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Militant Leadership Monitor – May 2021

The May 2021 issue of Militant Leadership Monitor features a brief on Waad Qado, the leader of the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Force’s 30th Brigade that is currently on the frontlines of geopolitical tensions in the region; a look at Rashid Mwalimu, an al-Shabaab fighter trained to be a pilot to conduct terrorist attacks and who is now on the run from Kenyan and Somali security forces; a profile of Saad Hussain Rizvi, the Islamist extremist leader of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party whose protests recently shut down the country’s major cities; an analysis of Abdul Ghani Alipoor, an Afghan militia leader considered to be the “Guardian” of Hazaras in the country; and an in-depth portrait of one of the Pakistani Taliban’s founding fathers, Umar Khalid Khurasani.