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

* Zawahiri and Mohammed Islambouli (brother of Sadat’s assassin) personally visited Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s Brooklyn, NY mosque, Al-Farouq

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 7, 2013

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  1. DXer said

    Zawahiri Reveals he Visited US, Feared FBI Agents Disguised as Mosque Worshipers

    Sunday, 19 November, 2017 – 06:15
    https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1088411/zawahiri-reveals-he-visited-us-feared-fbi-agents-disguised-mosque-worshipers

    Chief of the al-Qaida terrorist organization Ayman al-Zawahiri revealed that he had paid a visit to the United States, without specifying the date of this trip.

    He hinted during a video recording that the visit took place in the early 1990s. He said that he had traveled to the US before the arrest of Dr. Omar Abdul Rahman, the spiritual leader of the “Jamaa al-Islamiya” in Egypt.

    Abdul Rahman was arrested over his connection to the 1993 attack against the World Trade Center in New York.

    Zawahiri said in his video: “I was in the US for a while, shortly before my passport was about to expire.”

    He revealed that he requested his Qaida followers to arrange a visit to Abdul Rahman, but they advised him against it.

    They informed him that “half of his followers at mosques were FBI agents” and they may therefore become suspicious of him if he met with Abdul Rahman.

    “I therefore departed the US without meeting him,” explained Zawahiri.

    Abdul Rahman died in his prison in February where he had been locked up for 24 years.

    It is believed that this is the first time that Zawahiri admits to visiting the US.

    He was previously imprisoned in Egypt, but was released in the late 1980s and was seen in the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan. During the 1990s, he resided in the Sudanese capital Khartoum before being expelled in 1996.

    Comment: The scientist who worked with Ivins in the B3 lived for years in Khartoum with his mother, a professor there. From Cairo where he knew “Tawfiq” Hamid, who later would author INSIDE JIHAD, originally, they moved to Khartoum. When he would return to visit Cairo while he was a boy, he and the Hamid brothers would visit the comic store. (He was secular). Then, from Khartoum, he returned to Cairo to go to Cairo Medical where Zawahiri would recruit students on Friday. Did he know Zawahiri in Khartoum? At Cairo Medical, did he take microbiology from Heba, Dr. Ayman’s sister? Did he share Dr. Ayman’s upset over blind sheik Abdel-Rahman’s imprisonment? Adnan El-Shukrijumah, who I allege was the mailer of the anthrax in Fall 2001, was the son of the blind sheik’s interpreter in Brooklyn.

    I once emailed the scientist who worked with Bruce and Pat Fellows in the B3 to ask who we knew in common from the Egyptian Islamic Jihad but he did not respond. (I had made the acquaintance of “Tawfiq” Hamid. In the patents, though, he did say that Bruce supplied him Ames. Did FBI Agent Decker know that in 2002 when deploying the anthrax smelling bloodhounds? (The patents had not been published yet).

    I asked his technician who also came to USAMRIID with him from the University of Michigan for background on the visit but the technician told me “You don’t want to know.” I assured him I did but never attempted to contact him further that I recall.

    Dr. Ayman, I told the CIA early on that you were responsible for the anthrax mailings and that the motivation was the imprisonment of Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman and other senior EIJ leaders like your brother. I told him that you were a principled guy who would be guided by the hadiths.
    And that you had written a book on using deception.

    But after all these years, could you do me a personal favor and man up? I realize that deception is part of war. I respect that. Myself… I favor a double reverse inside-out psychological maneuver. And you certainly are good at lying. But, really, do you want lying to be your legacy? Be a man of principle and truth-telling for a change.

    The difficulty in Amerithrax whodunnit mystery was not how Al Qaeda’s Yazid Sufaat and his lab in Afghanistan could have obtained virulent Ames, but in winnowing down the possibilities.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense
    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      Background:

      Egyptian doctor emerges as terror mastermind
      http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/people/shows/zawahiri/profile.html

      While in an Egyptian prison on a weapons charge, al-Zawahiri emerged as a spokesman for imprisoned Islamic militants.

      (CNN) —
      ***

      From a prominent Egyptian family

      Born on June 19, 1951, al-Zawahiri grew up in an upper-class neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt, the son of a prominent physician and grandson of renowned scholars.

      “He used to write poetry to his mother,” said Mahfouz Azzam, al-Zawahiri’s uncle, calling his nephew quiet, studious and deeply religious.

      Comment:

      Hey, Dr. Ayman, if you wrote poetry to your mom, you might appreciate the haiku I wrote (it is written in invisible ink using “splash technology” outside the FBI’s office).

      It has got umbrella [London ricin assassination], red balloons [DARPA experiment], and more.

      A bright spot in all that Syracuse rain: Sidewalk poems that only show up on wet ground
      Updated Jul 5, 2017
      http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/07/a_bright_spot_in_all_that_rain_sidewalk_poems_that_only_show_up_on_wet_ground.html

    • DXer said

      My understanding:

      In 1995, Ayman came once again to the United States where he was accompanied by US Army Sergeant Ali Mohammed on his travels to California, then Brooklyn, then the Washington, D.C. area in an attempt to develop the US infrastructure (as had been decided was the plan at a meeting in Khartoum). Who did Ayman visit in Washington, D.C.? Zawahiri traveled to the US in 1991 and 1995 under an alias (though the dates are disputed). Zawahiri sometimes was accompanied by two brothers, a New Jersey pharmacist and a California doctor, Ali Zaki (a fellow Cairo Medical alum who denies knowing who Zawahiri was). They were joined by a former US Army sergeant and key Al Qaeda operative, Ali Mohammed. In Santa Clara, Ayman reportedly stated at the home of Ali Mohammed, even though Mohammed had recently been subpoenaed to testify about what he knew about Bin Laden’s activities. Dr. Zaki says he was a good friend of Ali Mohammed and that it was widely known that Ali Mohammed was a liaison between the islamists in Afghanistan and the CIA. In one of his trips, he also reportedly went to Texas. One of the most important starting points of the FBI’s Amerithrax investigation should have been to trace the contacts that al-Zawahiri made on his last trip to the United States. He met with supporters associated with the Maktab Khidmat al-Mujahidin (the Al-Mujahidin services office) in the US.

      All of this was known by the CIA in December 2001 and I have the documents to prove it. 7 years later we are handed this cockamamie Kappa Gamma story after the Hatfill Theory didn’t fly. Make whatever decisions you like (in good faith) in conducting the War of Terror. But lie to the American public and then fail to correct course — and be prepared to leave office.

      TOP SECRET – DON’T READ THIS UNLESS YOU HAVE A NEED TO KNOW

      The troubles of Cairo Medical School graduate (’71), San Jose physician Ali Zaki, over taking Ayman Zawahiri and Bin Laden’s head of intelligence around the US in 1995 had just about faded from memory when in January 2000, a new problem then reared its head involving viagra to be shipped overseas.

      In 1999, he had prescribed $164,000 in prescriptions for Viagara, a syringe of a drug for renal insufficiency and a vial for hypogonadism. (Bin Laden suffered from renal insufficiency.) The California Board governing physicians found that Dr. Zaki violated regulations because no patient was named and he had kept no records. The drugs were ordered ostensibly for a fictitious business MedChem.

      When an investigator went to check out the listing it was the address at 550 Bevans Drive it turned out to have been a recently closed deli called Landmark Gourmet Delicatessen. Owned by Hasan Ibrahim, the business had been evicted. According to the decision, the drugs reportedly were for resale abroad. If they were intended for Afghanistan, someone must have expected a lot of action with some virgins. Perhaps erectile dysfunction was common there because of the cold, harsh conditions and the stress in that line of work. One of the allegations in the January 21, 2000 “Accusation” alleged that “On or about June 15, 1999, respondent ordered 100 bottles of Viagara, 30 tablets per bottle, at 100 milligram strength.” Cost: $164,000. Memories: Priceless. The public reprimand issued in August 2001.

      Additional background:

      Previous stellar early reporting is below. Given that Dr. Ayman is not known to be a truth teller, I would credit journalist Lance over Ayman where there are discrepancies or omissions by Dr. Ayman.

      Top bin Laden aide toured state / SPECIAL REPORT: Al-Zawahiri solicited funds under the guise of refugee relief

      Lance Williams, Erin McCormick, Chronicle Staff Writers
      Thursday, October 11, 2001

      http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Top-bin-Laden-aide-toured-state-SPECIAL-REPORT-2871023.php

      FILE–
      Two confessed members of a Silicon Valley terrorist cell say they brought Osama bin Laden’s top aide to the Bay Area several years ago to raise money for terror attacks, according to documents and interviews.

      Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is bin Laden’s chief deputy and a suspect in a long list of terrorist crimes that includes planning last month’s attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, visited the United States in the 1990s on covert fund-raising trips, the two men have told authorities.

      Traveling with a stolen passport supplied by the local terrorists and using a fake name, al-Zawahiri, who has called on Muslims to kill “Americans wherever they are,” visited mosques in Santa Clara, Stockton and Sacramento as part of a coast-to-coast fund-raising mission, according to these accounts.

      Al-Zawahiri may have raised as much as $500,000 in America, according to a Silicon Valley acquaintance of one of the terrorists. Most of it was donated by U.S. Muslims who were told the money would aid refugees of the Afghan- Soviet war of the 1980s, said this man, who asked not to be identified because of personal safety concerns.

      Instead, according to the confessed terrorists, the money went to Egyptian Islamic Jihad, implicated in dozens of terrorist attacks, from the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Al-Zawahiri is a Jihad leader who brought the group’s most violent elements into bin Laden’s al Qaeda organization.

      ***

      A Silicon Valley physician and civic leader told The Chronicle that in 1989 or 1990 he had been introduced to al-Zawahiri and accompanied him to local mosques. The civic leader, Dr. Ali Zaki, said he had been duped into assisting al-Zawahiri and had not been told his real name or the true purpose of his fund raising.

      Authorities learned of al-Zawahiri’s fund raising in the Bay Area from Ali Mohamed, 48, and Khalid Abu-al-Dahab, 37, Egyptian-born U.S. citizens who have confessed that they served for a decade as Islamic Jihad operatives while living in Silicon Valley.

      Mohamed is a former U.S. Army sergeant who has been identified as bin Laden’s “California connection” and a trainer of his bodyguards.

      Last year, he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in New York to conspiracy charges for helping bin Laden and al-Zawahiri plot the U.S. Embassy bombings that killed more than 200 people.

      Mohamed said in court that he had twice brought al-Zawahiri to the United States in the 1990s to raise money for Islamic Jihad. Terrorism experts say they believe he provided more detail in private briefings to investigators.

      Dahab is a former Egyptian medical student turned Silicon Valley car salesman who was known in Santa Clara as Khaled Mohamed.

      He was arrested in Cairo in a 1998 government sweep aimed at crippling Islamic Jihad, and he is serving a 15-year prison term meted out by a military court. Egyptian authorities say Dahab confessed to serving as a terrorist operative while living in Santa Clara, transferring funds raised in the Bay Area to Jihad cadres abroad and facilitating communication between Jihad leaders in Egypt and those in terrorist camps in Afghanistan.

      He said he and Mohamed had brought al-Zawahiri to California in 1995 to raise money for terrorist operations, according to accounts of his confession.

      The Chronicle learned the story of al-Zawahiri’s U.S. fund raising from court records, interviews with knowledgeable sources and Arab-language news accounts of Egyptian court proceedings. Steven Emerson, an author and national security expert, provided research material.

      Experts said the existence of the Santa Clara terrorist cell — and its role in bringing al-Zawahiri here — showed both the boldness of America’s terrorist enemy and the nation’s vulnerability to infiltration by terrorist groups.

      “The very fact that someone like Zawahiri came to the U.S., that in itself should be quite stunning to many Americans,” said Khalid Duran of Washington, D.C., a terrorism expert and author who has written about the Santa Clara cell.

      “He is the No. 2 man, bin Laden’s right-hand man, and in a way even more. He is like his teacher, his mentor.”

      In addition to fund raising, al-Zawahiri was in the United States “to see whom he could recruit here, what could be done here — preparing the establishment of a base,” Duran said.

      Harvey Kushner, a professor of criminology at Long Island University and international terrorism expert, said that for years radical Islamic groups had raised money in the United States under the guise of refugee relief.

      “That way they end up with money that’s fungible and ostensibly raised for a legitimate purpose,” he said. “Then, it ends up being used for a bombing or something like that.

      “A lot of (donors) didn’t know where the money was going; some knew exactly where it was going.”

      EGYPTIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD

      According to documents and interviews, al-Zawahiri, 50, is the scion of a wealthy Egyptian family and grandson of one of the founders of the Arab League.

      He was trained as a surgeon, but his medical career was sidetracked by his involvement in Islamic Jihad, a radical movement that has mounted a violent challenge to Egypt’s moderate stance in cultural and foreign affairs.

      Islamic Jihad has denounced the Egyptian government for everything from making peace with Israel to its attempts to stamp out the practice of female circumcision, according to a review of the group’s communiques.

      For more than two decades, it has sought to overthrow the government and convert Egypt into a Taliban-style fundamentalist Islamic state. Its most spectacular act was murdering Sadat, architect of Egypt’s peace initiative with Israel.

      Dozens of Jihad members, including al-Zawahiri, were arrested. He spent three years in prison on weapons charges. Then he went to Afghanistan, where he served as a medical officer for the Islamic guerrillas in the Afghan-Soviet war. He befriended bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi who was in Afghanistan financing and training the guerrilla fighters who drove the Soviets out in 1989.

      Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri became increasingly anti-American after the United States defeated Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and they began advocating a jihad, or holy war, to drive America from the Middle East.

      Al-Zawahiri emerged as Islamic Jihad’s leader, and he repeatedly sent Jihad fighters on missions sponsored by bin Laden.

      Among the actions the two are suspected of masterminding: the 1993 ambush of U.S. Army Rangers in Somalia, which left 18 Americans dead; the bombings of the Egyptian Embassy in Pakistan in 1995 and the U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998; and this year’s attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

      In 1998, al-Zawahiri signed a bin Laden fatwa, or decree, calling on Muslims to kill Americans worldwide as part of a holy war against “Jews and Crusaders.”

      TERRORISTS’ TRAILS

      The two confessed terrorists who brought al-Zawahiri here also had long- standing ties to Islamic Jihad.

      Mohamed told U.S. authorities he had joined Islamic Jihad in 1981, while he was serving as a major in the Egyptian army. He said he had left the army and emigrated to the United States in 1985, obtaining U.S. citizenship after marrying a Santa Clara woman whom he met on his flight to America.

      Mohamed spent three years in the U.S. Army, then returned to Silicon Valley,

      where he attended Santa Clara’s An-Noor mosque and worked as a security guard and at a home computer business. Through Islamic Jihad, he said, he had joined bin Laden’s al Qaeda. Each year, he said, he spent months abroad, training bin Laden’s fighters in camps in Afghanistan and the African nation of Sudan. While in Africa, he scouted the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, target of a suicide bombing in 1998.

      Dahab said he had been drawn into Islamic Jihad after befriending Mohamed in Egypt.

      According to an account of his confession published in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Dahab quit medical school in 1986 and followed Mohamed to the United States, renting an apartment in Santa Clara.

      Within weeks of arriving, Dahab met and married an American woman. That marriage collapsed within a month, court records show. Dahab wed another American woman, but that marriage also ended in divorce within a year.

      A third marriage, to another American, produced four children and helped him win U.S. citizenship, according to the source who met him at the mosque in Santa Clara.

      Dahab worked as a maintenance man at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara and as a salesman at a Silicon Valley auto dealership, according to records and interviews.

      He also assisted Mohamed on Jihad tasks, according to accounts of his confession.

      One involved a planned hang-glider attack on the Liman Turra Prison complex near Cairo to liberate Jihad leaders, some of whom had been locked up since the Sadat assassination. According to the plan, Jihad hang-gliders would swoop off a nearby mountain into the prison grounds, setting off explosives and causing a panic to allow the jailbreak to occur.

      In about 1990, on Mohamed’s orders, Dahab said, he took hang-glider lessons in San Francisco.

      “After I completed a course on the flying of gliders in the United States, (Mohamed) asked me to travel to Afghanistan with a model glider to train the Egyptian elements present there,” he said.

      The plan was later dropped, and Dahab returned here and served as a Jihad telephone operator, receiving calls from terrorists throughout the Arab world and patching them through to Jihad members in Egypt, he told authorities.

      According to accounts of the confession, Dahab said that in 1995, he and Mohamed had brought al-Zawahiri into the United States. The terrorist leader traveled under the alias of Abd-al-Mu’izz, using a forged passport that Mohamed had obtained.

      Dahab and Mohamed introduced al-Mu’izz to leaders of the An-Noor mosque in Santa Clara. Duran, the terrorism expert, has written that parishioners there were cool to the fund-raising pitch. Omar Ahmad, spokesman for the mosque, said that he couldn’t find anyone there who remembered al-Zawahiri’s visit and that Dahab’s account had come as a surprise to mosque members.

      The terrorist spent weeks in the country, Dahab said, and raised far more money at other mosques in Northern California, Texas and New York: hundreds of thousands, Dahab told authorities.

      According to accounts of his confession, Dahab said al-Zawahiri had used money raised on the tour to pay for the bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad.

      Discrepancies exist regarding the timing and number of al-Zawahiri’s U.S. visits. According to Arab press accounts and terrorism experts familiar with the case, Dahab’s confession describes a single U.S. visit in 1995. Sources who were interviewed by the FBI say the agents were convinced the visit occurred that year. In court, Mohamed said he twice had brought al-Zawahiri here in the 1990s, but didn’t specify dates.

      But the 1995 visit was heatedly denied by another person Dahab identified as facilitating al-Zawahiri’s visit — Zaki, the South Bay physician and civic leader.

      In accounts of the confession, Dahab said that Zaki and his brother, a New York pharmacist, had accompanied al-Zawahiri on his 1995 fund-raising tour. Dahab also said Zaki had paid for shipping the hang-glider to Afghanistan.

      In an interview, Zaki said he knew of only one U.S. visit by al-Zawahiri — in 1989 or 1990, at a time when the Afghan struggle against the Soviets was either still under way or only recently over. The United States had strongly backed the Afghan freedom fighters, he pointed out.

      Zaki said he had been introduced to “Dr. Mu’izz,” al-Zawahiri’s fake name, by Mohamed and Dahab, whom Zaki said he knew because both worshipped at the same mosque. He provided limited help for what he believed was a charitable cause, he said.

      “I have been investigated by the FBI, and I testified before the grand jury for the bin Laden case, and I explained to them, (al-Zawahiri) might have been (here) in the mid-’90s, but the only time I met Mr. Zawahiri was in 1989 or 1990, and he came with a different name as a representative of the Red Crescent, which is equivalent to the Red Cross,” he said.

      Zaki said he had learned the terrorist connections of Mohamed and Dahab — and the true name of “Dr. Mu’izz” — only after the Santa Clara men were arrested.

      He also denied knowingly helping to finance the hang-glider mission. He said Dahab’s confession had been made under torture and that the man had falsely implicated him.

      “If any of this were true, I would have been indicted,” he said.

      Zaki’s attorney, former U.S. Rep. Pete McCloskey, said Zaki had fully cooperated with FBI agents and a U.S. grand jury that questioned him about al- Zawahiri after Mohamed and Dahab were arrested.

      He described Zaki as a law-abiding and religious man who would never knowingly support terrorism and who had done nothing wrong.

      “This is not a man of violence . . . this is not a man who would jeopardize an American future,” McCloskey said.

      A TERRORIST’S CAREER PATH

      Ayman al-Zawahiri’s career as leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad has carried him from suspected involvement in President Anwar Sadat’s 1981 assassination in Egypt, through several fund-raising trips to the United States, to the No. 2 spot in Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organization, al Qaeda.
      — 1951-74: Al-Zawahiri is raised in a wealthy Egyptian family and earns his medical degree at Cairo University.

      — 1981: He is convicted of weapons charges in conjunction with Sadat’s assassination and serves three years in an Egyptian prison.

      — Mid-1980s: He opens a medical clinic for rebels in Afghanistan, where he meets bin Laden and becomes one of his closest associates.

      — Late 1980s: Al-Zawahiri emerges as the leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, while he and bin Laden refocus their efforts toward an international “holy war” of terrorism.

      — 1989 to 1995: He is said to visit the United States, at least once, possibly twice under false passports to raise funds for bin Laden operations.

      — 1996: He is charged with bombing the Egyptian Embassy in Pakistan with the financial support of bin Laden.

      — 1998: He resigns as the head of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad when the group shifts toward nonviolence; strengthens ties with bin Laden. The United States indicts al-Zawahiri (along with bin Laden) for the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

      — 1999: He is tried in absentia in an Egyptian terrorism trial and sentenced to death.

      — Oct. 7, 2001: He appears at bin Laden’s side in a video threatening more violence, after the United States begins its retaliatory bombings in Afghanistan.

      — Oct. 9, 2001: Al-Zawahiri is named to the FBI’s list of the world’s “most wanted” terrorists for his suspected role as one of the planners of the Sept. 11 attacks.

  2. DXer said

    Analysis: CIA releases massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

    BY THOMAS JOSCELYN & BILL ROGGIO | November 1, 2017 | billroggio@gmail.com |

    Two newly-released videos show scenes from Hamza’s wedding, publicly revealing his face as a young adult for the first time. The images are not current, but they are much more recent than the photo al Qaeda is willing to distribute. That same video footage shows other senior al Qaeda figures, including Mohammed Islambouli, the brother of Anwar Sadat’s assassin. Islambouli lived in Iran for much of the post-9/11 period and, in more recent times, has been in Turkey.

    https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/11/analysis-cia-releases-massive-trove-of-osama-bin-ladens-files.php

  3. DXer said

    CIA documents produced under FOIA relating to the Sadat assassination in its new electronic reading room.

    https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/search/site/Sadat%20assassination

  4. DXer said

    Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri ‘ordered’ Paris attack
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/01/14/Al-Qaeda-in-Yemen-claims-Charlie-Hebdo-attack.html

    He said France was targeted “because of its obvious role in the war on Islam and oppressed nations.”

    He warned that “touching Muslims’ sanctity and protecting those who make blasphemy have a dear price and the punishment will be severe” and that “the crimes of the Western countries, above them America, Britain and France will backfire deep in their home.”

    Comment:

    What can Islambouli tell about his visit with Dr. Ayman to Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s home in 1995? Islambouli then was in a cell with KSM planning attacks on the US. I think the CIA analysts should have seen Dr. Ayman’s and Islambouli’s fingerprints on the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings in 2002.
    And known of the role Yazid Sufaat played by February 2002.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  5. DXer said

    On a minor issue, the Senate Torture Report states:

    “According to CIA records, on March 9, 2003-while KSM was being interrogated using the CIA’ s enhanced interrogation techniques, but before he was subjected to the waterboard interrogation technique-the CIA interrogation team used two letters referencing al-Tayyar as the “interrogation vehicle” to elicit information from KSM on Jaffar al-Tayyar.2044 CIA cables state that KSM did not provide-and claimed not to know-Jaffar al-Tayyar’s true name. However, KSM stated that Jaffar al-Tayyar’s father lived in Florida and was named “Shukri SherdiJ.”2045 This information was not accurate. Open source reporting indicates that Jaffar al-Tayyar’s father’s true name was “Gulshair El Shukrijumah.”

    As I recall, the father used the name Shukri in the 1990s — as Adnan’s father Nabil does now. I’m not knowledgeable about naming conventions in Arabic. And it’s not like I’m vouching for KSM — he’s a big fat liar. One author described him as providing precious truths in a bodyguard of lies. But the name Shukri, under all the circumstances — should have been totally sufficient to identify him, given that El-Shukrijumah was a known associate of Mohammed Atta.

    • DXer said

      errata – I meant that Adnan’s brother uses the name El Shukri. Nabil turns to English after speaking in Arabic for a while.

  6. DXer said

    We know far more about the connection between anthrax program participants KSM and Hawsawi to Shukrijumah than Zawahiri’s connection to Shukrijumah.

    In the Spring of 2002, while living with Al-Hawsawi in Karachi, KSM’s assistant with the anthrax spraying documents, Adnan El-Shukrijumah trained Padilla’s colleague in code to be used. Shukrijumah and Padilla knew each other at the mosque in the Franklin Park neigbhorhood at the mosque across from the county park, Franklin Park.

    “KU-10024 [KSM] and his nephew, Ammar al-Baluchi, aka (Abd al-Aziz Ali), ISN US9PK-010018DP (PK- 10018), instructed both US-10008 and detainee on the methods to execute this operation. Detainee was to return to the UK where he would obtain valid travel documents before traveling to the US to meet US-10008. Following their meetings with KU-10024, Jaffar al-Tayyar taught detainee and US-10008 to falsify documents by substituting photographs, erasing entry/exit stamps, and removing visas.17 Al-Qaida operative and 11 September coordinator Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, ISN US9YM-010013DP (YM-10013), taught them how to encode a telephone number before passing it to another individual. The co-conspirators then surrendered their passports to PK-10018, who forged a Pakistani visa and departure authorization. For the last week of March 2002, detainee and US-10008 spent time creating email addresses on the internet for communication while abroad.”

    17 Analyst Note: This is believed to be the same Jaffar al-Tayyar, aka (Adnan el-Shurijumah), who has ties to the dirty bomb plot and numerous ties with senior al-Qaida leadership.

    The numbers code used by KSM and biochem operatives like Al-Marri used involved subtracting and adding from “5” — so 2 becomes 8, and 9 becomes 1 etc. We learned the numbers code due to the arrest of AQ chem operative Al-Marri, who was working with KSM and Al-Hawsawi and entered the country on September 10, 2001.

  7. DXer said

    I would have to study references relating to Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s biography to confirm that he was already a jihadi when he returned to Brooklyn in 1995 when Dr. Ayman Zawahiri and Mohammed Islambouli visited the Brooklyn mosque — and that El-Shukrijumah met KSM and al-Binalshibh in Saudi Arabia.

    But here are some mainstream media sources that confirm that Adnan is a “really bad guy.”

    Given that I think the evidence points to him as being the mailer of anthrax in Fall 2001, I think of him as a really, really, bad guy — but I don’t want to split hairs.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    A Really Bad Guy,” ABC News – Primetime, March 20, 2004.

    Daniel Eggen and Manuel Roig-Franzia, “FBI on Global Hunt for Al Qaeda Suspect,” Washington Post, March 21, 2003.

    “9/11 Terrorist Travel,” Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States,” August 21, 2004.

    Josh Meyer, “Five Years Later: A Mystery Man Who Keeps the FBI Awake at Night,” Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2006.

    Transcript of News Conference with Deputy Attorney General James Comey on Jose Padilla,” CNN, June 1, 2004.

    James Gordon Meek, “Officials Fear Al-Qaeda Nuclear Attack,” New York Daily News, March 14, 2003.

    Bill Gertz, “Al Qaeda Pursued A Dirty Nuke,” Washington Times, October 16, 2003, http://www.washtimes.com/national/20031016-110337-4698r.htm

    Rolf Mowatt Larssen, “Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass Destruction: Hype or Reality,” Harvard University, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, January 2010, http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/al-qaeda-wmd-threat.pdf

  8. DXer said

    Vahid Majidi’s claim that the FBI interviewed Atta’s Florida associates (and could exclude them) is false. They in fact did not interview Adnan El-Shukrijumah, who I have long ventured was the mailer of the letters containing anthrax in the Fall of 2001.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/dxer-adnan-el-shukrijumah-is-the-anthrax-mailer-on-9132001-he-phoned-from-ksms-house-to-tell-his-mom-he-was-coming-to-the-us/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/what-did-al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-head-yazid-sufaat-discuss-at-the-meeting-in-kandahar-with-adnan-el-shukrijumah-and-ksm-before-adnan-set-off-to-return-to-the-united-states-shortly-after-911/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/fbis-undercover-informant-asaad-is-frustrated-that-he-and-fbi-missed-opportunity-to-thwart-mohammed-atta-and-anthrax-letter-suspect-adnan-el-shukrijumah-al-qaedas-current-head-of-external-opera/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/zawahiri-and-mohammed-islambouli-brother-of-sadats-assassination-personally-visited-adnan-el-shukrijumahs-brooklyn-ny-mosque-al-farouq/

  9. DXer said

    I have suggested Dahab looks good for the Al-Hayat letter bombs (there is a $5 million reward and so Egyptian security officials might find it profitable to study their files).

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/the-al-hayat-letter-bombs-involved-lethal-letters-sent-to-newspapers-in-nyc-and-dc-and-symbolic-targets-relating-to-the-wtc-1993-plotters-were-the-al-hayat-letter-bombs-the-model-for-the-amerithra/

    Dahab had learned to fly gliders precisely to arrange the escape of imprisoned leaders in Egypt.

    Saif Al Adel at the time denied responsibility for the Vanguards of Conquest (EIJ) was chastized by a London spokesman for presuming to speak for the group.

    Saif Al Adel is prominent in interrogation reports relating to events in Afghanistan including some that discuss El-Shukrijumah (Jaffar Al Tayyar).

    A classified profile in Amerithrax should have recognized the importance of wanting to free EIJ leaders in motivating the Fall 2001 anthrax letters.

    The mailing of the letters was on dates highly significant to the assassination of Sadat and approval of the Camp David treaty

    Anthrax Mail: Significance of the Mailing Dates
    Wednesday, 18 April 2007, 12:37 am
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0704/S00293.htm

    “The anthrax mailing were on the date of the Camp David Accord and the related assassination of Anwar Sadat (Armed Forces Day). Expert Michael Scheuer, formerly head of the CIA’s Osama Bin Laden unit, once said that Al Qaeda does not plan attacks around important dates, so far as the CIA can glean. But Mr. Scheuer should take Ayman at his word when he says he at least plans his messages around anniversaries.”

    Sadat’s assassination is in the news again today.

    .http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/87985/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-prosecution-calls-on-Interpol-to-arrest-Isl.aspx

    Egypt’s prosecution calls on Interpol to arrest Islamist leader in Qatar

    “Egypt’s prosecution has called for Interpol’s assistance in the arrest of hardline Islamist Assem Abdel-Maged, following his appearance on Qatari Al-Jazeera channel
    Ahram Online, Sunday 1 Dec 2013.

    Abdel-Maged, who once shared a prison cell with Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, was jailed for 25 years until 2006 for a role in the 1981 assassination of President Anwar El-Sadat.

    Egyptian security officials said Abdel-Maged fled to Qatar via sea, or the border with Libya. Qatar is one of the few Arab states that has been sympathetic to Islamists during and after Morsi’s year in power, supplying Egypt with billions of dollars in aid.”

    • DXer said

      Mohammed Islambouli, the brother of Sadat’s assassin, had been in a cell (the terror plotting kind) with KSM while they were in Qatar. A jet with its windows blackened out was sent to pick up KSM but he was tipped off and fled. As I recall, the country’s religious affairs minister had hosted him.

      Abdel-Maged, Zawahiri’s former cell mate (the kind with bars), certainly seems to be eating well from photographs.

      It seems that any constitution should seek to protect minorities and peaceful expression while maintaining security. Egypt seems to be alternating between unworkable extremes.

      Mohammed Shawqui Islambouli – History Commons
      http://www.historycommons.org › Entities‎

      KSM was leading an al-Qaeda cell in Qatar together with Mohammed Shawqui Islambouli, the brother of the Egyptian who had killed Anwar Sadat. They also …

      Current news:

      Islamist Says Egypt on Precipice as Constitution Takes Shape
      http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-egyptian-islamist-leader-issues-warning-from-exile/1801149.html

  10. DXer said

    Zawahiri’s new tape.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/10306755/Al-Qaeda-chief-calls-for-attacks-on-US-in-911-speech-to-followers.html

  11. DXer said

    Mohamed Zawahiri’s right-hand man has been arrested..

    When Mohamed was arrested, he was carrying a laptop.

    Was Mohamed in contact with his brother, Dr. Ayman Zawahiri?

    Was he in contact with Islambouli?

    Egypt: Police Arrests Mohamed Al-Zawahiri’s Right Arm
    25 AUGUST 2013

    The Egyptian authorities arrested on Sunday Daoud Khairat Soliman, the right arm of Mohamed al-Zawahiri, who is the brother of the al-Qaeda leader, security sources said as reported by the state-owned news agency.

    Mohamed al-Zawahiri, a Salafist Jihadist, was also arrested last week under heavy security in an Imbaba checkpoint with a laptop and documents.

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