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Essam al-Ridi

Al-Qaeda Pilot

Details
ImportanceLow
AffiliationAl-Qaeda
RolePilot
NationalityEgyptian
NationalityKuwaiti
NationalityAmerican1
Alias(es)Abu Tareq1
Date of Birth1958
Place of BirthCairo, Egypt
GenderMale
 
 
Narrative and Notes
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  • Essam al-Ridi transported items to the Afghan resistance in the 1980s. These included night-vision goggles and heavy sniper rifles.
  • In 1993, he bought and refurbished a plane in the United States and flew it to Sudan for al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden offered him a job as a pilot, but he declined.
  • He became an American citizen in 1994.1
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    Sources
    1 Essam al-Ridi testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 5, Feb. 14, 2001.
     
     
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