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Abu Faraj al-Libbi

Al-Qaeda Terrorist Operations Planner


Abu Faraj al-Libbi

ImportanceVery High
Location of DetentionU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba1
Capturing AuthorityPakistan
Date of CaptureMay 2, 2005
Location of CaptureMardan, Pakistan
RoleTerrorist Operations Planner
SupervisorOsama bin Laden
Full Given NameMustafa al-'Uzayti
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
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)1
Narrative and Notes
  • 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
    1 "Detainee Biographies," press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
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