Abu Taha al-Sudan
A Sudanese national married to a Somali woman, al-Sudan had lived in Somalia since 1993. He was more recently identified as a close associate of Gouled Hassan Dourad, leader of a Mogadishu-based network that worked in support of Al Qaeda. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed that Al-Sudani had been involved with a plot to target the U.S. military base in Djibouti (see CJTF-HOA).
In December 2006, al-Sudan was reported to have led a group of ICU fighters in Idale as part of the War in Somalia. A month later he was the target of a U.S. Air Force AC-130 airstrike that allegedly killed an undetermined number (up to 70) of civilian nomadic tribesmen (denied by an US official), but not al-Sudan.
Time, citing a Pentagon official, reported in late November 2007 that al-Sudani had been killed. On September 2, 2008, in a video taunting the United States, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan confirmed the death of Abu Talha al Sudani.
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