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Terror Analysis - Article Archive (December 2008)
Terror Analysis: Malaysia Releases JI and Al-Qaeda member Yazid Sufaat

13.12.08

Malaysia has released senior Jemaah Islamiyah figure and Al-Qaeda activist Yazid Sufaat, who was detained for several years for his involvement in Al-Qaeda terror activity, including the 9/11 attacks.

Sufaat was a member of the Islamist terrorist organization Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) from shortly after its foundation in 1993 until his arrest by Malaysian authorities on 9 December 2001. He completed his studies in biochemistry in the US before serving in the Malaysian army as a medical technician and joining JI.

Sufaat was later introduced by JI military chief Radwan Issam al-Din AKA Hambali to Al-Qaeda's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kandahar. In 2001, under al-Zawahiri's direct instructions, Sufaat spent several months attempting to cultivate anthrax for Al-Qaeda in a laboratory he helped set up near the Kandahar airport, called “Green Laboratory Medicine”. Sufaat quickly became one of Al-Qaeda's main anthrax researchers and served in fact as the head of the "Anthrax project " of the organization.

In addition to that, and as a result of his connections with Hambali (who was himself part of Al-Qaeda's special operations unit and closely aquainted with its chief Khaled Sheikh Mohamed who was fully occupied with preparations for 9/11) Sufaat's home in Kuala Lumpur was apparently used for meetings of senior Al-Qaeda members, including a crucial operational meeting regarding 9/11 which took place in early 2000 with the presence of Khaled al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hamzi (two of the suicide terrorist who kidnapped and crashed American Airline flight 77 at the pentagon on 9/11).

 

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