Asif Ahmed Salim is a U.S. citizen who, between 2005 and 2012, conspired to provide money, equipment, and other assistance to now-deceased terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki, a key leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was designated a global terrorist in 2010.Scott Shane, “The Lessons of Anwar al-Awlaki,” New York Times, August 27, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/magazine/the-lessons-of-anwar-al-awlaki.html. Asif acted with three other men including his brother Sultane Room Salim, as well as Indian brothers Yahya Farooq Mohammad and Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad.“Four Men Charged with Providing Material Support to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” U.S. Department of Justice, November 5, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/four-men-charged-providing-material-support-al-qaeda-arabian-peninsula.
Salim was indicted on one count of conspiracy to provide and conceal material support and resources to terrorists, one count of providing material support and resources to terrorists, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Andrew Tobias, “Four men, including two former Ohio State students, charged with assisting Al Qaeda,” Cleveland.com, November 5, 2015, http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2015/11/four_men_including_two_former.html.
In July 2009, Asif’s co-conspirator Farooq Mohammad reportedly traveled to Yemen and gave $22,000 to one of al-Awlaki’s associates. According to the indictment, the four men “agreed to provide and did provide funds, equipment, and expert advice and assistance to Anwar Al-Awlaki to be used in furtherance of ‘violent jihad’ against the United States and the United States military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world.”“United States of America v. Yahya Farooq Mohammad, Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, Asif Ahmed Salim, and Sultane Roome Salim,” United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, September 30, 2015, 13, http://www.justice.gov/opa/file/790971/download.
Date of Birth
Place of residence
United Arab Emirates
Salim studied at Ohio State University between 2000 and 2005, and became a resident of Overland Park, Kansas, in 2007. In 2011, he became a resident of the United Arab Emirates.“United States of America v. Yahya Farooq Mohammad, Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, Asif Ahmed Salim, and Sultane Roome Salim,” United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, September 30, 2015, 13, http://www.justice.gov/opa/file/790971/download.
In April 2018, Salim pled guilty to concealment of financing of terrorism.Jennifer Feehan, “2 Plead Guilty in Terrorism Case,” Toledo Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/Courts/2018/04/12/2-plead-guilty-in-terrorism-case.html. On October 26, 2018, Salim was sentenced in federal court to six years in prison with a life term of supervision.Allison Dunn, “Man Funding Terrorism Sentenced to Six Years in Prison,” Toledo Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/local/courts/2018/10/26/Man-funding-terrorism-sentenced-to-six-years-in-prison/stories/20181026093.
HELP COUNTER EXTREMISM