Over the weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) killed a notorious Al-Qaeda operative that was wanted by three countries for terrorism related activity, including Saudi Arabia, who placed this militant on their Most Wanted Criminals in 2011.
The Al-Qaeda operative was identified as Mohammed Mufrih Al-Adwani Al-Zahrani – a Saudi-born member of the infamous “Al-Zahrani” tribe of central Saudi Arabia.
Al-Zahrani was believed to have traveled to Syria after spending over three years fighting the United States Army in Afghanistan, while also engaging in terrorist activity around the country
According to a social media activists, Mohammed Al-Zahrani was fighting with the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jund Al- Aqsa” (one of the factions that make up “Jaysh Al-Fateh”) in the province of Idlib.
Not much is known about Al-Zahrani’s duration in Syria or the level of activity he participated in; however, the aforementioned Al-Qaeda operative was declared Saudi Arabia’s 33rd most wanted terrorist in 2011 – his status to the Saudi government was unknown until his recent death.
Al-Zahrani is not the first Al-Qaeda militant to be killed while fighting with the Syrian Rebels; last year, a Lebanese member of the ‘Azzam Brigades was killed by the Syrian Army – he was the first cousin of Ziad Al-Jarrah (9/11 terrorist).