Alias/es: Ismail Arale; Mohamud Samatar Bachir; Shuayb; Ali Omar Mohamed
Organisation/s: Al-Qaeda (in East Africa); Islamic Courts
Travel History: Syria (1999); Pakistan (2001); Somalia (2002, 2006); Djibouti (2007); United States (2007)
Skills/Education/Occupation: Bachelors degree in Islamic studies and English literature at the International Islamic University in Pakistan
Abdullahi Sudi Arale was a suspected Al-Qaeda operative and facilitator between the Al-Qaeda branches in East Africa (Sudan and Somalia) and Pakistan. Arale is believed to have established links with Al-Qaeda central (AQC) during his time in Pakistan as a student at the International Islamic University in Pakistan after he was unable to secure a scholarship to study in Syria. Arale returned to Somalia in 2006 to join the ranks of the Islamic Courts, in which he was allegedly tasked with reporting the operational capabilities and conditions of the East African branch to AQC while also trafficking weapons and counterfeit travel documentation.
Arale was allegedly arrested at passport control by Djibouti officials in May 2007 en route to Eritrea. Arale was part of a delegation of ICU officials (including Khalif Mohamud Warsame), who were to attend the opposition summit. Arale was extradited to the the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay a month later. In December 2009, Arale was transferred to Somalia.