Saudi list of most wanted suspected terrorists

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Periodically Saudi Arabia publishes a most wanted list.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] According to Asharq Alawsat Saudi Arabia has published four lists of "most wanted" suspected terrorists, and those lists contained 19, 26, 36 and 85 individuals.[1]

The list of 85 most wanted suspected terrorists published in February 2009 named eleven former Guantanamo captives.[11]

Earlier lists

The BBC News reported in July 2003 that a Saudi named "Ali Abdu Rahman Al Ghamdi" was number two on a Saudi most wanted list until he had peacefully surrendered in 2003.[12]

List of December 6, 2003

A list published on December 5, 2003 contained twenty-six names.[4] When a new list was published in February 2009 Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald, reported that all but one of the captives had been killed or captured.[13]

List of June 28, 2005

The list of June 28, 2005 contained thirty-six names.[4][5][6] The Saudi government encouraged those named on the list to surrender, and promised lenient treatment. By April 7, 2007 the Saudi government reported that twenty-three of those individuals had been killed or captured.

36 individuals wanted by Saudi Arabia on 2005-06-28
name status notes
Younis Mohammed Ibrahim Alhayari 2005-07-03 KIA
  • 36-year-old Moroccan;[5][6]
  • overstayed his visa when on the Hajj;
  • hid out with his wife and daughter;
  • killed in a shootout.[14]
Fahd Farraj Mohammed Aljuwair 2006-02-27 KIA
  • 35-year-old Saudi national[5][6]
Zaid Saad Zaid Alsammari 2005-09-07 KIA
  • Killed in raid September 4-7, 2005[5][6]
Abdulrahman Salih Abdulrahman Almit'eb 2005-12-27 KIA
Salih Mansour Mohsin Alfiraidi Alharbi 2005-09-07 KIA
  • a 22-year-old Saudi[5][6]
  • Killed in raid September 4-7, 2005
Sultan Salih Hosan Alhasri 2005-09-07 KIA
  • a 26-year-old Saudi;[5][6]
  • Killed in raid September 4-7, 2005
Mohammed Abdulrahman Alsuwailmi 2005-12-27 KIA
Mohammed Salih Mohammed Alghaith 2006-02-24 KIA
Abdullah Abdulaziz Ibrahim Altuwaijri 2006-02-24 KIA
Mohammed Saeed Mohammed Alsiyam Alamri 2005-07-25 arrest
Ibrahim Abdullah Ibrahim Almateer 2006-02-27 KIA
Waleed Mutlaq Salim Alraddadi
Naif Farhan Jalal Aljihaishi Alshammari 2005-09-07 KIA
  • a 24-year-old Saudi[5][6]
  • Killed in raid September 4-7, 2005
Majed Hamid Abdullah Alhasiri 2005-08-18 KIA
Abdullah Mohayya Shalash Alsilaiti Alshammari 2006-02-27 KIA
Noor Mohammed Musa
  • a 21-year-old Chadian national.[5][6]
Manoor Mohammed Yousef
  • a 24-year-old Chadian national.[5][6]
Othman Mohammed Hasan Korati
  • a 23-year-old Chadian national.[5][6]
Mohsen Ayed Fadhel Alfadhli
  • a 25-year-old Kuwaiti national.[5][6]
Abdullah Wild Mohammed Sayyed
  • a 37-year-old Mauritanian national.[5][6]
Zaid Hasan Mohammed Hameed arrested
  • a 34-year-old Yemeni national.[5][6]
  • Under arrest in Yemen
Fahd Salih Rizqallah Almohayyani
Adnan Abdullah Faris Alamri Alshareef 2005-11-08 Extradited
  • a 28-year-old Saudi.[5][6]
  • Transferred to Saudi Arabia on September 11, 2005.[14]
Marzooq Faisal Marzooq Alotaibi
Adel Abdullatif Ibrahim Alsaneea'
Mohammed Abdulrahman Mohammed Aldeet
Sultan Sinaitan Mohammed Aldeet
Salih Saeed Albitaih Alghamdi
Fayez Ibrahim Omer Ayyoub 2005-07-01 Surrendered
Khalid Mohammed Abbas Alharbi
Mohammed Othman Mufreh Alzahrani
Abdullah Mohammed Salih Alramyan
Mohammed Salih Sulaiman Alrushoodi
Saad Mohammed Mubarak Aljubairi Alshihri
Ali Mater Ibrahim Alosaimi
Faris Abdullah Salim Aldhahiri Alharbi
  • a 22-year-old Saudi[5][6]
  • His younger brother Rayed Abdullah Salem Al Harbi was killed in a shootout with Saudi police, in October 2009, while dressed in a head-to-toe women's garment, and while wearing an explosive suicide belt.[15]

List of February 3, 2009

The most recently published list was published on February 3, 2009.[10][13][16][17] It listed 85 individuals, 83 of whom were Saudis, and two were from Yemen. Carol Rosenberg, reporting in the Miami Herald, wrote that six of the men on the new most wanted list were former Guantanamo captives. Robert Worth, reporting in the New York Times, wrote that fourteen Saudis, formerly held in Guantanamo, had fallen under suspicion of supporting terrorism following their release.[18] The men were all believed to be living outside of Saudi Arabia, some of them receiving militant training. They were promised lenient treatment, and encouraged to turn themselves in at the nearest Saudi embassy.

Those on the new list include three Saudis who appeared in a threatening al Qaeda video[18]: Said Ali al-Shihri, Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Awfi and Nasir al-Wuhayshi, and another individual named Abdullah al-Qarawi. Al-Wuhayshi claims he is the leader of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Al-Qarawi is reported to be the leader of Al-Qaida in the Persian Gulf. Al-Shihri and Al-Awfi are former Guantanamo captives, and Al-Shihri stated he is Al-Wuyashi's deputy.

The Saudi Gazette reported that Saudi security officials identified an individual named Saleh Al-Qaraawi as the leader of Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.[10]

An article published in Asharq Alawsat on February 6, 2009, noted the range in age among the suspects—from seventeen to fifty-two.[19] This article named Abdullah El Qarawi, who it described as the "most dangerous" individual on the list, as the leader of Al Qaeda operations in the Persian Gulf. According to the article Abdullah El Qarawi is just 26 years old, and most of the individuals on the list are between 25 and 25. The article listed the names and ages of fifteen other individuals.

Another article in the Asharq Alawsat identified other individual from the list, including: Abdullah al-Abaed -- wanted for the assassination of a senior police official, and Mohamed Abul-Khair, one of Osama bin Laden's bodyguards, and one of his sons-in-law.[20]

On February 7, 2009 the Saudi Gazette reported some details of some of the wanted men.[11] The article named seven men it identified as former Guantanamo captives, and five other most wanted suspected terrorists it did not identify as former Guantanamo captives.

Individuals said to be named on the February 2009 list
isn rank age names notes
71 27 Meshal Mohammed Rashid Al-Shedoky
  • Repatriated on May 14, 2003—one of the first captives to be repatriated.[21]
  • His repatriation was reported to have been part of an exchange of prisoners that resulted in the release of five United Kingdom citizens.[22][23]
105 31 Adnan Al-Sayegh[11]
  • Repatriated on May 19, 2006.[21]
  • The Saudi Gazette reported he is believed to have traveled to a neighboring country with his brother-in-law, fellow suspect and fellow former Guantanamo captive, Othman al-Ghamdi, leaving behind his wife and son.[11]
114 23 Yousuf Mohammed Mubarak Al Jubairi Al Shahri
177 Fahd Saleh Suleiman al-Jutayli
  • According to his mother he was living openly in Saudi Arabia just days prior to the publication of the most wanted list.[23]
  • Reported to have been killed by Yemeni security officials in September 2009.[28]
184 35 Othman Al-Ghamdi[11]
  • Repatriated on June 24, 2006.[29]
  • Worked as a car dealer following his release.[11]
  • The Saudi Gazette reported he is believed to have traveled to a neighboring country with his brother-in-law, fellow suspect and fellow former Guantanamo captive, Adnan Al-Sayegh, leaving behind his wife and son.[11]
185 31 Turki Mashawi Al Aseery[19]
  • Rrepatriated to Saudi custody on November 9, 2007, with thirteen other men.
  • Name and age are a close match to former Guantanamo captive Turki Mash Awi Zayid Al Asiri.
187 32 Murtadi Muqrim[11]
  • Repatriated to Saudi Arabia on November 9, 2007.[21]
  • Repatriated in spite of the annual review procedures recommending his continued detention.
188 34 Jaber Jabran[19]
  • Identified as a former captive Jaber Al-Faifi[11]
  • Repatriated on February 21, 2007.[30]
  • Repatriated in spite of the annual review procedures recommending his continued detention.
192 29 Ibrahim Sulaiman Mohammed Ar-Rabeish
  • Repatriated on December 14, 2006 with sixteen other men.[30]
333 35 Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi
372 35 Sa'id Ali Jabir Al Khathim Al Shihri
  • Repatriated to Saudi Arabia on November 9, 2007.[21]
  • Claims he is the leader of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.[31]
  • Repatriated in spite of the annual review procedures recommending his continued detention.
Nasir al-Wuhayshi
34 Mohammed Aboul-Kheir
16 or 17 Abdullah Al Jebairi Al Shahri
20 Baheij Al-Buheajy[19]
29 20 Rayed Abdullah Salem Al Harbi
21 Naif Mohamed Al Qahtani[19]
21 Hamd Hussein Nasser Al Hussein[19]
22 Hassan Ibrahim Hamd Al Shaban[19]
23 Abdullah Hassan Al Aseery
26 Abdullah El Qarawi
27 Saleh Al-Qaraawi
31 Ahmed Abdullah Al Zahrani[19]
37 Khalid Ibrahim Al Aseery[19]
15 38 Badr Al Oufi Al Harbi[19][35]
43 39 Abdullah Abdul-Rahman Al Harbi[19][35]
52 Hussein Abdu Mohamed[19]
Abdulmohsin Al-Sharikh
Abdullah Al-Juwair
  • The Saudi Gazette reports he is the brother to Fahd Al-Juwair who was killed in a shootout with Saudi security officials, following an attempt to blow up a petroleum facility.[11] His brother Fahd was listed on and earlier most wanted list.
6 Ahmad Al-Shiha
  • Was studying Shariah law at University, when he disappeared.[11]
31 Aqil Al-Mutairi
  • Disappeared unexpectedly three years ago—believed to have gone to Iraq.[11]
60 27 Faiz Al-Harbi
  • Disappeared five months ago—had recently told his mother he was thinking of seeking an Islamic education outside of Saudi Arabia—but he hadn't said where.[11]
  • Also transliterated as Fayez Ghuneim Hameed Al-Hijri Al-Harbi.[35]
Qassem al-Reemi
  • One of the two Yemenis on the list.[36]
  • Alleged ot be linked to: "a plot targeting the U.S. ambassador in San'a."
Obaida Abdul-Rahman Al Otaibi
32 Sultan Radi al-Otaibi
  • His family reports that he was killed fighting Americans in Bagdad in January 2007.[38]
47 Abdullah Mohammed Abdullah al-Ayad
  • He was profiled as a deceased martyr in a propaganda video in 2008.[38]
Ahmed Owaidan Al-Harbi
  • Reportedly captured in Yemen in early 2009, described as "wanted" by Saudi security officials.[39]
73 Mohammed Otaik Owaid Al-Aufi Al-Harbi[35]
26 Khaled Saleem Owaid Al-Luhaibi Al-Harbi[35]
34 Abdullah Thabet
  • Alleged to hold Osama bin Laden as a hero.[40]
  • Alleged to have entered "clandestine cells" that launched raids against "non-believers".[40]
  • Alleged to have written a novel entitled "The 20th hijacker" about his jihadist years.[40]
61 31 Fahd Raggad Samir Al-Ruwaili
  • On March 26, 2009, Al-Arabiya television reported he surrendered to Saudi authorities.[41]
  • ABC News transliterates his name as "Fahad al-Ruwaily", and reports: "A news Web site close to the ministry said Thursday that al-Ruwaily was a key figure in al-Qaida training camps along Syria's border with Iraq."[42]

Suspects who surrendered

According to the Agence France Presse the SPA News Agency reported on May 23, 2009 that three three Saudis suspected of ties to Al Qaidi returned to Saudi Arabia and turned themselves in to authorities.[43] The Arab News reported the identities of the three men were not made public, but that they had not been listed on the February 2009 most-wanted list.[44] The Saudi Gazette reported that only two of the men voluntarily surrendeded and that the third man was captured in Yemen.[45]


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