US adds AQAP bomb maker to terrorist list


The US State Department added a top al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operative and bomb maker to the list of specially designated global terrorists

Earlier today, Ibrahim Hassan Tali al Asiri was officially designated by the US as a terrorist under Executive Order 13224. The designation allows the US and the UN to freeze the assets of Asiri, prevent him from using financial institutions, and prosecute him for terrorist activities.

Asiri was described by State as the “primary bomb maker” for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Prior to joining AQAP’s operations in Yemen, Asiri was a member of an “al Qaeda affiliated terrorist cell” that plotted to attack oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

Asiri is currently wanted by the Saudi government for his role in the attempted assassination of Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the Deputy Minister of the Interior. Asiri designed and assembled the bomb used by his brother, Abdullah Hassan al Asiri, in the Feb. 3, 2009 assassination attempt.

Abdullah lured the Saudi prince to a meeting by claiming he wished to surrender under an amnesty program and reconcile with the government. But instead, Abdullah detonated a bomb that was hidden in his anal cavity. The blast killed only Abdullah; Prince Saud was lightly wounded in the attack.

In February 2009, Asari was the eighth al Qaeda operative listed on Saudi Arabia’s list of 85 most wanted terrorists. The Saudi government described Asiri as an “expert in explosives and poison.”

Asiri has also begun to release propaganda for AQAP. In December 2010, Asiri announced the death of Abu Hammam Qahtani, the founder of Sada al Malahim, AQAP’s print magazine.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • Villiger says:

    Does the US have OBL in its sights? If so 2014 is very do-able…
    Also, it crossed my mind that maybe, with all the turmoil in the Middle East/Africa, that OBL is considering shifting his HQ to that area. That could also pave the way for the Taliban to settle.
    Hopefully though this piece of evil will be eliminated soon. Surely PakMil knows where their tenant is.

  • TLA says:

    He ain’t going to get many virgins with that pathetic beard.
    Maybe it’s a disguise to fool the infidels into his prominence in AQAP.

  • Villiger says:

    Actually reports coming in from ‘above’ reveal that the virgins are being left idle as these guys have been arriving bombed-out waist down and so are pretty useless to anyone. 🙂 As below, so above.
    Meantime the virgins are aging, while still virgins. And are getting pretty good at nagging. Bombing girls schools is a pretty hot topic.
    So beard or no beard, bath or no bath, all that becomes unimportant. AQ is aware of this, but they’re trying to keep it under wraps.

  • Bill of KY says:

    When I read the bomb was hidden in Abdullah’s anal cavity and the blast killed only him, I began to laugh my [blank] [blank] off, laugh out loud, roll on the floor. and slap my knees. I can usually depend on A-q in some part of this planet to make me laugh. I see putting Asari on any list as a perverted form of humor. I’m sure the intent is deep respect, his brother Abdullah did die. but putting Asari on a list is merely justification for the rest of the world population to find even more humor in what A-q does and how they do it. Too funny! I am forever in your debt for printing this article!


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