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Ramzi Binalshibh

9-11 plotters Senior Member


Ramzi BinalshibhRamzi Binalshibh

Location of DetentionU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba1
Capturing AuthorityPakistani authorities
Date of CaptureSept. 11, 2002
Location of CaptureKarachi, Pakistan
Affiliation9-11 plotters
RoleSenior Member
SupervisorKhalid Shaikh Mohammed
AffiliationHamburg Cell
Alias(es)Abu Ubaydah1, Umar Muhammad Abdallah Ba Amar1, 'Umar Muhammad 'Abdallah Ba' Amar1, Ramzi Mohamed Abdellah Omar3
Alias(es)Ahad Sabet
Alternate Spelling(s)Ramzi bin al-Shibh
Date of BirthMay 1, 19723
Place of BirthGhayl Bawazir, Yemen3
Narrative and Notes
  • Ramzi Binalshibh was a key 9-11 facilitator who tried and failed to obtain a visa to enter the United States to take part in the attacks as a pilot-hijacker.
  • At the time of his arrest he was plotting to hijack and crash aircraft into Heathrow Airport in London. He has identified four al-Qaeda operatives, possibly Saudi, who were to take part in the operation.
  • He came from an unremarkable background and fought in Yemen civil war in 1994. He worked as a bank clerk until 1995, when he moved to Germany.
  • He was apparently radicalized there, when he began to speak of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy. But he had a reputation of being outgoing and polite.
  • He met Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1999.
  • During prepartions for 9-11, he served as the link between the operatives in the United States and al-Qaeda's leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Information provided by Abu Zubaydah played a role in his capture. Information Binalshibh provided played a role in Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's capture.
  • He was one of 14 key al-Qaeda operatives and associates transferred from CIA custody to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2006.1,2,3,4
    1 'Detainee Biographies,' press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
    2 'Summary of the High Value Terrorist Detainee Program,' press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
    3 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 5.3.
    4 U.S. Department of Defense publication. 'The Nature of the Enemy.' Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 24, 2006.
    Photos (left to right): archive; U.S. government photograph
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