* Fahd Mohammed Ahmed Al-Quso was born, on 11/12/1974, in Aden, Southern Yemen. In January 2000, Fahd Al-Quso traveled to Thailand and then to Malaysia, where he met, in the Kuala Lumpur Convention, with The 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi and with Tawfiq bin Attash, as well as other Al-Qaeda operatives. Fahd Al-Quso was interrogated in Yemen following The 9/11. During the interrogations, he was able to identify Hazmi and Mihdhar in photographs taken in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Convention. Fahd Al-Quso admitted to have received 6,000$ from Tawfiq bin Attash assumed to be used for the preparations of the USS Cole bombing.

Fahd Al-Quso was wanted by the American FBI for involvement in the attack on USS Cole, in the Gulf of Aden, on 10/12/2000.  According to the FBI he purchased materials for the attack, filmed it and distributed the footage to several Arab TV networks.

Fahd Al-Quso was arrested by Yemeni authorities in connection with the attack and indicted on 03/15/2003, but he escaped from prison in 04/2003. Fahd Al-Quso was recaptured about a year later, on 03/04/2004, in Abyan-Operation, with the fugitives Abdul Raouf Nassib, Jamal al-Badawi and others. He was, therefore, removed from the FBI most wanted list on 10/10/2004.

Fahd Al-Quso refused to recognize the Yemeni court and to have a lawyer to represent him.  He was sentenced, on 02/13/2006, to 10 years imprisonment. Fahd Al-Quso was secretly freed by the Yemen Authorities in 05/2007. He was placed, again. on the FBI’s most wanted list, with a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.

According to intelligence sources Fahd Al-Quso was killed in North Waziristan, Pakistan, along with Atiyah al-Rahman and three others, on 10/07/2010, in an American UAV missiles attack, but it was not confirmed by the Pakistani Intelligence – ISI.

Fahd Al-Quso reemerged in Yemen as one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). He was behind the kidnapping of three French aid workers in Sayun in 05/2011. The hostages were released on 11/13/2011 (see -Freed 11.13.11 ).

* Fahd Al-Quso was killed, eventually, on Sunday 05/06/2012, by an airstrike, as he stepped out of his vehicle, along with another Al Qaeda operative in the southern Shabwa province, Yemeni military officials said. The UAV strike that killed al-Quso was carried out by the CIA, after an extended surveillance operation by the CIA and U.S Military (see – Operation Abu-X ).

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