Sa’d bin Sa’d Muhammad Shariyan Al Ka’bi

Sa’d bin Sa’d Muhammad Shariyan al-Ka’bi is a Qatari-based financier, fundraiser, and ransom facilitator for the Nusra Front.“Treasury Designates Financial Supporters of Al-Qaida and Al-Nusrah Front,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, August 5, 2015, http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0143.aspx.The subject of U.S. and U.N. sanctions,  Ka’bi worked with sanctioned Kuwaiti-based fundraiser Hamid Hamad Hamid al-’Ali to transfer money to the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s then-formal affiliate in Syria.“Counter Terrorism Designations,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, August 5, 2015, http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20150805.aspx.

In early 2014, Ka’bi used the now defunct Madad Ahl Sham social networking site to fundraise for the Nusra Front.“David Andrew Weinberg, “Analysis: Qatar still negligent on terror finance,” Long War Journal, August 19, 2015, http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/08/analysis-qatar-still-negligent-on-terror-finance.php. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, Ka’bi set up donation campaigns on the online platform to help raise money for weapons and food, allegedly raising a “significant” amount of money for the terrorist group.“Treasury Designates Financial Supporters of Al-Qaida and Al-Nusrah Front,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, August 5, 2015, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0143.aspx;
“Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends, Consortium Against Terrorist Finance, November 23, 2015, http://stopterrorfinance.org/stories/510649691-getting-by-with-a-little-help-from-our-friends;
Taimur Khan, “US names two Qatari nationals as financiers of terrorism,” National (Dubai), August 6, 2015, http://www.thenational.ae/world/americas/us-names-two-qatari-nationals-as-financiers-of-terrorism.
While he was running the donation campaigns, Ka’bi also served as a facilitator for a Nusra Front hostage exchange, collecting the ransom payment to send in exchange for the release of an unidentified hostage.“Treasury Designates Financial Supporters of Al-Qaida and Al-Nusrah Front,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, August 5, 2015, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0143.aspx.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Ka’bi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) on August 5, 2015.“Counter Terrorism Designations,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, August 5, 2015, http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20150805.aspx. The United Nations followed suit, listing Ka’bi in its Al-Qaida Sanctions list on September 21, 2015.“QDi.382 Sa’d bin Sa’d Muhammad Shariyan al-Ka’bi,” United Nations Security Council, September 21, 2015, https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1267/aq_sanctions_list/summaries/individual/sa'd-bin-sa'd-muhammad-shariyan-al-ka'bi.

Following Ka’bi’s designation, a U.S. Treasury official stated that “Qatar has not arrested” him and that “there continues to be concerns about terrorist financing going on in Qatar.”“David Andrew Weinberg, “Analysis: Qatar still negligent on terror finance,” Long War Journal, August 19, 2015, http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/08/analysis-qatar-still-negligent-on-terror-finance.php;
Taimur Khan, “US names two Qatari nationals as financiers of terrorism,” National (Dubai), August 6, 2015, http://www.thenational.ae/world/americas/us-names-two-qatari-nationals-as-financiers-of-terrorism.
The European Union and governments of Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong have also sanctioned Ka’bi.“Notice for the attention of Sa’d Bin Sa’d Muhammad Shariyan Al-Ka’bi,” European Union, September 30, 2015, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52015XC0930(03);
“Gazette of Pakistan – S.R.O. No. 967(I)2015,” Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, October 6, 2015, http://cdcpakistan.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Gazette-Of-Pakistan-%E2%80%93-S.R.O-No-967I2015.compressed.pdf;
“Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets in the UK,” Government of the United Kingdom, accessed December 29, 2016, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/578910/The_ISIL__Da_esh__and_Al-Qaida_organisations.pdf;
“United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance,” Hong Kong Government Logistics Department, February 26, 2016, http://www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20162008/egn201620081004.pdf.

Also Known As

Extremist entity
The Nusra Front
Type(s) of Organization:
Insurgent, non-state actor, terrorist, transnational, violent
Ideologies and Affiliations:
Al-Qaeda affiliated group, Islamist, jihadist, Qutbist, Salafist, Sunni
Position(s):
Financier, facilitator, operative

Al-Nusra Front is al-Qaeda’s formal affiliate in Syria and one of the most powerful rebel groups fighting Assad. The group conducts formal military campaigns, assassinations, hostage missions, and ‘lone wolf’ operations, including al-Qaeda’s trademark suicide bombings. 

  • Designations

United States

  • August 5, 2015

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated “Sa’d bin Sa’d Muhammad Shariyan al-Ka’bi” as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order 13224.“Treasury Designates Financial Supporters of Al-Qaida and Al-Nusrah Front,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, August 5, 2015, http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0143.aspx.

European Union

  • September 30, 2015

    The European Union added “Sa’d Bin Sa’d Muhammad Shariyan Al-Ka’bi” its sanctions list referred to in Articles 2, 3, and 7 of Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 for certain persons and entities associated with the Al-Qaeda network.“Notice for the attention of Sa’d Bin Sa’d Muhammad Shariyan Al-Ka’bi,” European Union, September 30, 2015, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52015XC0930(03).

Pakistan

United Kingdom

Hong Kong

  • February 26, 2016

    Hong Kong added “Sa’d Bin Sa’d Muhammad Shariyan Al-Kabi” to its list of terrorist and terrorist associates.“United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance,” Hong Kong Government Logistics Department, February 26, 2016, http://www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20162008/egn201620081004.pdf.

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