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Abu Faraj al-Libbi

Al-Qaeda Terrorist Operations Planner

Detained

Abu Faraj al-Libbi

Details
ImportanceVery High
Location of DetentionU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba1
Capturing AuthorityPakistan
Date of CaptureMay 2, 2005
Location of CaptureMardan, Pakistan
AffiliationAl-Qaeda
RoleTerrorist Operations Planner
SupervisorOsama bin Laden
Full Given NameMustafa al-'Uzayti
NationalityLibyan1
Alias(es)Mahfuz1, Abd al-Hafiz1, 'Abd al-Hafiz1, Abu Hamada1, Tawfiq1
Alternate Spelling(s)Abu Faraj al-Liby, Abu Faraj al-Libi, Mustafa al-Uzayti
GenderMale
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)1
 
 
Narrative and Notes
 
Reliable
  • Abu Faraj became al-Qaeda's general manager after the capture of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in 2003, reporting directly to bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.
  • Starting in August 2003, he served as a communications link between between bin Laden, in hiding, and operatives in Pakistan and elsewhere.
  • He organized operatives for Abu Hamza Rabia and asked Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to hit targets outside of Iraq.
  • He was suspected of plotting to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
  • He served as a trainer in the early 1990s and helped administer some of al-Qaeda's training camps.
  • He was one of 14 key al-Qaeda operatives and associates transferred from CIA custody to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2006.1
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    Sources
    1 "Detainee Biographies," press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
    Photo: GlobalSecurity.org archive
     
     
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