Kuwaiti citizen in charge of Al Qaeda operations against Israeli targets

May 25, 2010

A Kuwaiti citizen is in charge of Al Qaeda operations against Israeli targets for the Palestinian territories, an Israeli daily has said.

Sami Al Mutairi, who was convicted in 2003 of killing American computer expert Michael Pouliot, 46, and wounding his driver in Kuwait, has sent about $850,000 to Al Qaeda members in the Gaza Strip alongside instructions to use the funds to purchase weapons in Sinai and to buy apartments in Khan Yunis and in Rafah where the group’s men could hide, Haaretz reported.

Mutairi, who uses the nom de guerre of Abdallah Al Haj, reportedly said that the weapons, once obtained, should not all be kept in the Gaza Strip for fear that they could fall into Hamas hands.

The daily said that the information was based on documents sent by a group of separatists in Yemen opposed to Al Qaeda.

In one document, Mutairi, who was released in 2007, said he intended to send three instructors to teach subordinates the use of the arms and explosives they have acquired, as well as the fundamentals of fighting tactics.

He emphasized the importance of an Al Qaeda force in the Gaza Strip that can demonstrate military prowess against Israel as a way to prevent Hamas from “surrendering” and ensure Al Qaeda’s eventual succession of the organization in the struggle against Israel, the paper said.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
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