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Friday, September 22, 2006

Major New al Qaeda Documents: Ali Mohamed, Millennium Bombing, CIA on NGOs, Somalia and More

By J.M. Berger

INTELWIRE has posted a set of major documents on the history of al Qaeda, providing new and exclusive details on the activities of suspected and known terrorists.

The new documents include:

Affidavit of FBI Special Agent Daniel Coleman Regarding Ali Mohamed

Published in its entirety for the first time anywhere, this affidavit provides an often-shocking account of the activities of Ali A. Mohamed, an al Qaeda associate who spied on the U.S. government for more than 10 years before being arrested. In addition to infiltrating the U.S. Special Forces and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, Mohamed repeatedly provided vital information to the FBI about Osama bin Laden and his role as a trainer for al Qaeda. But most of Mohamed's revelations went unheeded. This document conclusively proves that Mohamed disclosed the existence of al Qaeda to the FBI in 1993 -- years before the earliest reference to al Qaeda found in intelligence files by a Joint Congressional Inquiry into the September 11 attacks.

Excerpt from "Tareekh Osama" Memo, Record of al Qaeda's Founding, Written By Mohammed Loay Bayazid

This memo was seized from the offices of an al Qaeda-linked charity in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Written by al Qaeda founding member Mohammed Loay Bayzid, the document offers incredible detail about the founding of al Qaeda in 1988.

1/96 CIA Memo on Use of Islamic Charities to Support Terrorism

This CIA document, provided to INTELWIRE by law firm Motley Rice, outlines the activities of several Islamic charities believed to be supporting terrorism, including the International Islamic Relief Organization and the Third World Relief Agency. This document was provided to INTELWIRE by law firm Motley Rice, which has filed a civil suit seeking to recover damages related to the September 11 attacks.

Affidavit of Saudi Intelligence Chief on bin Laden, CIA, Saudi Government

Filed in response to the aforementioned civil suit, this affidavit by former Saudi Intelligence Chief Turki Al-Faisal offers an account of the Saudi government's alliance with the CIA to fund and support the mujahideen (holy warriors) fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. It also provides an account of Osama bin Laden's early role in that effort, and tells of failed efforts to have bin Laden extradited out of Afghanistan to face trial prior to September 11.

Memorandum Summarizing Interrogation of al Qaeda Member Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali, Concerning East African Embassy bombings

This document provides a detailed look at the East African Embassy bombing plot. Owhali, an al Qaeda member, was supposed to die as part of the suicide bombing in Nairobi, Kenya. However, he was not killed after fulfilling his function of creating a distraction, and subsequently fled the scene. The document summarizes the FBI's interrogation of Owhali.

Letter Concerning al Qaeda Role in Somalia Written by Most-Wanted Terrorist Saif al-Adl

This document provides a fascinating glimpse into al Qaeda's role in Somalia, training militants to fight U.S. forces using RPGs during the 1990s and possibly participating in attacks. Al Qaeda has claimed credit for playing a role in the infamous 1993 "Blackhawk Down" incident that saw militants armed with RPGs destroy two U.S. helicopters. Interestingly, the document mentions an al Qaeda associate named Mukhtar who assisted at a training camp in Somalia. According to Ron Suskind's The One Percent Doctrine, Mukhtar was a code name for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

Sentencing Memorandum For Ahmed Ressam, Al Qaeda Associate Implicated in Millennium Bombing Plot

This sentencing memorandum provides a summary of key elements of the Millennium Bombing plot, aimed at targets on U.S. soil at the end of 1999. The plot was thwarted.

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