Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud

Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud

Infobox Military Person
name=Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud
lived=April 20, 1970 - Present
placeofbirth= Meftah, Algeria

allegiance=Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb
battles=Islamic insurgency in Algeria (2002–present)

Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud (a.k.a. "Abdelmalek Droukdel") (born April 20, 1970) is the emir, or leader, of the Algerian Islamic militant group Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), formerly the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC).


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Terrorist commander

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Under Abdel Wadoud's leadership the GSPC has sought to develop itself from a largely domestic entity into a larger player on the international terror stage. In September 2006 it was announced that the GSPC had joined forces with al-Qaeda and in January 2007 the group officially changed its name to the "Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb." [http://siteinstitute.org/bin/articles.cgi?ID=publications247007&Category=publications&Subcategory=0 Salafist Group for Call and Combat Announces its New Name as al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb] SITE Institute, January 26, 2007]

In December 2007 the United States Department of the Treasury imposed financial sanctions and froze Abdel Wadoud's assets under Executive Order 13224. [http://africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnN04527476.html U.S. freezes assets of Algerian over al Qaeda ties] Reuters, December 4, 2007]

External links

* [http://www.tkb.org/KeyLeader.jsp?memID=5877 Key Leader Profile: Abdelouadoud, Abou Mossaab] MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
* [http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=23510 Ruthless chief, head of Al-Qaeda's NAfrica branch] Middle East Online, December 13, 2007


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