Najmiddin Jalolov (a.k.a. Yakh’yo or Yahya) was the leader of the Jama'at al-Jihad al-Islami (Islamic Jihad Union), a militant organization affiliated with Al Qaeda that operates in Central Asia, Russia ad Western Europe.
Jalolov was born on 1 April 1972 in the Adijan region of Uzbekistan. He trained in mines and explosives at al Qaida camps and participated in operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan on the Taliban side.
Jalolov was a former member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), another organization affiliated with Al Qaeda. Uzbek courts found Jalolov guilty of terrorism in absentia in 2000. He left IMU around 2000 and took part in Islamic Jihad Union.
Jalolov was tied to Taliban leader Mohammad Omar, Uyghur militant Abu Mohammad, and Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In 2004, he ordered the attacks on the US Embassy and the Israeli Embassy in Tashkent.
Jalolov was killed in a U.S. Predator drone strike on 14 September 2009.
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