Al Qaeda (AQ) planned to hijack a commercial airliner departing Frankfurt International Airport between March and August 2000.
Judicial Watch has uncovered a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Intelligence Information Report (IIR) on the event. The report is titled: “Letters Detailing Usama bin Laden and Terrorist’s Plans to Hijack an Aircraft Flying Out of Frankfurt, Germany in 2000.”
To see the documents obtained and read the Judicial Watch document analysis click here.
Executive Summary from Judicial Watch Document Analysis:
The hijack team was to consist of an Arab, a Pakistani and a Chechen. Chechen withdrawal from the plot delayed the operation. Sheik Dzabir, a 40-year old Saudi from a prominent family with ties to the House of Saud, directed the operation. Advanced warning of the plot “was disregarded because nobody believed that Usama bin Laden’s organization or the Taliban could carry out such an operation.” [Emphasis added]
AQ penetrated the consular section of the German Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan and was relying on a “Mrs. Wagner” to provide European Union (EU) visas for use in forged Pakistani passports for terrorists.
AQ, the Taliban and Chechen Islamist militants all had substantial operating and support bases in Hamburg and Frankfurt, Germany. Name, address and telephone numbers identify an AQ passport forger in Hamburg. The Taliban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs conducted meetings in Frankfurt for Taliban and other Afghan terrorists and support personnel during January and February 2000.
The existence of a secure, reliable terrorist-sponsored, route to Chechnya from Pakistan and Afghanistan through Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan.Documented operational coordination and cooperation between AQ and Chechen militants.
Judicial Watch Director of Research and Investigations, Chris Farrell, will be speaking about this investigation in more detail at the Westminster Institute, Tuesday, October 8th. For information on where and how to attend click here.