(SBU) ARMS TRAFFICKING
(SBU) Yemeni Sources of Weapons
-- (SBU) Fares Mohamed Hassan Mana'a (a/k/a Faris Mohammed
Mana'a): Yemeni businessman and arms dealer. Referred to in
press as "tribal sheikh, arms dealer." Based in Yemen.
((S/NF) Allegedly supplying arms to Somalia and Sudan.
Previously had company in NYC's World Trade Center with
(SBU) The U.S. seeks bio-identifiers
(SBU) This target has links to: Yemen and may have traveled
-- (SBU) Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Jarman: Yemeni businessman
((S/NF) who smuggles arms and drugs, connected to Mana'a.
Allegedly has delivered arms into Somalia. Previously had
company in NYC's World Trade Center with Mana'a (above).) https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09STATE80765_a.html
On December 6, Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Ali
al-Hamdan passed to the Ambassador information on Faris
Mana'a. Mana'a, one of Yemen's most successful weapons
smugglers, has long been known to have a curiously close
relationship with President Saleh,
Above mentioned is considered one of the most famous
weapons and explosives merchants in Yemen. His trade has
expanded to include the counterfeiting of both Saudi and U.S.
- The above mentioned plays intermediary roles in some
weapons deals which the Yemeni government makes, and makes
use of that aspect to import weapons and explosives for
- The above mentioned carries an honorary rank of a
Colonel, and works as the Director General of Procurement for
the Presidency of the Republic of Yemen.
- There is a strong relationship between Al Fares
(Fares, family), and Al-Jarman (Jarman family), the second
family in drug trade. This relationship evolved into a
- Information indicates that the former Minister of
Defense, Abdulmalek Al-Sayyani, facilitated the import of
weapons for the above mentioned officially under the name of
Yemeni Ministry of Defense, transporting them by special
aircraft from the Republic of the Ukraine and offloading them
at the Air Base in Sana'a. He would then transport them to
Sa'ada Governorate under the pretext of supporting the
military camps in the region on the Saudi border, and smuggle
them from there into the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia).
The above mentioned has suspicious connections with the
Libyan Regime as information indicates that he traveled to
Libya, and received sums of money for the purpose of arming
Yemeni tribes, including the Houthis, who live on the border
with Saudi Arabia.
The mentioned enjoys an official Yemeni cover proved by
his Yemeni diplomatic passport. https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/08SANAA1973_a.html