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Abu Rida al Suri

Al-Qaeda Financier

Details
ImportanceHigh
AffiliationAl-Qaeda
RoleFinancier
AffiliationAl Hijra1
AffiliationTaba Investments
AffiliationBenevolence International Foundation5
Full Given NameMohamed Loay Bayazid
NationalitySyrian1
NationalityAmerican4
Alias(es)Nidal1
Alternate Spelling(s)Mohammed Loay Baizid, Abu Ridha al Suri, Abu Rida the Syrian
GenderMale
HistoryVeteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)1
 
 
Narrative and Notes
 
Reliable
  • Lived in Kansas City, Mo., and Tucson, Arizona in the 1980s and/or 1990s.
  • Among al-Qaeda's founders or first members. He went with a group to scout Sudan as a possible home for al-Qaeda around 1990.
  • Held an al-Qaeda bank account at Bank Shaml, Khartoum, Sudan.
  • Supplied weapons to Sudanese militia group called Defaa al Shabi.
  • Involved in al-Qaeda's attempt to buy uranium in Sudan in 1993-94 timeframe.
  • Became President of Benevolence International Foundation in Illinois in 1994.1,2,5,6
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    Questionable
  • Al-Fadl in one day of testimony described Abu Musab al-Suri performing actions he had previously attributed to Abu Rida al-Suri, in connection with al-Qaeda's attempt to purchase uranium in late 1993/early 1994. This was probably a misstatement on al-Fadl's part.3,4
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    Sources
    1 Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
    2 Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 3, Feb. 7, 2001.
    3 Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 4, Feb. 13, 2001.
    4 Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl, testimony, during USA vs. OBL et al, Day 7, Feb. 20, 2001.
    5 United States vs. Enaam Arnaout, government filing.
    6 The Sept. 11 Commission Report, July 22, 2004, notes.
     
     
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