NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.H.10.01. ZAYN AL-ABIDIN MUHAMMAD HUSSEIN
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 10 January 2011
Date on which the narrative summary was updated: 3 February 2015
Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Hussein 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) and Usama bin Laden.
Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Hussein, a.k.a. Abu Zubaydah, was a leading Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) facilitator who operated in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region in the mid-1990s. He was recruited by Usama bin Laden (deceased) following his success in 1996 in securing safe passage for Al-Qaida members returning from Sudan to Afghanistan. In November 2001, Hussein helped smuggle Ahmad Fadil Nazal al-Khalayleh (deceased), a.k.a. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the then leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq (QE.J.115.04), and some Arab fighters out of Kandahar, Afghanistan, into Iran.
Hussein established a document forgery network in Pakistan that supported Al-Qaida and other extremist groups. In the mid-1990s he focused on recruiting Arabs in Pakistan and arranging their travel to various training camps in Afghanistan and the frontlines of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Chechnya, the Russian Federation. In the late 1990s, he procured funds which he distributed to various contacts in Pakistan-based extremist networks for their terrorist activities.
Between 1994 and early 2000, he often smuggled both persons and chemicals—including cyanides and nitrates for use by Al-Qaida in making weapons—from Pakistan into Afghanistan. He learned document forgery and trained in explosives at the Al-Qaida-affiliated Khaldan camp in Afghanistan, where he was promoted to instructor and then administrative director. In his role as senior facilitator and Khaldan camp director, he assisted extremists from Western and other countries.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Al-Qaida in Iraq (QE.J.115.04), listed on 18 October 2004
Ri’ad Muhammad Hasan Muhammad Hijazi (QI.H.29.01), listed on 17 October 2001