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Slahi meets with Hamburg Cell


Event Details
Primary OrganizationHamburg Cell
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda
SubjectRecruiting for jihad
LocationDuisberg, Germany1
Time October 19992
ParticipantsMohamedou Ould Slahi (Leader) , Ramzi Binalshibh, Marwan al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah
Narrative and Notes
ReliableSlahi told the recruits that getting into Chechnya to fight would be difficult because many jihadis were being stopped in Georgia. He instead said they should go to Afghanistan for training, and gave them specific instructions on how to reach Afghanistan via Pakistan.

He told them to go to Quetta, Pakistan, and ask for "Umar al Masri" at the Taliban office. This was a code phrase that would assure recruits entry into al-Qaeda circles.1
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 5.3.
2The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Footnotes.
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