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Saif al Islam el Masry

Al-Qaeda Terrorist Operations Planner


Capturing AuthorityGeorgian forces4
Date of CaptureSummer 20024
Location of CapturePankisi Gorge, Georgia4
RoleTerrorist Operations Planner1
SupervisorAbu Ubaidah al-Banshiri1
AffiliationAl-Qaeda Military Committee1,3
AffiliationBenevolence International Foundation2
Alias(es)Abu Islam el Masry3, Sheikh Islam3, Abu Islam al Khabir3, The older Islam3
Alternate Spelling(s)Saif al-Islam al-Masri, Saif ul Islam
Narrative and Notes
  • Lawyer.
  • Emir of Jihad Wal training camp, near Khost, Afghanistan, in 1992.
  • In Chechnya in 1998.
  • He was reportedly captured in the Pankisi Gorge area of Georgia in mid-2002.2,3
  • Said to have received explosives training from Hezbollah operatives in southern Lebanon in early 1990s.1
    1 Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
    2 United States versus Enaam Arnaout, government proffer.
    3 L'Houssaine Kherchtou testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et. al., trial transcript, Day 8, Feb. 21, 2001.
    4 Dixon, Robyn. 'In the Caucasaus, a Foreign Threatens.' Los Angeles Times, Nov. 29, 2002.
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