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Shocking video captures year-old girl escaping attempted kidnapping. Jury to consider death penalty in Chinese scholar killing. Officials learn that Khalid Almidhar, a Yemeni citizen believed to be the son-in-law of Al-Hada, and Nawaf Alhazmi, thought to be a Saudi national, will be attending the meeting. Algerian native Ahmed Ressam is caught entering the U. Authorities eventually learn his intended target was Los Angeles International Airport.
Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almidhar both later hijackers on Sept. Officials later also claim Ramzi bin al-Shibh — a former roommate of Sept. However, he would admit he met at other times with bin Atash, Alhazmi and others who were at the Malaysia meeting. Neither individual is tracked once they entered the country. Both become suicide hijackers on Sept. Between August and early , Italian investigators begin to record the conversations of Abdulsalam Ali Ali Abdulrahman.
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According to a later report in the Los Angeles Times , in one of the conversations Abdulrahman tells Abdelkader Moahmoud Es Sayad, an Egyptian suspected terrorist, that planes could be used as weapons against the U. According to the article, the FBI was aware of the conversations, but did not receive any reference to planes being used as weapons.
Sufaat, a Malaysian, also provides Moussaoui with fake identification papers. The plot is foiled after Sept.
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Two men in a skiff pull alongside the American destroyer and detonate an explosive that rips through the hull and kills 17 U. Yemeni authorities quickly capture and start identifying suspects. The CIA eventually comes to realize that bin-Atash had been photographed at the earlier Malaysia meeting and begins to reexamine those photographs. Lastly, Miller reports Yemeni authorities suspect Abdul Al-Nassir both organized the Cole attack and also recruited bombers for the attack on the embassies in East Africa in Between January and August of , the Federal Aviation Administration issues 15 advisories to airlines and airports warning that terrorists could try to hijack or destroy American aircraft.
The Washington Post reports on this date that investigators in Yemen believe that people in custody are tied closely to Al Qaeda. Instructors at an Arizona flight school become suspicious about a students who speaks English poorly and has limited flying skills. They report him to the FAA. Citing a security threat, the FBI pulls investigators out of Yemen. This same month, the FAA issues more warnings to airlines. By late June, intelligence experts are extremely concerned about the possibility of an imminent attack.
Al-Quso would later deny that he made it to the meeting and claims that the individual in the picture just looked like him. Mohamed Atta meets with his former roommate Ramzi bin al-Shibh in Spain along with a number of other Arab men. Only after Sept. The memo warns that bin Laden supporters may be attending flight schools in the United States. The FBI warns that the conviction of Ahmed Ressam for the millennium plot to detonate a bomb at Los Angeles airport could lead to retaliatory terrorist attacks. The FAA issues yet another warning to airlines that terrorists could be planning to hijack American airlines.
Minneapolis FBI agents pick up and arrest Zacarias Moussaoui on immigration charges for overstaying his visa, but agents are concerned he could be a terrorist. Ramzi bin al-Shibh, the former roommate of Mohamed Atta, who had attended both the July meeting in Spain and the January Malaysia meeting, leaves Germany for Afghanistan. Hijackers alleged to be members of Al Qaeda take control of four airliners and crash two into the World Trade Center, and one into the Pentagon.
A fourth hijacked plane crashes into the Pennsylvania countryside. The attacks kill more than 3, people. A few weeks later, U. Officials quoted in one story refused to describe the content of those conversations. On Sept. He is currently in U. If convicted, Al-Quso and Al-Badawi could face the death penalty.
Media reports have indicated that Mohammed, who is now in American custody, has provided investigators with names of al Qaeda associates and new information about previous attacks.
Riduan Isamuddin, the chief of Jemaah Islamiyah who allegedly attended the January meeting in Malaysia, was arrested in late February by Thai authorities and handed over to the CIA. Attash, believed to be the mastermind of the USS Cole attack and a participant in the Malaysia meeting, was arrested by Pakistani authorities in April of in Karachi.
At the time that Pakistani police captured him, they reportedly found pounds of high explosives that they said was part of a plot to blow up the U. Bin Attash is now in United States custody.
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Only one other man believed to be directly involved in the attack, Iraqi Abdul Rahman Yasin, remains at large. After the bombings of U. Whether bin Laden was in fact involved in the Twin Tower attacks has not been determined, but on September 11, , two groups of al Qaeda terrorists finished the job begun by Yousef, crashing two hijacked airliners into the north and south tower of the World Trade Center. The structural steel of the skyscrapers could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel, and both collapsed within two hours of being struck. Close to 3, people died in the World Trade Center and its vicinity, including a staggering firefighters and 23 policemen who were struggling to complete the evacuation and save the office workers trapped on higher floors.
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