U.S. Col. Ryan Dillon says the Syrian Democratic Forces captured Mohammed Haydar Zammar in northeast Syria roughly four weeks ago.
Zammar, a Syrian-born German, was a key member of a Hamburg jihadist cell that included three of the Sept. 11 suicide pilots.
Dillon says Zammar is in SDF custody. He says coalition officials are working with the SDF in “ongoing intelligence activities.” He declined to say whether officials have met face-to-face with Zammar.
On Nov. 26, 2001, after a request from the FBI via the US consulate in Frankfurt am Main, Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police Office) sent a detailed biography of Zammar, in addition to a list of his relatives in Syria and Morocco. This also provided Zammar’s flight information: Zammar would fly with KLM from Casablanca via Amsterdam back to Germany, departing at 6.45 a.m. on Dec. 8. It ends with the words: “According to the information available to us here, Zammar is currently still in Morocco and intends to travel back on the flight he has booked.” A special Moroccan task force arrested Zammar at the airport early in the morning on Dec. 8, 2001. He was flown to Damascus where he was handed over to Syrian intelligence agents. Information extracted was reported to have been passed on to US and German counterparts
.Zammar was living in Hamburg at the same time as members of the terror cell surrounding Mohammed Atta , whom he allegedly made contact with in Qaida leadership in Afghanistan . After the attacks of September 11, 2001 Zammar was monitored by the German police for his ties to Osama Bin Laden , then kidnapped on a trip to Morocco by the CIA and abducted to Syria. In 2007, a court sentenced him to 12 years in prison for membership of the banned Muslim Brotherhood . Shortly after the attacks in 2001, Zammar left Hamburg for Morocco, where he was kidnapped by the CIA and handed over to the Syrian authorities.
In 2013, the Syrian regime released Zammar as part of a prisoner exchange with Islamist insurgents. Later, he apparently joined the terrorist militia “Islamic State” (IS). In 2001, the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office had initiated proceedings against Zammar for supporting a terrorist organization. But by 2008, the treatment of the German-Syrian had become the subject of a German parliamentary inquiry, after it was alleged that the German authorities did too little to protect a citizen from torture.
Zammar “is believed to have recruited some of the perpetrators” for the 9/11 attacks. “We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon. He said Zammar, linked to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, “was captured during a unilateral operation conducted by the Syrian Democratic Forces.” .
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After a year in Pakistani detention, Khairiah, Seham and Amal, who had all witnessed the killing of their husband, were deported, along with 11 children and grandchildren, to Saudi Arabia. Today they live in a compound outside Jeddah.
[Maech 31 2013 bin Laden wife’s story: Amal Abdulfattah stayed in Karachi, Swat, Haripur, Abbotabad ]
Amal Abdulfattah told the investigators that she got married to Osama before 9/11, but did not specify any date. According to her, Osama was living with his three wives, including her, and some Arab families. Then came 9/11 and the family scattered.
“She stayed in a flat in Karachi for almost 8/9 months and all the things were arranged by some Pakistani families and Saad, elder son of Osama, was coordinating all the things,” the report said.
She told the investigators that during her stay in Karachi she changed her residence six or seven times. The investigators say they have not been able to trace Saad.
According to the JIT report, after their reunion in Peshawar Osama and Amal went to Swat where they stayed for 8/9 months.
Thereafter they stayed in Haripur for two years and subsequently shifted to Abbottabad and lived there for almost six years till the time Osama was killed.
Amal’s eldest daughter, Safia, was born in Kandahar in 2001. Aasia and Ibrahim were born in Haripur in a government hospital and Zainab and Hussain in Abbottabad.
The report discloses that Osama’s family lived in Pakistan with the families of two Pakistanis, Ibrahim and Abrar.
Investigators told Dawn that the two Pakistani men had fake identity cards from Sargodha and their real identities were never ascertained because they were killed during the US raid on Osama’s compound in Abbottabad.