Now that Baghdad is an occupied city, which two witnesses
residing there might have information relevant to the
FBI's (and National Commission on Terrorism's) investigations
into the planning of the attacks on the World Trade
Center in 1993 and 2001?
The are two obvious witnesses:
1) Abdul Rahman Yasin, the fugitive indicted for mixing
the chemicals used in the truck bomb detonated in the
1993 attempt to destroy the World Trade Center on the
second anniversary of America's defeat of Iraq in the
Although an American citizen, Yasin grew up in Baghdad,
made frequent telephone calls under an alias during
the preparations for the attack, and escaped to Baghdad
via Jordan following the attack. In Bagdad, he received
sanctuary. He was interviewed by CBS under Iraqi Control
at an installation near Baghdad on May 23,2002.
Since there is a $25 million reward for his capture,
and no Saddam regime to protect him any longer, the
FBI should be able to locate him. He could be questioned
about his relationship with Iraq's intelligence service,
his recruitment into the plot to destroy the World Trade
Center, his escape route and the debriefing and handling
of him by the Iraq security services between 1993 and
2) Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, the former Iraq
Consul in Prague, who was expelled from the Czech Republic
on April 22, 2001, and returned to Baghdad. The Czech
counterintelligence service (BIS) maintains that al-
Ani met with Mohammed Atta, the 9-11 conspirator in
April 2001. Al-Ani should
be questioned on the events leading to his expulsion.
For a start, it should be determined: Who al-Ani met
with in April 2001? If it was Atta (or someone using
Atta's identity), how was the meeting arranged in advance?
Had he met with Atta before (Atta had been in Prague
in June 2000)? If so, had al-Ani established any communication
modes for other contacts? Was he operating under a false
flag or did he make known to Atta his true identity?
Was al-Ani acting in the capacity of a case officer?
If so, what were his reporting channels? What subjects
were discussed? Did he provide Atta with any documents,
money or other items? If the person he met was not Atta,
who was he? Did he use documents that would lead Czech
intelligence to misidentify him as Atta?