Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah

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Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah
عبدالله أحمد عبدالله
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Senior al-Qaeda suspect
Born (1963-06-06) 6 June 1963 (age 57)[1]
Known forBeing placed on the list of FBI Most Wanted Terrorists
1998 United States embassy bombings

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah (Arabic: عبدالله أحمد عبدالله‎; born 6 June 1963), also known as Abu Mohammed al-Masri, is an Egyptian high-ranking member of al-Qaeda. He is wanted[2][3] by the United States for his alleged role in the 1998 American embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. He has been described as al-Qaeda’s most experienced operational planner.


Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah was born in Egypt in 1963. According to Abdullah, he was once a professional football player for the Ghazl El-Mehalla team in Egypt.[4]

In 1992, he helped Saif al-Adel in providing intelligence and military training to those associated with al-Qaeda in Somalia and Sudan. It is sometimes claimed that his trainees were among the group who fought against the Americans during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993.

According to a United States indictment issued for his alleged role in the 1998 United States embassy bombings, Abdullah is a member of the 'majlis al-shura' of al-Qaeda. It is alleged that between 1996 and 1998 he operated training camps in Afghanistan for al-Qaeda. Abdullah was responsible for forging a passport for Mohammed Saddiq Odeh so he could get from Pakistan to Afghanistan and meet Osama bin Laden before the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.[5]

Abdullah was one of the 22 original members, and is still a member, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation list of Most Wanted Terrorists. The State Department, through the Rewards for Justice Program, is offering up to US$10 million for information on his location.[6][7]

He fled Nairobi, Kenya, on 6 August 1998, to Karachi, Pakistan. He was located in either Afghanistan or Pakistan.[8]

Sometime later, he was detained in Iran and placed under arrest. An interrogation of former al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith confirmed that Abdullah was under house arrest in Iran.[9] He was released by Iran in March 2015 alongside al-Qaeda leaders Saif al-Adel and Abu Khayr al-Masri.[10]


He is married to Ahmad Salama Mabruk's daughter, with whom he has three daughters.[4] One of his daughters, named Maryam, was married to Hamza bin Laden.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Rewards for Justice - Wanted for Terrorism - Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah".
  2. ^ "Copy of indictment - USA v. Usama bin Laden et al." (PDF). Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 November 2001.
  3. ^ Wanted poster on AAA Archived 22 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Department of Justice
  4. ^ a b United States v. Usama bin Laden, Transcript of Day 8
  5. ^ John J. Lumpkin. "Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah". Global security. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Rewards for Justice - Increased Reward Offer for Information on al-Qaida Leaders Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah and Sayf al-Adl". U.S. Department of State.
  7. ^ Wanted Poster on AAA Archived 26 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine, Rewards for Justice Program, US Department of State
  8. ^ Washington Post, 29 October 2002, background on Abdullah and Saif al-Adel
  9. ^ http://kronosadvisory.com/Kronos_US_v_Sulaiman_Abu_Ghayth_Statement.1.pdf
  10. ^ "Chapter 6. Foreign Terrorist Organizations". U.S. Department of State.
  11. ^ "Hamza bin Laden married daughter of another al-Qaeda leader, not 9/11 hijacker". english.alarabiya.net.