Ahmad Umar (Axmed Cumar, أحمد عمر), also known as Ahmad Diriye and Abu Ubaidah, is the Boqor of Somalia’s Islamist group Al-Shabaab. He was listed by the U. +moreS. State Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in April 2015. The Rewards for Justice Program currently offers up to 6 million USD for information regarding him.

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Ahmad Umar was born in 1972 in Ceelbuur, Somalia.

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.

Ahmad 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. +more 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.

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

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Individuals designated as terrorists by the United States government