The war on terror might have just obtained a major victory. Even though it’s been more than 16 years since the harrowing attacks of 9/11, the United States is still trying to secure justice for those who died that day. Today, that justice might look like a German-born Syrian who served as a recruiter for Al Quaeda.
While this might not seem like a monumental event to many, there are still many that would wish to finish the job that they started on 9/11 when they damaged not only the people of the United States but our security. The perpetrators of those horrific attacks posed as if they were the poor, tired, huddled masses, and led us to believe that they yearned to breath free. We later found out the hard way that their plan for us was much different.
Reports at this time are still unconfirmed, considering the sensitive nature of these type of captures, however, the preliminary reports tell us that the United States will indeed get to execute justice toward this enemy of our nation. The Pentagon will not yet confirm the capture, but Fox News believes that they’ve captured Mohammed Haydar Zammar:
“Kurdish forces in Syria have detained a man who is believed to be a Syrian-born German jihadist suspected of recruiting some of the 9/11 hijackers to Al Qaeda, a senior Kurdish commander said.
The detainee, identified as Mohammed Haydar Zammar, who is his mid-fifties, was apprehended in northern Syria and was being interrogated, the commander told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday. His fate remained unclear.
The jihadist is best known for allegedly helping plan the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S., the report said, including recruiting some of the hijackers to the terror group.
Zammar fled Germany after the attacks and relocated to Morocco, where he was soon arrested in an operation involving CIA agents.
He was later handed to Syrian authorities who, in 2007, sentenced him to 12 years in prison for being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
He was released from prison after the Syrian civil war broke out in the region and most hardline jihadists and Islamists were released. Zammar, among many others, is believed to have joined the Islamic State group.
The Kurdish official didn’t say if Zammar has been actively engaged in fighting for the terror group in Syria.
The Pentagon hasn’t yet confirmed the suspect’s capture, but reportedly said it was looking into it.”
Many have been frustrated that over the last three administrations these aggressive and violent warmongers haven’t already been dealt with. However, the middle east is just as fraught with turmoil has they always have been. Borders are constantly being debated, and bombings are still common.
The United States and its allies freed many people and exterminated many of the local murderers, however, the hatred for the United States is so widespread, it has yet to be fully concluded.
While we have yet to receive confirmation that Zammar is indeed the individual that was captured if he is the one in custody, that would be a big win for the war on terror. NBC News reports that “The 9/11 Commission Report said Zammar was ‘a well-known figure in the Muslim community (and to German and U.S. intelligence agencies by the late 1990s),’ adding that he had fought in Afghanistan and ‘relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad.’
Atta was born in Egypt and studied in Hamburg. Atta was the head of the so-called Hamburg cell, which was central to the attacks on the United States.
After 9/11, ‘Zammar reportedly took credit for influencing Ramzi Binalshibh,’ as well as to ‘the rest of the Hamburg group,’ the congressional report added. Binalshibh was later sent to Guantánamo Bay for his alleged role in planning and providing logistical support for the Sept. 11 attacks.
The congressional report said that ‘owing to Zammar’s persuasion or some other source of inspiration,” by the late 1990s Binalshibh, Atta and fellow attackers Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah “eventually prepared themselves to translate their extremists beliefs into action.’
Binalshibh, Atta, al-Shehhi and Jarrah are considered part of the Hamburg cell, which ‘shared the anti-U.S. fervor’ of other extremists, according to the congressional report, with the ‘added enormous advantages of fluency in English and familiarity with life in the West.’
Atta, who is considered the operational leader of the 9/11 conspiracy, served as the pilot for American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Al-Shehhi flew United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower. Jarrah was flying United Airlines Flight 93, intending to crash it into either the Capitol or the White House in Washington, when it plowed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, following a revolt by passengers.
Zammar was detained by the CIA in Morocco in late 2001 and was later handed over to the Syrian government, Germany’s Der Spiegel reported in 2005. At the time, the magazine said Zammar was being held in the notorious Far-Filastin prison in Damascus.