Skip to comments.Will We Find Abdul Rahman Yasin?
Posted on 04/15/2003 8:59:02 PM PDT by AJFavish
I don't think Clinton ever made an issue of the fact that Iraq was harboring a man we indicted for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. I wonder if we will find him now and hopefully alive, so we can question him.
Excerpt from Jin Hoagland column of Oct. 12, 2001:
Eight years have passed since Abdul Rahman Yasin bade hasty farewell to New York and flew to Baghdad. There he initially passed the time by fielding telephone calls placed by solicitous FBI agents and finding a niche in Saddam Hussein's police state. By all appearances, Yasin has lived a quiet, secluded life there.
If President Bush is serious about the war he has declared on terrorists and those who harbor them, that must change. The fate of Abdul Rahman Yasin -- and his Iraqi sponsors -- becomes a key measure of this White House's commitment to stamping out terrorism with a global reach.
Bush on Oct. 10 named Yasin as one of the world's 22 Most Wanted Terrorists for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Bush's list is headed by Osama bin Laden and his cohorts in al-Qaida, the terror group accused of finishing the destruction of the New York landmark begun by Yasin and others.
There is no doubt about Yasin's whereabouts after the 1993 outrage. The FBI agents who perfunctorily questioned Yasin in New York and were conned by his pleasant manner quickly understood their mistake in letting him go. They got his brother to telephone Yasin in Baghdad repeatedly to ask him to come back for more questioning. Guess what?
Mr. Yasin sent his regrets.
In 1998 then-FBI Director Louis Freeh said publicly that the fugitive was "hiding in his native Iraq." The Iraqi National Congress, the leading anti-Saddam movement, earlier obtained a photograph of Yasin in Baghdad and provided it to Washington. Every indication points to Yasin's not having left Iraq since then, a senior U.S. official tells me.
Laurie Mylroie aon Yasin:
60 Minutes interview with Yasin:
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