|Capturing Authority||Indonesian authorities|
|Alias(es)||Mukhlas1,2, Ali Gufron2, Ali Ghufron2, Ali Gufron al Mukhlas2, Muchlas2, Muklas2|
|Date of Birth||Feb. 9, 19602|
|Alternate Date of Birth||Feb. 2, 19602|
|Place of Birth||Solokuro, Lamongan, East Java, Indonesia2|
|History||Veteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)1|
|In connection with||Bali nightclub bombing|
|Narrative and Notes|
|Reliable||Mukhlas is a senior and influential JI leader with ties to Usama bin Laden. |
He was reportedly named head of JI's "Mantiqi One," a regional network covering Sumatra, Singapore, Malaysia and southern Thailand.
Mukhlas co-founded a religious school in Malaysia used as a training ground for JI operatives and was involved extensively in the Bali bombings.
Mukhlas was detained and charged by Indonesian authorities with planning and supervising the terrorist attacks that occurred in Bali on October 12, 2002, killing at least 202 people. Two hundred witnesses linked Mukhlas with the attacks.
Mukhlas himself admitted to being present and in command at the planning meetings for the Bali bombings, and recruited two of his brothers to help assemble and transport the bombs used in the Bali attacks.
A significant sum of money, amounting to approximately US $35,000 was contributed to the Bali bombings by Wan Mm Wan Mat, a leader of the JI network in Malaysia.
The money came from senior JI leader Hambali through Wan Mm and was channeled to Mukhlas. The money was provided in cash, and according to claims by Mukhlas, the money was not just used for the bombings in Bali, but also in other places in Indonesia.
Mukhlas admitted that he met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1987 and fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan as a member of Osama bin Laden's "International Brigade." According to Mukhlas "he and other top JI personnel were careful to nurture ties to bin Laden and al-Qaida in the years that followed."1
|1 Press release JS-700, U.S. Department of Treasury, Sept. 5, 2003.|
|2 U.S. Frozen Assets list, April 2006.|
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