NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.A.274.10 NASIR ‘ABD-AL-KARIM ‘ABDULLAH AL-WAHISHI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 19 January 2010
Nasir ‘abd-al-Karim ‘Abdullah al-Wahishi was listed on 19 January 2010 pursuant to paragraph 2 of resolution 1904 (2009) 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 of, or in support of ”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to”, “ recruiting for” and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of ” Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) Usama bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), the Taliban and Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (QE.A.129.10).
Nasir ‘abd-al-Karim ‘Abdullah al-Wahishi is the leader of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (QE.A.129.10), an Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) affiliate based in Yemen. From 2007, Al-Wahishi was the leader of Al-Qaida in Yemen, which merged with Al-Qaida operatives in Saudi Arabia to form AQAP in January 2009. Its members have been responsible for planning and carrying out attacks targeting the United States Embassy in Yemen, tourists, aid workers, counterterrorism officials and oil facilities in Yemen, as well as targets elsewhere.
Al-Wahishi has direct ties to Al-Qaida and its senior leadership, having been a secretary to Usama bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), to whom he has sworn allegiance. In late February 2008, Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QI.A.6.01), Bin Laden's deputy, described Al-Wahishi as the “Emir of the Mujahidin in Yemen”.
Under Al-Wahishi's leadership, AQAP has undertaken several attacks in Yemen. In March 2009, AQAP carried out two suicide bombings against South Korean tourists and government officials in Yemen, killing four. In June 2009, AQAP kidnapped nine foreign nationals in Yemen, killing three. Al-Wahishi is believed to have been involved in the August 2009 assassination attempt against Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayif, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs. AQAP has also claimed responsibility for the December 2009 failed attack on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Detroit, the United States.
Al-Wahishi has provided significant support for AQAP terrorist operations and has worked with AQAP operatives to facilitate attacks. He is responsible for approving targets, recruiting new members, allocating resources to training and attack planning, and tasking others to carry out attacks.
While the leader of AQAP’s predecessor organization, Al-Qaida in Yemen, Al-Wahishi was responsible for the September 2008 attack against the United States Embassy in Yemen.
Al-Wahishi, a Yemeni citizen, was arrested in Iran and extradited to Yemen in 2003. He escaped from a Yemeni prison along with 22 others in 2006. Following his escape, an Interpol issued an Orange Notice for Al-Wahishi. Interpol described Al-Wahishi as constituting a clear and present danger.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (QE.A.129.10), listed on 19 January 2010
Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QI.A.6.01), listed on 25 January 2001
Usama Muhammed Awad bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), listed on 25 January 2001
Said Ali al-Shihri (QI.A.275.10), listed on 19 January 2010
Nayif bin-Muhammad al-Qahtani (QI.A.281.10), listed on 11 May 2010
Qasim Yahya Mahdi al-Rimi (QI.A.282.10), listed on 11 May 2010
Anwar Nasser Abdulla al-Aulaqi (QI.A.283.10), listed on 20 July 2010
Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso (QI.A.288.10), listed on 7 December 2010
Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri (QI.A.291.11), listed on 24 March 2011
Othman Ahmed Othman al-Ghamdi (QI.A.292.11), listed on 16 June 2011