Skip to comments.BREAKING NEWS Close associate of Osama bin Laden, Khaled al-Harbi, surrenders
Posted on 07/13/2004 10:05:09 AM PDT by urbanrights
BREAKING NEWS Close associate of Osama bin Laden, Khaled al-Harbi, surrenders to Saudi security officials in Tehran, Saudi official says. Details soon.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
Part of the deck of cards?
Anyone have any background on this guy?
CO ducks before the stampede...
Daschile and John-John are deeply saddened.
Tehran??? I thought that was in Iran.
This will interest you
In Tehran????? Does this surprise anyone? Not me.
Well, maybe he knows where Osama is... but since he's in the Saudi's hands we won't be able to put panties on his head to force him to tell us.
But, I'm guessing Iran. Just a hunch.
WOW this could be excellent news.
Amnesty offer is working.
But John Kerry said we are not fighting the war on al qaeda?
Could be big ?
Let me see what I can dig up..
Man with Bin Laden on tape described as veteran fighter
New York Times
Published December 16, 2001
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA -- The Saudi who was seen visiting Osama bin Laden in the videotape released last week is a 38-year-old veteran of conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya who left the kingdom most recently on Sept. 21, a senior Saudi official said Saturday.
The official's account was the most authoritative yet in solving the mystery surrounding the dinner guest, who was seen and heard on the tape paying effusive tribute to Bin Laden and flattering him with news of Saudi clerics who, he said, had endorsed the Sept. 11 attacks in their sermons, fatwas and other messages.
The official identified the dinner guest as Khaled al-Harbi, a former fighter in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya who was not regarded as a religious scholar. He said earlier accounts by Saudi and U.S. officials naming him as Ali Sayeed al-Ghamdy, a religious scholar, were incorrect.
Unlike Al-Ghamdy, who had been banned from preaching by the government in 1994, Al-Harbi has never been arrested by the Saudi government or included on any security watch list, the Saudi official said.
The official said Saudi Arabia did not know Al-Harbi's whereabouts between his departure from the kingdom 10 days after the Sept. 11 attacks and his appearance on the videotape, which was released in Washington on Thursday.
If Al-Harbi does turn up now, the Saudi official said, he will be detained and questioned because of his association with Bin Laden, who was stripped of his Saudi citizenship in 1994 for calling for the toppling of Saudi rulers, whom he has labeled as apostates.
The senior Saudi official said Al-Harbi was among the estimated 15,000 or more volunteers from the kingdom who took part in the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan during the 1980s, in what Saudi scholars advocated as a holy war against infidel occupiers.
Al-Harbi was believed to have operated from the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, the Saudi official said, and in that role he could have become acquainted with Bin Laden, the son of a wealthy Saudi family who provided financial and logistical support to the warriors who battled the Soviets.
The Saudi official said little is known about Al-Harbi's role in Bosnia and Chechnya, except that it took place during the early to mid-1990s and that he lost his legs in one of the conflicts.
Oh, I thought this meant Michael Moore...
BREAKING NEWS Close associate of Osama bin Laden, Khaled al-Harbi, surrenders to Saudi security officials in Tehran, Saudi official says. Details soon.What is that strange buzzing sound?
Probably not in the deck of cards since that was all Sadam's people in the Iraqi government.
Yeah, I noticed that too. Had to be a mistake. There are no connections between al-Qaeda and the Shi'ites - or so the Dems are telling us.
Rush is giving the scoop on this guy right now. Remember the tape that surfaced right after 9/11.....UBL talking to some guy and laughing about 9/11....The one that is laughing is this guy.
What's the REST of the story?
Interesting. Another one-legged terrorist.
Duh, you're right. Thanks!
Oh more than big. This could be hugh!
I just hope the report is series.
Fly his butt over Afghanistan/Pakistan border and make him point. Then dump him out the back of the plane.
(CNN) -- A close associate of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was flown from Iran to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after surrendering to security officials at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, a Saudi Interior Ministry official said.
Khaled al-Harbi was believed to have been living near the Afghan-Iranian border.
Video aired by the Arabic television network Al-Arabiya Tuesday showed al-Harbi being carried from a plane and placed in a wheelchair.
Al-Harbi is believed to have fought with bin Laden against Russian forces in Afghanistan about 20 years ago. Saudi officials believe al-Harbi returned to Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, joining up with al Qaeda.
In late 2001, he was identified on a videotape conversing with bin Laden about the September 11 terrorist attacks.
News of the surrender comes after a Saudi amnesty offer in late June for al Qaeda fighters to surrender within a month.
CNN's Caroline Faraj in Dubai contributed to this report.
Maybe he was just passin' thru.......on his way to jihad.....
He surrendered to the Saudi embassy in Tehran, and was flown back to Saudi.
Didn't they say something about amnesty for terrorists?
FNC is reporting on this now
Announcing on FNC.
The big question is does he have amnesty from the Saudis?
soon to be seen in cambridge MA on a t shirt
free Khaled al-Harbi
~~This could be hugh!~~
Hugh Grant???? Damn he got ugly. Lessson: Stay away from transvestite hookers.
Oops, the report answered that... Sorry-posted at the same time.
I wonder if this guy turned himself in knowing he would be safe in Iran when the Al Qaeda plot is launched in the U.S. soon? Meaning he knows he will at least be kept alive by living in Iran.
I don't have a good feeling about the guy all of a sudden "turning himself in",Al Qaeda does not have a conscience.
Khaled bin Odeh bin Mohammed al-Harbi, alias Abu Suleiman al-Makki he is married to the daughter of Ayman al-Zawahiri..
What? AQ leadership not on some mythical mountaintop in Pakistan? Shermy Yawwwnnn....
This guy's failure probably is that he's involved in attacks in Saudi Arabia himself - or he's the Mullah's fall guy.
Supply Side oil war marches on...
maybe he can give us credible info on when Osama bit the big falafel at tora bora and how they have snookered us all since then.
Thanks. I did a search and found a couple of links related to the tapes mentioned by the poster above.
Also known as 'Carter Country'.
append... Maybe he woke up this morning after seeing the latest decapitation video threat or Iraqi schoolbus bombing and thought to himself - "Allah could not possibly desire his children to live and act like such animals" then converted to moderate islam....Naaaaaah.
It's no coincidence that he surrendered in Tehran. Now if we can only get Iran to cough up bin Laden himself.
This could be hugh!
This might be big! If he truly is in custody, and surrendered of his own volition, there had to be a deal beforehand...
Might he know exactly where Osama is??
No doubt Karl Rove is in an "undisclosed location" supervising removing Osama from the dialasis machine and getting him ready to fly to Afghanistan for the "live" perp-walk...
He was wounded and his a cripple.
Deck of cards falling ping.
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