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Abu Turab al Urdani

9-11 plotters Trainer


Date of DeathLate 20013
Location of DeathAfghanistan3
Affiliation9-11 plotters1
SupervisorMohammed Atef
Alternate Spelling(s)Abu Turab al Jordani, Abu Turab al-Urdani, Abu Turab al-Jordani
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)
Narrative and Notes
  • Trainer at al-Matar training complex, trained many or all of the 13 "muscle" hijackers on 9-11 in late 2000 and early 2001, according to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
  • He was one of the few al-Qaeda operatives who was aware of the full detains of the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • He is the son-in-law of Ayman al-Zawahiri.
  • He taught the future hijackers how to conduct hijackings, disarm air marshals and handle explosives. He taught them basic English and bodybuilding.
  • At one point, he had them butcher a sheep and a camel with a knife to prepare them to use knives during the hijackings. They were taught to storm the cockpit quickly during the flight.
  • They were also taught truck bombing and other terrorist techniques to prevent them from knowing precisely what their operation was to be.1,4
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 7.3.
    2 Presumed from name.
    3 CNN, March 31, 2006.
    4 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Footnotes.
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