Osama bin Laden’s spokesman freed by Iran
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | September 28, 2010 | By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Posted on September 30, 2010 1:54:54 AM PDT by Cindy
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SNIPPET: “Iran has allowed an al Qaeda terrorist who served as Osama bin Ladens spokesman to return to Afghanistan. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti preacher who gained worldwide infamy after the September 11 attacks, had lived in Iran since early 2002, and was reportedly held under a loose form of house arrest beginning in 2003.
Abu Ghaiths departure from Iran was first reported by the Kuwaiti press, which has long tracked the influential cleric because of his following inside Kuwait and beyond. The preacher was stripped of his Kuwaiti citizenship in late 2001 after promising another al Qaeda strike on America during an appearance on Al Jazeera.
Al Watan, an online Kuwaiti newspaper, reported earlier this month that three batches of al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists have been released by Iran in exchange for the release of Heshmatollah Attarzadeh, an Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped by the Taliban in northern Pakistan in 2008. Abu Ghaith was among the terrorists released in the third and final batch.
US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal say the account is credible. But, these officials say, Ghaiths house arrest was really a form of safe haven.
Abu Ghaith garnished widespread media coverage in the weeks following the September 11 attacks. In a statement released in October 2001, he praised the 9/11 hijackers and threatened more attacks.”
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Milan cell linked to al-Qaida operatives
Chicago Tribune via Seattle Times ^ | June 30, 2002 | John Crewdson and Tom Hundley
Posted on June 30, 2002 1:14:33 AM PDT by sarcasm
MILAN, Italy Italian anti-terrorism investigators, poring over hundreds of hours of surreptitiously recorded conversations among members of Europe’s most important al-Qaida outpost, say they are convinced a cell in Milan supplied false passports and other bogus documents to al-Qaida operatives who may have succeeded in entering the United States.
The absence of any apparent contact between the Milan al-Qaida operation and the Sept. 11 hijackers, who spawned their deadly plot in Hamburg, Germany, could mean that other potential al-Qaida terrorists managed to take up residence in the United States before Sept. 11 and may still be there awaiting a signal to strike.
That possibility was underscored last week when U.S. authorities confirmed the authenticity of a declaration by the chief al-Qaida spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, that the organization retains “the capability to threaten America and execute such threats.”
In Washington, D.C., the FBI declined to comment on the investigations of what a spokesman called “our European partners.” But after Sept. 11, U.S. officials disclosed that they were monitoring several suspected al-Qaida cells in the United States, and CBS News last week cited intelligence reports appearing to confirm that “al-Qaida is still active in the United States.”