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Ihab Ali

Al-Qaeda Pilot


Location of DetentionNew York, New York, United States3,4
Capturing AuthorityFBI
Date of CaptureMay 18, 19993
Location of CaptureOrlando, Florida, United States3
Full Given NameIhab Mohamed Ali
Alias(es)Embassy Bombings Co-Conspirator 21, Nawawi2, Abu al Tayar5, Yousef Kanana5, Abu Sulaiman5
Rough Age44 as of 11-1-20063
Place of BirthEgypt3
HistoryVeteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)3
Narrative and Notes
  • Ihab Ali, a Florida cab driver, born in Egypt but raised in the United States, was detained as a material witness
  • to the East Africa embassy bombings. He remained in jail after the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • In the embassy bombings indictment, he is identified only as co-conspirator No. 2, who received letters from Wadih El Hage and was associated with Ali Mohamed, who trained him the Sudan.
  • He was also a pilot; he trained to fly at Airman Flight School in Norman, Okla., where Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi would also later train.
  • The training apparently didn't do him much good; he was the co-pilot on plane flown by Essam al-Ridi that crashed in Khartoum airport.
  • His current status is unclear.
    1 United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, indictment, Nov. 4, 1998, and updates.
    2 Aita, Judy. 'Ali Mohamed: The Defendant Who Did Not Go to Trial.' U.S. State Department publication, May 15, 2001.
    3 Murphy, Chuck. 'Pilot Led a Quiet Life in Orlando.' St. Petersburg Times: Oct. 28, 2001.
    4 As of Oct. 28, 2001.
    5 L'Houssaine Kherchtou testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et. al., trial transcript, Day 8, Feb. 21, 2001.
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