An extensive report by Al Arabiya.net has revealed new details about the relationship between Qatar's former interior minister, Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Al-Arabiya reported that US intelligence officer in the Middle East for 21 years, Robert Pierre, obtained important information about the relationship between Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani and "Khalid Sheikh", in an interview with Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, commander Police and former Minister of Economy of Qatar (removed from office and abducted from Beirut in 1999 and sentenced in 2001 to six years in prison), in an interview in 1998, information confirming the residence of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Qatar, in the farm Abdullah bin Khalid Al The second until 1996.
Robert Pierre, a former intelligence officer and political writer for The Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and a CNN security analyst, added in his book "Sleeping with the Devil": Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is an al-Qaida cell in Qatar with Mohammed al-Islambouli (brother of Khalid al-Islambouli, the assassin of Sadat, now residing in Turkey). Known as Operation Bojinka. "
The website revealed that during the stay of Sheikh Mohammed in the Al Waab farm in 1995, he traveled to Bosnia to support Al-Qaeda elements and provide financial support to them, which covered the expenses of his trip Qatari Minister of Interior and Endowments Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani, before returning to Qatar, and travel Back to Manila, the Philippines, according to investigators, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was repeatedly visiting Ramzi Yusuf's apartment in Manila, where the bombs of the Bojinka plot were.
During his stay in Qatar in 1995, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed received a phone call from his nephew, Ramzi Yousuf, whose real name was Abdul Basit al-Balushi, while in US custody after his arrest in Pakistan in February 1995 for the World Trade Center bombings in February. 1993 in New York City, preparing for multiple terrorist operations based in the Philippines, including planning the assassination of Pope John Paul in January 1995 during his tour in the Philippines, and planning to blow up US aircraft known as "Oplan Bojinka", which means in Arabic "Operation Big Bang."
By placing five explosives terrorists aboard 12 aircraft bound for the United States, with a scheduled stop in East and South Asia, the terrorists would place explosives in each aircraft before leaving at the temporary stop.
The British journalist Simon Rivier, an al-Qaida expert and author of BBC documentaries, Ramzi Yusuf, Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism, issued in October 1999, said that after Ramzi Yusuf moved from Pakistan to Thailand To meet his partner, Ishtiaq Parker, and hand him over two suitcases to be placed on a United Airlines plane. London to the United States, explains th The British writer said: "He did not clarify what his friend's name in Qatar, but his father confirmed that he was a senior diplomat and a member of the ruling family in Qatar, and the plan was Ramzi Yousef to benefit from diplomatic immunity of an official to not inspect bags."
Elissa Boyle Mahley, a CIA agent, was added for 16 years until 2002 in an interview with The Guardian on March 31, 2005, and in her book "Denial and Deception: Perspectives from within the CIA". In 2003, the FBI learned of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's movement and residence in Qatar, while moving from Sudan to Qatar. "The CIA was aware of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's involvement in the Bojinka terrorist attack in the Philippines and the World Trade Center bombing," she said. 1993 ".
By October 1995, the FBI had been tracking Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a specific residential building in Qatar.
The US intelligence service confirmed the seriousness of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed after the arrest of his nephew, Ramzi Yusuf, through messages seen on his laptop computer, signed by Khalid Sheikh and Bojinka. Investigators also discovered that Khalid Sheikh had repeatedly visited Yusuf's apartment in Manila, the Philippines, where explosives for the terrorist attack were manufactured.
This was stated in the book of the American journalist and correspondent of the "Los Angeles Times" "Terry McDemott" entitled "Ideal soldiers: the kidnappers in the events of September 11: Who are they, why did they?" Issued in May 2005.
"The CIA agents found that Yusuf Ramzi had multiple fax numbers and phone numbers for his uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, which was stored as Khalid Al Doha," according to the American journalist. On one of these numbers in Qatar and asks to speak to Khaled. "
Khalid Sheikh escape from Qatar
In 1996, the FBI filed formal charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for his involvement in terrorist operations since 1993 in preparation for his arrest from his residence in Mazraat Al Wa'ab, Qatar, but he was soon smuggled. Khalid Sheikh to Afghanistan facilities granted by Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani.
According to the "Los Angeles Times" and what was published on December 22, 2002, he met with the Director of the FBI Louis J. Freeh with Qatari officials to seek his arrest, but months went by without consent, despite Qatari recognition of their presence, citing an FBI official, Qatar told the United States that it feared that Mohammed was making an explosive device, and also said he had more Of the 20 different passports, however, they delayed granting permission to the United States to arrest him, "according to the American newspaper.
After the intelligence service ruled out a military raid and abduction in order to avoid political repercussions, after a meeting in Washington in early 1996, US FBI Director Louis Freeh sent a letter to the government of Qatar requesting permission to arrest him.
However, according to Richard Clarke, the national security and counterterrorism coordinator under the Clinton and Bush administrations, within hours of the US ambassador meeting with the former emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, and requesting the arrest of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for a few hours, Sheikh disappeared from view. "In the small city of Doha, no one could find it."