Muhammad Ahmad al-Talibi

Also Known As: 

Abi Ja'far al-Talibi
Abu Jaafar al-Talbi

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile
  • Military



Assistant minister of defense for logistics and director of the procurement department for the Houthi rebels in Yemen; oversees Houthi procurement of weapons from Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, leads the Houthis' efforts to smuggle Iranian-provided missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), other weapons, and components to manufacture weapons systems into Yemen; according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, coordinates arms shipments through IRGC smuggling networks; according to the United Kingdom, has provided support for attacks against shipping in the Red Sea.

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, answers directly to senior Houthi leaders; reportedly holds the rank of major general within the Houthi forces; reportedly works with Saleh Mesfer al-Shaer, the Houthi assistant chief of staff for logistical affairs.


Added on January 25, 2024, to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing the person's assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the person or otherwise assisting the person may be subject to U.S. sanctions.

Sanctioned on January 25, 2024, by the government of the United Kingdom, restricting business and financial transactions with the person and freezing the person's assets in the United Kingdom.

Date Entered: 

March 27, 2024

Date Last Modified: 

March 27, 2024