Kaarim el-Shehata was born on May 12th, 1974. His father Zufar el-Shehata was a humble gun-smith, and his mother Naqiyya el-Shehata took care of the house as well as Kaarim’s seven other brothers, and two sisters. Being the youngest of the litter, Kaarim’s childhood was quite rough. He was born with a speech impediment that caused him to speak in the third person, instead of the first.
As soon as Kaarim was able to walk, his father put him to work. At the age of seven he had already been educated on how to assemble, and even disassemble basic sidearms and rifles. Kaarim found great peace in the tedious work required to assemble, clean, or disassemble firearms. While his brothers were out playing or learning, Kaarim instead decided to dedicate his youngest years into the old art of gunsmithing.
At the age of eighteen, Kaarim’s life took a turn for the worse as he was taken away from his family and friends to join a growing resistance cell within the Middle East. This group quickly grew into what was known as Al-Qaeda. During this period of his life he was forced to produce cheap weapons and explosive devices for the constantly growing insurgent forces.