NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.A.318.13. MUHAMMAD JAMAL ABD-AL RAHIM AHMAD AL-KASHIF
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 21 October 2013
Muhammad Jamal Abd-Al Rahim Ahmad Al-Kashif was listed on 21 October 2013 pursuant to paragraphs 2 and 3 of resolution 2083 (2012) as being associated with Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to”, and “recruiting for; or otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (QE.A.129.10.); The Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QE.T.14.01.); and Egyptian Islamic Jihad (QE.A.3.01.)
Muhammad Jamal Abd-Al Rahim Ahmad Al-Kashif travelled to Afghanistan in the late 1980s where he trained with Al-Qaida to make bombs. On returning to Egypt in the 1990s, Muhammad Jamal became a top military commander and head of the operational wing of Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) which was then, headed by current Al-Qaida leader Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QI.A.6.01.). Muhammad Jamal has been arrested multiple times by Egyptian authorities for EIJ-related terrorist activities and spent years in prison.
Muhammad Jamal formed the Muhammad Jamal Network (QE.M.136.13) after his release from prison in 2011 and established multiple terrorist training camps in Egypt and Libya. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has provided funding to the Muhammad Jamal Network (MJN). Muhammad Jamal has used the AQAP network to smuggle fighters into MJN training camps. Suicide bombers are being trained at MJN training camps, and Muhammad Jamal has established links with violent extremists in Europe. Muhammad Jamal set up a training camp in Libya where Libyan and foreign violent extremists were trained. Some of the attackers of the U.S. Mission in Benghazi on 11 September 2012 have been identified as associates of Muhammad Jamal, and some of the Benghazi attackers reportedly trained at MJN camps in Libya.
Muhammad Jamal was most recently arrested by Egyptian authorities in November 2012. His confiscated computer contained letters to Al-Zawahiri in which Muhammad Jamal described MJN’s activities including acquiring weapons, conducting training, and establishing terrorist groups in the Sinai, and in which he asked Al-Zawahiri for assistance.
Before he was arrested in November 2012, Muhammad Jamal was the leader of the Nasr City Cell (the Cell), whose members have been accused of plotting terrorist attacks inside Egypt. Raids against the Cell in October 2012 recovered a large amount of weapons, explosives, and related material.
Muhammad Jamal is a former EIJ leader and is connected to other Al-Qaida senior leaders, including Aiman al-Zawahiri, and AQAP leadership including Nasir ‘abd-al-Karim ‘Abdullah al-Wahishi (QI.A.274.10.), and Qasim Yahya Mahdi al-Rimi (QI.A.282.10.). Jamal is also connected to The Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QE.T.14.01.).
Related listed individuals and entities
Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QI.A.6.01), listed on 25 January 2001
Nasir ‘abd-al-Karim ‘Abdullah al-Wahishi (QI.A.274.10.), listed on 19 January 2010
Qasim Yahya Mahdi al-Rimi (QI.A.282.10.), listed on 11 May 2010
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01.), listed on 6 October 2001
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (QE.A.129.10.), listed on 19 January 2010
Egyptian Islamic Jihad (QE.A.3.01.), listed on 6 October 2001
Muhammad Jamal Network (QE.M.136.13), listed on 21 October 2013
The Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QE.T.14.01.), listed on 6 October 2001