Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani

Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani is a prominent military instructor and commander of an AQAP-affiliated group, and has also fundraised for AQAP. Before his involvement with AQAP, Dhubhani fought with and financed ISIS’s affiliate in Yemen.“Treasury and Terrorist Financing Targeting Certain Partners Issue First Joint Sanctions Against Key Terrorists and Supporters,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, October 25, 2017, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/sm0187.aspx. He was designated as a terrorist by the United States and six Gulf countries in October 2017.Thomas Joscelyn, “US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen,” Long War Journal, October 25, 2017, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/10/us-and-gulf-nations-sanction-8-jihadists-in-yemen.php.

Dhubhani was born in Yemen’s Taiz Governorate either on July 15, 1963, or in 1971, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is a Yemeni citizen, and still resides in Taiz Governorate.“Counter Terrorism Designations,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, October 25, 2017, https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20171025.aspx.

Dhubhani became involved with ISIS’s affiliate in Yemen sometime after the group was established in November 2014. In June 2016, Dhubhani fought with ISIS as part of the Sunni resistance movement in Taiz Governorate. He held a leadership position, as he was reported to have “deputies” who also fought with ISIS. Later that year, in October, Dhubhani financed ISIS-associated militants in the governorate in order to “secure continued support” for ISIS’s activities in Taiz, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.“Treasury and Terrorist Financing Targeting Certain Partners Issue First Joint Sanctions Against Key Terrorists and Supporters,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, October 25, 2017, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/sm0187.aspx.

At some point in 2016 or 2017, Dhubhani switched his allegiance to AQAP. As of early 2017, he was a prominent military instructor with AQAP and reportedly commanded an AQAP-affiliated militant group composed of about 2,000 fighters. Also in 2017, Dhubhani collected funds for AQAP both in Taiz Governorate and from abroad.“Treasury and Terrorist Financing Targeting Certain Partners Issue First Joint Sanctions Against Key Terrorists and Supporters,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, October 25, 2017, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/sm0187.aspx.

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department named Dhubhani a Specially Designated Global Terrorist for acting for or on behalf AQAP as well as for providing support or services to AQAP and ISIS.“Treasury and Terrorist Financing Targeting Certain Partners Issue First Joint Sanctions Against Key Terrorists and Supporters,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, October 25, 2017, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/sm0187.aspx. Several Gulf countries also belonging to the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, a coalition of nations established in May 2017, also agreed to impose similar sanctions against Dhubhani on the same date. These countries included Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.Thomas Joscelyn, “US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen,” Long War Journal, October 25, 2017, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/10/us-and-gulf-nations-sanction-8-jihadists-in-yemen.php.

United States
October 25, 2017

The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated “Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani” as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.“Counter Terrorism Designations,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, October 25, 2017, https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20171025.aspx.

Bahrain
October 25, 2017

Bahrain added “Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani” to its list of designated terrorist individuals.Thomas Joscelyn, “US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen,” Long War Journal, October 25, 2017, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/10/us-and-gulf-nations-sanction-8-jihadists-in-yemen.php.

Kuwait
October 25, 2017

Kuwait added “Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani” to its list of designated terrorist individuals.Thomas Joscelyn, “US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen,” Long War Journal, October 25, 2017, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/10/us-and-gulf-nations-sanction-8-jihadists-in-yemen.php.

Oman
October 25, 2017

Oman added “Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani” to its list of designated terrorist individuals.Thomas Joscelyn, “US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen,” Long War Journal, October 25, 2017, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/10/us-and-gulf-nations-sanction-8-jihadists-in-yemen.php.

Saudi Arabia
October 25, 2017

Saudi Arabia added “Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani” to its list of designated terrorist individuals.Thomas Joscelyn, “US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen,” Long War Journal, October 25, 2017, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/10/us-and-gulf-nations-sanction-8-jihadists-in-yemen.php.

Qatar
October 25, 2017

Qatar added “Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani” to its list of designated terrorist individuals.Thomas Joscelyn, “US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen,” Long War Journal, October 25, 2017, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/10/us-and-gulf-nations-sanction-8-jihadists-in-yemen.php.

United Arab Emirates
October 25, 2017

The United Arab Emirates added “Adil Abduh Fari Uthman al-Dhubhani” to its list of designated terrorist individuals.Thomas Joscelyn, “US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen,” Long War Journal, October 25, 2017, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/10/us-and-gulf-nations-sanction-8-jihadists-in-yemen.php.

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