Syrian Kurds Capture Islamist Who Helped Plan 9-11 Attacks
Kurdish forces captured an Al-Qaeda leader this week who helped plan the 9-11 attacks.
Mohammed Haydar Zammar was captured in northern Syria this week.
Israel National News reported:
A Syrian-born German national accused of helping to plan the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States has been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria, a senior Kurdish commander told AFP on Wednesday.
“Mohammed Haydar Zammar has been arrested by Kurdish security forces in northern Syria and is now being interrogated,” the top official said, but did not provide further details.
Zammar, who is in his mid-fifties, has been accused of recruiting some of the September 11 hijackers.
He was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian authorities two weeks later.
A Syrian court sentenced Zammar to 12 years in prison in 2007 for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, a charge that at the time could have resulted in the death penalty.
Due to the civil war in Syria, many hardline Islamist prisoners have either been released from jail or broke free and went on to join jihadist groups fighting in the war.
Al-Qaeda, which was behind the 9/11 attacks, operated a branch in Syria known as the Al-Nusra Front. However, the two groups cut ties in late July of 2017. The group now goes by the name Fateh al-Sham and is designated a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.S.
Syrian-born German jihadi linked to 9/11 attackers reportedly detained by Kurdish forces in northern Syria. The SDF said that Mohammed Haydar Zammar was in custody and being questioned, but did not confirm if he had been fighting for ISIS.https://t.co/xI6Ytf4crD
— Mubaraz Ahmed (@MubarazAhmed) April 19, 2018