveled to Afghanistan more than a decade ago to join al Qaeda.  He is responsible for training militants and for the coordination of foreign fighters who travel to Afghanistan to fight against coalition forces.  As a result of his key training position, al-Harbi is closely associated to many senior al Qaeda leaders."

Al-Harbi's most wanted associates include Saif al-Adel, the interim al Qaeda leader following the death of Osama bin Laden. Al-Adel is also wanted for his role in the 1998 African embassy bombings.  Another wanted associate, Abdel Aziz Migrin, was al Qaeda's leader in Saudi Arabia but was killed in a shootout with Saudi authorities in 2004.

When the list of Saudi's most wanted terrorists was released, Interpol subsequently issued "Orange" notices seeking information on all of the wanted men and "Red" notices thereafter for 81 of the suspects. Authorities believed all of the suspects were planning attacks against Saudi Arabia from abroad.

Of the 83 Saudi terrorists wanted, 11 were once detainees at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay.  Upon their release they were repatriated and placed in rehabilitation programs aimed at abating their extremist views, but it wasn't long before all 11 fled.  Authorities believe they rejoined their jihadist associates in neighboring Yemen, which is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the terror group's deadliest franchises.

Three of them have since surrendered to Saudi authorities.  The most recent was Adnan Muhammad Ali al-Saigh, who turned himself in just days ago. Al-Saigh fought with bin Laden's 55th Arab Brigade in Afghanistan prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and went on to join AQAP after being transferred back to his home country from Guantanamo Bay.

Post by:
Filed under: Al Qaeda • Sanctions • State Department • Terrorism • Treasury
soundoff (620 Responses)
  1. RV Repair Near Me Now

    I really like looking through a post that can make men and women think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

    June 30, 2021 at 11:12 am | Reply
  2. Van Frame Repair Shop

    Great blog you have got here.. Itís hard to find high quality writing like yours nowadays. I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    June 30, 2021 at 10:06 am | Reply
  3. Camper Repair Near Me

    June 30, 2021 at 9:21 am | Reply
  4. Diesel Sprinter Engine Repair Service

    You need to be a part of a contest for one of the finest blogs on the web. I'm going to recommend this blog!

    June 30, 2021 at 8:16 am | Reply
  5. globalbusinesscorp

    Nyc This content is really helpful me

    June 30, 2021 at 7:52 am | Reply
  6. Sprinter Repair Orange County

    June 30, 2021 at 5:36 am | Reply
  7. RV Repair Huntington Beach

    June 30, 2021 at 5:10 am | Reply
  8. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    June 29, 2021 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  9. Vanlife Repair Costs For Mercedes Sprinter

    Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to create a good articleÖ but what can I sayÖ I procrastinate a whole lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

    June 29, 2021 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  10. Freightliner Sprinter Service

    June 29, 2021 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  11. RV Repair San Clemente California

    This is a topic that's near to my heart... Many thanks! Where are your contact details though?

    June 29, 2021 at 11:38 am | Reply
  12. สูตร บาคาร่า sa

    Hi to all, the contents existing at this website are truly
    amazing for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

    June 29, 2021 at 9:56 am | Reply
  13. Nearby RV Repair

    June 29, 2021 at 9:50 am | Reply
  14. Custom Van Repair Shop

    Aw, this was an extremely good post. Spending some time and actual effort to generate a very good articleÖ but what can I sayÖ I put things off a whole lot and don't manage to get nearly anything done.

    June 29, 2021 at 7:38 am | Reply
  15. 2009 Stuck Intake Dodge Sprinter Repair

    June 29, 2021 at 7:21 am | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.