USAToday: Malaysia site of Sept. 11 plotting, FBI report says
By Jack Kelley
31/1/2002 1:02 pm Thu
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Lihatlah apa yang sudah menimpa Vietnam, Iraq dan Afghanistan.
01/29/2002 - Updated 09:08 PM ET
Malaysia site of Sept. 11 plotting, FBI report says
By Jack Kelley, USA TODAY
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Several al-Qaeda operatives met in
Malaysia during 2000 to plan the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and
Washington, according to a new FBI report that says the
predominantly Muslim nation has emerged as "one of the primary
operational launch pads" for the attacks.
Some of the al-Qaeda operatives also planned to blow up the U.S.,
Israeli, British and Australian embassies in nearby Singapore with 4
tons of explosives, senior U.S. officials say.
Together, the FBI report and interviews with the officials suggest why
U.S. leaders increasingly see Malaysia as a key front in the war on
terrorism. The FBI report, examined by a USA TODAY reporter, also
sheds light on the alleged activities of Zacarias Moussaoui, the
French citizen who was the first person charged in the USA in the
Sept. 11 investigation.
The report says Moussaoui, 33, got money for flight training in the
USA from Yazid Sufaat, an alleged al-Qaeda operative in Malaysia
who previously had met with two of the 19 suicide hijackers. U.S.
agents have not linked Moussaoui directly to any hijacker, but this is
the second time they have tied him to an alleged al-Qaeda
paymaster suspected of supporting the hijackers.
The U.S. indictment that charges Moussaoui with being part of an
al-Qaeda conspiracy to kill Americans alleges that al-Qaeda
operative Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a Yemeni cleric and associate of
hijacking leader Mohamed Atta, also sent money to Moussaoui last
year. Bin al-Shibh is the subject of an international manhunt.
According to the FBI report and U.S. officials:
Sufaat bought the explosives through a company he owned called
Green Laboratory Medicine, according to law enforcement sources.
They say he planned to bomb the U.S., Israeli, British, and Australian
embassies in Singapore, as well as office buildings that housed
Ghozi was arrested Jan. 15 in Manila by Philippine immigration
officials acting on a tip from police in Singapore.
Malaysian officials say the 4 tons of ammonium nitrate - four times
the amount used to destroy the Oklahoma City federal building in
1995 - has disappeared from the warehouse where the plotters had
been storing it. They say they believe the explosives have been
taken out of the country.
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (AFP) - Preparations for the September 11
attacks on the United States took place in Kuala Lumpur, USA Today
reported Wednesday, citing an FBI report.
According to the daily, French national Zacarias Moussaoui, whose
trial is scheduled for October in Alexandria, Virginia, met an
al-Qaeda financier in a condominium in the Malaysian capital.
The man, Yazid Sufaat, provided Moussaoui with false documents
stating he was employed by a Malaysian company, USA Today
The firm named in the documents, Infocus Tech, has denied ever
having hired Moussaoui, 33, the first person to be indicted in the
United States for a role in the September 11 attack, which killed more
than 3,000 people in three states.
Sufaat gave Moussaoui 2,500 dollars a month and 35,000 dollars up
front, USA Today reported. The FBI had already revealed that
Moussaoui had 32,000 dollars in a bank in Norman, Oklahoma shortly
after his arrival in the United States in February 2001.
Sufaat -- a member of the al-Qaeda linked militant Muslim movement
Jemaah Islamiah -- also met with two of the 19 hijackers who carried
out the September 11 attacks.
Moussaoui, whom investigators suspect was to have been the "20th
hijacker" aboard four hijacked commercial airliners used in the
attacks, was arrested in August on immigration irregularities.
The FBI report states that other al-Qaeda members met in Kuala
Lumpur to plot not only the September 11 attacks, but also planned
strikes on US, Israeli, British and Australian embassies in Singapore.
Malaysia was "one of the primary operational launch pads" for the
attacks, the FBI report said, leading authorities to view the
Muslim-majority nation as a potential new front in the war on terrorism.
An FBI official questioned about the report declined to comment.