Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was born on 14 December 1965, and he became an imam. During the occupation of Kuwait by Ba'athist Iraq from 1990 to 1991, he gained popularity among Kuwaitis by denouncing Saddam Hussein. After the Gulf War, he was removed from the mosque and became a high school teacher of religion, but in June 2000 he left for Afghanistan and joined al-Qaeda. As one of the younger members of the group, he appealed to Islamic youth, becoming the spokesman for the organization. He attended the al-Farouq training camp with Anas al-Kandari and Faiz al-Kandari, and after the 9/11 attacks, he said that thousands of more men would be willing to carry out a storm of plane attacks against the United States, promising to kill four million Americans (including one million children) and displace two million. By 2002 he lived in Iran, where he was held under house arrest. In January 2013 he entered Turkey, and he was later deported to Kuwait. On 7 March 2013 he was turned over to the United States after Jordanian officials arrested him in Amman, and he was sentenced to life in prison.