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West Coast Airliner Plot

Disrupted Terrorist Plotting

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Other OrganizationJemaah Islamiya
Center of GravityPakistan
Plot Started November 2001
Plot Ended Mid 2002
ConnectedKhalid Shaikh Mohammed (Operational Commander) 1
ConnectedHambali2, Lillie2, Zubair2
Narrative and Notes
ReliableA U.S. DNI document released on Sept. 6, 2006, briefly describe a Khalid Shaikh Mohammed plot, disrupted in mid-2002, to crash airliners into West Coast targets.1
PossibleBiographies of alleged terrorists in U.S. custody, also released Sept. 6, described Lillie and Zubair, who are subordinates of Hambali, as selected to be suicide bombers for a post-Sept. 11 attack targeting Los Angeles. It is presumed these are the same plot.2
1"Summary of The High Value Terrorist Detainee Program," press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
2"Detainee Biographies," press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
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