Abdul Qader al-Najdi, also known as Abu Muaz al-Tikriti, is an Iraqi Islamic militant and the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Libya.


He is sometimes confused as being Saudi Arabian due to the 'al-Najdi' in his name (Najd being a region of Saudi Arabia), but he is an Iraqi from the city of Tikrit as indicated by his kunya. He is not to be confused with Abu Habib al-Jazrawi, a deceased Saudi IS leader in Libya.

He replaced Abu Nabil al-Anbari who was killed in November 2015.[1] His appointment was announced in the IS newsletter al-Naba in March 2016.[2] A July 2018 UN report confirmed he is still alive and leading the group.[3]


  1. ^ Paton, Callum (10 March 2016). "New Isis leader in Libya – Abdel Qader al-Najdi threatens Daesh invasion of Rome through Africa". IB Times. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  2. ^ Lewis, Aidan (10 March 2016). Ireland, Louise (ed.). "New Islamic State leader in Libya says group 'stronger every day'". Reuters. The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  3. ^ Umarov, Kairat; Fitton-Brown, Edmund (27 July 2018). "Twenty-second report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team submitted pursuant to resolution 2368 (2017) concerning ISIL (Da'esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities". Security Council, United Nations. United Nations: 11. Retrieved 3 July 2019.