Ahmed Iman Ali

Alias/es: Abu Zinira

Status: Deceased (2019)

Organisation/s: Al-Shabaab

Nationality/ies: Kenyan

Travel History: Somalia (2009)

Skills/Education/Occupation: Bachelors degree in Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Ahmed Iman Ali was a prominent Al-Shabaab commander and ideologue who oversaw a recruitment and operational network throughout Kenya and Somalia. Ali is said to have moved to Somalia in 2009 before taking charge of Al-Shabaab’s operations against Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) such as the attack on Kenyan AMISOM troops in El Adde in January 2016. Ali also served as a fundraiser, using his network of mosques to collect funds for Al-Shabaab while also serving as a chief propagandist targeting a Kenyan audience.

Ali was killed in a U.S airstrike in March 2019 in Bu’ale, Middle Juba.

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