Abukar Ali Adan

Alias/es: None

Status: Active

Organisation/s: Al-Shabaab

Nationality/ies: Somali

Travel History: Unknown

Skills/Education/Occupation: Unknown

Abukar Ali Adan is the deputy leader of Al-Shabaab whose militant history with the group can be traced back to the early 2000s when he was a business man who helped finance the Islamic Courts which led him to establish ties with Al-Shabaab’s future leaders. His earliest known role in Al-Shabaab was his position as the leader of the organisation’s economic and military operations in Kismayo before becoming the emir of the Lower and Middle Juba regions in 2009. Having occupied these prior positions, Adan wielded significant power and experience which propelled him to the organisation’s top leadership circle alongside Ahmed Abdi Godane, where he led its military division also known as the Jabhat. In 2018, the U.S Department of State issued a notice designating Adan, Muhammad al-Ghazali (of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) and Wanas al-Faqih (of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).