Amar Makhlulif alias Abu Doha (Arabic: ابو ضحى) is an Algerian alleged to be member of the al-Qaeda and GSPC terrorist networks. He was arrested at London Heathrow Airport in February 2001 while attempting to travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on a forged passport. On 3 July 2008 the British bench released him from prison, under several security measures including a 22-hour-per-day curfew. Although the British press was forced to identified him only as "U", the other data about "U" identifies him clearly as Abu Doha.
Makhlulif is wanted in France for being one of the masterminds of the Strasbourg cathedral bombing plot in Strasbourg, France. Another plotter, Slimane Khalfaoui, was picked up in the UK and extradicted to France, where he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. Four more of Abu Doha's affiliates have been sentenced in Frankfurt, Germany to terms of from 10 to 12 years for that plot. In reading the sentence, the judge said that Abu Doha had exhorted them to commit that attack.
Makhlulif is alleged to have been an Al-Qaeda recruiter, and a trainer at, or even the founder of, al-Qaeda's Khalden training camp in Afghanistan, and at least a cell leader in GSPC. Makhlulif is described in some reports as the "paymaster" of al-Qaeda's London component.
"Makhlulif" is the name by which this person identifies himself to British immigration authorities. It could be a false name or an erroneous transliteration of مخلوف, which is pronounced more like "Makhlouf". Two press reports (here at BBC Arabic News and here at Asharq Alawsat) do refer to Abu Doha as Amar Makhlouf.
- US indictment of Abu Doha, 2 July 2001
- 'Architect of terror' held in British jail cell, The Telegraph, 9 January 2003
- U.K. releases 2nd suspect linked to bin Laden
- France Convicts Islamic Militants, AP, 16 December 2004
- Germany Sends 4 To Prison In New Year's Plot, SITE, quoting Chicago Tribune, 11 March 2003
- Abu Doha, MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
- Al-Qaeda's bombers used Britain to plot slaughter, The Guardian, 21 April 2002
- Advanced Knowledge Integration In Assessing Terrorist Threats, Air War College, US Air Force; an academic study of al-Qaeda in Europe