Muhammad Abbatay, better known as Abd-al-Rahman al-Maghrebi, is an Iran-based key leader of al-Qa’ida. Al-Maghrebi, is the longtime director of al-Qa’ida’s media arm, al-Sahab, and is the son-in-law and senior advisor to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Documents recovered from the 2011 military operation against former al-Qa’ida leader Usama bin Ladin indicate al-Maghrebi has been a rising star in al-Qa’ida for many years.
Al-Maghrebi has served as al-Qa’ida’s general manager in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2012. Following years of international counterterrorism pressure, he relocated to Iran, where he has continued to oversee al-Qa’ida activities worldwide. As head of al-Qa’ida’s External Communications Office, al-Maghrebi coordinates activities with al-Qa’ida affiliates.