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WTC, OKC, 9-11 terror connections. .

The World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the 9-11 attacks are all connected to an extensive terrorist network in the United States. Both the Clinton and Bush administrations have covered this up and hindered investigations of this connection.

The war on terror recently netted Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Professor Sami Al-Arian. This is very big news. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft identified Mohammed as the "mastermind" of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and Al-Arian as the U.S. head of the terrorist Palestinian Islamic Jihad. However, U.S. officials and most of the major media appear to be pointedly ignoring the most important news concerning these terrorist operatives. Mohammed and Al-Arian are key leaders in a network of terrorist cells connecting three of the largest, deadliest terrorist attacks against America: the 1993 bombing of the World Trade center in New York city; the 1995 Oklahoma city bombing; and the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade center and the Pentagon. Over the past eight years, THE NEW AMERICAN'S in-depth investigation of the Oklahoma city bombing has exposed an extensive fifth column of terrorists inside the U.S. connecting these three -- and, other -- terrorist events. Many of these individuals are still in our country. Then-A ttorney General Janet Reno and the Clinton administration ignored and covered up this evidence. Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Bush administration have followed suit.

Ramzi Yousef (bottom left), the convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is one of the primary linchpins connecting the WTC, OKC, and 9-11 attacks. After carrying out the first WTC attack, Yousef, an Iraqi agent working with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, turned up in the Philippines, where he set in motion a number of grandiose terror plans. Those plans included Operation Bojinka, a scheme to kill thousands of people and garner world media attention by detonating bombs on 11 jumbo passenger liners in a single day. One of Yousef's co-conspirators in those plans was Edwin Angeles, aka Ibrahim Yakub, a top leader of Abu Sayyaf, a Filipino terrorist organization (center) supported by Libya and Iraq. According to a statement handwritten and signed by Angeles after his capture, he had met on the Philippine island of Mindanao with Ramzi Yousef, Terry Nichols, and other co-conspirators in 1991 for "training in bomb making and handling." Mr. Angeles' widow, Elmina Ab dul, has stated that her husband met with Ramzi Yousef and Terry Nichols (bottom right) many times during 1992, '93, and '94. Terry Nichols, who married a Filipina, made many unexplained trips to the Philippines.

In November 1994, Terry Nichols made his last trip to the Philippines. On January 6, 1995, Ramzi Yousef and Abdul Hakim Murad accidentally set their apartment on fire while cooking up explosives. Philippines fire and police officials who investigated found Ramzi Yousef's laptop computer with the Bojinka plan and other terror plots, including plans to use jumbo jets as missiles to attack the World Trade Center and other U.S. buildings. Murad was arrested and is now in a U.S. prison. Ramzi Yousef and Terry Nichols fled the Philippines, Yousef going to Hong Kong and then Pakistan, Nichols returning to the United States. Three months later, the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed. According to an FBI report, Murad, who was then in custody in New York, told jailers immediately after the bombing that it was the work of his co-conspirator Ramzi Yousef's "liberation army."

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, one of the latest top terrorists arrested, has been dubbed by U.S. authorities as the mastermind of 9-11. He is also an uncle to Ramzi Yousef and was a key member of the Yousef-Murad-Angeles-Nichols conspiracy in the Philippines.

In a civil lawsuit filed in 2002 by Oklahoma City bombing survivors against the Republic of Iraq, plaintiffs assert that McVeigh (bottom right) and Nichols had additional Iraqi assistance. Specifically they cite the aid of Hussain AI-Hussaini (bottom left), a former Iraqi soldier admitted to the U.S. as a refugee. As noted in prior stories in this magazine, AI-Hussaini was identified by witnesses as being with McVeigh in the days prior to the bombing and as fleeing from the OKC bombing site immediately after the explosion.

THE NEW AMERICAN will Continue to examine the Mideast-Philippines connection to file WTC, OKC, and 9-11 terrorist attacks. For additional information, see: www.thenewamerican.com/focus/terrorism www.thenewamerican.com/focus/okc
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Date:Apr 7, 2003
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