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Khalid Mohammad bin Muslim Al-Arawi Al-Juhani (Arabic: وقع خالد بن محمد مسلم الجهني‎, also known as Mu'awiyah al-Madani) was a Saudi member of al-Qaeda. He appeared, cradling a rifle, in a 2002 videotape in which he promised a "martyrdom" attack.[1] In 2003, the Saudi government identified al-Juhani as one of twelve dead perpetrators of the Riyadh compound bombings based on DNA found at the scene.[2]

Khalid al-Juhani
KhalidAlJuhani.jpg
(source: FBI)
Borncirca 1975
Saudi Arabia
DiedMay 12, 2003
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

LifeEdit

Al-Juhani was once a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden.[3] He fled Afghanistan, along with Saleh al-Oufi, in late 2001 following the American invasion.[4]

On January 14, 2002, a series of five video cassettes were recovered from the rubble of the destroyed home of Mohammad Atef outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. The tapes showed Abderraouf Jdey, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Muhammad Sa'id Ali Hasan, Abd Al-Rahim, and al-Juhani vowing to die as martyrs. It was the first time authorities had reason to suspect him of any wrongdoing.[5] NBC News said the videos had been recorded after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

After the tape was discovered, and the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan contacted his family members, they said he spent three years fighting in Afghanistan from the time he was 18 years old, and another three years fighting in Chechnya. They believed he had been left mentally ill "as a result of pressure he faced during the [Afghan] war".[1] He fled Afghanistan during the American invasion, and moved to Yemen, before moving to Riyadh in 2003.[6] In Saudi Arabia, Karim el-Mejjati agreed to allow al-Juhani to live with his family. He tried to find a wife for al-Juhani, who was not supposed to be involved in any more fighting.[7]

 
A composite image created by the FBI to show how Juhani may try to disguise himself.

On March 23, 2003, el-Mejjati's wife and 10-year-old son, Ilyass, left the city to try to reach an ophthalmologist. They had been originally intended to travel with al-Juhani, which caught the attention of the Mabahith secret police. However, al-Juhani argued he wasn't feeling well and asked a brother and his wife to instead accompany el-Mejjati and her son. The group was nonetheless arrested by authorities who hoped that al-Juhani was present.[8]

Al-Juhani was identified as one of the twelve suicide bombers in the May 2003 suicide bombing attacks in Riyadh.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Brian Kates (January 20, 2002). "Terrorist wanna-be is called mentally ill". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved 2008-04-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Saudi statement identifies al-Juhani as killed in Riyadh
  3. ^ http://www.rulit.net/books/the-black-banners-read-249656-92.html
  4. ^ Stevens, Robert. Associated Press, "Confusion reigns in the Kingdom", July 2, 2004
  5. ^ CBC, Two Canadians among fugitive al-Qaeda members, January 26, 2002
  6. ^ Brachman, Jarret. "Global Jihadism", p. 142
  7. ^ Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, An Al-Qaeda Love Story: From Morocco to Bosnia to Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, Via New Jersey, June 17, 2005
  8. ^ La Gazette du Maroc, Mon mari n'etait pau un terroriste, mais un Moujahid Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine, May 30, 2005