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Mohdar Abdullah

9-11 plotters Associate

Affiliation9-11 plotters
Narrative and Notes
  • Associate of Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar in California in early 2000.
  • He was detained as a material witness to the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • He expressed extremist leanings to the FBI.
  • During a search of his possessions, the FBI found a notebook belonging to someone else with references to hijackings, planes falling from the sky and mass killing.1
  • In September-October 2003, he bragged to inmates at a California prison that he had known Hazmi and Mihdhar were planning a terrorist attack. One California inmate claims Abdullah said he drove two al-Qaeda operatives to San Diego and that he had been notified Hamzi and Mihdhar were coming to Los Angeles. However, the stories from inmates are not fully consistent with one another.
  • Still another inmate claims that Abdullah told him that he heard of the hijackers plans in 2000 and asked him to join them. He learned of the 9-11 date three weeks before the attacks; Adbdullah did receive a call from Hamzi at this time.
  • Abdullah's alleged jailhouse statements have not been verified by the FBI.1
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 7.1.
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