Cleric requests new home in Britain

LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada has asked to be relocated from his London home days after being released from jail, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Britain frees radical cleric after ruling

Britain frees radical cleric after ruling

LONDON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada has been released from prison on bail after a British court ruled he should not be deported to Jordan for trial.

British panel: Qatada can't be deported

LONDON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Britain's Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled in favor of radical cleric Abu Qatada in his appeal against being deported to Jordan, officials said.

9/11 terror pilots' apartment to be razed

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The Hollywood, Fla., apartment shared by two Sept. 11 terrorists will be razed to become a parking lot and swimming pool, the building's owner said.

CIA disputes book's Iraq claims

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The CIA denies allegations it helped produce bogus documents to help U.S. President George Bush's administration link al-Qaida to Saddam Hussein.

Suspect denies sending money for 9/11

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- A prisoner long suspected of sending money for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States has denied it, a transcript released in Washington said.

Probe: Sept. 11 hijackers not identified

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee denies a congressman's claim that military analysts identified the hijackers before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist strikes.

911 pilots practiced at Florida airstrip

CLEARWATER, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- The trial of Sept. 11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui has spotlighted a tiny Florida airstrip where two men quietly practiced for disaster.

Moussaoui prosecutors file jury questions

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. government lawyers in the death penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui have prepared an extraordinary list of questions to pick an unbiased jury.

Pentagon blocks officers from 9/11 hearing

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Pentagon has ordered several officers and intelligence analysts not to testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Va. man sought to be another Mohamed Atta

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A Virginia man told interrogators in Saudi Arabia he devised a plan to kill U.S. President George Bush but the plot never advanced past the planning stage.

Pentagon fuzzy on pre 9/11 Atta info

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Pentagon claims it has found no evidence to back up claims there was military intelligence on a bomber a year before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

9-11 commission chair wants Bush response

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The chairman of the now disbanded 9-11 commission has denied getting documents on Mohamed Atta and wants the White House to verify that.

911 panel says Atta report not credible

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The co-chairs of the Sept. 11 Commission say there is no evidence to support claims they ignored information about attack leader Mohamed Atta.

Five Egyptians detained in U.S.

NEWARK, N.J., July 27 (UPI) -- Police in Newark arrested five illegal Egyptian immigrants including one who a tipster said is related to Sept. 11, 2001, hijacker Mohamed Atta.
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Mohamed Atta
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff discusses the RealID program during a news conference in Washington on January 11, 2008. RealID is meant to create, through the states, a tamper and counterfeit resistant ID based on national security standards, making it more difficult for terrorists like 9-11 bomber Mohamed Atta to operate in the U.S. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Mohamed Mohamed el-Amir Awad el-Sayed Atta (محمد محمد الأمير عوض السيد عطا, Muḥammad ‘Aṭṭa as-Sayyid) (September 1, 1968 - September 11, 2001) was one of the masterminds and the ringleader of the September 11 attacks who served as the hijacker-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, crashing the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the coordinated attacks.

Born in 1968 in a small town in Egypt's Nile Delta, Atta moved with his family to the Abdeen section of Cairo at the age of 10. Atta studied architecture at Cairo University, graduating in 1990, and continued his studies in Hamburg, Germany at the Technical University of Hamburg. In Hamburg, Atta became involved with the al-Quds Mosque, where he met Marwan al-Shehhi, Ramzi Binalshibh, and Ziad Jarrah, together forming the Hamburg cell. Atta disappeared from Germany for periods of time, spending some time in Afghanistan, including several months in late 1999 and early 2000 when he met Osama bin Laden and other top Al-Qaeda leaders. Atta and the other Hamburg cell members were recruited by Bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for the "planes operation" in the United States. Atta returned to Hamburg in February 2000, and began inquiring about flight training in the United States.

Atta arrived in the United States, together with Marwan al-Shehhi, in June 2000. Both ended up in south Florida at Huffman Aviation where they entered the Accelerated Pilot Program. Atta and al-Shehhi obtained instrument ratings in November 2000, and continued training on simulators and flight training. Beginning in May 2001, Atta assisted with the arrival of the muscle hijackers. In July 2001, Atta traveled to Spain where he met with Binalshibh to exchange information and finalize the plot. In August, Atta traveled on surveillance flights to determine details on how the attacks could be carried out.

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