Abu Ubaida al-Masri
() (died December 2007) was an al-Qaeda
operative in Pakistan
. Al-Masri has been implicated in the 2006 Transatlantic Aircraft Plot
, which was to be carried out by a terrorist cell
operating in London, but which was orchestrated by al-Qaeda's central leadership.
Al-Masri is Egyptian
literally means 'the Egyptian') but he received combat experience, and terrorist and insurgent training in Afghanistan
Until recently al-Masri was thought to be a provincial al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan, but according to The New York Times
, " emerged as one of Al Qaeda's senior operatives after the death of Abu Hamza Rabia
, another Egyptian who was killed by a missile strike in Pakistan in 2005."
The information about al-Masri's ascendency through the al-Qaeda leadership allegedly came from interrogations of al-Qaeda operatives captured in Pakistan. Al-Masri is suspected of helping recruit and train operatives who carried out the 7 July 2005 London Bombings
. According to American intelligence officials, he is also suspected of involvement in the foiled plan to blow up airliners over the Atlantic Ocean in 2006.
Al-Masri lived in Germany before going to Afghanistan to join the Mujahadeen. After Afghanistan, he returned to Germany to begin building a network in Europe.
In 2006, two attempts were made by coalition forces to kill him.
Reports of death
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