WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of three senior al-Qa’ida leaders based in Pakistan: leader and commander Abu Yahya al-Libi; senior leader ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad Salim; and al-Qa’ida facilitator, courier and operative Mustafa Hajji Muhammad Khan.
“We are targeting two of al-Qa’ida’s top strategists and commanders in Pakistan, as well as a senior facilitator, striking at the heart of al-Qa’ida’s remaining leadership and its operations in Pakistan,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.
As a result of today’s action – taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 – U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with today's designees and any assets they may hold under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.
Abu Yahya al-Libi (al-Libi)
Al-Libi is a senior al-Qa’ida leader and commander in Pakistan responsible for the supervision of other senior al-Qa’ida officials. Referred to as al-Qa’ida’s propaganda chief, al-Libi is one of the group’s most prominent public figures and plays a key role in al-Qa’ida’s media operations. As of April 2010, al-Libi had released sixty-eight messages on behalf of al-Qa’ida, and was second in public visibility only to Ayman al-Zawahiri. As an authoritative voice for al-Qa’ida, al-Libi has urged Pakistanis to attack their government.
Al-Libi was also deputy to now-deceased al-Qa’ida senior leader Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, who was killed in an explosion last month. As of 2010, al-Libi commanded a group of al-Qa’ida fighters and provided financial assistance to al-Qa’ida fighters in Afghanistan. Al-Libi was also a field commander in Afghanistan and an instructor at an al-Qa’ida training camp.
‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad Salim (Salim)
Salim, also known as Younis al-Mauritani, is a Pakistan-based senior al-Qa’ida leader who was in charge of al-Qa’ida’s external operations as of mid-2010. He participated in the formation of the al-Qa’ida affiliate organization al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). As of late 2010, Usama bin Laden devoted most of al-Qaida’s funds to a plan developed by Salim to ostensibly damage the economy of Europe. As of mid-2010, Salim was in Pakistan to speak to individuals regarding their participation in al-Qa'ida operations in Europe.
Salim joined the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) in 2001. He had served as a communications link between the GSPC and al-Qa’ida and was sent by GSPC leaders to Pakistan to forge the 2007 merger with al-Qa’ida that formed AQIM.
As of late 2009, Salim provided weapons and explosives training to GSPC members in Mali, including the use of AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. In 2006, Salim provided basic weapons training on the AK-47 assault rifle to GSPC members. Salim has fought for the GSPC in Mauritania, and has been wanted in Mauritania since late 2009 for planning a 2005 GSPC attack against the Mauritanian military and for forging the merger between the GSPC and al-Qa’ida.
The Pakistani military reported on Monday that Salim was arrested near Quetta, Pakistan.
Mustafa Hajji Muhammad Khan (Khan)
Khan has acted as an al-Qa’ida facilitator, courier and operative since at least 2003. As of 2010, Khan facilitated activities for senior Pakistan-based al-Qa’ida operatives. Khan has also been active in facilitating the travel of al-Qa’ida members, including escorting an individual to meet with another al-Qa’ida member in 2009. On al-Qa’ida’s behalf, Khan recruited a facilitator who helped him move people and money between Gulf countries and Pakistan. In 2007, Khan helped al-Qa’ida reestablish logistic support networks in Pakistan.
Khan once served as a messenger between al-Qa’ida and former al-Qa’ida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In 2003, he accepted a senior al-Qa’ida leader’s request to serve as an al-Qa’ida representative to al-Zarqawi and deliver a message to al-Zarqawi in Iraq. Khan attempted to deliver a letter from al-Zarqawi to Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, but was captured with the letter, which never reached bin Laden or al-Zawahiri.
Individual: ABU YAHYA AL-LIBI
AKA: Abu Yahya Sheikh Yahya
AKA: Abu Yahya Yunis al Sahrawi
AKA: Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr Qa'id
AKA: Muhammad Hassan Qayed
AKA: Mohammad Hassan Abu Bakar
AKA: Hasan Qa'id
AKA: Muhammad Hasan al-Libi
AKA: Abu Yunus Rashid
Individual: 'ABD AL-RAHMAN OULD MUHAMMAD AL-HUSAYN OULD MUHAMMAD SALIM
AKA: Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed Salem
AKA: Yunis al-Mauritani
AKA: Younis al-Mauritani
AKA: Sheikh Yunis al-Mauritani
AKA: Shaykh Yunis the Mauritanian
AKA: Salih the Mauritanian
AKA: Mohamed Salem
AKA: Youssef Ould Abdel Jelil
AKA: El Hadj Ould Abdel Ghader
AKA: Abdel Khader
AKA: Abou Souleimane
POB: Saudi Arabia
Individual: MUSTAFA HAJJI MUHAMMAD KHAN
AKA: Hassan Ghul
AKA: Hassan Gul
AKA: Hasan Gul
AKA: Khalid Mahmud
AKA: Ahmad Shahji
AKA: Mustafa Muhammad
AKA: Abu Gharib al-Madani
DOB: August 1977
Alt. DOB: September 1977
Alt. DOB: 1976
POB: Madinah, Saudi Arabia
Alt. POB: Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan