Ramzi Binalshibh Biography


Terrorist. Born May 1, 1972 in the Yemini province of Hadhramaut. Binalshibh worked as a clerk for the International Bank of Yemen from 1987-1995. He moved to Hamburg, Germany, in 1997 where he met Mohamed Atta and joined the al Qaeda cell. Binalshibh trained in the al Qaeda camps in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1999, where he became involved in the September 11 terror plot.

After he was refused an entry visa to the United States four times in 2000, Binalshibh took the role of coordinator in the plot. He was the first to be publicly identified as the "20th hijacker," the spot that was never filled on United Flight 93. It is believed that the lack of a full terrorist team on that flight led in part to the success of the passenger revolt near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

On January 17, 2002 Ramzi Binalshibh appeared on the FBI??s Most Wanted Terrorists Seeking Information list. He was captured in Pakistan on September 11, 2002, and was transferred to an undisclosed location in the U.S. for CIA interrogation. On September 6, 2006, President Bush had Binalshibh and other detainees transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His Combatant Status Review Tribunal was held in February and March of 2007; Binalshibh declined to be present.

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