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Al-Mughassil, Ahmad Ibrahim (1967–)

aka Abu Omran

In June 2001, the U.S. indicted Saudi national Ahmad al-Mughassil for his role in coordinating and carrying out the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers military barracks (which housed approximately 2,000) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The explosion killed 19 American service members and wounded approximately 500. Al-Mughassil is one of 22 men named “most wanted terrorists” by the FBI.

U.S. officials charge that al-Mughassil, born in Qatif-Bab al Shamal, Saudi Arabia, is the leader of the military wing of the Saudi Hezbollah terrorist group. Saudi Hezbollah, also called Hezbollah al-Hijaz, is largely made up of young Shiite Muslim men who profess loyalty to Iran instead of the Saudi government. As Saudi Hezbollah is outlawed in Saudi Arabia, al-Mughassil often met with the head of Saudi Hezbollah, Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed al-Nasser, and other organization leaders in Lebanon, Syria, or Iran.

According to the indictment, ...

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