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Saad al-Sharif

Al-Qaeda Financier

SupervisorOsama bin Laden1
Alias(es)Abu Saad al-Sharif
Alias(es)Abu Saad al Sharif Abu Mohamed Saudi
Alternate TransliterationSa'd al-Sharif
Possibly the same asAbu Mohamed el Masry Saad al Sharif3
Possibly the same asShaikh Saiid al-Masri2
Date of Birth19691
Place of BirthSaudi Arabia
Narrative and Notes (Reliable)
  • In Sudan, discussed fatwahs regarding U.S. presence in Saudi Arabia.3
  • Narrative and Notes (Possible)
  • In freezing his assets, the United Nations described Sa'd al-Sharif as a brother-in-law and close associate of Osama bin Laden, and said he was head of bin Laden's financial organization.
  • A minority within United States counterterrorism circles believe he is the same person as Shaikh Saiid al-Masri, an Egyptian who has also been described as al-Qaeda's top financier. The United Nations lists them as separate individuals.
  • Jamal al-Fadl, meanwhile, describes an Abu Mohamed el Masry Saad al Sharif as a senior Saudi figure within al-Qaida's early command structure.1,2
  • Sources and Notes

    1 United Nations press release AFG/169. Nov. 26, 2001.
    2 Source interview with author.
    3 Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.

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