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Lackawanna Six

Part of Al-Qaeda
Center of GravityLackawanna, New York, United States
Area of OperationAfghanistan, Yemen
LeaderKamal Derwish
Core membership8
Alias(es)Buffalo Six
Key membersYasein Taher, Yahya Goba, Mukhtar al-Bakri, Shafal Mosed, Faysal Galab, Sahim Alwan
Narrative and Notes
ReliableGroup of Yemeni-American friends from Buffalo, New York, area who received training at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan in early 2001. They were recruited by Derwish.

Six were detained (hence the name Lackawanna Six) in September 2002. Despite the publicity given the arrests, they were never accused of participating in a terrorist plot.

Derwish was killed in a CIA airstrike in Yemen. Jaber Elbaneh, an associate, was detained in Yemen but escaped in 2006.

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