Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sa'ad al-Faqih

سعد راشد محمد الفقيه
Sa'ad Rashed Mohammad al-Faqih, a.k.a.
أبو عثمان
Abu Uthman
Saudi. Lives under British protection as a political refugee from KSA.

Al-Faqih is embargoed by the UN Security Council Committee 1267 as a known affiliate of al-Qa'ida, and by the US Treasury Department since December 2004. As the Treasury statement indicates, al-Faqih is a former assistant to, or employee of, Usama Bin Ladin, and was an affiliate of Abu Mus'ab as-Suri before the latter fled the UK in 1995 for fear of arrest on a French warrant.
This bit from the Treasury statement is interesting:
AQ-affiliated author, Lewis Attiyatullah, whose statements have been published on MIRA's website, has been directly associated with Al-Faqih for several years.
The website they are referring to is the Castle forum, which has since been banned by the UK. Sheikh Attiyatullah, as he is now known, is a quite senior current AQ member, probably on the majlis ash-shura. He appears in the 2008 as-Sahab video about 9-11.

Internet Haganah in May 2005 tabulated some of al-Faqih's numerous websites. Most of those sites, including his pro-terrorism Castle forum, are dead. But these are running:
mms:// (streaming video, runs 24/7) (a compendium of links to recordings of himself)

Al-Faqih's closest familiar in the UK is his fellow Saudi fugitive Muhammed al-Massari, who ran the terrorist forum called Tajdeed (renewal) for several years before the British pulled the plug on it. Various other Londonistanis have associated with al-Faqih over the years, but not for long as a rule. One was the Egyptian Yassir al-Sirri, who ran the Marsad terrorist forum from England. Marsad means observatory; the forum was named after al-Sirri's so-called Islamic Observatory for Human Rights. Al-Sirri is wanted in Egypt for his part in an assassination attempt against Prime Minister Sedki, in which Sedki was unharmed but a child was killed.

Abdulrahman Alamoudi, a former fundraiser for Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula, implicated al-Faqih as part of plea deal. Alamoudi is serving a 23-year sentence in the USA. In this DOJ press release about the sentencing of Alamoudi, the two Saudi dissidents referred to are al-Faqih and al-Massari.

Al-Faqih's so-called Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, or MIRA, or just Islah (reform), is a front by which al-Faqih poses as a nonviolent proponent of democracy and human rights in Saudi Arabia. (His concern with the rest of the Peninsula is limited.) Some naive pressmen and academics have mistaken him for a sincere reformer and have granted him interviews, in which he hides his real sympathies. In reality he has often attempted to incite assassinations in KSA and he has a long history of paying homage to his fellow Saudi Usama Bin Ladin.

Al-Faqih spends more time publicising himself on the internet than any other terrorist I know. Indeed, when you come across something pro-Faqih on the internet, the odds are good that it comes from Sa'ad al-Faqih himself.

Miscellaneous "credentials"
Dr. Sa'ad's most recent claim to fame is his appearance in the September 2008 as-Sahab video about 9-11, in an excerpt from a TV interview. Some of his self-recordings at Islah were pasted into the July as-Sahab video which eulogized Abu al-Hasan.
Al-Faqih's efforts received rather noncommittal endorsement from Ayman al-Zawahiri in the video in which he answered questions submitted to him over the internet.
Al-Faqih was a member of Ekhlaas under the pseudonym Faqih at-Ta'ifi (after the city of Ta'if near Makka) at the time Ekhlaas disappeared, and he sometimes shows up on other relatively junior pro-terrorism forums. At Ekhlaas, his prestige was little, because he won't brook any disagreement, he seldom talks about any jihad battlefront except KSA, and after all he has to behave himself at least a little while he is under kufr protection in the UK.