Abu Zubayr Al Halili

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Abu Zubayr Al Halili is a citizen of Morocco suspected of being a senior member of al-Qaeda.

He is alleged to have managed several Al Qaeda guest houses in Kandahar.[1] He has been described as having Al Qaeda seniority second only to that of Abu Zubaydah [sic].[2][clarification needed]

When Abu Zubayr was arrested in June 2002 the United States State Department asserted that he was the head of Al Qaeda sleeper cells in the Maghreb.[dead link][3]


  1. ^ OARDEC (14 June 2005). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Awad, Waqas Mohammed Ali" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 21–23. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03. Zubayr Al Halli was responsible for most of al Qaida's guesthouses in Qandahar, Afghanistan. 
  2. ^ James Risen (2002-06-19). "Morocco Detainee Linked to Al Qaeda". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-08. The man, Abu Zubayr, was taken into custody last week, the officials said. He is believed to have been associated with Abu Zubaydah, Al Qaeda's former operations chief, who is being held by the United States. American officials said they were uncertain whether Abu Zubayr was involved in the planning of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. The officials added that while he was not as high-ranking in Al Qaeda's hierarchy as Abu Zubaydah, Abu Zubayr was still one of the most important members of Al Qaeda to be captured, 'maybe one of the top three or four,' as one official put it. [dead link]
  3. ^ "AFI Intelligence Briefing - 4th July 2002". milnet. 2002-07-04. Retrieved 2009-06-08. According to the US justice department it is the arrest of a great importance, it is believed that Abu Zubayr is the head of Al Qa'ida’s cells and 'sleepers' in the Maghreb.