Al Qaeda's Chief Of Ops
Has Startling Background

By Michael Collins Piper
American Free Press
In the April 19 issue, American Free Press reported on the little-noticed point that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the purported chief of operations of the Al Qaeda terrorist network, had told U.S. interrogators that the Sears Tower in Chicago was also an intended Al Qaeda target-a significant fact in light of evidence that Israeli operatives taken into custody on U.S. soil after the 9-11 terrorist attacks were carrying detailed videotapes of the Sears Tower. This week AFP follows up and details the little-known background of Mohammed.
There is one detail about Al Qaeda's alleged chief of operations Khalid Shaikh Mohammed that, while reported in the media, never receives the focus it deserves: Mohammed is the uncle of Ramzi Yousef, the reported brains behind the first 1993 terror bombing of the World Trade Center and who has often been "linked" by some sources to the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
There has been widespread belief that Mohammed's nephew, Yousef, may have been a secret asset of Israel's intelligence service, the Mossad. In addition, it is a most uncomfortable fact that Yousef worked closely with a reported Mossad asset, Ahmad Ajaj, in the first bombing of the World Trade Center.
So the question is whether Mohammed, like his nephew and longtime collaborator, has actually been a deep-cover Mossad asset operating inside an Arabic and Muslim network. Let's look at some facts.
For years, there have been questions as to Yousef's ethnic or cultural background, not to mention his identity. He has variously been described as an "Iraqi" or as a Kuwaiti national or as a Baluchi from Pakistan.
At the time Yousef was claiming to be an Iraqi, during his period operating in New York just prior to the first World Trade Center attack, there were Arabs who doubted it. However, for those who were eager to link Saddam Hussein and Iraq to both attacks on the World Trade Center and, as some continue to do today, to the Oklahoma City bombing, Yousef's claim of Iraqi heritage has been convenient.
According to an investigative report by Emily Fancher, of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism: "Yousef's identity was never settled in court." So the truth is that not even the United States government has actually-at least officially-determined if Yousef really is an Arab or a Baluchi or a Muslim.
What makes this little-reported anomaly so interesting is that a formerly secret CIA assessment, dated March 1979, of Israel's foreign intelligence and security services, reported, candidly, that it is a long-standing policy for Israeli intelligence to disguise Jews as Arabs. The CIA report stated:
One of the established goals of the intelligence and security services is that each officer be fluent in Arabic. A nine-month, intensive Arabic language course is given annually . . . to students. . . .
As further training, these Mossad officers work in the [Israeli-controlled Arab lands] for two years to sharpen their language skills. . . .
Many Israelis have come from Arab countries where they were born and educated and appear more Arab than Israeli . . .
By forging passports and identity documents of Arab and western countries and providing sound background legends and cover, Mossad has successfully sent into Egypt and other Arab countries Israelis disguised and documented as Arabs or citizens of European countries. . . .
These persons are also useful for their ability to pass completely for a citizen of the nation in question.
The Israeli talent for counterfeiting or forging foreign passports and documents ably supports the agent's authenticity.
As if that were not enough to raise suspicions, on Sept. 29, 1998, Israeli journalist Yossi Melman, writing in Israel's Ha'aretz, revealed:
Shin Bet agents, who worked undercover in the Israeli-Arab sector in the 1950s, went as far as to marry Muslim women and have children with them, in an attempt to continue their mission without raising suspicion.
So the question remains: are the individuals known as Mohammed and Yousef really who they say they are, and are they really Arabs or Baluchis or Muslims at all?
And if the uncle-and-nephew team really are Arabs and Muslims, the fact that the nephew, Yousef, was working closely with a reported Israeli intelligence asset in the first WTC attack is still noteworthy indeed, particularly since the Israeli asset in question was himself an Arab.
Here are the facts about Yousef's Mossad connection to the first WTC tragedy first revealed by investigative reporter Robert I. Friedman in the August 3, 1993, article in The Village Voice, an independent left-wing New York weekly whose reports on this topic have been referenced by American Free Press.
Friedman reported that Yousef's traveling companion and close collaborator, Ajaj, a 27-year-old West Bank Palestinian held in federal custody for conspiring to bomb the World Trade Center, may have been a Mossad mole.
Ajaj was arrested at Kennedy Airport on Sept. 1, 1992, after he arrived on a Pakistani International flight from Peshawar carrying a forged Swedish passport and bombmaking manuals. He was taken into custody, and subsequently pleaded guilty to entering the country illegally. Ajaj's traveling companion was Yousef.
Although the FBI identified Ajaj as a senior intifada terrorist with links to Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist organization, Kol Ha'ir, a respected Hebrew-language weekly published in Jerusalem, reported that Ajaj was never involved in intifada activities or with Hamas or even the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Instead, according to Kol Ha'ir, Ajaj was a petty crook arrested in 1988 for counterfeiting U.S. dollars out of East Jerusalem. Ajaj was convicted of counterfeiting charges and then sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
According to Friedman, writing in The Village Voice: "It was during his prison stay that Mossad, Israel's CIA, apparently recruited him, say Israeli intelligence sources. By the time he was released after having served just one year, he had seemingly undergone a radical transformation."
Friedman reported that Ajaj had suddenly become a devout Muslim and an outspoken hard-line nationalist. Then, Ajaj was arrested for smuggling weapons into the West Bank, supposedly for El Fatah, a subdivision of the PLO.
But Friedman says this was actually a sham. Friedman's sources in Israeli intelligence say that the arrest and Ajaj's subsequent deportation were "staged by Mossad to establish his credentials as an intifada activist. Mossad allegedly 'tasked' Ajaj to infiltrate radical Palestinian groups operating outside Israel and to report back to Tel Aviv. Israeli intelligence sources say that it is not unusual for Mossad to recruit from the ranks of common criminals."
After Ajaj's "deportation" from Israel, he showed up in Pakistan where he turned up in the company of the anti-Soviet Mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan.
This could point further toward Ajaj working for the Mossad, for according to the September 1987 issue of Covert Action Information Bulletin the funding and supply lines for the Mujahideen were not only the "the second largest covert operation" in the CIA's history, but it was also, according to former Mossad operative Victor Ostrovsky (writing in The Other Side of Deception) under the direct supervision of the Mossad.
According to Ostrovsky: "It was a complex pipeline, since a large portion of the Mujahideen's weapons were American made and were supplied to the Muslim Brotherhood directly from Israel, using as carriers the Bedouin nomads who roamed the demilitarized zones in the Sinai."
After Ajaj's ventures with the Mujahideen, he popped up in New York and purported to befriend members of a small so-called "radical" clique surrounding Sheikh Abdel-Rahman who was accused of being the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
On Feb. 26, 1993, the day of the World Trade center bombing, Ajaj was "safe" in federal prison serving a sixmonth sentence for entering the country on a forged passport. Later, then, he was indicted for conspiracy in the WTC bombing.
"If Ajaj was recruited by Mossad [Freidman's emphasis], it is not known whether he continued to work for the Israeli spy agency after he was deported. One possibility, of course, is that upon leaving Israel and meeting radical Muslims close to the blind Egyptian sheikh, his loyalties shifted," writes Friedman.
"Another scenario is that he had advance knowledge of the World Trade Center bombing, which he shared with Mossad, and that Mossad, for whatever reason, kept the secret to itself. If true, U.S. intelligence sources speculate that Mossad might have decided to keep the information closely guarded so as not to compromise its undercover agent," writes Friedman.
Columbia University's Emily Fancher reported that Robert Precht, a defense lawyer for one of Ajaj's co-defendants in the WTC trial, said: "We felt that there were unseen actors behind this. Neither defense lawyers nor the government knew who it was."
It's probably no coincidence, considering that when Yousef was finally taken into custody, according to U.S. Secret Service agent Brian Parr, "he was friendly, he seemed relaxed and he actually seemed eager to talk to us." That's precisely what one might expect from an Israeli agent, doing his job, spreading the Al Qaeda legend for the benefit of his Israeli sponsors.
The possibility of a high-level FBI cover-up of Israeli involvement in the first World Trade Center attack must be considered inasmuch as the former head of the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force, who was a key player in the first WTC investigation, was Neil Herman.
After leaving the FBI, Herman temporarily assumed the post of the then-recently deceased Irwin Suall, longtime director of "fact finding" for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith. _
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