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Egyptian Islamic Jihad leader and al-Qaeda #2.

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From the 9/11 page:

Ayman al-Zawahiri a student of Sayyid Qutb, mentor of Bin Laden. Zawahiri may have been in charge of Ali Mohamed.

Ali A. Mohamed trained most of al Qaeda’s top leadership – including Bin Laden and Zawahiri.

Known Assets section Edit

Ayman Al-Zawahiri: Probably FSB(Russia) Born into prestigious family his great great uncle Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam served as the first secretary-general of the Arab League between 1945 and 1952 and was a member of a student organization at St.Thomas Hospital calling for an end to Britain's occupation of Egypt called the Sphinx Society from 1912 onwards. An Al Qaeda base of operations in the USA for the 9/11 plot will be known as Sphinx Trading. On one of his travels to Saudi Arabia, Abdel Rahman Azzam encountered King Abdel aziz Ibn Saud. An old friendship was rekindled culminating with the marriage of Azzam's daughter Muna, to Mohammed, the eldest son of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia (i.e. Azzam's son-in-law is the brother of the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Saud Al Faisal).

Zawahiri carried two false passports, a Swiss one in the name of Amin Uthman and a Dutch one in the name of Mohmud Hifnawi

Ayman al-Zawahiri's mother, Umayma Azzam, came from a wealthy, politically active clan. Ayman al-Zawahiri's sister Heba Mohamed al-Zawahiri was Professor of Medical Oncology in the National Cancer Institute at Cairo University. By the age of 14, al-Zawahiri had joined the Muslim Brotherhood, a known Western Intelligence controlled operation. His wife Azza Ahmed Nowari, had no idea that Zawahiri had supposedly been a jihadi emir (commander) for the last decade, only finding out after Sept. 11.

He was active in Chechneya near the end of 1996. He then went to Russia. Alexander Litvinenko alleged that during this time, al-Zawahiri was being trained by the FSB. Former KGB officer and writer Konstantin Preobrazhenskiy supported Litvinenko's claim and said that Litvinenko "was responsible for securing the secrecy of Al-Zawahiri's arrival in Russia, who was trained by FSB instructors in Dagestan, Northern Caucasus, in 1996–1997."

Switzerland Edit

Ayman al-Zawahiri apparently lived in Bern, Switzerland. He held a Swiss passport.

  • Following a murder attempt on the president of Egypt June 26, 1995, Egyptian authorities accused several European Countries of sheltering leeaders of radical islam. Previously an Egyptian delegation had vistised Bern, Switzerland to address the case of Ayman al-Zawahiri, military head of EIJ. Egyptian special services believed he lived in Switzerland under a false identity. Swiss authorities denied this.
  • NEW YORK OCT 12, 2001 -- Osama bin Laden's chief deputy visited the United States at least twice in the past decade to raise money for terrorism, according to federal court records. Ayman al-Zawahiri made the trips in the early 1990s to help raise money for the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Ali Mohamed said on Oct. 20, 2000, as he pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges stemming from the deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. "I helped him to do this," Mohamed told Judge Leonard B. Sand.
  • On November 7, 2001, Swiss authorities froze all accounts at Nada Management, a nondescript financial services/consulting house in Lugano, and stormed the premises. The firm was accused by the U.S. Treasury Department of laundering funds for al- Qaeda. Officers of the firm were held for questioning, including Albert Friedrich Armand "Ahmed" Huber, a retired Swiss journalist and director of the Nada branch of the al-Taqwa ("Fear of God") net - in fact, a symbiotic twin - reportedly founded by ODESSA banker Francois Genoud. Huber was a repugnant study in his own right. On November 5, 2002, Asia Times printed a thumbnail bio: "Huber [is] a high-profile neo-Nazi who tirelessly travels the far-right circuit in Europe and the United States. He sees himself as a mediator between radical Islam and what he calls the New Right. Since September 11, a picture of Osama bin Laden hangs next to one of Adolf Hitler on the wall of his study in Muri just outside the Swiss capital of Bern. September 11, says Huber, brought the radical Islam-New Right alliance together."
  • In 2002 the Swiss police searched the offices of eight companies with links to Yeslam Binladin, the half-brother of bin Laden.
  • A UN report in December 2003 criticised Switzerland for failing to prevent support reaching Osama bin Laden's network and the Afghan Taliban. It alleged that Switzerland was being used as a revolving door for weapons smuggling and that money for terrorism was passing through the country. The report focused on two businessmen in Switzerland, Youssef Nada, an Egyptian, and Ahmed Idris Nasreddin, of Ethiopian descent. Both are linked to businesses allegedly involved in financing al-Qaida. The month before Swiss authorities found evidence linking Bin Laden and al-Qaida's alleged deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to Swiss bank accounts during the 1990s. The federal prosecutor's office confirmed a newspaper report that Bin Laden was the beneficiary of an account at a Zurich branch of Switzerland's largest bank, UBS.
  • BERN, Switzerland DEC 2003 -- Swiss authorities involved in the global hunt for terror money have established that both Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri, the suspected No. 2 man in al-Qaeda, had access to Swiss bank accounts in the period before they were known terrorists. Andrea Sadecky, a spokeswoman for the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office, confirmed a report in the Geneva daily Le Temps, which said bin Laden was the beneficiary of an account held in a Zurich branch of Switzerland's largest bank, while al-Zawahri held an account at an unidentified Geneva bank.
  • Assassinated former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko alleged, among other things, that during this time, al-Zawahiri was indeed being trained by the FSB, and that he was not the only link between al-Qaeda and the FSB. Former KGB officer and writer Konstantin Preobrazhenskiy supported Litvinenko's claim and said that Litvinenko "was responsible for securing the secrecy of Al-Zawahiri's arrival in Russia, who was trained by FSB instructors in Dagestan, Northern Caucasus, in 1996–1997."
  • Saudi prince Bandar threatened Tony Blair in Downing Street with terror attacks if he didnt stop the SFO investigation into BAE Systems alleged billion pound bribery accounts in Switzerland.
  • Yeslam Binladin has lived in Switzerland since the mid-1980s, and became a Swiss citizen in April 2001. Since 1980, Yeslam has been chairman of the Geneva, Switzerland-based Saudi Investment Company (SICO), which represents his family's Saudi Binladin Group's international financial interests. He has been a partner of Pakistani businessman Akberali Moawalla. Moawalla was also one of 23 (or 25) persons, including 13 members of the Bin Laden family who were allowed to leave on a charted flight that departed Logan airport on September 19, 2001

1992-1996 Bosnia war Edit

From 1992, Zawahari provided support to the jihadist forces of Alija Izetbegović in the Bosnian war. His brother Muhammad al-Zawahiri operated in the Balkans under the cover of the International Islamic Relief Organization. From September 1994 to 1996, Ayman al-Zawahiri was present in Bulgaria. [1]

Marcia Kurop would report: [2]

The Egyptian surgeon turned terrorist leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri has operated terrorist training camps, weapons of mass destruction factories and money-laundering and drug-trading networks throughout Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Bosnia. This has gone on for a decade [as of 2001].

1996 capture Edit

In December 1996, Zawahiri was captured by Russian police while entering Dagestan from Chechnya under a false identity. He was carrying electronic equipment and business records from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Missouri. Also arrested with him were Ahmad Salama Mabruk and Mahmud Hisham al-Hennawi. The three were sentenced to six months in jail and were in May 1997. [3]

Propaganda campaign Edit

The Muslim Brotherhood launched a propaganda campaign to have Zawahari released. [3]

The Russian investigators and a lawyer who defended the trio were puzzled by a groundswell of support for them from local Islamic organizations. These included groups that had embraced the fundamentalist form of Islam known as Wahhabism and received funding from Saudi Arabia, where the sect emerged two centuries ago. Twenty-six clerics signed an appeal for release of the three "merchants." One local Muslim accused a Russian investigator of doing "the devil's work" by detaining the three.

According to Yuri Yasenev, Ruslan Saidov of Far West LLC acted as a character witness for Zawahari at this time. [4] Others vouching for Zawahiri's false identity included Russian MP and Muslim Union of Russia founder Nadyr Khachiliev, Ibrahim Eidarous, Thirwat Shehata, and a man who claimed to be the CEO of Mabruk's front company Bavari-C. [3]

Alleged FSB recruitment Edit

Alexander Litvinenko alleged that Ayman Zawahiri was recruited into the Russian FSB after his release from prison and sent to infiltrate Osama bin Laden's organization in Afghanistan. Michael Elbaz adds that Zawahiri met with an FSB operative shortly before a 1998 meeting with Osama bin Laden. [5] [6]

References Edit

  1. September 1994-1996: Al-Zawahiri Manages Bosnian Mujaheddin from Bulgarian Base., History Commons, http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a0994zawahiribulgaria
  2. Marcia Christoff Kurop, Al Qaeda's Balkan Links, Wall Street Journal Europe, 2001 November 11, http://www.balkanpeace.org/index.php?index=article&articleid=12224
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Andrew Higgins and Alan Cullison, Saga of Dr. Zawahri Sheds Light On the Roots of al Qaeda Terror, Wall Street Journal, 2002 July 2, http://cryptome.org/zawahri-wsj.htm
  4. Yuri Yasenev, Russia is waiting for the Orange Revolution, compromat.ru, 2004 December 17, http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http://web.archive.org/web/20050205183913/http://compromat.ru/main/surikov/saidov.htm
  5. Michael Elbaz, Russian Secret Services' Links With Al-Qaeda, 2005 July 17, http://www.webcitation.org/5rOeSEaw1
  6. Michael Elbaz, Russian Secrets of Al-Qaeda's Number Two, 2005 July 19, http://web.archive.org/web/20070207065810/http://www.axisglobe.com/article.asp?article=256

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