In accordance with paragraph 14 of resolution 1844 (2008) and paragraph q of section 2 of the Committee guidelines, the Committee pursuant to resolution 751 (1992) concerning Somalia makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included on its 1844 Sanctions List.
Ahmed Diriye was listed on 24 September 2014 pursuant to paragraph 8 of resolution 1844 (2008); paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of resolution 2002 (2011); paragraph 23 of resolution 2036 (2012); and paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of resolution 2060 (2012).
Ahmed Diriye was appointed as the new emir of Al-Shabaab following the death of the previous leader Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed, an individual listed by the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009). This was publicly announced in a statement by Al-Shabaab’s spokesperson, Sheikh Ali Dheere, released on 6 September 2014. Diriye has been a senior member of Al-Shabaab and as the emir he exercises command responsibility for Al-Shabaab’s operations. He will be directly responsible for Al-Shabaab’s activities which continue to threaten the peace, security and stability of Somalia. Diriye has since adopted the Arabic name Sheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah.
* On 14 November 2018, by its resolution 2444 (2018), the Security Council changed the name of the Committee to “the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolution 751 (1992) concerning Somalia".