Khalid Batarfi

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Khalid Saeed Batarfi
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Khalid Batarfi appearing in an AQAP video.
Born1978; or 1979; or 1980[1]
NationalitySaudi Arabian
Other namesAbū al-Miqdād al-Kindī, Abū al-Miqdād al-Kanadī
Known forSenior military commander in AQAP
Military career
Allegiance AQAP
Years of service2010-present
RankSupreme commander(Emir) of Abyan
(2010–2011) Field commander in Hadramaut
Battles/warsYemen Insurgency

Yemeni Civil War

Khalid Saeed Batarfi, (Arabic: خالد سعيد باطرفي‎), also known as Abū al-Miqdād al-Kindī (Arabic: أبو مقداد الكِنْدِي‎),[3] is a Saudi Arabian militant and a senior member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.[4] He oversaw the Yemen-based group's media network[5] and led jihadist fighters in their takeover of Yemen's Abyan Governorate in 2011, where he was accorded the position of emir.[6][7] He also reputedly carried out terrorist attacks in the Abyan and Hadhramaut governorates.[5]

On 17 March 2011, Batarfi was captured by security forces in the Taiz Governorate.[5] For four years, he was imprisoned in Mukalla. He was freed, along with about 300 other inmates, by al Qaeda fighters on 2 April 2015, during the Battle of Mukalla.[4][7][8] The Washington Post compared the Mukalla prison break to the escape of 23 fighters, including future AQAP emir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, from a Yemeni prison in 2006, a formative event for the group.[9]

Batarfi attracted media attention when he posed for photographs taken by al Qaeda members in the Hadhramaut governor's palace, which fighters took over.[7][10]


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  3. ^ Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do About Terrorism edited by Paul Shemella
  4. ^ a b "Officials: Al Qaeda fighters free 270 from Yemeni prison". CNN. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Three militants, three soldiers killed in Yemen". CNN. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Amid Yemen chaos, al Qaeda stages prison break". CBS News. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Spencer, Richard (4 April 2015). "The al-Qaeda commander at home in a governor's palace". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  8. ^ Bacchi, Umberto (2 April 2015). "Yemen: Al-Qaeda frees 300 in al-Mukalla prison attack". International Business Times. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  9. ^ Miller, Greg (5 April 2015). "Al-Qaeda franchise in Yemen exploits chaos to rebuild, officials say". Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  10. ^ Bacchi, Umberto (4 April 2015). "Yemen: Al-Qaeda operative Khalid Batarfi takes selfies inside Mukalla government". International Business Times. Retrieved 9 April 2015.