A Sudanese national married to a Somali woman, al-Sudan had lived in Somalia since 1993. He was more recently identified as a close associate of Gouled Hassan Dourad, leader of a Mogadishu-based network that worked in support of Al Qaeda. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed that Al-Sudani had been involved with a plot to target the U.S. military base in Djibouti (see CJTF-HOA).
In December 2006, al-Sudan was reported to have led a group of ICU fighters in Idale as part of the War in Somalia. A month later he was the target of a U.S. Air Force AC-130 airstrike that killed 70 civilian nomadic tribesmen, but left al-Sudan unharmed. This number of civilian casualties has been denied, however, by other sources.
Time, citing a Pentagon official, reported in late November 2007 that al-Sudani had been killed. On September 2, 2008, in a video while taunting the United States, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan declared the death of co-conspirator Abu Talha al Sudani.
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- The Independent, January 13, 2007, http://news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article2149716.ece
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- Time, November 29, 2007, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1689207-2,00.html
- Abu Talha al Sudani Profile at GlobalSecurity.org
- Counter-Terrorism in Somalia: Losing Hearts and Minds? Crisis Group
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