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Ahmed Ressam

Al-Qaeda Operative


Location of DetentionFlorence, Colorado, United States2
Capturing AuthorityUnited States1
Date of CaptureDec. 14, 19991
Location of CapturePort Angeles, Washington, United States1
SupervisorAbu Zubaydah
Alias(es)Benni Antoine Noris1, Benny Antoine Noris1
Alias(es)Mario Roig
Date of BirthMay 9, 1967
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)
Charging authorityUnited States
Case statusConvicted
Sentence22 years imprisonment
Case resolvedApril 6, 2001
Narrative and Notes
  • Ahmed Ressam was part of a cell of Algerians trained in Afghanistan in 1998 to conduct attacks on an U.S. airport or consulate. Most of his colleagues were unable to enter Canada from Europe, but Ressam proceeded with a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 1, 2000.
  • He was arrested while trying to enter the United States at Port Angeles, while getting off a ferry from Victoria, Canada. Bomb components were discovered in his car.
  • The Federal Bureau of Prisons projects his release in 2019. His prisoner number is 29638-086.1,2
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 6.3.
    2 Federal Bureau of Prisons web site, Oct. 18, 2006.
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