Due to economic hardships Tayssir Allouni worked as a trader instead of studying. In 1987 he married Fatima al-Zahra and is a father of four. In 1988 Tayssir Allouni obtained Spanish citizenship.
Tayssir Allouni worked in various jobs as teacher of Arabic and translator. In 1996 Tayssir Allouni joined the Arabic service of the Spanish news agency, EFE, as a translator and soon started freelancing for Al-Jazeera T.V Network. In late 1996 Tayssir Allouni also began working with the “Institute of Peace and Dispute Studies” in Granada, Spain.
In 1999 Tayssir Allouni was promoted in Al Jazeera as their correspondent in Afghanistan and headed the Kabul office for a period of two years before The 9/11. During operation “Absolute Justice” in 11/2001 he was the only foreign journalist to remain in Kabul and broadcasted to the world images of the unfolding events. Tayssir Allouni got a world wide reputation for his unique sources of information in the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
After operation “Absolute Justice”, in early 2002, Tayssir Allouni moved to Al Jazzera headquarters in Doha, Qatar and worked as a newsroom journalist. During the Iraq War in 03/2003, he went to Baghdad and covered the US-led invasion.
After the invasion to Iraq, in 04/2003, Tayssir Allouni returned to Spain. He was arrested for suspicions of being an Al Qaeda member and currier on 09/04/2003 and officially charged by the Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon on 09/17/2003.
On 09/26/2005 Tayssir Allouni was convicted of collaboration with terror and sentenced to 7 years in jail. He was released from Spanish jail in early 03/2012 and arrived to Doha, Qatar’s capital and the home base of Al-Jazeera, on 03/11/2012.
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