Wa'el Hamza Julaidan

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Wa'el Hamza Julaidan
Born1958 (age 60–61)
Other namesArabic: وائل حمزة جليدان
Known forsuspected of being a co-founder of al Qaeda

Wa'el Hamza Julaidan (Arabic: وائل حمزة جليدان‎, kunya: Abu al-Hasan[1] (born 22 February 1958 in Medina, Saudi Arabia[2]) is one of the original founders of al-Qaeda in August 1988.[3]

He had previously (1984) established "the Service Office" or Maktab al-Khidamat in Afghanistan, along with bin Laden and Abdullah Yusuf Azzam. Many of the supporters of al-Qaeda were trained in the Arab military camps this trio set up in support of the mujahideen resistance movement against the Soviet occupation.

He was the president of the Tucson Islamic Center from 1984 to 1985. In 1986 he left Tucson to fight the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.[4] In 1987, he traveled to Hijaz, and was expected to return to Karachi.[5]

For his suspected role in al-Qaeda, Julaidan was placed under worldwide embargo by the United Nations, in 2002.[6][7] His UN embargo was lifted in 2014.[8]


  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Patrick J. "United States of America v. Enaam M. Arnaout: Governments Evidentiary Proffer Supporting the Admissibility of Co-Conspirator Statements" (PDF). US Department of Justice. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-04-13. In many respects, Wael Julaidan was a leading supporter of the jihad through the relief organization network.
  2. ^ "Wael Julaidan: International Islamic Relief Organization Financier". Globalsecurity. 2006-08-29. Archived from the original on 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  3. ^ "Founders meet and form al-Qaeda". Globalsecurity. 2006-11-01. Archived from the original on 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  4. ^ Barret Marson (2004-07-24). "How Southern Arizona became home base for terror". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on 2006-06-29. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  5. ^ Bergen, Peter, "The Osama bin Laden I Know', 2006.
  6. ^ "The list of individuals belonging to or associated with the Taliban". United Nations. 2006-12-12. Archived from the original on 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  7. ^ "Treasury Department Statement on the Designation of Wa'el Hamza Julidan". US Treasury. 2002-09-06. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  8. ^ "On 26 August 2014, the entry specified below was deleted from the Al-Qaida Sanctions List" (PDF). United Nations. Retrieved 2017-04-13. The assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo set out in paragraph 1 of Security Council resolution 2161 (2014) adopted under Chapter VI] of the Charter of the United Nations accordingly no longer apply to this entry.