Abu Ubaidah is also known as Direye. He is believed to be in his forties. He is a member of the Dir clan from the Kismayo region of Somalia. He became al-Shabaab leader in September 2014 after the death of former al-Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed who was also known as Godane. He was part of Godane's inner circle. He appears to believe that al-Shabaab is more than just a Somali nationalist movement and is one front in al-Qaida's global jihad. He is directly responsible for al-Shabaab's activities, which continue to threaten the peace, security, and stability of Somalia. The US Rewards for Justice program is offering $6 million for information that brings him to justice.