NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.A.199.05. ATA ABDOULAZIZ RASHID
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 16 September 2009
Ata Abdoulaziz Rashid was listed on 6 December 2005 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 1617 (2005) 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” Ansar al-Islam (QE.A.98.03).
Ata Abdoulaziz Rashid belonged to Ansar al-Islam (QE.A.98.03) and carried out activities in Germany on behalf of this organization.
Rashid was part of Ansar al-Islam’s Western European logistical network from at least November 2003, and was trusted by and had close contacts with its highest leadership. Rashid took charge of fundraising activities in southern Germany in order to support Ansar al-Islam in Iraq. He held a position of authority over the organization’s cadres resident in Germany. Ata Abdoulaziz Rashid knew of and approved Ansar al-Islam’s terrorist aims and specific attack plans.
In November and December 2003, Rashid received 8,000 Euros from a person called Abu Ali in Kuwait to support the aims of the organization. In November 2003, Rashid transferred 9,500 US Dollars to Baghdad. The initial transfer of the money to Germany was meant to conceal its ultimate destination. In December 2003, Rashid received another 2,000 Euros for transfer to Ansar al-Islam.
Between December 2003 and September 2004, Rashid participated in ten more fundraising activities and money transfers, by virtue of which Ansar al-Islam was intended to benefit by a total of 34,510 Euros and 13,200 US Dollars, at least part of which is established to have benefited Ansar al-Islam.
In January 2004, Rashid received orders from the leaders of Ansar al-Islam to set up a website to publish a propaganda video of the organization. Rashid assigned this task to Abu Ali in Kuwait. From February 2004, this propaganda video, which showed terrorist activities of Jaish Ansar al Sunna (listed as Ansar al-Islam), was accessible via the Internet.
Rashid, along with Mazen Ali Hussein, listed as Mazen Salah Mohammed (QI.A.202.05), and Rafik Mohamad Yousef (QI.M.205.05), planned an assassination attempt against former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi during his visit to Berlin on 2 and 3 December 2004.
Rashid was found guilty of terrorism offences and attempted murder, and sentenced on 15 July 2008 to ten years of imprisonment in Germany.
Ansar al-Islam is a terrorist group formed in September 2001 that operates in northeastern Iraq and has close links to and support from Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01). Al-Qaida and Usama bin Laden (deceased) participated in the formation and funding of Ansar al-Islam. Ansar al-Islam has also received training and logistical assistance from Al-Qaida. Ansar al-Islam had a close association with senior Al-Qaida operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, now deceased, also known as Ahmad Fadil Nazal al-Khalayleh. Ansar al-Islam has provided safe haven to Al-Qaida in northeastern Iraq.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Ansar al-Islam (QE.A.98.03), listed on 24 February 2003
Mazen Salah Mohammed (QI.A.202.05), listed on 6 December 2005
Rafik Mohamad Yousef (QI.M.205.05), listed on 6 December 2005