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Hamdan al Shalawi

Suspected Al-Qaeda Trainee

Alternate Spelling(s)Hamdan Alshalawi
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)1
Narrative and Notes
  • Shalawi was detained in November 1999 when he and his friend Muhammed al Qudhaieen were detained after the crew of a cross-country America West flight reported Qudhaieen twice tried to open the cockpit door. They claimed he was looking for the bathroom.
  • Acknowledges going to Afghanistan in the late 1980s.
  • Friend of Ghassan al Sharbi.1
  • Shalawi allegedly trained in Afghan camps in November 2000, learning how to conduct a Khobar-towers type truck bombing in Saudi Arabia. Shalawi claims he was studying in Arizona at the time, although the FBI has not found any evidence this is true.1
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Footnotes.
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