Note: the book “Inside Al Queda Syed Saleem Shahzad” tipped me to resentment against Western powers and a call for jihad against “foreign invaders” which strongly suggests what we later heard from Al Quda.
Genesis 16: Sarai and her husband Abraham offered her Egyptian handmaiden Hagar to Abram, so that they could have a child by her. Abraham is promised that his descendants (and by extension, his son Ishmael) would be as numerous as the dust of the earth. Ishmael gets a half-brother Isaac born by Sarah. She is later angered and askes Abraham to expel him and his mother. Today Abraham is revered as the first Jew, the Father of the Jews. Arabs equally believe the tradiation that they are also descended from Abraham through Ishmael. Both groups are proud to proclaim they are decended from Abraham, the friend of God, but relations have only gone downhill since their original family break-up.
570-632: Prophet Muḥammad founds the religion of Islam as the messenger and prophet of God. His is considered the last prophet of God and restorer of an uncorrupted original monotheistic faith Islam of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. By the end of his life, he unites the tribes of Arabia under the religion of Islam. Today Islam is the second-largest religion with 1.5 billion followers comprising about 21-23% of the world’s population dominating the middle latitudes of eastern hemisphere from Africa to the Pacific, and a significant presence in most nations across the West, East, South and just about everyplace else. After the fall of Communism and the cold war era, proponents of Islam maintain it is a misunderstood religion of peace in the face of a “tiny” unrepresentative radicalized minority which is responsible for a series of successful (notably 9/11 and Afghan insurgency) and unsuccessful attacks characterized as “terrorism” against the remaining powers, from the United States and Russia to India and China. Attacks also target almost every smaller nation of all religions in all continents whether Muslim or otherwise such as the Phillipines, Canada and Scandanavia. Conspiracy theorists believe that every attack blamed on Muslims from 9/11 to London and Madrid and Mumbai are actually false flag(tm) attacks by Israel’s Mossad and the CIA, while those opposed to Islamophobia point out counter-Jihadists, the Tea Party and Glenn Beck as “the real terrorist threat”.
661: Musllim Caliphate after 661 assasination of the Fourth Caliphate has “jumped the shark”. It is no longer a model of righteousness for some but still unites a Muslim empire. By 1299, the 1299, the Ottoman Empire eventually controls most of the Islamic world.
1786-1815: The Barbary Piracy Jihad America’s First War on Terror
Jefferson and Adams… recorded the Tripolitan Ambassador’s justification: .. that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them … and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners…Throughout the 9th and 10th centuries, Berbers and Arabs from Spain and North Africa launched raids along the coastal regions of France, Italy, Sicily, and in the Greek archipelago… these naval razzias were concordant with jihad… The Barbary jihad piracy confronted America soon after our nation was established
1914-1918 World War I: The Ottoman Empire joins the German side of WWII. 1916 sees the Arab Revolt, which is supported by Britain, but the Arabs are really after independence from the disliked Turks to create an single unified Arab state. After the Ottoman defeat, dreams of a new Caliphate are crushed when independence was granted instead by arbitrary partition and strokes of a pen on maps by various Western Powers into 39 nations. These states are based on Western models of governance which are aligned with western influences. The Turkish Republic formally dissolves the Caliphate in 1924.
1920s-1930s: In British India, Poet Dr. Muhammad Iqbal advocates for a Muslim partition of what will be Pakistan. He writes that Muslims are one nation who should resist foreign occupation forces through Jihad. He condemns Western democracy, and his message is embraced by the Muslim Brotherhood and , Jamaatj-e-Islami in India in 1920s and 1930s endorsed the message. Founder of Jumaaat-e-Islami Syed Abul Al Maududi writes of governments aligned with the West: “such a society breaks its contract with God and forfeits its right be be called Islamic”
1921-1949 Meanwhile in Asia, Chinese Communist party founded which eventually emerges victorious over Chiang Kai-shek by 1949. On the plus for the
Chinese is that the foreign devils and occupiers are finally driven out and China grows into a World Power sets a goal of rivaling the US in military power in the Pacific by the end of this century. On the minus side, China undergoes a “fundamental transformation” that kills as many as 40 million through persecution and starvation, more than it lost in WWII before became America’s manufacturing hub for Walmart and Apple. Muslims will themselves fight Chinese occupation of their territories. Russia isolates itself from the West in the Cold War. Japan is militarily defeated in WWII after its attempt to challenge Western Powers with what was the world’s most powerful navy by 1941, but America is neverthless occupied by Toyotas, Sony Playstations and Pokemon by the 21st century.
1940s: Grandfather of Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood Shooter, immigrates to the United States, establishing his connection as an American. Nidal Hasan’s parents were Jordanians of Palestinian descent. By 1985 they move from Arlington to Roanoke, Virginia where they start a restaurant.
1948: Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian Islamist theorist is in the United States on a scholarship at the Colorado State College of Education. He was at the heart of a movement as the Karl Marx of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. His book “Milestones” becomes the manifesto of Islamic terrorism. He sought to restore the global Islamic Caliphate (empire) based on a theocracy bound to “shariah” as defined by the Koran. Instead of incorporating their vision, Nassar cracks down on the Muslim Brotherhood and eventually excecutes Qutb in 1966. Sayyid’s brother Muhammad Qutb fled to Saudi Arabia where Bin Laden would be a student of the Saudi professor. Qutb inspires Ayman Zawahiri who mentors Osama bin Laden. Anwar al-Awlaki also immersed himself in the work of Qutb.
1948-49: The First Arab-Israeli War: Arab League nations reject the United Nations Arab/Jewish partition. Proclaiming the “the right of self-determination for the Arabs across the whole of Palestine”, they declare war and invade the newly proclaimed state of Israel. But the Israelis unexpectedly defeat the combined the Arab forces, and an armistice agreement effectively set Israel’s borders. Nearly one million or 726,000 Palestinian Arabs had fled their homes, some evicted some expecting to return after an Arab victory. Most Palestinian refugees are settled in overcrowded refugee camps. They are denied citizenship and civil rights by those Arab countries which expect them to eventually return to a liberated Palestine. Their plight will inspire and justify a long history of terrorist attacks on their behalf from various factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization to Al Queda.
1964: Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is founded by the Arab states at the 1964 Arab League summit to achieve “liberation of Palestine” through “armed struggle”. Before the emergence of Al Queda, the PLO becomes the world’s most famous terrorist organization, and Yassir Arafat the most famous terrorist. The PLO is classified as a terrorist organization by the US and Israel until 1991 peace talks in Madrid. Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine carried out many terrorist attacks and airliner hijackings. In 1972, the Black September Organization carried out the Munich massacre of Israeli athletes. The name “Palestine” becomes synonymous with “Arab Terrorism”. Al Queda will later emphasize religious justifications over Arab nationalism as its brand of violence will become known as “Islamic terrorism” but still cites Palestine as one of the pillars of social justice it is fighting for.
1966: In what may be the first of many attacks on airliner by Islamic fundamentalists, a bomb in a cargo bay blows up a prop-powered Douglas DC-3 near Aden, Yemen, killing all 28 aboard.
1967: In the Six-Day war, Israel launches a preemptive strike which defeats Arab forces poised to invade Israel in just six days. Arabs call it “an-Naksah” or “Catastrophe”. They consider it Israeli aggression as Israel takes control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. Nidal Hasan’s mother was traumatized as a girl of 15 as her home in a Palestinian town close to Ramallah became part of the occupied West Bank.
1969: Anwar Al-Awlaki’s father al-Aulaqi graduated from New Mexico State University with bachelor’s in 1969 and master’s degrees in agricultural economics in 1971. He is named a distinguished international alumnus in 2002. He receives a doctorate at the University of Nebraska, and is a researcher and faculty member at the University of Minnesota from 1975 to 1977. In 1971, son Anwar al-Awlaki is born, an American citizen by birth, in Cruces, New Mexico.
1977: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) formed in as the more radical Islamic offshoot of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebel organization from the 1960s as they feel the MNLF is not sufficiently committed to wage a bloody insurgency.MILF establishes an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines from which it stages terrorist attacks and assassinations, and they get support from Muammar Gaddafi. They will contribute fighters to the Afghanistan Jihad. Ramsi Yousef will travel to the Phillipines to assist and works on the Bojinka plot, along with meeting Terry Nichols before he bombs Oklahoma City.
1978: At age 7, Anwar al-Awlaki follows his father who returns to Yemen to become dean of the agricultural college at Sana University. He serves as a high level Yemen minister of agriculture for two years and economic adviser to Yemen’s president for four years. Later he became president of Sana’a University in July 2001, but is no longer with the school. Awlaki studies Islam as a teen. But Sanaa’s Islamic universities include some of the most radical Islamist academies where jihadists from around the world such as John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban” travel to be indoctrinated in radicalism.
1978: The Afghan civil war begins after the communist People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) took power in a military coup in April. The new regime bans traditional practices such as bride price and forced marriage, child marriage and promoted education for women. The reforms are seen as un-Islamic by fundamentalists and forcing Western influences on culture.
1979: In respose to Islamic fighters in the mountainous countryside who harass the government Afghan army, the Soviet Union sends in its army / invades Afghanistan to prop up the communist government.
1979: Soviet Cold War opponents including the United States CIA, United Kingdom, Pakistan ISI, Saudi Arabia and China send covert arms and other supplies to the Afghan Mujahadeen, as well as Arab fighters recruited from outside Afghanistan to resist the Soviets. The CIA’s Operation Cyclone armed the mujahideen from 1979 (six months before the invasion) to 1989. As one of the longest and most expensive covert CIA operations, funding began from $20–30 million per year in 1980 to $630 million per year in 1987, with the total estimated as high as $20 billion.
1980s: Washington’s secret services assist Saddam Hussein in the first “Gulf War” against Iran.
Late 1980s: Apologists believe Anwar al-Awlaki was radicalized only after harassment and 9/11 investigations but at as a teen, Awlaki studies Islam as a teen in a town that not only hosts his father’s university, but is also a college town for higher radicalism. Anwar al-Awlaki will later head the American office of an “Islamic charity” of Sheik Zindani. Upon his return to Yemen after fleeing persecution of Islamists in the US and UK, Awlaki will study and teach at the radical university before vanishing into the hills where Al Queda fighters have taken refuge by the late 2000s. Later in 1998 “American Taliban” Lindh at the age of 17 chose to travel to Yemen’s Center for Arab Studies to increase his exposure of Islamic culture. It not known who paid for his tuition and transportation, though an “Islamic charity” comes to mind as a possibly scholarship source. After his first month, he transfers from a language and culture school to the nation’s top radical al-Iman Islamic University. This Institute of Terrorist Technology is headed by none other than Sheikh Abd al-Majid al-Zindani, currently classified as a terrorist. Lindh had converted to Islam after watching the Malcom X movie, and becomes interested in conspiracy theories, UFOs, Illuminati and the CIA. He is introduced in bay-area mosques to Salafism by the Tabligh-i-Jamaat, who are tied to other terrorism cases including the Lackawanna Six, Jose “Omar” Padilla (“dirty bomber”) and Richard Reid (the “shoe bomber”). Lindh soon writes to his parents that the US, not Al Queda bombed its own embassies in Africa, and the USS Cole attack was justified. Lindh is captured among Taliban forces after US forces help expel the Taliban from Afghanistan shortly after 9/11.
1980: The Muslim organization Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK), or the “Services Office” is believed to have been founded in 1980 or 1984 by by Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, a Palestinian Islamic scholar and member of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is to raise and channel funds and recruit foreign mujahideen against the Soviets. The Afghan jihad is promoted as a global war waged by all Muslims against the Soviet Union. MAK initially plays a small role, training 100 mujahidin and dispersing approximately $2 million from a global network of offices in Arabic and Western countries, including as many as 30 offices in the United States. MAK has ties to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency through which the CIA funneled money to Afghan Mujaheddin. ISI will later be notorious as one of the world’s leading state sponsors of terrorist attacks against India and other targets. Airfare to Afghanistan is paid by the MAK. Bin Laden arrives shortly after the invasion. He and the fighters he works with are part of the forces that received American (who channel money from the CIA through Pakistan’s ISI) and Saudi funding. 35,000 Muslim radicals from 40 or 50 Islamic countries are recruited to join the war between 1982 and 1992. Recruits of all nationalities and races came, including Palestinian organization Hamas, Egypt’s AlGama’a al-Islamiya and Al-Jihad, Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front, and Asians from the Philippines’ Moro Liberation Front.
Al-Qaeda grew out of the Services Office which was also known as “the base”. Bin Laden planned to use these fighters to continue the “holy war” beyond Afghanistan and formally creates Al Queda in1988. After 9/11, the CIA will regret that attacks are probably “blowback” from arming and creating such a dangerous and powerful group of fighters. Including the tens of thousands who came to study in Pakistani madrasahs, over 100,000 foreign Muslim radicals are influenced by the Afghan war. Richard Murphy will later say, “We did spawn a monster in Afghanistan”. Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto tells President George H. W. Bush, “You are creating a Frankenstein.” She also tells Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that by 1993, Peshawar is under de facto control of the mujaheddin.
1981: Soldiers who are with a radical offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood jump out of a truck in a parade and assassinate Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for suppressing their organization and making peace with Israel. Vice president Hosni Mubarak would remain president until the “Arab Spring” of 2011.
Former Al Queda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri who recently succeeded Bin Laden as Al Qeda’s leader after his death was a leader of this group who was jailed and expelled from Egypt for the plot.
“Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman was jailed for his assassination fatwa and expelled from Egypt. In the mid 80s, he met his former professor, Abdullah Azzam of pre-Al Queda MAK and Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
1981: Ali Mohamed is from this same unit and attends a special program for foreign officers at the US Army Special Forces school at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He will work for the CIA and Al Queda and train the New York cell that attacks the World Trade Center and establish a Santa Clara CA cell.
1984: Ali Mohamed quits the Egyptian army as it suspects he may be a religious radical, and contacts the CIA in Egypt to be a spy, but fires him and labels him a danger when he tells Hezbollah members in Germany he is working with the CIA. Though the CIA says they warn other agencies he is a danger, he somehow enters the US again in 1985 under a special visa program controlled by the CIA’s clandestine service.
1985: On June 23 0619 GMT, a bomb explodes at Narita airport in Tokyo, killing two baggage handlers. About one hour later at 0714 GMT, another bomb explodes on Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland, killing 329. It is the first 747 jumbo jet destroyed by terrorism. Both bombs were placed aboard luggage also loaded in Vancouver which became home to one of the largest population of Sikhs (who are recognizable by their turbans) outside of India after liberal immigration policies. It is the most complex and deadliest terrorist airliner attack until 2001. The simultaneous attack of two flights foreshadows Al Queda’s 4 plane attack of 9/11, and an unaccompanied radio bomb will strike an American plane over Lockerbie but it is largely unnoticed by Americans because it is Canadian and most of the victims were Indian.
Japanese investigators identified the serial numbers on the radio used in thebomb. Canadians track it to a Sikh mechanic Inderjet Singh Reyat who has been known to be experimenting with batteries, clocks and explosives. He was even observed demonstrating explosive devices to his friend Talwinder Parmar. Parmar is a leader of Babbar Khalsa wanted for terrorism by India who advocated violence against India on behalf of an independent Sikh state called Khalistan. He would travel to Pakistan where Parmar and his organization may have worked with the ISI and other Islamic terrorist groups. Lacking direct evidence to link Reyat to the airliner bombing, Reyat pleaded guilty on April 29, 1986 to explosives and firearms charges, paying only a $2,000 fine. He left Canada to work in a Jaguar factory in England, but after five years of investigation, Canada extradited him back and convicted him in 1991 for manslaughter and explosives charges with ten years in prison. In 2003, the charge of murdering 329 people and all others was dropped and five years were added to his sentence as Reyat is offered a deal to testify against suspects Singh Bagri and Ripudaman Singh Malik. He pled guilty to manslaughter and buying parts that someone else (yeah, right) used to make a bomb. In 2008, Reyat gets $500,000 bail as a model prisoner. But Reyat declines to offer any damaging testimony, and after the longest and most expensive investigation and trial in Canadian history, a Canadian judge found Bagri and Malik not guilty in 2005 as he found the remaining key witnesses that had not been mysteriously murdered to be “not sufficiently credible”. Sikh activists continue to maintain the innocence of the suspects. Before there was a 9-11 truth movement, they similarly believe the Indian government staged or allowed the explosions as false-flag™ attacks discredit their religious independence movement.
1986-1989: Double agent Ali Mohamed ex-Egyption Army enlists in the US Army at a Fort Bragg in North Carolina at an elite Green Beret special forces unit. He is promoted from supply sergeant to instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School. Mohamed will steal numerous top secret documents and pass them to al-Qaeda where they are found in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Mohamed lectures on Middle East culture and politics. He spends his weekends traveling to Brooklyn New York to meet with Islamic activists at the Al-Kifah Refugee Center, which is secretly a branch office MAK/Al-Kifah, the charity front in Pakistan for Al Queda and is also tied to the CIA if not actually participating in a CIA-sponsored lecture series for Afghanistan-bound mujihideen. Mohamed teaches survival techniques, map reading and how to recognize tanks and other Soviet weapons, and stays at the home of El-Sayyid Nosair. In July 1989, the FBI monitors him teaching Nosair and some of the future members of the 1993 World Trade Center bomb plot how to shoot, and he maintains a close association with the “blind Sheikh” Omar Abdul-Rahman.
1986: In April, a 727 from Rome exploded ejecting five passengers to their death. The bomb is placed by a woman under orders from the Palestinean Aubu Nidal Organization.
1986: Two Canadian Sikhs Santokh Singh Khela and Kashmir Singh Dhillon are sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of conspiring to bomb an Air-India flight to New Dehli on December 24, 1986 showing Canada proved at least SOME of these guys did try to blow up an airliner, but a much stricter sentence than the suspects who mostly likely did actually bomb Air India 182 and killed hundreds of real people who were either acquitted or served much less time.
1986: In late 1986 the CIA supplies advanced Stinger missles to the Afghan guerillas who chant “God is Great” when they are fired. They are more advanced than the SA-7 missles used in Vietnam against US helicopters. They prove astonishingly effective against the feared Soviet Hind helicopter gunships and are crucial in helping turn the tide against the Soviet forces.
1987: 65,000 tons of U.S.-made weapons and ammunition a year were entering the Soviet-Aghanistan war. FBI translator Sibel Edmonds claimed United States was clandestinely dealing with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to further strategic goals in Central Asia.
1987: Korean Air Flight 858 explodes in mid-air by a bomb planted by communist North Koreans who boarded the flight at Saddam airport in Baghdad, Iraq. After planting bombs disguised as bottles in the cabin, they got off the plane at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and were later traced to Bahrain where they were captured. The airliner blew up before reaching Bangkok bound for. Ramzi Yousef‘s later Bojinka plot placed a liquid bomb under a seat which explosded after he left after an intermediate stop. The bomb nearly downs a Japan-bound Philippine Airways 747 in 2004.
1987: Terrorist organization Hamas is founded during the First Intifada as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. By their own charter, Hamas was founded to “liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation and to establish an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.”
December 1987: In Brooklyn, the Al-Kifah Refugee Center is incorporated in the Al Farouq mosque, later it will be an office next door. It will be the pre Al Queda MAK office for CIA recruiting of mujihideen and later a base the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
1988: Pan Am 747 Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie Scotland, killing 270. Bomb is determined to be explosives hidden in a portable radio similar to one seized by West German police from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Libyan agents are also connected to the bombing.
1988: Al Queda is believed to be founded August 11, 1988 by senior leaders of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Abdullah Azzam, and Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden’s money will combine with the terrorist talents of the Islamic Jihad organization and take up the jihadist cause after expelling Soviets from Afghanistan
1989: As the Soviets withdraw, and as support from the CIA and other nations withers away, MAK instead of folding up shop and scattering its fighters back to where they came from tools up to become a “rapid reaction force” against “corrupt” west-leaning governments across the Muslim world. Under Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden became even more radical.
1989: November 24, 1989, founder of MAK Abdullah Yusuf Azzam is killed by an IED/mines by unknown assassins. Osama bin Laden assumes control of MAK which is folded into al-Qaeda.
1989: UTA airliner Flight 772 explodes over Niger. Libya later admitted responsibility for the attack.
1990: Anwar al-Awlaki returns to the US through Chicago. A US citizen by birth, his J-1 exchange visitor passport states he is born in Yemen which qualifies him for a scholarship. Using the visa to apply for another social security number will later be caught by FBI investigation.
1990: Rahman traveled to New York City in July 1990 on what some believe is a CIA-supported visa to head MAK in the United States even though he is on a terror watch list. He preached to the followers who became those who were behind the World Trade Center 1993 bombings, and some say by the mid 1990s that the bombing plot could not be investigated because of CIA protection of Rahman and Ali Mohammed for helping train and inspire guerilla forces in Afghanistan. Even so the CIA either does not know or somebody sympathetic to Jihad high up does not care that Rahman openly preaches violence against Americans to anyone who can follow his sermons in Arabic. Follower El Sayyid Nosair shot formerly-worst-US-terrorist Rabbi Meir Kahane in what was the first act of US violence by Bin Laden’s budding Al Queda network. After the bombing investigation, Rahman was arrested on June 1993, convicted of seditious conspiracy to bomb pretty much everything else in New York City worth seeing besides the WTC and sentenced to life in prison.
August 1990 – Feb 1991: United States and allies conducts the “Gulf War” to expel Iraqi military forces from Kuwait. Osama bin Laden offers his fighters to help Saudi Arabia, but the elect to invite US troops instead, leading to his bitter condemnation that Al Queda apologist Ron Paul today says justifies bin Laden’s rage. Saddam Hussein remains in power, bitter at the defeat at the hands of the Americans.
November 5, 1990: The first Bin Laden terror attack is El Sayyid Nosair’s assassination of Jewish Rabbi Meir Kahane of the Jewish Defense League which was linked to dozens of bombings. Although overwhelming evidence points to a wide conspiracy, the US government declares that Nosair was the lone gunman. Despite witnesses, he is acquitted of Kahane’s murder Nosair is connected to al-Qaeda through his job at the Al-Kifah Refugee Center Osama bin Laden donates money personally to Nosair’s defence fund.
1991: Anwar al-Awlaki goes to college, completing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University in Fort Collins on a scholarship from Yemen. He earns a master’s in educational leadership from San Diego State University. He is remembered as a “a low-key young man who lived modestly in a one-bedroom apartment and drove around Fort Collins in a beat-up old Buick.” Though he attended the Islamic Center of Fort Collins, he did not stand out and was not active in CSU’s Muslim students association.
1991: PLO ceases to be listed as a terrorist organization after the Madrid conference. This willingness to commit to a “peace process” opens up support for more radical groups who wish to continue to fight for “justice”.
1991: The Al Kifah Centre in Brooklyn is a MAK office operated by Mustafa Shalabi, a close associate of MAK’s murdered co-founder Abdullah Azzam. In February 1991, Shalabi was found murdered inside his New York apartment. Shalabi was in a rivalry with the Bin Laden camp, namely Omar Abdel-Rahman (the Blind Sheikh) and his followers from the Al Farouq Mosque. In 1995 Abdel-Rahman was convicted for the ‘Day of Terror Plot’, to bomb various New York City landmarks, who was also thought to have intimate knowledge of the original World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Investigations into the Al-Farooq Mosque and Al Kifah Refugee Centre effectively dismantled the New York office of MAK.
1992: Anwar al-Awlaki enters the US through New York City on Jan. 29, 1992. No one has made any connection to Islamist cells in New York that are plotting World Trade Center attack.
1992: After Bin Laden speaks against the Saudi government for harboring American troops, he is banished to live in exile in Sudan, in a deal brokered by ex-Green Beret double agent Ali Mohamed who also helped the World Trade Center bombers. He establishes a new base for mujahideen operations in Khartoum.
1992: Bosnian War. The United States flies “black” C-130 transports and “back channels” including Islamist groups to smuggle weapons to the Bosnian government forces via Croatia. The US is aiding an effort that includes Aghan mujihideen veterans, and a range of radical islamist groups including Iran-backed Hezbollah as well as weapons sent from Turkey and Iran with financial backing from Saudia Arabia. On the other side, the secret services of Ukraine, Greece and Israel were arming the Bosnian Serbs who were mostly Christian. Two San Diego 9/11 hijackers in contact with Awlaki will serve in this conflict.
Early 1992: Al Queda’s top bomber, Ramsi Yousef, plans the Feb 1993 World Trade Center bombing with other Arab Afghan veterans at an Islamist Abu Sayyaf base in the Philippines.
September 1992: Days after leaving a terrorist training camp somewhere between Afghanistan or Pakistan. Ramzi Yousef arrived at JFK airport from Pakistan. He asks for asylum from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq with a forged Iraqi passport. He lacks a visa, so is detained for illegal entry pending a hearing. His companion, Ahmed Ajaj is arrested on the spot as bomb manuals, videotapes of suicide bombers and a cheat sheets are found in his luggage. One of the books contains a word which is later translated as “Al Qeda”. Ajaj is briefly detained, but Yousef is passed on. He takes a taxi to the al-Qaeda headquarters and the “Blind Shiekh”’s Al Farooq mosque in Brooklyn. It is commonly accepted as fact that Iraq was never linked to terrorist attacks on the US to Iraq. But co-conspirators in the Phillipines believed that he works for Iraq, and independent investigator Jayna Davis found evidence he was working with Iraqi agents who were also admitted under asylum in the Oklahoma City bombing, and Yousef fled to Iraq immediately after the 1993 bombing.
November 3, 1992: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed “mastermind of 9/11” wired $660 from Qatar in his own name to a bank account of Mohammed Salameh, one of the key World Trade Center bombers. It is the first time KSM has come to the attention of US law enforcement. It is later learned KSM talked to his nephew Ramzi Yousef on the phone about the bombing and sent him a passport to escape the country.
December 25, 1992 On Christmas day in Oklahoma City, Steve Emerson observes radical convention of Muslim Arab youth association with representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Speakers called for a holy war or Jihad against Jews and Christians and blamed the West and Israel for oppressing Muslims around the world. Emerson contacts FBI counter-terrorism department but there is no action on this tip. The federal building in Oklahoma City will be bombed in 1995, and mainstream media and government do not purse any connections to Islamic terrorism after attention is drawn to White extremists.
December 31, 1992: Yousef gets a passport from the New York Pakistani Consulate. Yousef makes calls to “blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, and Baluchistan.
Late 1992-Early 1993 and 1994: Oklahoma City Bomber (1995) Terry Nichols Met with Ramzi Yousef in Philippines several times according to an undercover operative there and one of his wives.
1993: Anwar al-Awlaki recalls visiting Afghanistan as a “tourist” during the tumultuous post-Soviet pre-Taliban era. He is almost certainly even more radicalized as CSU students say that the trip had a “profound effect” on him. He returns showing off an Eritrean T-shirt and Afghan hat and started quoting Abdullah Azzam, mentor to Osama bin Laden. 9/11 hijacker Nawaf Alhazmi who was later stationed in San Diego with Awlaki by Al Queda also traveled to Afghanistan in 1993 as a teenager which presumably also has profound effect on his future as well. There is no evidence they met each other, but they may have well met some of the same officials there who greeted foreign visitors.
1993: The US approves the sale to Osama bin Laden’s pilot of a surplus US Air Force T-39 Sabreliner. The business jet is intended to transport leftover Stinger missles from Afghanistan, but it falls into disrepair after takeoff mishap.
February 26, 1993: World Trade Center Bombing: Ramsi Yousef is aided by Mohammed Salameh and Mahmud Abouhalima who were both present in El Sayyid Nosair’s home the night Rabbi Meir Kahane was assassinated. They assemble a 1,500 lb urea nitrate-fuel oil device in a house in Jersey City. Co-conspirator Abdul Rahman Yasin believed that Yousef was educated in bomb-making at a training camp in Peshawar, Pakistan. A rented Ryder Ford Econoline van was driven into the garage of the World Trade Center where it exploded. Ramsi fled to Iraq hours later, although there is no connection between Iraq and the attack. He is disappointed that it did not topple one tower onto another, but some experts believe the bomb may be have done that had the van been parked in a slightly different location. The blast kills six and injures over 1,000. KSM also frequently talked to his nephew Ramzi Yousef on the phone about the bombing and sent him a passport to escape the country. Undercover agent Emad Salem later testifies that the FBI knew about the attack beforehand and told him they would thwart it by substituting a harmless powder for the explosives, but that plan was abandoned. Some suspects were ineptly investigated since 1990. As some of the bombers among those trained by the CIA to fight in Afghanistan, some CIA internal documents conclude it was “partly culpable” for this bombing. Afterwards, a threat assessments concludes the WTC could be attacked again, including the unlikely event of deliberately flying a plane into the towers.
Aftermath: Conspiracy sites like Physics911.net and Islamist sympathizers ties the bombing to the “same Jews that pulled off 9/11” and the ”government was able to obtain terrorism convictions with virtually no evidence against defendants with no motives and no ability to have carried out the explosion”.
Spring 1993: US agents find photographs in Pakistan tying Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) to the Pakistani ISI intelligence agency. At the house of Zahid Shaikh Mohammed, Yousef’s uncle, they find photographs of Zahid and uncle KSM with close associates of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with pictures of Osama bin Laden are also found. Pakistani agents tip off Ramsi Yousef before US raids. The US will similarly be frustrated in attempts to find Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
November 18, 1993: Anwar al-Awlaki applies for a U.S. passport in Colorado as Yemen citizen. This will be subject of arrest as he is a US born citizen. In 1996 he corrects his SS application birthplace to New Mexico which causes charges to be dropped.
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