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Fahd Rikad Sameer Al-Ruweili (also transliterated as Fahad al-Ruwaily), born 1977 (age 39–40), is a citizen of Saudi Arabia notable for being listed on a Saudi list of most wanted suspected terrorists.[1][2][3] On February 3, 2009, the Saudi Arabian government published a list of 85 suspected terrorists—whom they urged to surrender at the nearest Saudi embassy.

Al-Ruweili returned to Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2009.[4] According to some reports he sought the assistance of his family to negotiate his surrender.[1][2] According to other reports the Egyptian government intervened on his behalf. The Saudi Gazette quoted Major General Mansour Al-Turki of the Saudi Interior Ministry who "categorically denied" that any third party played a role in his surrender.[3]

Al Ruwaily "returned from Syria to hand himself in."[5][6] Earth Times quotes the Saudi Press Agency that Al-Ruweili: "spent the past six years moving between Iraq to Syria."[7] Earth Times reports he was ranked 61 on the list of 85 suspects. According to Intelwire he ranked 4th on the list of suspects.[8] Earth Times reports Egyptian authorities helped mediate his surrender to Saudi authorities.

According to Al-Arabiya television he was: "in charge of recruiting Al-Qaeda fighters and deploying them in Syria and Iraq."[1]

According to ABC News "A news Web site close to the [Saudi] ministry said Thursday that al-Ruwaily was a key figure in al-Qaida training camps along Syria's border with Iraq."

According to the Saudi Gazette Al-Ruweili was born in Qatar, was "closely linked to" Al Qaeda, and was known within Al Qaeda members in Iraq as "Emir Al-Hedoud" i.e. "the prince of borders", due to his supply of forged documents and weapons.[3] The Saudi Gazette reports that he left Saudi Arabia, for Jordan on his way to Syria on April 4, 2003, very shortly after the American invasion of Iraq. The Saudi Gazette reports that he "succeeded in recruiting dozens if not hundreds of the brainwashed youth and masterminding their infiltration into Iraq through the Iraqi-Syrian border."

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Top Qaeda man surrenders in Saudi: TV". Agence France Presse. 2009-03-26. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g8VZvToJBvXss7UsqSBstjXbvqGw. Retrieved 2009-03-26.  mirror
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Saudi Arabia: Senior Al-Qaida Leader Surrenders". ABC News. 2009-03-26. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=7176567. Retrieved 2009-03-26. [dead link] mirror
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mohammed Al-Kinani, Abdullah Al-Orefij (2009-03-27). "Top Qaeda terror suspect surrenders". Saudi Gazette. http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2009032733335. Retrieved 2009-03-27.  mirror
  4. "Senior Al Qaeda leader surrenders in Saudi Arabia". Sindh Today. 2009-03-27. http://www.sindhtoday.net/world/79747.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-27. [dead link] mirror
  5. "Saudi militant back from Syria to surrender -source". Reuters. 2009-03-26. http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSLQ502528. Retrieved 2009-03-26.  mirror
  6. "Saudi militant back from Syria to surrender". Daily Times (Pakistan). 2009-03-27. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\03\27\story_27-3-2009_pg7_49. Retrieved 2009-03-27.  mirror
  7. "Suspected Saudi wanted terrorist surrenders to authorities". Earth Times. 2009-03-26. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/261620,suspected-saudi-wanted-terrorist-surrenders-to-authorities.html. Retrieved 2009-03-26.  mirror
  8. "Saudi Arabia's 85 Most Wanted". 2009-02-05. http://intelwire.egoplex.com/2009_02_05_blogarchive.html. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
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