NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.A.299.11. IBRAHIM AWWAD IBRAHIM ALI AL-BADRI AL-SAMARRAI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 05.10.2011
Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai was listed on 5 October 2011 pursuant to paragraph 4 of resolution 1989 (2011) as being associated with Al-Qaida 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” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida in Iraq (QE.J.115.04.).
Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai is the leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) (QE.J.115.04.), which is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). He is in charge of running AQI/ISI operations and is currently based in Iraq. Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai is responsible for managing and directing AQI/ISI large scale operations, such as the assessed AQI 28 August 2011 attack on the Umm al-Qura Mosque in Baghdad which killed prominent Sunni lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawi.
Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai became the leader of AQI/ISI following the deaths of Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Umar al-Baghdadi in April 2010. In a statement eulogizing Usama bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, under the alias of Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Baghdadi, threatened blood, destruction and fear in retaliation for Bin Laden’s death. Three days after Bin Laden’s death, under the alias of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Quarashi, Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai claimed responsibility for an attack on Hilla, Iraq, that killed 24 policemen and wounded 72 others. In a statement, AQI/ISI claimed 23 other attacks south of Baghdad between 26 March and 16 April 2011. All of these attacks were carried out under Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai’s stewardship.
On 15 August 2011, a wave of AQI/ISI suicide attacks began in Mosul, Iraq, which culminated in over 70 deaths. On 19 August 2011, AQI/ISI, under Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai’s direction, pledged on its website to carry out 100 attacks across Iraq in retaliation for Bin Laden’s death. The statement warned that the campaign would include raids, suicide attacks, roadside bombs and attacks with small arms in all cities and rural areas across Iraq.
In 2011 Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, instructed Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani (QI.A.317.13.) to establish a front for Al-Qaida in Iraq in Syria by developing a local presence and fighting. Jabhat al Nusrah emerged publicly on 23 January 2012. The group was created by members of Al-Qaida in Iraq including, in particular, Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali Al-Badri Al Samarrai. The leader of Jabhat al Nusrah is Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani. The group is listed as an alias of Al Qaida in Iraq. It operates in Syria where it has carried out a number of terrorist attacks.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida in Iraq (QE.J.115.04.), listed on 18 October 2004
Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani (QI.A.317.13.), listed on 24 July 2013