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Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari (died 31 January 2015) was a senior sharia official of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) based in Yemen.[1]

Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari
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Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari refuting the Islamic State expansion into Yemen, on behalf of AQAP.
Died31 January 2015
Cause of deathUS Drone strike
Citizenship Yemen
Years activeuntil 2015
Military career
Allegiance AQAP (until 2015)
Years of serviceuntil 2015
Battles/warsYemeni Civil War

al-Nadhari has featured in many of AQAP's propaganda videos such as rebuking the Islamic State announcement of expanding their caliphate into Yemen and renewing loyalties to al-Qaeda Emir Ayman al-Zawahiri. In his address, al-Nadhari stated "The announcement of the caliphate for all Muslims by our brothers in the Islamic State did not meet the required conditions. The policy of our brothers in the Islamic State split the ranks of the mujahideen, and scattered them, in this sensitive phase in the history of the mujahid ummah [community]. This is one of the absolutely forbidden matters in the religion of Allah.".[2]

On 9 January, a speech of Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari claimed AQAP's responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, citing the motive as "revenge for the honor" of Muhammad.[1]

On 31 January 2015 al-Nadhari and three other AQAP militants were killed by a US drone strike.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Al-Qaeda Group Claims Responsibility for Paris Terror Attack". 9 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Rejects Isis 'Caliphate', Ending Fears of Deadly Terror Alliance". November 2014. Retrieved February 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Yemen al-Qaeda militant al-Nadhari killed by US drone