ABDELRAHMAN MOUHAMAD ZAFIR AL DABIDI AL JAHANI

QDi.327
ABDELRAHMAN MOUHAMAD ZAFIR AL DABIDI AL JAHANI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
15 August 2014
Reason for listing: 

Abdelrahman Mouhamad Zafir al Dabidi al Jahani was listed on15 August 2014 pursuant to paragraphs 2 and 4 of resolution 2161 (2014) 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” and “recruiting for” Jabhat al-Nusrah, listed as Al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant (QDe.137).

Additional information: 

Abdelrahman Mouhamad Zafir al Dabidi al Jahani, a former senior leader of Al-Qaida (QDe.004), has performed various administrative duties for Al-Qaida, including arranging fund transfers, passing messages and arranging meetings for senior Al-Qaida figures. Between 2006 and 2009, al Jahani provided logistical support to Al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Al Jahani was responsible for Al-Qaida's communications courier network in Waziristan in late 2008, and by mid-2009 was in charge of Al-Qaida administrative affairs for several areas in North and South Waziristan. Before his departure from Pakistan to Syria in 2012, al Jahani served on Al-Qaida's central shura council and as the Al-Qaida chief of security responsible for counterintelligence.

Al Jahani was listed in early 2011 by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as wanted in connection with membership or association with Al-Qaida or its regional affiliates. He was charged by Saudi Arabian authorities with calling for armed combat; defining Saudi Arabia as a legitimate field for battle; being a key Al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan; travelling to Afghanistan to join Al-Qaida; training in the use of various weapons, explosives and toxins; providing logistical support to Al-Qaida in Afghanistan; calling for the murder of citizens and residents; and targeting important facilities and residential compounds. Al Jahani remains on Saudi Arabian list of 47 most wanted criminals.

After travelling to Syria in 2012, al Jahani became a facilitator in charge of foreign fighter networks within Jabhat al-Nusrah, and took part in the network of Muhsin Fadhil Ayed Ashour al-Fadhli (QDi.184). As of mid-2013, al Jahani was working with counterparts in Pakistan to acquire heavy weaponry and trainers to support Al-Qaida efforts in Syria. In December 2013, he was appointed as a commander for the Latakia Governorate region alongside Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Charekh (QDi.324). He maintains an affiliation with Al-Qaida leadership in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.