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Ahmad Umar

Ahmed Umar
أحمد عمر
Ahmed Umar

1972 (age 46–47)[1]
Luq, Gedo, Jubaland, Somalia[1]
Kismayo, Lower Juba, Jubaland, Somalia[2]
Other namesSheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah, Sheikh Omar Abu Ubaidaha, Sheikh Ahmed Umar, Sheikh Mahad Omar Abdikarim, Abu Ubaidah, Abu Diriye, Diriye
Known forEmir of Al-Shabaab

Ahmed Umar (Somali: Axmed Cumar, Arabic: أحمد عمر‎), also known as Ahmed Diriye and Abu Ubaidah, is the Emir of the Somalia-based Islamist group Al-Shabaab. 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.[2]


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.[2]

Ahmed Diriye 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-Qa’ida's greater global aspirations.[3]

He was named Al-Shabaab leader in September 2014, after Godane was killed by a U.S. airstrike.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Sheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah Aka Ahmed Diriye; Al-Shabaab's Indifferent Takfiri Emir".
  2. ^ a b c "Rewards for Justice - Wanted".
  3. ^ "Terrorist Designations of Ahmed Diriye and Mahad Karate". U.S. Department of State. 21 April 2015. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Somalia Extremist Group Names New Leader". Associated Press. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015.