Iran released the 5 terrorists, including Saif al-Adl, in a swap with the terror group’s branch in Yemen, an American official revealed Thursday night.
Saif al-Adl is a senior member of Al Qaeda’s ruling body, the Shura Council, who replaced arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden after the latter’s assassination in 2011.
The other four terrorists that were released included the following:
- Abu Mohamed al-Misri, an Egyptian who helped Al Qaeda to carry out major attacks before September 11, 2001
- Abul Qassam, a Jordanian who served as the deputy leader to the founder of the group that eventually became Islamic State (ISIS)
- Abdul Khayr al-Misri, Egyptian, formerly head of Al Qaeda’s foreign relations
- Sari Shibab, a Jordanian terrorist for the group
Saif al-Adl, who functions as Al Qaeda’s master of operations is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist. He was indicted in the 1998 bombings of the US embassy in East Africa. A $5 million bounty has been offered for his capture.
He established the Al Qaeda training facility at Ras Kamboni in Somalia near the Kenyan border for the Al Qaeda branch in East Africa, the Harakat Al Shabaab Al Mujahideen.