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Profile: Jabir Salim

 
  

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1998      Complete Iraq timeline

       Radio Free Europe, headquartered in Prague, begins transmitting anti-Saddam programs into Iraq. Late in the year, Iraqi diplomat Jabir Salim defects and tells Czech officials that before leaving Iraq he had been given $150,000 in cash to finance a plot to blow up Radio Free Europe's headquarters. This information is apparently passed on to Washington and US officials warn Tom Dine, program director of Radio Free Europe, about the plot. In response, Radio Free Europe begins 24-hour video surveillance of the building. [Newsweek, 4/28/01; Washington Post, 5/1/2002; Slate, 11/19/2003; Independent, 10/26/01 Sources: Unnamed sources, Jan Kavan]
People and organizations involved: Tom Dine, Jabir Salim, Radio Free Europe
          

April 8, 2001      Complete Iraq timeline

       An informant for the BIS, the Czech intelligence agency, reportedly sees Iraqi diplomat Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani meeting in a restaurant outside Prague with an Arab man in his 20s. This draws concern from the intelligence community because the informant suggests the person is “a visiting ‘student’ from Hamburg—and ... potentially dangerous.” [Slate, 11/19/2003 Sources: Jan Kavan] The young man is never positively identified or seen again. Fearing that al-Ani may have been attempting to recruit the young man for a mission to blow-up Radio Free Europe headquarters, the diplomat is told to leave the country on April 18. [Slate, 11/19/2003; New York Times, 10/27/01; UPI, 10/21/02 Sources: Jan Kavan, Unnamed US officials] Information about the incident is passed on to US intelligence. After the 9/11 attacks and after it is reported on the news that Atta had likely visited Prague, the BIS informant will say the young man at the restaurant was Atta. (see September 14, 2001) This information leads hawks to come up with the so-called “Prague Connection” theory, which will hold that 9/11 plotter Mohammed Atta flew to Prague on April 8, met with al-Ani to discuss the planning and financing of the 9/11 attacks, and returned to the US on either April 9 or 10. [Slate, 11/19/2003; New York Times, 10/27/01; UPI, 10/21/02 Sources: Jan Kavan, Unnamed US officials, Unnamed BIS informant] The theory will be widely discounted by October 2002. [New York Times, 10/21/02 Sources: Unnamed BIS informant, Unnamed US officials]
People and organizations involved: Mohammed Atta, Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, Jabir Salim, Radio Free Europe
          

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