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Abu Atiya

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Operative


Abu Atiya

Location of DetentionJordan2
Capturing AuthorityAzerbaijan authorities2
Date of Capture20032
Location of CaptureBaku, Azerbaijan2
AffiliationAl-Qaeda in Iraq
SupervisorAbu Musab al-Zarqawi1
Alias(es)Adnan Muhammad Sadik2
Alternate Spelling(s)Abu 'Atiya, Abuwatia
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)1
Narrative and Notes
  • Attended Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's training camp in Afghanistan.
  • Featured prominently in U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's Feb. 5, 2003, presentation to the United Nations regarding Zarqawi's ties to Iraq.
  • Operated in Pankisi Gorge area of Georgia along its border with Chechnya.1
  • According to Powell, detainees said Abu Atiya tasked at least nine North African extremists in 2001 to travel to Europe to conduct poison and explosive attacks.1
  • The French newspaper Le Figaro reported that he was captured in Baku and turned over to Jordanian authorities. He reportedly provided information on a plot to smuggle surface-to-air missiles into Europe.2
    1 U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Remarks to the United Nations, Feb. 5, 2003.
    2 'Terrorists planned missile attack on planes in France.' Agence France Presse: Oct. 29, 2005.
    Photo: U.S. State Department
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