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At Detainee’s Trial, Insider Gives Glimpse Into Al Qaeda

Oct 21st, 2010 AIII Courts, Ghailani

An article in yesterday's New York Times, entitled "At Detainee's Trial, Insider Gives Glimpse Into Al Qaeda" reports that when L’Houssaine Kherchtou was asked by Prosecutor Harry Chernoff why he quit al Qaeda in the mid 1990s, his response was that his wife needed medical treatment for a pregnancy and that al Qaeda refused to pay. 

Kherchtou's testimony Wednesday in Ahmed Ghailani's trial is critical. Over the course of two days this week, Kherchtou offered jurors a vivid picture of the organization he knew and worked for. He told jurors that he assisted al Qaeda operatives as they traveled through Kenya and assisted fighters who were carrying out attacks against American and United Nations troops. 

He also described how several operatives, including Ali A. Mohamed, used his apartment to develop surveillance photographs taken of Nairobi, Kenya. These photos were shown in an earlier trial to have constituted part of a report shown to bi Laden who looked at the picture of the embassy "and pointed to where a truck could go as a suicide bomber," Mr. Mohamed said when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2000. 

For the full text of yesterday's article, click here


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