Tuesday, November 02, 2010

IN PICTURES: Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's Chief Bomb-maker, Ibrahim 'Asiri

Ibrahim 'Asiri, bomber "commando" and one of the people of 'Asir, the mountainous region in southwestern Saudi Arabia between the kingdom and Yemen.

Saudi Ibrahim 'Asiri (al-'Asiri) is currently in the headlines because of his suspected role in constructing the recently intercepted package bombs. His brother, 'Abdullah Hasan, attempted but failed to assassinate Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayyif, the deputy Saudi minister of the interior and chief anti-terrorism official in August 2009. Yemen expert and Princeton doctoral candidate Gregory Johnsen has written up an informative profile on Ibrahim 'Asiri on Waq al-Waq.

'Asiri is a member of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida), a regional affiliate of Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC).

"Urgent mail came to you with a blast;" Ibrahim 'Asiri is pictured at the top left-hand side

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