Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Biography


Terrorist. Born March 1, 1964 or April 14, 1965 in the Baluchistan region of Pakistan. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was raised in Kuwait and joined the Muslim Brotherhood at age 16. He pursued his education in the United States, earning a degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1986.

After graduation, Mohammed and his brothers went to Afghanistan to resist the Soviet invasion in the late 1980s. It is believed that soon after he began anti-American terrorist operations. His first terrorist plan was allegedly Operation Bojinka, a plot to bomb 12 commercial airlines en route between the U.S. and Asia. The plot was discovered but Mohammed had fled to Qatar. He them moved to Afghanistan and became the leader of al Qaeda's media committee.

According to the 9/11 Commission Report, Mohammed was "the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks." He was indicted on terrorism charges following the attacks and placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Mohammed was captured in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on March 1, 2003 by the Pakistani ISI. Since then, he has been in U.S. custody.

In March 2007, following six months of detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to masterminding the September 11 terrorist attacks. He also confessed to being behind the Richard Reid shoe bombing attempt, the Bali nightclub bombing, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the Daniel Pearl murder, as well as various other terror plots. Skeptics believe his confessions may be the result of Guantánamo Bay's alleged use of torture during interrogations.

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