CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?

* Rahmatullah Sangaryar denies he was in possession of anthrax powder when captured.

Posted by DXer on April 25, 2011



3 Responses to “* Rahmatullah Sangaryar denies he was in possession of anthrax powder when captured.”

  1. DXer said

    Has there ever been confirmation of the different story of the capture of a Taliban spokesman with anthrax packets intended for mailing to government officials?

    Amerithrax Agents checked the Kabul area in May 2004 but came up empty, sources told the Washington Post. In November of that year, on additional information, agents spent weeks searching an area in the Kandahar mountains, several hundred miles outside of Kabul. Again they found nothing.

    In January 2007, a Taliban spokesman was captured. An Afghanistan governor says his residence contained anthrax powder packets. According to a report by the Afghan Islamic Press Agency, as monitored by the BBC, the powdered anthrax was intended for mailing to government officials. The former Taliban spokesman quietly told a camera that he was “on a mission” when he was arrested.

    The fellow who reportedly had “anthrax powder packets” had been living in Peshawar. Muhammad Hanif’s real name is Abdulhaq Haji Gulroz.

    Is this young guy mentioned above Qari Mullah Din Muhammad Hanif, the former madrassa-trained Minister of Education who wouldn’t let the medical school use cadavers? (That was a good thing given that the school didn’t have electricity.) Is he a “Dr.” If so, what kind? The former education minister had not received a secular education and oversaw the medical school. A veterinary student in September 2001 said they had nothing in the way of facilities or equipment. It was the Agriculture Minister who had taken a keen interest in supervising the Red Cross/FAO-funded anthrax vaccine laboratory. Yazid Sufaat did his anthrax work, he says, as part of a “Taliban medical brigade.” A building associated with the charity WAFA housed a lab, and WAFA was a militant supporter of the Taliban. So while we still lack lab tests and further clarification or confirmation, this sketchy report about anthrax powder packets is intriguing.

    No failure on the part of the ISI to cooperate with the FBI or CIA on the subject of an attack using aerosolized anthrax should be countenanced. But it is important not to talk broadly of “Pakistan” when precise actors have been part of the problem — and others have played a key role in the solution.

    Yazid Sufaat was captured in December 2001 but inexplicably was not interviewed by the FBI until November 2002 when he was questioned (according to his counsel) about how he knew Zacarias Moussaoui.

  2. DXer said

    Will the FBI provide GAO the unanswered questions raised by NAS regarding the overseas sample, or will it withhold documents and fail to provide key information for another 2 years?

  3. DXer said

    The Guantanamo Files Files released so far… 105 / 779

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