Abu Musab As-Suri

Mustafa Sit Mariam Nassar, a planner that enjoys a considerable amount of influence among Al-Qaeda, accused of being the mastermind of the July 7 London bombings in 2005 which resulted in the death of 52 injured 700.

His real name is Mustafa bin Abd al-Qadir bin Mustafa Bin Hussein Bin Sheikh Ahmed Almazik Aljacquira Refai, a Syrian, born in Aleppo, is married and has four children. A Spanish national, where he obtained the nationality after he won the right to reside in Spain in 1987, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, before his name started to be associated the Armed Islamic Group in Algeria in 1992. Then later he moved to London where he is believed to have become an envoy to Al-Qaeda in Europe, and from there to Afghanistan in 1998. There he ran a military camp called ‘Mu’askar Al-Ghuraba’ in the well-known Qurgha military base in Kabul in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence of the Taliban, and that this camp was to destroy U.S. aircraft in 2001.

The Spanish judicial authorities believe that Abu Musab al-Suri founded a cell of al Qaeda in Spain, before handing over leadership to the Syrian Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas who was sentenced to by the Spanish authorities to prison for 27 years, along with other defendants, including a TV correspondent for Al-Jazeera the Qatari satellite channel Tayseer Aloony.

He was born Abu Musab al-in the Syrian city of Aleppo in 1957 and traveled to Spain in the early eighties to escape Syria after his persecution because of his affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood. He married in 1987 to a Spanish citizen and the couple had three children.

During his stay in the Spanish city of Granada, he established a friendship with Tayseer Aloony and with Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas also with Baha’i Mohammed, nicknamed ‘postman’. The Spanish judicial authorities believe that ‘the postman’ is one of the leaders of al Qaeda and the person who introduced Mustafa Set Mariam to the organization’s leader, Osama bin Laden during the journey they made to Afghanistan in 1988 and then moved onto London 1995, where he took over management of the magazine ‘helpers’, one of the publications of the Algerian Armed Jamat Islamiyah, having cleric Omar Mahmoud Othman alias Abu Qatada writing for them. He is considered the spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in Europe.

Abu Musab al-Suri was one of 35 people on the wanted list of 695 Page issued by the Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon in September 2003. He called for the arrest of another 34 men, including former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, on charges including membership of a terrorist group and planning terrorist acts.

The U.S. intelligence arrested Abu Musab al-Suri in Quetta, Pakistan in 2005, and deported him to his country of origin within the framework of the transfer of prisoners outside the United States. In turn, the Syrian authorities detained him in a secret service prison in Damascus.

Abu Musab al-Suri is also wanted for his alleged responsibility for the Madrid train bombings in 2004 that resulted in 191 people being killed, and the Paris metro bombings in 1995. In spite of the announcement of an award by the Americans for those who help in his arrest, they removed his name from the lists of wanted suspects on the site ‘Awards for justice program’ where the US government offers rewards for those who help in the arrest of suspected terrorists.

Sources

– Aljazeera.net 4/11/2005

– Al-Hayat newspaper June 14, 2011.

– Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper (August 7, 2008) – (August 24, 2011) – (February 6, 2012).

– Arab Net February 5, 2012.