Captured or Killed
as of 1 September 2012
Abu Yahya al-Libi
Al-Qa‘ida’'s second-in-command, widely seen as group’s “general manager,”
Al-Quso, wanted in connection with the 12 October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, which killed 17 US military personnel and wounded 39 others, was killed in an explosion in southern Yemen in May 2012, according to multiple media accounts.
Al-Aulaqi, a radical ideologue and attack planner associated with al-Qa‘ida’in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in an explosion in Yemen in September 2011.
'Atiyah 'Abd al-Rahman
'Atiyah, considered to be al-Qa‘ida’s second-in-command, was killed in an explosion in North Waziristan, Pakistan, in August 2011.
Wanted in connection with the October 2002 bombing in Bali, Indonesia, that killed more than 200, Patek was extradited from Pakistan to Indonesia in August 2011.
Indicted on charges of responsibility for the attacks on US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in August 1998, Fazul —who was also known as Fazul Abdullah Mohammed—was killed at a border checkpoint in Somalia in June 2011. US Secretary of State sees "significant blow to al-Qa`ida, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa."
Prominent al-Qa‘ida planner and trainer was widely reported killed in Pakistan in June 2011.
Usama Bin Ladin
Responsible for the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, the al-Qa'ida leader was killed by U.S. forces in May 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and buried at sea; US President says, "Justice has been done."
Shaykh Sa‘id al-Masri
Also known as Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, presumed third in command of al-Qa‘ida was killed in missile strike in Pakistan in May 2010.
Abu Ayyub al-Masri and ‘Umar al-Baghdadi
Abu Ayyub and ‘Umar, both of them top leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and its predecessor, al-Qa‘ida in Iraq, were killed in a Coalition raid in April 2010.
Believed to be one of the masterminds of the 12 October 2002 nightclub attacks in Bali that killed more than 200, Dulmatin was killed by Indonesian police in March 2010.
Noordin Mohammad Top
Noordin, one of the most dangerous members of Jemaah Islamiya, was implicated in several lethal attacks in Indonesia, including the suicide bombing attack in Bali on 12 October 2002 and the attack against the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta on 5 August 2003. He was killed in a raid by Indonesian police in September 2009.
Nabhan, a Kenyan wanted in connection with the attacks in 1998 against US embassies in Africa and the attacks in 2002 against a hotel and an airliner in Mombasa, was killed in southern Somalia in September 2009.
Leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, Mahsud was killed in an explosion in Waziristan in August 2009. He was responsible for several deadly attacks against US and Pakistani targets, and claimed responsibility—later denied—for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.
Usama al-Kini and Shaykh Swedan
Al-Kini, whose real name was Fahid Mohammed Ally Msalam, and Shaykh Ahmed Salim Swedan were killed in an explosion in Waziristan in January 2009. They were indicted for their role in the 1998 attacks on the US Embassies in East Africa.
Siddiqui, charged with attempting to kill US officers and employees, was arrested in Afghanistan on 18 July 2008 after attempting to shoot a US military officer. She was transported to the United States in August 2008.
Senior Hizballah official, possible head of group’s intelligence section and indicted for role in 1985 hijacking and murder, was killed by a vehicle bomb detonated by unknown persons in Damascus in February 2008.
Abu Layth al-Libi
Al-Qa‘ida military commander and spokesman was killed in January 2008.
Senior member of Abu Sayyaf Group, responsible for planning attacks against US and other foreign nationals in the Philippines, was killed in January 2007.
‘Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi
Al-Qa‘ida No. 3 and chief of external operations, was detained in late 2006.
Al-Qa‘ida operative, also known as Issa al-Hindi, was sentenced to life imprisonment in November 2006 for providing
Head of Abu Sayyaf Group, was killed in September 2006 clash with Philippine security forces.
Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi
Head of al-Qa‘ida in Iraq, responsible for hundreds of deaths; was killed in June 2006 in Iraq.
Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah
Extremist charged with participation in attack on US embassies in Africa in 1998, was killed in April 2006 in Pakistan.
Al-Qa‘ida No. 3, chief of external operations, was killed in December 2005 in Pakistan.
Azahari bin Husin
Jemaah Islamiya bombmaker, believed responsible for the Bali attack in 2002, was killed in shootout in Indonesia in November 2005.
Khalid Shaykh Muhammad
Al-Qa‘ida No. 3, responsible for planning the 9/11 attacks in United States, was arrested in Pakistan in
Mir Amal Kansi
Pakistani extremist who killed two CIA employees and injured three others outside CIA Headquarters in 1993, was executed in United States in November 2002.
A relative of Khalid Shaykh Muhammad and one of the planners of the 1993 World Trade Center attack, was sentenced in the United States to life in prison in 1997.
‘Umar ‘Abd al-Rahman
Also known as the Blind Shaykh, was arrested in 1993 for plotting attacks against New York City landmarks; he was convicted in 1995 and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996.