Saturday, October 16, 2010
A terrorist suspect from Germany killed last week by a U.S. drone missile in Pakistan was in contact with 9/11 collaborators just days before the 2001 attacks, according to court records. Ramzi Binalshibh, his photo above, who allegedly helped to coordinate and finance the 9/11 attacks, placed a 34-second phone call on Sept. 5, 2001, to the home of Naamen Meziche, who Pakistani officials say was one of eight people killed by the drone.
UPDATE October 18th, 2010...FOX NEWS REPORTS, Saudi Intel Warns of New Europe Terror Threat in France. France Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux, "the warning of a potential attack by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was received in the last few hours, few days."
The Ramzi Binalshibh phone call and alleged contacts that followed represent a possible link between the attacks in the U.S. nine years ago and recent suspected terrorist plots to hit European cities, which the Oct. 5 drone strike was intended to disrupt. Reports of the recent plots prompted travel warnings by the U.S. and others, which are still in effect.
Three of the eight drone victims were part of a group of jihadists who left Hamburg in early 2009 for military training in Pakistan and to fight on behalf of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a terrorist organization with ties to al Qaeda, a German intelligence official said, they were all linked to the Taiba mosque as were mohamed Atta and the 9/11 Hijackers.
In the years after 9/11 the Taiba mosque became a magnet for al Qaeda sympathizers across Europe. "They all wanted to come and pray where Mohammed Atta prayed," a German intelligence official told CNN. Hamburg authorities shut down the mosque a few weeks after Rami Makanesi and Ahmad Sidiqi were arrested.
Car dealer Mamoun Darkazanli a Syrian emigre linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and two major terrorist attacks (including 9/11), he currently lives at UHLENHORSTER WEG 34 in HAMBURG, 22085 (Germany) and has German identity card No. 1312072688 and German passport Nr. 1310636262. Mamoun Darkazanli links to Said Bahaji and other members of the 9/11 cell.
Spain has accused Mamoun Darkazanli of being Osama bin Laden's "permanent interlocutor and assistant" in Europe and having provided the Al-Qaeda network with logistical and financial support between 1997 and 2002 including running used cars to Albania from Hamburg Gr.. Investigators say bank records show that Darkazanli also had business dealings with an Albanian-based rental-car operation that is part of a Saudi Arabia-based company with suspected ties to Al Qaeda.
Naamen Meziche, a 40-year-old French citizen of Algerian descent and longtime German resident, had been under investigation for nearly nine years in connection with the Sept. 11 plot, court records show, though he was never charged with a crime, a spokesman for the office of Germany's Federal Prosecutor General said.
Details of that investigation, gleaned from documents submitted as evidence in the trial of two other men accused of abetting the 9/11 attacks, underscore the struggles German authorities have had in putting together cases against homegrown jihadists.
Naamen Meziche, by the time of the 2001 attacks, was already well-established among Islamist extremists in Europe. A Hamburg security official said he had been friends with Mohammed Atta, his photo above, one of the Sept. 11 hijackers. His father-in-law, Mohamed al Fazazi, was a religious leader who served as "the spiritual father of the Hamburg cell" that led the Sept. 11 attacks.
Mr. Fazazi is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence in Morocco, where he was convicted of inciting the 2003 bombings in Casablanca that killed 45 people. Mr. Binalshibh's call to Mr. Meziche, from a pay phone at an airport departure gate in Düsseldorf, was his last phone conversation before he fled Germany, court records show.
In statements to police in 2002, Naamen Meziche denied he was home on that day and said he didn't receive a phone message from Mr. Binalshibh. He also disavowed being in contact with Zacarias Moussaoui, who is serving a life sentence at a Colorado federal prison after pleading guilty to involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks, though a cell-phone number used to phone Mr. Meziche's home in August 2001 was found on a piece of paper among Mr. Moussaoui's belongings after his arrest.
To better counter the waves of jihad volunteers from Germany, U.S and German intelligence officials earlier this year launched "Operation Pandora," an effort to deepen cooperation on terrorist investigations, according to people familiar with the operations. As part of Operation Pandora, U.S. and German intelligence officers have exchanged information gleaned from the interrogations of two suspects who accompanied Naamen Meziche to Pakistan last year.
Rami Makanesi and Ahmad Sidiqi were captured there in June and July and have since provided information about their group. Since his arrest, Mr. Sidiqi, 36 years old, has told his interrogators about plans to organize attacks in Germany and other European countries, intelligence officials said.
Terrorists Abroad, German Muslims Timeline;
1999: At an Afghan training camp, al Qaeda recruits Ramzi Binalshibh, Said Bahaji, Mohammed Atta and other students from Hamburg to join a cell that would plan and execute a suicide attack in the U.S.
Sept. 11, 2001: Three members of the Hamburg cell lead the attacks in the U.S.
September 2007: German police arrest three Germans and one Turkish national, alleging they planned to bomb discos, airports and U.S. installations in Germany. The four men received military training in Pakistan about a year before their arrests.
March 2008: A Turkish man born and raised in Germany kills four people in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.
March 2009: Naamen Meziche, Rami Makanesi and Ahmad Sidiqi join a group of Muslim extremists traveling from Hamburg to Pakistan for military training.
Early 2010: Said Bahaji, a German suspected of providing logistical support for the 9/11 attacks, meets several of the 2009 jihadists at a terrorist safe house in northwest Pakistan.
June 2010: Rami Makanesi is arrested in Pakistan.
July 2010: Ahmad Sidiqi is detained in by U.S. forces in Afghanistan; held by the U.S. military at the Bagram air base, he assists U.S. intelligence.
Oct. 5 2010: A U.S. drone strikes kills suspected terrorists in Pakistan tied to an alleged plot to strike Europe, including three men from the Hamburg group, according to German security officials.
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