Mukhtar al-Bakri

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Mukhtar al Bakri
Born 1981 (age 35–36)
Nationality Yemeni-American
Parent(s) Ali al-Bakri (father)

Mukhtar al-Bakri (born 1981)[1] is a Yemeni-American who grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo, New York. In 2002, he was arrested and charged as part of the War on Terror together with the other members of the "Lackawanna Six", based on the fact the group of friends had attended an Afghan training camp together years earlier.[2]

Like the others, although initially entering a plea of "not guilty", he eventually pleaded guilty to "providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization". He was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $2,000 fine.[3]


Mukhtar was born in 1981, along with a twin brother named Amin, to Ali al-Bakri, a Yemeni who had immigrated to the United States decades earlier, and had spent the past 25 years working in the Sorrento Cheese Factory in New York.[2] Ali and his wife, their twin sons, and their eldest son, his wife and children all lived together in a 2-storey house on Ingham Avenue.[2]


American counter-terrorism officials grew increasingly worried that al-Bakri's conversations kept mentioning a date in the future as the date of his "wedding" and the planning of a "big meal", so when he flew to Bahrain they arranged for a commando team to storm his hotel room on 9 September 2002.[4] They were surprised to find al-Bakri in bed with his new wife, preparing to consummate their marriage - and quickly handcuffed him and hustled him out of the room as she cried.[2][5]

He was held by Bahrain for five days, until State Trooper Mike Urbanski was able to fly out to the kingdom to pick up al-Bakri. After being interrogated and sharing his life story with Urbanski for five hours, al-Bakri had just one question he asked in return; how the Buffalo Bills football team was doing.[2] He admitted in court that in April 2001, he and other members participated in a military-type training in Afghanistan.[3]

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and $2,000 fine on a charge of providing material support to the Al Qaeda in December 2003.[3][6]


  1. ^ "Mukhtar al Bakri". Global Security. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Temple-Raston, Dina (2007). The Jihad Next Door: The Lackawanna Six and Rough Justice in the Age of Terror. New York: PublicAffairs. ISBN 978-1586484033. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mukhtar Al Bakri Sentenced for Providing Material" (PDF). US Department of Justice. 3 December 2003. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "How Great a Threat Were the Lackawanna Six?". NPR. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Suskind, R. The One Percent Doctrine
  6. ^ Edward F. Mickolus; Susan L. Simmons (12 January 2011). The Terrorist List. ABC-CLIO. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-313-37472-2. Retrieved 24 September 2012.