Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Walid Bin Attash

ISN: 10014
Nationality: Yemeni

Walid Bin Attash told his CSRT that he helped plan the attack on the USS Cole in 2000.

“I participated in the buying or purchasing of the explosives. I put together the plan for the operation a year and a half prior to the operation. Buying the boat and recruiting the members that did the operation. Buying the explosives.”

He told his CSRT that he was a coordinator of the US embassy bombings in East Africa in 1998.

“I was the link between Usama bin Laden and his deputy Sheikh Abu Hafs Al Masri and the cell chief in Nairobi. I was the link that was available in Pakistan. I used to supply the cell with what ever documents they need from fake stamps to visas, whatever. Sending them from Afghanistan to Pakistan and individuals, cell members.”

Walid Attash’s DAB says that he told US interrogators that his flights throughout Southeast Asia were surveillance missions for the canceled Southeast Asia part of the 9/11 attacks.

He was not asked about this specific allegation at his CSRT.  

Walid is the brother of Hassan Attash, another prisoner at Guantanamo.

Walid Attash was captured with Ammar al Baluchi by Pakistani forces in Karachi, Pakistan in April 2003.

Walid Attash has been charged for his alleged role in the 9/11 attacks. The pretrial hearings in his case are currently underway.

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