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German prosecutors probe CIA plot to kill alleged al-Qaeda aide

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Jan 5, IRNA -- German prosecutors have begun a preliminary investigation looking into reports about a CIA plot to kill an alleged al-Qaeda aide in Hamburg in 2005, news reports said Monday.

Prosecutors in Hamburg are reportedly conducting a general probe whether such a criminal act had been planned.

Meanwhile, a senior lawmaker of the opposition Green party, Hans-Christian Stroebele demanded an explanation from the German government on CIA activities in Germany.

Earlier in the day, the German government claimed it had no information about CIA-ordered death squads who tried to kill alleged al-Qaeda financier, Mamoun Darkazanali in Hamburg.

Reacting to US reports that killer teams of the notorious private security firm, Blackwater were contracted by the CIA to murder Darkazanli, the spokesperson of the chancellery as well as other spokesmen of the relevant ministries told journalists in

Berlin that they were unaware of such an assassination program.

US media reports cited a source familiar with the program as saying that Darkazanli who is a German-Syrian national, had been on the CIA’s radar for years because of his alleged ties to three of the 9/11 hijackers and to operatives convicted of the 1998 bombings of US embassies in East Africa.

The CIA team supposedly went in “dark,” meaning they did not notify their own station — much less the German government — of their presence.

They then followed Darkazanli in Hamburg for weeks and worked through the logistics of how and where they would take him down.

Hamburg was reportedly a main logistical base for the 9/11 terrorists.

In the case of Darkazanli, the source insists, the authorities in Washington chose not to pull the trigger.

Shortly after 9/11, then-US president George W. Bush had issued a “lethal finding,” giving the CIA the go-ahead to kill or capture al-Qaeda members.

The New York Times reported in August that the CIA hired Blackwater contractors for a secret program to track and assassinate senior al Qaeda figures.

The program cost millions of dollars but never captured or killed any militants, the paper said.

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