NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.A.281.10. NAYIF BIN-MUHAMMAD AL-QAHTANI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 11 May 2010
Nayif bin-Muhammad al-Qahtani was listed on 11 May 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 ”, “recruiting for”, and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of ” Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) and Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (QE.A.129.10).
Nayif bin-Muhammad al-Qahtani is a leader of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (QE.A.129.10) whose main role has been to serve as a liaison between cells in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He has also managed a number of AQAP operations in Yemen and received financial support from abroad to support attacks against targets in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia. In addition to planning, financing, and overseeing terrorist attacks, Al-Qahtani also has served as a spokesperson for AQAP. He has been a regular contributor to AQAP's Sada al Malahim online magazine, contributing to the content of at least five issues released within the past two years.
Since its creation, AQAP has claimed responsibility for the March 2009 suicide bombings that killed four Korean tourists in Yemen, and is reportedly responsible for the kidnapping of nine foreigners in Yemen, and the execution of three of them, in June 2009. Additionally, AQAP has claimed responsibility for the 25 December 2009 attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight traveling between Amsterdam and Detroit by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
Al-Qahtani is believed to have planned and financed the bombing of the United States Embassy in Sanaa on 17 September 2008, which killed nineteen, including the attackers. Al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack which included specific details about the operation. After the attack, Al-Qahtani released an article discussing the attack. On 25 July 2008, Al-Qaida in Yemen claimed responsibility for an attack on a police compound. The attack killed one and injured eighteen. Al-Qahtani, along with twelve others, has been linked to the planning of the attack.
In March 2008, Al-Qahtani posted a message titled “Let Us Go to Yemen” on an Al-Qaida website urging operatives in Saudi Arabia to move to Yemen to avoid arrest. He also suggested that those who went to Yemen would have no need to worry about the monetary aspects of their move, implying that he would be able to finance those who followed his advice. In a January 2008 interview, Al-Qahtani pledged allegiance to Usama bin Laden (deceased) and has also promised to follow AQAP emir Nasir ‘abd-al-Karim ‘Abdullah al-Wahishi (QI.A.274.10). Al-Qahtani has publicly called for the use of terrorism to achieve AQAP’s objectives.
On 2 July 2007, an Al-Qaida in Yemen (a predecessor group of AQAP) suicide bomber attacked the Balqis Temple in Marib, Yemen, killing eight Spanish tourists, two Yemeni citizens and injuring twelve others in the area. Al-Qahtani is believed to have been involved in the preparation, supervision, and implementation of the attack.
Even prior to the creation of AQAP, Al-Qahtani was engaged in the financing, planning and execution of terrorist acts. As proclaimed leader of Al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, one of the predecessor organizations to AQAP, Al-Qahtani was focused on targeting critical oil infrastructure. His attacks were not limited to Saudi Arabia. In September 2006 he was accused by the Yemeni authorities of supplying the explosives for two suicide attacks on oil facilities in Yemen. After the creation of AQAP, Al-Qahtani continued planning for targeted attacks on oil producing facilities.
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
Nasir ‘abd-al-Karim ‘Abdullah al-Wahishi (QI.A.274.10), listed on 19 January 2010
Said Ali al-Shihri (QI.A.275.10), listed on 19 January 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