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Jehad Serwan Mostafa

Africa (Sub-sahara) | Near East (North Africa and the Middle East) | Western Hemisphere


Rewards for Justice is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on Jehad Serwan Mostafa, also known as Ahmed Gurey, Anwar al-Amriki, and Emir Anwa. Mostafa is a U.S. citizen and former resident of California, who has held leadership positions with al-Shabaab, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. He is believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. citizen fighting overseas with a terrorist organization.

Mostafa lived and graduated from college in San Diego, California, before moving to Somalia in 2005. It is believed he participated in attacks against Ethiopian forces before joining al-Shabaab in approximately 2008. With al-Shabaab, Mostafa has functioned in many critical capacities, including serving as a military instructor at the group’s training camps, leading foreign fighters, operating in the group’s media wing, acting as an intermediary between al-Shabaab and other terrorist organizations, and leading the group’s use of explosives in terrorist attacks. Mostafa is believed to continue to play a critical role in planning operations directed against the Somali government and internationally-supported African Union forces in Somalia and East Africa. As a result, Mostafa continues to pose a direct threat to U.S. forces, civilians, and interests.

On October 9, 2009, Mostafa was indicted in the Southern District of California on charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to provide material support to al-Shabaab, and providing material support to al-Shabaab. On December 2, 2019, a superseding indictment unsealed in U.S. federal court charged Mostafa with terrorism-related offenses. Mostafa is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List.



Associated Location(s):

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Yemen

Date of Birth:

December 28, 1981

Place of Birth:

Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States of America


United States of America




6’1″ (185 cm)


170 lbs (77 kg)


Tall; thin

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Distinguishing Features:

Mostafa is left-handed and has a distinctive scar on his right hand. He wears a full beard and glasses.

Languages Spoken:

Arabic; English; Somali

Aliases/Alternative Name Spellings:

Emir Anwar; Ahmed Gurey; Anwar al-Amriki; Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir; “Ahmed”; “Anwar”


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