Saif al-Adel

Alias/es: Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi; Seif Al Adel; Ibrahim Al-Madani

Status: Unknown

Organisation/s: Al-Qaeda

Nationality/ies: Egyptian

Travel History: Saudi Arabia (1988); Pakistan; Afghanistan (1991); Sudan (1992); Ethiopia; Somalia (1993); Yemen (1995); Afghanistan (1997); Iran (2001)

Skills/Education/Occupation: Explosives expert

Saif al-Adel is a former colonel in the Egyptian Special Forces who was later arrested for his alleged connection with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), an organisation involved in the assassination of the former Egyptian president, Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat. Al-Adel then traveled through Saudi Arabia and Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, where he trained in explosives for a year before traveling to Sudan in 1992. Al-Adel traveled throughout East Africa, delegating Al-Qaeda operatives, like Mohammed Saddiq Odeh, to Somalia, observing operational activities and communicating ongoing developments and needs of the cell to Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership. Because of his activities in East Africa and connections with the Al-Qaeda operatives involved in the U.S embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, al-Adel was indicted in 2001. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) al-Adel is believed to be a senior member of Al-Qaeda who remains at large.