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Abu Faraj al-Yemeni

Al-Qaeda Founder

SupervisorOsama bin Laden
AffiliationAl-Qaeda majlis al shura1
Alternate Name(s)Abu Faraj al Yemeni
HistoryVeteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)
Narrative and Notes
  • Jamal al-Fadl describes Abu Faraj al Yemeni as one of the founders of al-Qaeda in 1989 and a member of its shura council in the 1990s. He does not appear to have become one of the group's active operational leaders a decade later, unless he is operating under a different name.1
  • His son may have been killed at some point. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, during the embassy bombings trial, alludes to such an incident but it is not detailed.3
    1 Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
    2 Presumed from name.
    3 United States vs. Osama bin Laden et. al., trial transcript, Day 8, Feb. 21, 2001.
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