In accordance with paragraph 13 of resolution 1822 (2008) and subsequent related resolutions, the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the Al-Qaida Sanctions List.
Omar Ali Hussain was listed on 28 September 2015 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”, “recruiting for” and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115).
In January 2014, Omar Ali Hussain travelled to the Syrian Arab Republic to fight for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115), and has since demonstrated an active online presence on extremist websites and social media. Hussain uses this online presence to recruit individuals for combat and for operational roles in ISIL and to condone the brutal activities of ISIL. Hussain uses his online presence to glorify ISIL, claiming that there are “beautiful jobs for those who truly wish to reap rewards”. Hussain has also used social media to encourage women and children to travel to the Syrian Arab Republic in order to recruit the “next generation”.
Hussain is featured in a two minute video titled “Message of the Mujahid” produced by Al-I’tisaam Foundation, the media wing of ISIL, on 3 October 2014. In this video, Hussain condemns ”the West” and calls on British Muslims to join ISIL by fighting abroad or by committing lone wolf attacks domestically. In August 2014, Hussain spoke publically in the British media confirming that he was fighting for ISIL. In this interview, Hussain claimed that he would only return to the United Kingdom to “plant a bomb”.