9/11 Planner Freed by Syrian Jihadists

The Munich daily Süddeutsche Zeitung has reported that Mohammed Haydar Zammar, one of the world’s worst people, is again a free man. “Kidnapped, arrested, exchanged” is how the paper describes what has happened recently as Zammar again walks freely thanks to Syrian jihadists.

A Syrian who moved to Hamburg with his family in 1971, at the age of ten, Zammar was an extremist already in his teens, and spent years in the German would-be jihadist scene. He did more than talk, however, accruing the standard Al-Qa’ida resume: in Afghanistan in the 1980s, in Bosnia in the 1990s, and again in Afghanistan in the 1990s, where he did graduate-level terrorist training and reportedly met with Osama bin Laden. There is no doubt about Zammar’s central role in Salafi jihadism in Germany by the late 1990s, and he was the main organizer of the notorious Hamburg Cell that played the preeminent role in what AQ termed the Planes Operation, which the rest of the world would come to know as the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Zammar claimed to have recruited Mohammed Atta, the 9/11 major domo, personally, as well as several other members of the “Magnificent Nineteen,” and he was a key player in the plot as it came together in Hamburg in the months and years leading up to its execution. In a typical case, Zammar was under German security surveillance for years, but nothing was done to actually stop the plot; similarly, U.S. intelligence had information about his nefarious activities that was not shared with German partners: in all, a typical pre-9/11 sad intel story of failed efforts, inadequate collaboration, and painful might-have-beens.

A few months after 9/11, Zammar was kidnapped by U.S. intelligence, with German assistance, and shipped to his native country. Although he protested he was being tortured by his Syrian captors, Zammar appeared fine, indeed “well manicured,” when he was interrogated by German spies in late 2002, who left with no doubts about his substantial role in the 9/11 attacks. Nothing, however, was done, since Zammar was safely in one of Assad’s prisons.

That was then. A dozen years later, Zammar is now a free man, having been released in a late 2013 prisoner-swap engineered by fellow Salafi jihadists. He is in war-torn Aleppo, where Süddeutsche Zeitung reports he is talking regularly with his wife and six children, who still reside in Germany. He may actually return to Germany, as the statue of limitations on charges of supporting a terrorist organization – ten years – has already passed. There may be nothing German authorities can do to prevent this evil man from returning to to live with his family, while collecting government benefits, in all likelihood.

Be sure to tell anyone affected by 9/11 about this case ….


12 comments on “9/11 Planner Freed by Syrian Jihadists”
  1. mrmeangenes says:

    Some of our latter-day “patriots” will doubtless weep for joy—if what I’ve been seeing on the internet is a reasonable sample.

  2. mrmeangenes says:

    Reblogged this on mrmeangenes and commented:
    911 Remembered—sort of.

  3. bill Wild says:

    sounds like an excellent drone strike target to me

  4. mrmeangenes says:

    Hmmm….Maybe something disguised as an experimental Amazon delivery ?

  5. mrmeangenes says:

    I have no love for the man, but the sort of rumor I’ve encountered about him seems “beyond the beyond” !


    1. Krigl says:

      Well, it’s been alleged about Baldur von Schirach and Reinhard Heydrich and confirmed about Röhm et al., so it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if someday this rumor gets verified, though I’m unsure how would that happen in practice.

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  7. mrmeangenes says:

    Really : Mohammed Haydar Zammar a Gay jihadist ??
    Considering the way Gays are regarded in his world, it does not seem right to keep repeating rumors he is Gay–unless there is some basis to them.

    I would think it would be very much ” Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell” in that world.

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