How Osama bin Laden got idea for 9/11 terror attacks

Jerusalem: Al-Qaeda's weekly magazine has finally revealed how  9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden got his inspiration to drive planes into New York's World Trade Center, an act that killed almost 3000 innocent people.In an article
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India TV News Desk February 04, 2016 11:45 IST

Jerusalem: Al-Qaeda's weekly magazine has finally revealed how  9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden got his inspiration to drive planes into New York's World Trade Center, an act that killed almost 3000 innocent people.

In an article titled 'September 11 attacks — the story untold' published in its weekly magazine al-Masrah, the al-Qaida said the inspiration for the September 11 attacks was the story of Gamil al-Batouti, the Egyptian co-pilot, who deliberately crashed EgyptAir flight from Los Angeles to Cairo, killing 217 people, including 100 Americans.

According to al-Masrah, when the then al-Qaida chief Osama heard about the Egyptian plane crash, he asked, "Why didn't he crash it into a nearby building?", pronouncing the idea of targeting buildings, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Al-Batouti had deliberately downed the plane. Despite speculation over terrorism, his family and friends said he had no strong beliefs and reports stated that it may have been suicide or revenge against EgyptAir following disciplinary action.

Osama was apparently less interested in the motive than in how the disaster could be developed into a deadly new strategy. When Osama met with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was identified as "the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks" by the 9/11 Commission Report, the latter presented him with an additional idea — crashing American airplanes, the report said.

Before presenting his idea to Osama, Sheikh Mohammed started working on a plan to crash 12 American airplanes at once. And so, the final plan implemented by al-Qaida was a combination of Sheikh Mohammed's and Osama's ideas — crashing American airplanes into the buildings of the World Trade Center, it said.

Al-Masra is released by Ansar al-Sharia, which is an alias for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

(PTI)

 
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