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Bin Laden meets with KSM regarding planes operation

Part of 9-11

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Other Organization9-11 plotters
LocationKandahar, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Time Spring 19991
ParticipantsOsama bin Laden1, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed1, Mohammed Atef1
Narrative and Notes
ReliableOver several meetings at the Al-Matar complex near Kandahar, bin Laden told KSM al-Qaeda would support the "planes operation" but scrapped KSM's proposal to make a statement to the news media after landing one of the hijacked planes.

They developed a list of targets: bin Laden wanted to hit the White House, Pentagon and U.S. Capitol. KSM wanted to hit the World Trade Center and U.S. Capitol.

During the meetings, bin Laden also selected four people to serve as suicide operatives, two of whom ultimately took part: Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi. Also selected where Tawfiq bin Attash and Abu Bara al-Yemeni.1
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.2.
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