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Essam al-Ridi buys al-Qaeda a plane to ship Stinger missiles

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationTucson, Arizona, United States
Time Early 1993
ParticipantsEssam al-Ridi, Wadih El Hage (Facilitator)
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAt the request of Wadih El Hage, Essam al-Ridi located and purchased a Sabre-40 business jet from a boneyard in Tucson and refurbished it, at a total cost of $210,000.

El Hage told al-Ridi that he wanted to ship Stinger antiaircraft missiles from Pakistan to Sudan.1
1Essam al-Ridi testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 5, Feb. 14, 2001.
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