Mossad warned CIA of attacks - report By Douglas
LONDON (September 17) - Mossad officials traveled to Washington last
month to warn the CIA and the FBI that a cell of up to 200 terrorists was
planning a major operation, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph
The paper said the Israeli officials specifically
warned their counterparts in Washington that "large-scale terrorist
attacks on highly visible targets on the American mainland were imminent."
They offered no specific information about targets, but they did link the
plot to Afghanistan-based terrorist Osama bin Laden, and they told the
Americans there were "strong grounds" for suspecting Iraqi involvement.
A US administration official told the paper that it was "quite
credible" that the CIA did not heed the Mossad warning: "It has a history
of being over-cautious about Israeli information." But the official noted
that "if this is true, then the refusal to take it seriously will mean
heads will roll."
In another development, the Sunday Times
reported that an account at a branch of Barclays Bank in the London
district of Notting Hill was used by a suspected bin Laden lieutenant to
finance and disseminate Bin Laden's fatwas (religious rulings) and to
maintain contacts with various elements in bin Laden's global network.
The account was held by Saudi dissident Khalid al-Fawwaz, who is
currently being held in custody awaiting the outcome of extradition
proceedings to the United States on charges of conspiring with bin Laden
to murder Americans.
The Barclays account is understood to form
part of a web of bank accounts and front companies used by bin Laden to
underwrite his Al Qaida terror network.
Court documents link
Fawwaz to a Bin Laden fatwa calling for the death of American civilians
"anywhere in the world they can be found," which was faxed directly to him
by Bin Laden.
Fawwaz was personally appointed by bin Laden to set
up and run the London-based Advice and Reformation Committee. The
organization was ostensibly dedicated to war-relief work, but British and
US officials now believe it was in fact a component in Bin Laden's terror
Fawwaz is also thought to have been directly involved in
the terrorist cell that perpetrated the simultaneous bombings of the US
embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi in 1998. More than 200 people died
in those attacks.
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