2 males with links to the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles offered “substantial logistical assistance” to a set of the 9/11 hijackers, according to a declassified FBI report launched over the weekend.
lthough 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals, the Saudi federal government has actually consistently rejected any participation with the terrorist attack that declared almost 3,000 lives.
Dealing with pressure from bereaved households, the Biden administration declassified a greatly redacted summary of an FBI examination.
The report, launched on the 20th anniversary of the attack, does not declare any direct links in between the hijackers and the Saudi federal government.
However it determines the supposed function of Fahad al-Thumairy, who worked as an administrative officer at the consulate, and Omar al-Bayoumi as the people who assisted 2 of the hijackers.
While not used by the consulate, Mr Bayoumi held “really high status” when he went into the structure. They are implicated of assisting Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, who were on board American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon on September 11.
Neither guy spoke or comprehended English. Sources informed the FBI that Mr Thumairy had “extremist beliefs”. According to the report, he advised unnamed people to help the hijackers while they remained in Los Angeles.
Mr Bayoumi’s assistance consisted of travel help, translation and cash. The report likewise states that while the 2 hijackers remained in the United States, Mr Bayoumi remained in “practically day-to-day contact” with Osama Bassnan, a Saudi living in San Diego who backed suicide battles and had actually explained Osama bin Laden as “a terrific figure”.
Terry Strada, whose hubby Tom was eliminated on 9/11, stated the file removed any doubts over Saudi complicity.
On behalf of 9/11 Households United, she stated: “The Saudis’ tricks are exposed. It is well previous time for the kingdom to own up to its authorities’ functions in killing thousands on American soil.”
It came as al-Qa’ ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared in a video by the group to mark the anniversary, refuting rumours he passed away in 2020.
It is unclear when the video was taped, however he described a January 2021 attack on Russian soldiers in Raqqa that was declared by an al-Qa’ ida affiliate in Syria. He likewise discussed the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan, however no reference was made from Kabul being up to the Taliban. ( © Telegraph Media Group Ltd 2021)
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