Place of Birth: Kismayo, Somalia;
Ahmed Umar (also known as Ahmed Diriye and Abu Ubaida) was born in 1972 in Luq, Gedo, or in Kismayo, Lower Juba. Umar is the leader of the Somalia-based Islamist group Al-Shabaab.
He is believed to be in his forties and is a member of the Bajimaal section of the Dir clan from the Kismayo region of Somalia.
He was listed by the U.S. State Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in April 2015. He has a bounty of $6,000,000 on his head from the Rewards for Justice Program.
Ahmed became the leader of al-Shabaab following the death of the group’s former leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, in September 2014.
Prior to replacing Godane, Diriye served in several positions within al-Shabaab, including as Godane’s assistant, the deputy governor of Lower Juba region in 2008, and al-Shabaab’s governor of Bay and Bakool regions in 2009.
By 2013, he was a senior adviser to Godane and served in al-Shabaab’s “Interior Department,” where he oversaw the group’s domestic activity.
He shares Godane’s vision for al-Shabaab’s terrorist attacks in Somalia as an element of al-Qaeda’s greater global aspirations. Umar was named Al-Shabaab leader in September 2014, after Godane was killed by a U.S. airstrike.
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