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Ahmad Mohammad Ali al-Hada is an al-Qaeda operative from Yemen whose family is described by US government officials as a "supercell" within the al-Qaeda network.[1]

Ahmad Mohammad Ali al-Hada
Occupational-Qaeda "switchboard" host
Military career
Allegiance Al-Qaeda
Years of service1980s–?
RankOfficer of Al-Qaeda and communications supervisor


Early life and Al-QaedaEdit

al-Hada is native of Dhamar Governorate, and is a veteran of Soviet–Afghan War, where he met Osama Bin Laden. It's reported that al-Hada was a close friend of Bin Laden. From 1996 til 2006, was operating along with his son, Samir Al-Hada, an Qaeda safe house and a communication center in Sana'a, which was the direct link from AQ central to Yemen. He was captured by the Yemeni government in 2006, but was set free, possibly after a tribal deal. As of 2007, his whereabouts are unknown.[2]


Al-Hada's son-in-law, Khalid al-Mihdhar, was one of the hijackers that flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon as part of the September 11 attacks.[3] Another son-in-law, Mustafa Abdulkader, has been listed on FBI terror alerts. In February 2002, Al-Hada's son, Sameer al-Hada, committed suicide using a hand grenade,[4] to avoid questioning by security forces about the Cole bombing.[5] Two of Ahmed Al-Hada’s brothers were killed in Afghanistan during operation “Absolute Justice” and a third brother, Abdullah Al-Hada, is wanted by the Yemen authorities for terror charges.

USS Cole bombingEdit

Al-Hada allegedly provided the telephone number in Yemen[6] that served as the switchboard for al-Qaeda operations leading up to the USS Cole bombing and September 11 attacks.[7] In The Looming Tower he was cited as being in Yemeni custody.[8]


  1. ^ "Al-Qaida leaders, associates :Ahmad Mohammad ali al-Hada". Retrieved 23 May 2012.
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  3. ^ "Profile: Ahmed al-Hada". History Commons. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  4. ^ "emeni Suspect Was Related to Sept. 11 Hijacker". ABC News. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  5. ^ Robert Windrem. "Al-Qaida leaders, associates". MSNBC. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Ahmad Mohammad Ali al-Hada". Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  7. ^ "U.S. links Yemen clan to Sept. 11 and East Africa attacks". MSNBC. 14 February 2002. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  8. ^ Wright, Lawrence (2006). The Looming Tower. Knopf. p. 427. ISBN 978-0-375-41486-2. Retrieved 6 May 2011.