Unless terrorists stop in their wrong doings, world peace will be hard to come by. And that’s no matter how hard beauty pageant contestants wish for them in their speeches. Here is a list of the 10 most wanted terrorists of all time.
10. Saif al-Adel
A former Egyptian military colonel, al-Adel is believed to have played a crucial part in the bombing of the United States Embassy in Kenya in 1998. He is also suspected to be the provider of military intelligence and training to the al-Qaeda group and to different Islamic Jihad organizations. It is being assumed that he is under house arrest in Iran.
9. Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah
An accomplice to al-Adel, Abdullah is also accused of the same crime committed on August 7, 1998 against the US Embassy. And just like al-Adel, he too is an Egyptian national who is believed to be under house arrest in Iran. He goes by other aliases such as Abu Mariam and Abu Mohamed Al-Masri.
8. Ayman al-Zawahiri
Al-Zawahiri is suspected to be Al-Qaeda’s new No. 1. Aside from the bombing s in Kenya, he is also behind the explosions in Dar es Salaam and Tanzania. His head has a bounty of US$25 million. Anyone who can give information that will lead to his location and arrest will receive that huge reward.
7. Abdelkarim Hussein Mohammed Al-Nasser
Born in Al lhsa, Saudi Arabia, this terrorist is the suspected leader of the Saudi Hizballah organization. Their group has been connected to the Khobar Towers bombing of 1996. He was tagged as one of the most wanted terrorists in the world since 2001. Reports have it that he is still living in Iran.
6. Ibrahim Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub
Born in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, this terrorist was also among the perpetrators of the Khobar Towers attack. He was indicted in 46 different US courts for his role in the attacks, including murder charges. He is a member of the Hizballah Al-Hijaz which operates in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Lebanon.
5. Ali Saed Bin Ali El-Hoorie
Also a native of Qatif, Saudi Arabia, he was identified by intelligence reports as the passenger of the bomb truck that was driven to the Khobar Towers. They abandoned the vehicle minutes before the explosion and fled away in waiting cars. He also goes by the alias Ali Saed Bin Ali Al-Houri.
4. Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Mughassil
The role of Qatif born Al-Mughassil in the terrorist attack on the Khobar Towers is that of the main truck driver. He drove the truck bomb into the location and fled away together with the other passengers. He goes by different aliases such as Arfad and Abu Omran. He is a member of the Party of God or the Saudi Hizballah, although they were considered as outlaws in their own land.
3. Abdul Rahman Yasin
Yasin is a notorious criminal responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. Although he has an Iraqi heritage and grew up in Baghdad, he was rightfully born in Bloomington, Indiana. He is technically an American citizen who the media has tagged as ‘the only participant in the World Trade Center bombings who was never caught’. Following the attacks, he was picked up by the FBI in his mother’s home in New Jersey. But after giving names and addresses to the FBI, he was able to go back to Iraq. Years after, he was shown as a prisoner held by Saddam Hussein in the outskirts of Baghdad. But even after the death of Hussein and invasion of Iraq, he has not resurfaced.
2. Ali Atwa
Lebanese terrorist Ali Atwa is a member of the Islamic group Hezbollah. He goes by different names like Ammar Mansour Bouslim and Hassan Rostom Salim. He was part of the group who hijacked the TWA Flight 847. But he didn’t make it to the flight and was arrested. However, he was released as a part of the deal to free hostages.
1. Osama bin Laden
It was easy for Osama bin Laden to orchestrate attacks against the military forces and the masses because he was borne of a billionaire family from Saudi Arabia. He founded the Al Quaeda group and took responsibility of the World Trade Center attacks. He has also fought in numerous wars including the Battle of Jaji and Tora Bora, and the Wars of Afghanistan and North-West Pakistan. He was also behind the Operation Neptune Spear.
10 Most Wanted Terrorists of All Time by Amber Gilbert