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Mihdhar leaves US for Yemen

Part of 9-11

Event Details
Primary Organization9-11 plotters
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda
OriginSan Diego, California, United States
TimeJune 9, 2000
PresentKhalid al-Mihdhar
Narrative and Notes
ReliableMihdhar and Hazmi split up as Mihdhar departed for Yemen and Hazmi stayed in the United States.1
PossibleAccording to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Mihdhar, unsuccessful in pilot training, had grown bored in the United States and wanted to go home to Yemen to see his firstborn child. He left California without permission from KSM, who was enraged he had stranded Nawaf al-Hazmi alone in the United States. KSM tried to have Mihdhar removed from the 9-11 plot, but Osama bin Laden overruled him.1
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 7.1.
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