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Abu Burhan al-Iraqi

Al-Qaeda Founder

ImportanceHigh
AffiliationAl-Qaeda
RoleFounder
AffiliationAl-Qaeda majlis al shura1
NationalityIraqi1
Alias(es)Abu Burhan
GenderMale
HistoryVeteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)1
Narrative and Notes (Reliable)
  • U.S. government witness Jamal al-Fadl described Abu Burhan as among those who wanted to form al-Qaeda at the end of the Afghan resistance. He later said Abu Burhan al-Iraqi was a member of the group's early shura council. Presumably, they are the same person.
  • Abu Burhan apperas to be one of the early al-Qaeda leaders who does not have a prominent operational role in the organization today. Very little is known about him.1
  • Sources and Notes

    1 Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.

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