The Long War Journal
January 24, 2013
The US State Department has added a wanted Saudi citizen who serves as a senior al Qaeda leader and ideologue in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region to the list of Specially Designated Global terrorists.
Ahmed Abdullah Saleh al Khazmari al Zahrani, who is better known as Abu Maryam al Zahrani, was added to the list of designated terrorists today. Al Zahrani is on Saudi Arabia's list of 85 most-wanted terrorists that was issued in February 2009.
State said that al Zahrani is "currently wanted for extradition by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for participating in terrorist activities and for his ties to al Qaeda."
"Abu Maryam al Zahrani travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan from Saudi Arabia to join al Qaeda prior to 2007 and is closely connected to many senior al Qaeda leaders," State continued.
In 2009, Asharq Alawsat described al Zahrani "as a part of al Qaeda's new generation" of leaders. He is thought to be based in Pakistan but has also been spotted in Iran, the newspaper reported.
Al Zahrani is also known to have released jihadist propaganda. In August 2012, he distributed an article titled "The Legacy of Jihad," according to the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism. In the article, he discussed two essays by Abu Musab al Suri, the influential Syrian al Qaeda ideologue.