Report: Bin Laden blew himself up to avoid capture by SEALs

Report: Bin Laden blew himself up to avoid capture by SEALs

CAIRO, May 28 (UPI) -- A former leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad claimed Osama bin Laden took his own life and wasn't killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2011, Gulf News reported.

Bush got terror defense, BMD, allies right

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Just as President George W. Bush entered his last 100 days in office, his most consistent and trenchant economic critic, Paul Krugman, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics.

9/11 figure has prison term increased

HAMBURG, Germany, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Convicted Sept. 11 plotter Mounir el Motassadeq had his prison sentence doubled to 15 years Tuesday by a German court.

Moussaoui recants guilt, seeks new trial

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- Zacarias Moussaoui has asked to withdraw his guilty plea to a terror plot because he's now convinced he can get a "fair trial" in a U.S. court.

Weldon seeks Defense testimony on al-Qaida

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said he plans to ask the Pentagon to allow certain intelligence officers to testify about pre-Sept. 11 investigations.

Five more states on INS terror risk list

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Bush administration Wednesday ordered tough new immigration exit rules and added five more Muslim countries to an alien registration list, as part of major effort to keep track of foreign visitors considered a security risk, United Press International

Analysis: Gunboat diplomacy -- again?

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's desire to see Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein ousted from power is akin to an Argentinean tango: it moves back and forth, but never wanes

Anthrax attacks continue to mystify

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Three months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States remain as unprepared and unsure on how to react to the threat of terrorists using biological and chemical agents as weapons of mass destruction.

Analysis: Are war drums beating for Iraq?

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A number of signs around Iraq and the Washington Beltway point to more ominous views that the Bush Administration is gearing up for "phase two" of the war on terror - an attack aimed to bring about the demise of Saddam Hussein.

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U.S. experts on Iraq warn of new Vietnam

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Two prominent American experts on Iraq cautioned the Bush administration on Friday not to go after Iraq in what is being termed as the possible "second phase" o

Analysis: When allies become foes

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- "Bin Laden is going to destroy the United States the same way that he destroyed the Soviet Union," said Mustafa, a men's hairdresser in Beirut.

Suicide notes not written by hijackers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The so-called "suicide notes" found by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the suitcase of one of the Sept. 11 terrorists appear to have been written by some

Mohamed Atta (محمد عطا السيد Muhammad ʻAta as-Sayyid) (September 1, 1968 – September 11, 2001) was an Egyptian Islamist terrorist, a known associate of al-Qaeda, and the ringleader of the 19 hijackers in the September 11 attacks. Atta was the hijacker in control of American Airlines Flight 11 which was the first plane to strike the World Trade Center.

Born in a small town in the Nile Delta, Egypt in 1968, Atta moved with his family to the Abdeen section of Cairo at the age of 10. Atta studied architecture at Cairo University, and went to Hamburg, Germany in 1992 to continue his studies at the Technical University of Hamburg, where he remained a student until fall 1999. In Hamburg, Atta became involved with the Al-Quds Mosque. At some point, he met Marwan al-Shehhi, Ramzi Binalshibh, and Ziad Jarrah who all became part of 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, reported his passport stolen and obtained a clean passport.

In late March 2000, Atta began contacting flight schools in the United States, inquiring about training. Atta arrived 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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