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Three future hijackers travel Beirut to Iran

Part of 9-11

Event Details
Primary Organization9-11 plotters
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Other OrganizationHezbollah
OriginBeirut, Lebanon1
TimeMid November 20001
PresentWail al-Shehri, Waleed al-Shehri, Ahmed al-Nami
Narrative and Notes
ReliableA senior Hezbollah operative was on the same flight, andAll three had obtained their US visas in late October.1
PossibleThe 9-11 commission found the flight worthy of mention among a number of connections between 9-11 operatives and Iran, Hezbollah and their allies.1
QuestionableHezbollah operatives in Beruit and Iran were expecting the arrival of a "group" at the same time, but the 9-11 commission report was vague as to whether this was tied to the future 9-11 hijackers, or a coincidence. It is likely unknown. 1
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 7.3.
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