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  • 9/11 recruiter reportedly freed in Syria

    03/11/2014 10:42:29 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | March 11, 2014 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Mohammed Zammar, the al Qaeda operative responsible for recruiting the suicide-hijack pilots for the 9/11 attacks, has reportedly been freed inside Syria. Zammar's freedom was reported by Zaid Benjamin, the Washington correspondent for Radio Sawa, on his Twitter feed on Mar. 2. Writing for Al-Monitor, John Rosenthal cited multiple sources confirming Zammar's freedom in an account published on Mar. 10. Zammar was captured in Morocco in late 2001. Unlike most of the 9/11 co-conspirators who were captured, however, Zammar was not transferred to US custody. Instead, he was sent to Syria, where he was imprisoned by Bashar al Assad's regime....
  • Case Closed Against Business in Germany to Avoid Antagonizing Syrian Government

    01/18/2004 9:01:49 AM PST · by Brian Mosely · 5 replies · 24+ views
    Prnewswire ^ | Sunday January 18, 10:11 am ET
    Press Release Source: Newsweek NEWSWEEK: Case Closed Against Syrian-Owned Business in Germany to Avoid Antagonizing Syrian Government, Officials Suggest Sunday January 18, 10:11 am ET Police Reports Show Employees Had Al Qaeda Connections; One Believed to Have Recruited Muhammad Atta in Hamburg # NEW YORK, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- After a September 2002 raid near Hamburg, Germany, of a Syrian-owned textile business called Tatex that was suspected of terrorist ties, German prosecutors began preparing their case and the U.S. considered freezing Tatex's bank accounts, as it had done in dozens of other companies suspected of financing terrorism. Then last summer,...
  • [2003] THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ: WEAPONS SEARCH; Iraqis Removed Arms Material, U.S. Aide Says [Clapper]

    04/07/2017 1:22:39 AM PDT · by Fedora · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 29, 2003 | Douglas Jehl
    The director of a top American spy agency said Tuesday that he believed that material from Iraq's illicit weapons program had been transported into Syria and perhaps other countries as part of an effort by the Iraqis to disperse and destroy evidence immediately before the recent war.The official, James R. Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general, said satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material ''unquestionably'' had been moved out of Iraq.''I think people below the Saddam Hussein-and-his-sons level saw what...
  • Al-Qaida 'bought uranium' in Congo

    11/14/2003 8:54:23 AM PST · by joyful1 · 59 replies · 922+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | 11/13/2003 | Aljazeera.net
    Al-Qaida 'bought uranium' in Congo Friday 14 November 2003, 19:18 Makka Time, 16:18 GMT Bin Ladin's network alleged to have 'dirty bomb' capability Related: Al-Qaida threatens more attacks Saudi regime v al-Qaida: Only one survives Tools: Email Article Print Article Send Your Feedback An al-Qaida representative bought enriched uranium capable of being used in a so-called dirty bomb from the Congolese opposition in 2000, according to a French newspaper report. In sworn testimony an unnamed former soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has told investigators looking into the murders of two Congolese opposition figures in France in December...
  • Terror-cell suspect visited Dutch city often

    09/22/2002 7:27:47 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 218+ views
    Sun Spot Net ^ | September 22 2002
    EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands - A member of the Hamburg terrorist cell that planned the Sept. 11 terror attacks visited this southern Dutch town a number of times before the attacks, said German and Dutch authorities. The Dutch secret service also confirmed yesterday that German authorities were investigating the trail of money that flowed through here from Saudi Arabia to finance possible terrorism operations. A spokesman in the German federal prosecutor's office declined to comment, and it is not clear whether a link has been established between the suspected Hamburg cell member, Mounir el-Motassadeq, who is on trial in Germany, and...
  • Germany: Witness Tells Court He Overheard 9/11 Plotting

    10/27/2004 9:51:26 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 354+ views
    Arab News ^ | October 27 2004 | AFP
    HAMBURG/MADRID, 27 October 2004 — A witness at the retrial of a Moroccan charged with involvement in the Sept.11, 2001 attacks in the United States said yesterday he heard him discussing the plans and had alerted German police and intelligence services. The court in Hamburg in northern Germany heard the testimony of the man, a 42-year-old restaurant owner, over the objections of the defendant, Mounir El-Motassadeq. In February 2003 Motassadeq became the first and only person to be found guilty in connection with the Sept. 11 plane bombings in New York and Washington. He was given a 15-year-prison term for...
  • Germany: September 11 Accused Got Training in Iran - Defector

    01/30/2004 10:33:00 AM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 483+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 31 2004 | Philip Blenkinsop
    HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A Moroccan accused of helping the September 11 suicide hijackers received training in encryption techniques at an al Qaeda camp in Iran in 1997, an Iranian defector said on Friday. But his testimony to a German court was promptly undercut by comments from Germany's intelligence services, who questioned his credibility and said his evidence was worth very little. Hamid Reza Zakeri, the cover name of a man who says he worked in Iranian intelligence and defected in 2001, was testifying toward the end of Germany's second major trial of suspected members of al Qaeda's Hamburg cell....
  • Second 9/11 Hijacker Tied to Abu Nidal, Iraq

    12/22/2003 8:46:06 AM PST · by truthandlife · 37 replies · 355+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 12/22/03 | Carl Limbacher
    When the London Telegraph reported last week that newly uncovered documents link 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta to Iraq-based Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, it wasn't the first time one of the 9/11 hijackers had been reported to have such ties. In a development that adds evidence to the case that Iraq played a direct role in the worst attack ever on the U.S., reports show that Ziad Jarrah - who piloted the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers had discovered they were on a suicide mission - also had ties to Nidal. Like Atta, Jarrah traveled to Hamburg, Germany, where...
  • Guantanamo Prisoner Diary: ‘We’re Gonna Teach You About Great American Sex’ (barf)

    01/20/2015 10:04:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 20, 2015 – 02:55 PM | Britta Sandberg
    Mauritanian national Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been held at Guantanamo for 12 years now without trial and despite a dearth of evidence. A diary he kept of his torture is now being published around the world. […] He was accused of having been acquainted with the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and of having provided them with support and sending them to Afghanistan to receive training. He has also been accused of involvement in the Millennium Plot, the foiled terrorist attack targeting the Los Angeles International Airport. At least that’s the claim made by Ahmed Ressam, the...
  • Virginia Honors 9/11 Mosque

    03/17/2014 4:30:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 17, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Political Correctness: The only thing more revolting than building a mosque next to the World Trade Center would be honoring the mosque that helped the 9/11 hijackers. Yet that's just what Virginia has done. Outrageously, the Virginia state legislature has passed a Democrat-sponsored resolution "commending" the notorious 9/11 mosque — Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center — "as an expression of the General Assembly's admiration for the" center. The Saudi Embassy-funded, Muslim Brotherhood-owned mosque is universally known by federal and local law enforcement — and even the media — as a turnstile for terrorists. Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan once worshipped...
  • 9/11 Plotter Released in Syria Prisoner Exchange

    03/11/2014 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    AL-MONITOR.com ^ | Posted March 10, 2014 | Author John Rosenthal
    "9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange" SNIPPET: "The al-Qaeda recruiter reputed to have assembled the so-called Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, has been set free in a prisoner exchange between rebel and regime forces in Syria. Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham has secured the release of 9/11 plotter and alleged al-Qaeda core member Mohammed Haydar Zammar, adding to concerns about the composition of the Islamic Front. A naturalized German citizen of Syrian origin, Mohammed Haydar Zammar left Germany shortly after the attacks and traveled to Morocco, where he was reportedly...
  • The Polonium Diversion

    12/27/2006 12:16:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 555+ views
    EdwardJayEpstein.com ^ | December 10, 2006 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The Polonium Diversion At least a dozen people have been contaminated by the rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210. The list includes Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB who died from a dose of Polonium 210 in London on November 23rd; Andrei Lugovoi, a former colleague of Litvinenko in the KGB, who met with Litvinenko at the Pine bar of the Millennium Hotel in London the day he became ill, November 1st; Dmitry Lugovoi, Lugovoi’s business associate, who also attended that November 1st meetings; 7 employees of the Millennium Hotel; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who dined with...
  • Spain links Syrian cabal to Sept. 11 plot--Prosecutors follow the money trail

    10/19/2003 4:03:02 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 228+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 19, 2003 | John Crewdson, Drew Crosby
    By John Crewdson, Tribune senior correspondent. Reporting and research assistance was provided by Drew Crosby in Madrid MADRID -- The most sweeping criminal indictment to arise thus far from the Sept. 11 attacks reflects a quiet but dramatic change in understanding by investigators here and across Europe of the terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda, and the international Islamic radical-terrorist network of which, they now agree, it is merely a part. As laid out in the indictment, the defendants' alleged activities--from arranging travel and providing introductions to procuring false documents and, especially, moving money--provide the first detailed look at one...
  • Google Removes 640 Videos from YouTube Promoting Terrorism

    06/18/2012 11:32:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 7:11AM BST 18 Jun 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Google removed 640 videos from YouTube in the second half of last year amid fears they promoted terrorism. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) made a request for five user accounts to be closed for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed and deleted the 640 videos."
  • Germany Delays 9/11 Verdict, New Witness Found

    01/21/2004 9:18:50 AM PST · by knighthawk · 83 replies · 3,034+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 21 2004 | Philip Blenkinsop
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court postponed on Wednesday the verdict on a Moroccan accused of aiding the Sept. 11 attackers after prosecutors said they had found a new witness, casting doubt on his expected acquittal. The Hamburg court where Abdelghani Mzoudi is on trial said that the verdict would not now be issued Thursday as expected after a request from prosecutors to hear evidence from two police officials about a new witness. "Federal prosecutors sent to the court today a substantial transcript dated January 19 regarding the questioning of a witness whose reliability is guaranteed and who would incriminate...
  • Spy killed by $US10m worth of polonium

    12/17/2006 6:10:09 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 61 replies · 2,149+ views
    The Australian ^ | 18 Decenber 2996 | Daniel McGrory and Tony Halpin
    BRITISH investigators believe that Alexander Litvinenko's killers used more than $US10 million of polonium-210 to poison him. Preliminary findings from the post mortem examination on the former KGB spy suggest that he was given more than ten times the lethal dose. Police do not know why the assassins used so much of the polonium-210, and are investigating whether the poison was part of a consignment to be sold on the black market. They believe that whoever orchestrated the plot knew of its effects, but are unsure whether the massive amount was used to send a message - it made it...
  • Germany: Man Who Knew 9/11 Hijacker Blasts Bush

    06/21/2002 6:18:59 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 239+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 21 2002 | AP
    BERLIN- A Syrian-born businessman who knew Sept. 11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and has been accused of operating an al-Qaida front lashed out at President Bush on Thursday and denied any connection to terrorism. Mamoun Darkazanli, described by the FBI as a well-connected agent of Osama bin Laden, was questioned by German police shortly after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But he was freed for lack of evidence and continues to live in Hamburg, Germany, where Atta and two other hijackers had lived. Speaking to The Associated Press in a telephone interview, Darkazanli bristled when...
  • Germany’s Imam Mamoun Darkazanli: Al-Qaeda's Alleged Financier and Logistician

    08/28/2010 12:52:03 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/2010 | Derek Henry Flood
    Police in Hamburg shut down the notorious al-Quds mosque, renamed the Taiba mosque in 2008, led by German-Syrian national and voluntary imam Mamoun Darkazanli. Darkazanli (a.k.a. Abu Ilyas al-Suri) has been a suspected al-Qaeda operative, primarily as a financier and logistician, in the European Union for close to two decades. Long active in al-Qaeda circles, Darkazanli first surfaced on the radar of Western intelligence agencies when he purportedly helped procure a cargo ship named “Jennifer” for Osama bin Laden as early as 1993 (Hamburger Abendblatt, October 16, 2004). Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt (BKA- Federal Criminal Police Office) admitted that it had been...
  • Poor Decisions Haunting In Al-Awlaki Case

    03/26/2010 5:48:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 373+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 26, 2010 | DAVID IGNATIUS
    Last October, the Yemeni government came to the CIA with a request: Could the agency collect intelligence that might help target the network of a U.S.-born al-Qaida recruiter named Anwar al-Awlaki? What happened next is haunting, in light of subsequent events. The CIA concluded that it could not assist the Yemenis in locating al-Awlaki for a possible capture operation. The primary reason was that the agency lacked specific evidence that he threatened the lives of Americans — which is the threshold for any capture-or-kill operation against a U.S. citizen. The Yemenis also wanted U.S. Special Forces' help in pursuing al-Awlaki;...
  • Judge Orders Notorious Terrorist Freed from Gitmo

    According to the Wall Street Journal, a district judge has ordered Mohamedou Slahi – a known al Qaeda recruiter who worked for Osama bin Laden – freed from Guantanamo. The Journal’s account does not explain the judge’s reasoning and the decision was not immediately available online. But the decision is inexplicable in light of Slahi’s notorious track record. There is no doubt that Mohamedou Slahi is one of the worst terrorists held at Gitmo. (See here for a previous summary of Slahi’s dossier.) Recruiter for the September 11 attacks Among Slahi's most notorious recruits were four of the September 11...