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Al-Qaeda founders discuss possible move to Sudan

Meeting

Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
SubjectPossible move to Sudan
LocationGuesthouse, Pakistan1,3
Time 1990
ParticipantsAbu Ayoub al-Iraqi1, Abu Hammam al Saudi1, Abu Unays al Saudi1, Abu Hassan al Sudani1
ParticipantsAbu Fadhl al-Makkee1,2, Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri1,2
Narrative and Notes (Reliable)According to Jamal al-Fadl, several key al-Qaeda members met to discuss a possible move of the organization from its Afghanistan-Pakistan roots to Sudan.
They reasoned that the Russians had left Afghanistan, and there was little for them to do. Sudan, meanwhile, is in the Arab world, and the National Islamic Front, a group friendly to bin Laden's ideals, had come to power in 1989. 1
Narrative and Notes (Questionable)The timeframe and location given are based on al-Fadl's testimony; however, he does not provide specifics.

Sources and Notes

1Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
2Trial transcripts say al-Fadl called these people 'al-Iraqi;' presumably a mistake on his or the transcribers part.
3or Afghanistan.

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