Monday, May 2, 2011

Wikileaks: Palestinian met with bin Laden to plan attack in Israel

from J Post

A senior al-Qaida terrorist held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba raised funds to carry out terror attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets, according to one of the US Defense Department’s Guantanamo detainee reports released by WikiLeaks.

Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is listed in the November 2008 detainee assessment as a high-risk threat to the US and its allies and interests, and as a prisoner of high intelligence value with personal connections to Osama bin Laden and other senior terrorists.

The 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) identified Zubaydah as a senior al-Qaida lieutenant, and that both of them were important travel facilitators for the terror group’s operatives, according to the report.

Abu Zubaydah is one of 763 Guantanamo detainees whose files were released by WikiLeaks starting on April 24. They include information on prisoners who have been released or transferred, and those who died in custody."

Apparently, many experts have doubts about the veracity of the information, which may have been obtained through torture. Nonetheless, it provides an interesting account of the connections between world wide terror groups.

The article continues:

"Zubaydah, for example, supplied the late al-Qaida commander Abu Musab al-Zarqawi with several thousand dollars, according to the leaked detainee report, for an operation Zubaydah wanted to conduct in the West Bank and Gaza. Al-Zarqawi knew smugglers who could be useful for the operation.

He also allegedly plotted with Ayman al-Zawahiri’s former deputy, Abu Samih (Abu Samah al-Masri), to attack Israeli and Jewish targets in Morocco.

The detainee brief states that, simultaneously, Zubaydah suggested attacking Israeli targets in Egypt. He told Abu Dhahhak to ask Wafa Humanitarian Organization fundraiser Abu Ammar to raise $100,000 for anti-Israeli operations. Zubaydah ended up raising $50,000 for an attack against the Israeli Embassy in Egypt, but gave the money to bin Laden, telling him the funding was to be used specifically for attacks on Israeli targets.

In May 16, 2003, a series of simultaneous attacks in Casablanca, Morocco were carried out against, among other targets, a Jewish community center and a hotel with many Israeli guests."

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