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9-11 Suicide Pilot
|Means of Death||Suicide hijacker|
|Date of Death||Sept. 11, 2001|
|Location of Death||New York, New York, United States|
|Supervisor||Khalid Shaikh Mohammed|
|Affiliation||American Airlines Flight 11 Hijackers|
|Full Given Name||Muhammed Muhammed el-Amir Awad al-Sayid Atta|
|Alternate Spelling(s)||Mohammed Atta, Muhammed Atta|
|Age at Death||33|
|Date of Birth||Sept. 1, 19681|
|Place of Birth||Kafr el Sheikh, Egypt1|
|Narrative and Notes|
|Reliable||Mohamed Atta was born to a middle-class family in Egypt; his father is an attorney. He was educated as an urban planner in Egypt and, later, Germany.|
He was radicalized in Germany in the mid-1990s.
Toward his friends there, he was charismatic, intelligent, and intolerant of dissent. Towards others, he was described as abrasive.
In 1995, he tried to organize a Muslim student association in Hamburg; in the fall of 1997 he joined a working group at Quds mosque there, aimed at bridging the gap between Muslims and Christians.
He became anti-Semitic and anti-American, claiming a global Jewish movement in New York City controlled world finance and media. He would also claim Saddam Hussein was a U.S. stooge set up to give the United States the pretext of invading the Middle East.
He joined the 9-11 plot when he traveled to Afghanistan in 1999.1
|Possible||He was reportedly trained in document forgery.1|
|Questionable||His whereabouts in February and March 1998 are uncertain. It has been speculated he went to Afghanistan during this time, but captured al-Qaeda figures say he did not.1|
|1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.3.|
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