Omar al-Faruq

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Omar al-Faruq
Born (1971-05-24)May 24, 1971
Died Basra, Iraq
Citizenship Iraq
Detained at Bagram Theater Internment Facility
Alternate name Faruq al-Iraqi
Status escaped custody, deceased

Omar al-Faruq (Arabic: عمر الفاروق‎) (24 May 1971 - 25 September 2006),[1] was an Iraqi citizen,[2] and a senior al-Qaeda member. He was a liaison between al-Qaeda and Islamic terrorists in the Far East, particularly Jemaah Islamiyah. He was captured in Bogor, Indonesia in 2002 by an Indonesian security agent who handed him over to the United States.[3] Al-Faruq's capture was based on information derived from the capture of Abu Zubaydah.[4] Al-Faruq in turn revealed information about a plot to bomb embassies in Southeast Asia, giving rise to the "yellow alert" of 10 September 2002.[3]

In July 2005, al-Faruq escaped from Bagram prison with three other al Qaeda suspects. The U.S. did not acknowledge his escape until November when they were unable to produce him as a witness called by defense attorney Michael Waddington, in the trial of a U.S. sergeant, Alan Driver, accused of abuse at the prison.

On September 25, 2006, Al-Faruq was killed by British troops operating in the Iraqi city of Basra. The operations took place in pre-dawn hours and involved over 200 soldiers. There were no British casualties.[5]

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  1. ^ Omar al-Farouq at
  2. ^ Profile: Omar al-Farouq, BBC, 25 September 2006
  3. ^ a b Al-Qaeda: Dead or captured, MSNBC, last updated in 2005
  4. ^ Confessions of an al-Qaeda Terrorist, Time, 15 September 2002
  5. ^ Top al Qaeda figure killed in Iraq, Reuters, 25 September 2006