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Profile: Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed

 
  

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Summer 1998: One of Bin Laden's Four Holy War Goals is to Bring Down US Airliners      Complete 911 Timeline

      
Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Bin Laden sends a fax from Afghanistan to Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed, a London-based Muslim cleric who dubs himself the “mouth, eyes, and ears of Osama bin Laden.” Bakri publicly releases what he calls bin Laden's four specific objectives for a holy war against the US. The instruction reads, “Bring down their airliners. Prevent the safe passage of their ships. Occupy their embassies. Force the closure of their companies and banks.” Noting this, the Los Angeles Times wryly comments that “Bin Laden hasn't been shy about sharing his game plan.” [Los Angeles Times, 10/14/01] In 2001, FBI agent Ken Williams will grow concerned about some Middle Eastern students training in Arizona flight schools. He links several of them to Al-Muhajiroun, an extremist group founded by Bakri. Williams quotes several fatwas (calls to action) from Bakri in his July 2001 memo (see July 10, 2001). However, he apparently isn't aware of this particular call to action. These students linked to Bakri's group apparently have no connection to any of the 9/11 hijackers. In another interview before 9/11, Bakri will boast of recruiting “kamikaze bombers ready to die for Palestine.” (see Early September 2001) [Associated Press, 5/23/02]
People and organizations involved: Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed, Ken Williams, Al-Muhajiroun, Osama bin Laden
          

Early September 2001: Defense Department Has Evidence of ‘Kamikaze Bombers’ Trained to Fly in Afghanistan      Complete 911 Timeline

       According to a senior Defense Department source quoted in the book “Intelligence Failure” by David Bossie, Defense Department personnel become aware of a Milan newspaper interview with Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, a self-designated spokesman for al-Qaeda. In the interview, he brags about al-Qaeda recruiting “kamikaze bombers ready to die for Palestine.” Muhammed boasts of training them in Afghanistan. According to this source, the Defense Department seeks “to present its information [to the FBI], given the increased ‘chatter,’ of a possible attack in the United States just days before [9/11]. The earliest the FBI would see the [Defense Department] people who had the information was on September 12, 2001.” [Bossie, 05/04] In 1998, Bakri had publicized a fax bin Laden sent him that listed the four objectives al-Qaeda had in their war with the US. First on the list was: “Bring down their airliners.” (see Summer 1998) The main focus of FBI agent Ken Williams's July 2001 memo, warning about Middle Eastern students training in Arizona flight schools, was a member of Bakri's organization (see July 10, 2001). In 2004, the US will charge Bakri with 11 terrorism-related crimes, including attempting to set up a terror training camp in Oregon and assisting in the kidnapping of two Americans and others in Yemen. [MSNBC, 5/27/04]
People and organizations involved: Federal Bureau of Investigation, David Bossie, Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed, al-Qaeda
          

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