Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari

Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari

Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari refuting the Islamic State expansion into Yemen, on behalf of AQAP.
Born Yemen
Died 31 January 2015
Cause of death US Drone strike
Nationality Yemeni


Occupation militant
Years active until 2015
Religion Islam (Salafism)

Military career

Allegiance AQAP (until 2015)
Years of service until 2015
Battles/wars Yemeni Civil War

Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari (died 31 January 2015) was a senior Shariah official of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) based in Yemen.[1]

al-Nadhari has featured in many of AQAP's propaganda videos such as rebuking the Islamic State announcement of expanding their caliphate into Yemen and renewing loyalties to al-Qaeda Emir Ayman al-Zawahiri. In his address, al-Nadhari stated "The announcement of the caliphate for all Muslims by our brothers in the Islamic State did not meet the required conditions. The policy of our brothers in the Islamic State split the ranks of the mujahideen, and scattered them, in this sensitive phase in the history of the mujahid ummah [community]. This is one of the absolutely forbidden matters in the religion of Allah.".[2]

On 9 January, a speech of Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari claimed AQAP's responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, citing the motive as "revenge for the honor" of Muhammad.[1]

On 31 January 2015 al-Nadhari and three other AQAP militants were killed by a US drone strike.[3]


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