The 21st Century Phenomenon




Saudi Arabia has issued, on Monday 02/02/2009, a list of 83 wanted militants living overseas, including six who were released from Guantanamo, calling on them to return to their home country and resume normal life. All the suspects are Saudis, except for two men from neighboring Yemen.

One of the most wanted Sultan Raid al-Otaibi, no. 32 in the list, was already pronounced dead, on 01/12/2007, in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, after a fierce battle with American forces in the city. Another one of the most wanted, Abdullah Mohammed Abdullah al-Ayad, no. 47 in the list,was profiled as a deceased “martyr” in a propaganda video released by Al Qaeda’s As-Sahab Media Foundation in early 2008. also in the list Saleh al-Qaraawi the futire commander of “Abdullah al-Azzam Brigades” in the Levant – Sham in Arabic (see – Jund al-Sham ). 

One of the 83 listed – Abdullah Hassan Tali al-Asiri committed the suicide attack against Saudi prince Muhammad bin Nayef, responsible for security in Jeddah, on 08/27/2009 (see – Jeddah 08.27.09), while his brother Ibrahim H. al-Asiri became the special bomb maker expert of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (see – YEMENs Bombs Investigation).

Another militant, Fawwaz al-Otaibi, has given himself up to authorities, according to an Interior Ministry statement, on 09/02/2009.

The kingdom has put many militants returning from the USA detention centre at Guantanamo Bay or from Iraq through rehabilitation programs. But officials have acknowledged recently that some of these have rejoined armed groups.

Last month Al Qaeda wing in neighboring Yemen named two Saudis released from Guantanamo as commanders.

Interior ministry spokesman Brig Gen Mansour al-Turki told the Associated Press news agency that the men should turn themselves in to Saudi embassies. “They will help them return to Saudi Arabia and unite with their families,” he said.

“Reuniting with their families may not happen instantly. There may be a process that might include rehabilitation.” The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite news channel identified one of the 83 wanted as Saleh al-Qaraawi, leader of Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi TV cited an interior ministry official as saying 15 other men had gone back to their families, and “been helped to return to a normal life”. It said the men had “adopted the straying ideology”, a reference to Al Qaeda.

* No. 23 in the list Saleh Naiv Almakhlvi, nick name Abdul-Ghani, was killed in Afghanistan on 04/13/2011.

* Aqeel Ameesh al-Mutairy  was killed during heavy clashes with police in Riyadh according to the Saudi Interior Ministry on 09/28/2015 .


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