Posts Tagged ‘Sheikh Saeed’

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

August 25, 2010
Sheikh Saeed al-Masri

Al Yazid, background by Weasel Zippers

When 9/11 money man Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, a.k.a. Sheik Saeed al Masri, died in May this year, national security analysts speculated on who would succeed him.

Now we know.  His name is محمد عبدالله حسن أبو الخير or Muhammad Abdallah Hasan Abu-al-Khayr or Abdallah al-Halabi.  Don’t you love how easy it is to understand Arabic naming conventions and terrorist aliases?  Let’s just stick with “Abu-al-Khayr.”

Abdallah al-Halabi

Abu-al-Khayr photo from Dar Al Hayat

In 1999, Abu-al-Khayr recruited terrorist Shadi Abdallah who was later put on trial in Germany.

At some point Abu-al-Khayr served as a body guard to Bin Laden and married into the Bin Laden family.  No press reports at the time this post was prepared indicated which one of Bin Laden’s 25 or 26 children Abu-al-Khayr has married.  Bin Laden has four wives, and since his fourth wife is 27 and Abu-al-Khayr is 35, that probably (and hopefully) rules her out as the mother-in-law.

Abu-al-Khayr appeared on Saudi Arabia’s 85 “most wanted” list in 2009.  As of yesterday, Abu-al-Khayr was designated as a terrorist financier by the U.S. Treasury Department and the United Nations.  This means that U.S. and other banks will freeze his assets, that Americans cannot do business with him, that he is banned from travel, and he is subject to an arms embargo from the U.N.

TFI Under Secretary Stuart Levey says the move “will help to ensure that that al-Qai’da remains in severe financial straits.”

Stuart Levey gesturing

Levey: I've gotta get my arms around this

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Chief financial officer behind 9/11 resurfaces

October 14, 2009

Sheikh Saeed al Masri has been linked with alleged backpack bomb plotter Najibullah Zazi.  Sheikh Saeed, also known as Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, was identified in the 9/11 Commission Report as the chief financial manager of Al Qaeda leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  Prior to heading Osama bin Laden’s finance committee, Sheikh Saeed was Al Qaeda’s paymaster in Sudan.  The sheikh has been promoted a few times since 9/11, but certainly maintains influence in Al Qaeda’s finances.

The AP offers this report:

NEW YORK — The airport shuttle driver accused of plotting a bombing in New York had contacts with al-Qaida that went nearly all the way to the top, to an Osama bin Laden confidant believed to be the terrorist group’s leader in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence officials told The Associated Press.

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, an Egyptian reputed to be one of the founders of the terrorist network, used a middleman to contact Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi as the 24-year-old man hatched a plot to use homemade backpack bombs, perhaps on the city’s mass transit system, the two intelligence officials said.

Intelligence officials declined to discuss the nature of the contact or whether al-Yazid contacted Zazi to offer simple encouragement or help with the bombing plot prosecutors say Zazi was pursuing…

Sure, Osama bin Laden’s old accountant just wanted to offer some encouraging words to Najibullah!  Read the rest of this entry ?