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Homeland Security

9-11 Part 2

Terrorist Plotting
Part of 9-11

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Possible Target(s)Transpacific airliners
Plot Started Mid 19991
Plot Ended Spring 20001
ConnectedKhalid Shaikh Mohammed (Operational Commander) 1, Tawfiq bin Attash1, Abu Bara al-Yemeni1, Osama bin Laden (Organizer) 1
Narrative and Notes
ReliableIn mid-1999 it became apparent to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed that the Yemenis assigned to the "planes operation" would not be able to get into the United States.

So KSM split the plan in two parts, one into the suicide hijackings that actually took place, and the other to a plan to hijack and destroy in midair U.S.-flagged and -bound airliners.

Bin Laden cancelled this part of the operation in spring 2000, deciding it was too complicated to pull off.1
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.2.
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