Rahaf Zina is a citizen of Syria, suspected of an association with Daesh. She was arrested, on March 25, 2017, with a Kuwaiti man named Hussein al-Dhufairi. Al-Dhufairi was described as a bomb-maker, and brother of a senior Daesh leader, Abdul Mohsin Al-Dhufairi.
Some press reports said Zina was married to Hussain Al-Dhufairi. Others said she was the widow of Abdul Mohsin Al-Dhufairi. CNN reported the couple described themselves as married, to Philippine immigration officials, when they arrived in the Philippines, on January 25, 2017. The Kuwait Times reported that Zina married her brother-in-law Hussain, after her first husband's death.
Zina was four or five months pregnant, when captured.
Visa status and work status
Both Zina and Al-Dhufairi are reported to have arrived in the Philippines, on January 28, 2017, using their own passports, with valid travel visas. Some press reports asserted that Zina and al-Dhufairi both had work visas, and both held down legal jobs. Other press reports asserted that while al-Dhufairi had a valid work visa, Zina had arrived on a tourist visa.
Press reports asserted Zina would not be deported to Syria, because of the civil war there. There were no grounds to extradite her to Kuwait, a country she had never visited. There was speculation she would be deported to Qatar, the country she had visited immediately prior to traveling to the Philippines.
Capture, and claims of a threat to Philippine security
The pair were captured at their home, a condominium in a suburb of Manila, on March 25, 2017. Philippine authorities did not immediately make their capture public knowledge. Reporters were allowed to take pictures, when Philippine authorities produced the pair at the press conference when their capture was announced, on April 7, 2017. Philippine government officials claimed their capture foiled a threat to Philippine public safety. But, by April 17, 2017, when al-Dhufairi was deported back to Kuwait, to face charges there, they had concluded the pair had not made contact with any individuals connected with homegrown Philippine Muslim insurgent groups.
- "Al-Dhufairi arrest in Manila sparks raids in Kuwait – Shoot-to-kill orders in suspect sweep". Kuwait City: Arab Times. 2017-04-08. Archived from the original on 2017-04-15. https://web.archive.org/web/20170415154616/http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/al-dhufairi-arrest-manila-sparks-raids-kuwait-shoot-kill-orders-suspect-sweep/. Retrieved 2017-04-16. "Security sources disclosed that a Kuwaiti security delegation will travel to Manila Sunday to complete the extradition arrangement of a Kuwaiti “DAESH” affiliate Hussein Al-Dhufairi who together with his Syrian wife were arrested by security authorities for planning to execute terrorist acts in the Philippines and Kuwait, reports Al-Seyassah daily."
- Chad de Guzman (2017-04-07). "NBI presents alleged ISIS members nabbed in Taguig". CNN Philippines. Archived from the original on 2017-04-06. https://web.archive.org/web/20170406235410/http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2017/04/06/nbi-catches-isis-in-taguig.html. Retrieved 2017-04-17. "Kuwaiti Husayn Al-Dhafiri and Syrian Rahaf Zina, who claimed to be Al-Dhafiri's wife, were arrested on March 25 in front of an establishment in Taguig."
- "US, Kuwait help capture 2 with IS ties in Philippines". Manila: Kuwait Times. 2017-04-07. p. 4. Archived from the original on 2017-04-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20170417074451/http://news.kuwaittimes.net/pdf/2017/apr/08/p04.pdf. Retrieved 2017-04-17. "Dhafiri, a 27-year-old Syrian, was reportedly the widow of a top Islamic State group commander in Syria and later became Aldhafiri’s partner. After her arrest, she told authorities that she was pregnant and she was sent to a hospital. He will likely be deported to Qatar, where she last came from before flying to Manila, Philippine Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said."
- Ghio Ong (2017-04-07). "Terror attack foiled; 2 IS suspects nabbed". Manila: Philippine Star. Archived from the original on 2017-04-07. https://web.archive.org/web/20170407054049/http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/07/1688546/terror-attack-foiled-2-suspects-nabbed. Retrieved 2017-04-17. "Kuwaiti Husayn al-Dhafiri and Syrian Rahaf Zina had been living and working in Manila since January."
- "Bureau of Immigration issues Summary Deportation Order for Rahaf Zina who is suspected of ISIS". Scoop nest. 2017-04-12. http://www.scoopnest.com/user/ANCALERTS/851729090084077568. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
- Tetch Torres-Tapas (2017-04-10). "Kuwait asks PH to deport arrested IS member". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2017-04-15. https://web.archive.org/web/20170415082924/http://globalnation.inquirer.net/154610/kuwait-asks-ph-deport-arrested-member. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
- "Kuwait Gvnt Canceled The Passport Of Hussein Al-Dhufairi, Who Arrested In Philippines". Kuwait Local. 2017-04-12. Archived from the original on 2017-04-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20170417080303/https://www.kuwaitlocal.com/news/kuwait-gvnt-canceled-the-passport-of-hussein-al-dhufairi,-who-arrested-in-philippines. "Al-Dhufairi was able to enter the Philippines thrice, the latest being on January 28. BI said they are investigating a recruitment firm called Q8 for sponsoring Al-Dhufairi’s work visa to the Philippines. Zina would be deported to Qatar, her last known location before she arrived in the Philippines."
- Habib Toumi (2017-04-16). "Kuwaiti terror suspect repatriated from Philippines". Manama: Gulf News. Archived from the original on 2017-04-16. https://web.archive.org/web/20170416172824/http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/kuwaiti-terror-suspect-repatriated-from-philippines-1.2012234. Retrieved 2017-04-16. "Al Dhufairi, 40, was reportedly a Daesh bomb maker who helped plot attacks in Kuwait and possibly in the Philippines. He is reportedly the brother of Abdul Mohsen Al Dhufairi, also known as Abu Jandal Al Kuwaiti, one of the most dangerous Kuwaiti members of Daesh. He was killed months ago in an international coalition bombing raid."
- "Kuwaiti ISIS suspect deported to Kuwait; 34 million USD spent for the release of 12 Kuwaitis detained in Guantanamo Bay prison". Manila, Philippines: Arab Times. 2017-04-15. Archived from the original on 2017-04-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20170417081043/http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/kuwaiti-isis-suspect-deported-kuwait-34-million-usd-spent-release-12-kuwaitis-detained-guantanamo-bay-prison/. Retrieved 2017-04-16. "A Kuwaiti man suspected to be a member of the Islamic State group was Friday deported by the Philippines to face charges at home, a justice department official said."