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Tawfiq bin Attash

Al-Qaeda Terrorist Operations Planner


Tawfiq bin Attash

ImportanceVery High
Location of DetentionU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba1
Date of CaptureApril 29, 2003
Location of CaptureKarachi, Pakistan
RoleTerrorist Operations Planner
SupervisorOsama bin Laden
Full Given NameTawfiq Muhammed Salah Bin Roshayd Bin Attash
Alias(es)Khallad, Walid Attash, Salah Said1, Saeed Mohammed bin Yousaf, Silver1, Khallad bin Attash1, Walid bin Attash1, Salahsae1
Alternate Spelling(s)Tafiq bin Attash
Date of Birth19791
Place of BirthSaudi Arabia1
Injuries/IllnessLost some of his right leg in a battlefield accident in Afghanistan in 1997.1
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)
Narrative and Notes
  • Key operative involved in the USS Cole bombing and 9-11. A CIA counterterrorism officer described him as a "major-league killer."
  • He volunteered as a suicide bomber and was assigned to join the 9-11 hijackers. He was unable to obtain a U.S. visa.
  • Much of his family is involved with al-Qaeda and terrorism. He first came to Afghanistan to fight in 1994, at the age of 15. One of his brothers was killed fighting there.
  • Khallad served as a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden and a line fighter against the Northern Alliance before joining al-Qaeda's operational ranks in 1998.
  • Served as communications link between al-Qaeda's leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan and operatives in the Persian Gulf.
  • In 2001, the CIA and FBI had some information on him and his connection to the Cole bombing and the Kuala Lumpur meeting, which also included two future 9-11 hijackers.1,2,3
    1 'Detainee Biographies,' press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
    2 The 9-11 Commission Final Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.2.
    3 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 8.2.
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