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Khallad released from Yemeni jail

Part of USS Cole bombing

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Time Summer 1999
ParticipantsTawfiq bin Attash
Narrative and Notes
ReliableKhallad was arrested sometime in 1999 while driving the car of another Cole conspirator who was wanted by Yemeni authorities. He was released after both his father, a known extremist, and Osama bin Laden, contacted Yemen to demand his release.1
PossibleBin Laden apparently suggested to the Yemeni official he contacted that al-Qaeda would leave Yemen alone if Khallad was released.1
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.2.
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