Middle East

Bin Laden's former doctor believed to be leading jihadists in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Reports have surfaced from a remote part of Egypt that Usama bin Laden’s former personal physician is leading rebel jihadists there.

According to reports in the Long War Journal, sources have told several Egyptian media outlets that Ramzi Mowafi has been leading a group responsible for numerous attacks in the lawless Sinai Peninsula over the past two years.

Reports say that Mowafi – who is believed to also be an explosives expert – was spotted in the Sinai in August 2011 providing military training to a number of people.

Mowafi is also believed to have worked on chemical weapons for Al Qaeda and was involved in a January 2011 prison break that allowed former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to escape with other senior leaders from the Muslim Brotherhood.

However, public information about Mowafi is scarce.

The report from 2011 is significant because Mowafi was seen on the Sinai about the same time that flyers with the title, “Al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula” were found in various mosques in the area and a recent BBC Arabic report claims that Mowafi is considered the Emir of Al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula.

Click here for more from Long War Journal