A-Qa’eda chief betrayed by bin Laden’s friend.
(The Daily Telegraph, London, March 5, 2003, p. 1).
(Quote) The arrested al-Qa’eda leader blamed for organising the September 11 attacks was betrayed by Mohammed Abdel-Rahman, the son of the man who ordered the first bombing of the World trade Centre, it emerged yesterday.
Abdel-Rahman, 30, an Egyptian known to his followers as “the Lion of God”, was arrested in Pakistan last month. His capture, a serious setback for al-Qaeda, was kept secret in the hope that more would follow.
Pakistani officials said that, under duress, he had divulged information about the head of al-Qa’eda military committee, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with whom he had been hiding.
With intercepted mobile telephone calls and other clues, that allowed the authorities to pick up Mohammed’s trail to Rawalpindi.
Last weekend about 25 Pakistani police burst into a house in a well-to—do neighbourhood of the city and arrested the man known in American intelligence circles as KSM and accused of organising the September 11 attacks.
The seizure was trumpeted as a great success in President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism. KSM is now being interrogated in the hope that he will reveal more al-Qa’eda plots and possibly the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.
Abdel-Rehman’s father, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rehman, is known as the “blind sheikh”. He is serving a life sentence in America for the 1993 trade centre attack and for a plot to blow up several New York landmarks, including the United Nations building.
Egyptian coungter-terrorism experts described Abdel Rahman’s arrest as a “major blow” to al-Qa’eda.
“Mohammed Abdel-Rehman had a huge role because of bin Laden’s love and respect for his father,” said Hala Mustafa, a counter-terrorism analyst with the Al Ahram centre for strategic studies in Cairo. “He was close to bi Laden and was engaged in planning key operations”
Abdel-Rehman ran terrorist training camps for bin Laden in Afghanistan and fought with the al-Qa’eda chief at the battle for the caves around Tora Bora in the mountains of northern Afghanistan in November 20012.
Like bin Laden, he slipped over the border into Pakistan as US marines and heir Afghan allies prepared for their final assault on his hideaway
Ahmad Abdel-Rehman, another son of the blind sheikh, was captured in late 2001 in Afghanistan by anti-Taliban forces and placed in American custody. (Unquote)
A HINDU WHO LOST HIS FAMILY MEMBERS AND ALL PROPERTY IN RAWALPINDI DURING THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF HINDUS IN MARCH 1947, SAW THE PHOTO OF THE ROOM IN THE HOUSE WHERE THIS SENIOR AL-QA'EDA MOHAMMED WAS CAPTURED.
ONE CAN SEE HIS DOWNCAST EYES AND SHAVEN CHIN IN THE PHOTO TAKEN AFTER HIS CAPTURE AND A BIT OF INTERROGATION. THE PHOTO WAS PUBLISHED IN THE NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE WORLD ON MARCH 5, 2003.
THE HINDU THOUGHT THAT THE HOUSE WAS THE SAME WHERE HIS GRANDPARENTS USED TO LIVE.
IN ANGER AND DUSGUST HE YELLED AT THE TOP OF HIS VOICE, "DIRTY KAFIR KILLER BASTARD MOHAMMED."
THE HINDU STIL RECALLS, WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES, HIS TWO YOUNG AUNTS WHO WERE ABDUCTED BY THE MOHAMMEDANS. THE GIRLS WERE NEVER SEEN AGAIN. THE SURVIVORS FLED THE CITY IN UTMOST HASTE DURING DARKNESS AND THEN ARRIVED IN AMRITSAR IN THREE CLOTHES.
OUR NATION IS STILL SLEEPING WITH REGARD TO THE GENOCIDE OF 1947. SURELY ABDUL KALAM AND SONIA KHAN WILL NOT BE DEMANDING A HINDU HOLOCAUST MUSEUM TO BE PUT UP SOMEWHERE.