NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.A.172.04. Hassan Abdullah Hersi al-Turki
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 16.09.2009
Hassan Abdullah Hersi al-Turki was listed on 6 July 2004 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 16 of resolution 1526 (2004) 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” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya / AIAI (QE.A.2.01).
Hassan Abdullah Hersi al-Turki is associated with Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) and has repeatedly planned and supported acts of violence. A former military officer, he has been a commander in Jubba Valley as well as a faction leader of and a prominent figure in Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya / AIAI (QE.A.2.01).
AIAI’s links to Al-Qaida include the support provided in lower Jubba region (Ras Kamboni) in 1997 when Al-Qaida was preparing to attack the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. In particular, Al-Turki organized a training camp in Ras Kamboni. Twenty individuals linked to Al-Turki traveled from Somalia to Kenya to set up a structure to carry out the attack on the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, which took place on 7 August 1998.
Al-Turki has maintained links to members of Al-Qaida’s East Africa network since 1998.
In 2008, Al-Turki ran a military training camp for Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahidiin (Al-Shabaab) fighters near the Kenya-Somalia border. Al-Shabaab has staged several attacks against Somali civilians, government officials and African Union peacekeepers. Several of Al-Shabaab’s senior leaders trained and fought beside Al-Qaida in Afghanistan and have links to operatives involved in both the 1998 bombings of the United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2002 attack on a tourist resort in Mombasa, Kenya.
As at March 2009, Al-Turki maintained close links to Al-Shabaab. As the officer in charge of Juba Valley, he has permitted training of Al-Shabaab forces on territory under his control and his forces have conducted joint operations with Al-Shabaab, including the capture of Kismayo in August 2008.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya / AIAI (QE.A.2.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Hassan Dahir Aweys (QI.D.42.01), listed on 9 November 2001