NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.B.9.01. BILAL BIN MARWAN
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 28 March 2011
Date on which the narrative summary was updated: 3 February 2015
Bilal bin Marwan was listed on 25 January 2001 pursuant to paragraph 8(c) of resolution 1333 (2000) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), Usama bin Laden and the Taliban.
Bilal bin Marwan has fought in Tajikstan and Chechnya, the Russian Federation, under the command of Omar Ibn al-Khattab, commander of the Islamic International Brigade (IIB) (QE.I.99.03). In 1992, he became a trainer at Khalden camp, Afghanistan. He first met Usama bin Laden (deceased) in the mid-1990s. In 1997, Marwan joined the Taliban and later began work for Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), becoming a senior lieutenant for Bin Laden.
Marwan and his cousin, Abdullah Azzam, were tasked to smuggle Russian AT-3 Sagger antitank missiles into Saudi Arabia to use against American targets there. In late 1998, he was tasked by Bin Laden to attack an oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. This plot was modified in 1999 to target a United States Navy warship. He helped plan the attack on the United States warship USS Cole in October 2000. Marwan was also behind a plan to attack American and British naval ships in the Straits of Gibraltar in 2002. Marwan has worked in Pakistan with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a senior Al-Qaida operative.
Related listed individuals and entities
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Islamic International Brigade (IIB) (QE.I.99.03), listed on 4 March 2003