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Former Al-Qaeda Trainer Takes Stand in U.S. Trial Over Embassy Bombings

Oct 20th, 2010 AIII Courts, Ghailani

An article published in Bloomberg last evening, entitled "Former Al-Qaeda Trainer Takes Stand in U.S. Trial Over Embassy Bombings," notes that L'Houssaine Kherchtou, a Moroccan who is not a cooperating witness for the US, has taken the stand against Ahmed Ghailani. 

Kherchtou, a former al-Qaeda instructor who trained recruits in munitions, bomb-making, and anti-aircrat weapons testified that he was a waiter in Italy when he decided to travel to Afghanistan to join the mujahedeen in 1991. Kherchtou, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals and now lives in the U.S., said he was first a trainer at the al Siddiq terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, and then he moved to Nairobi where he trained to become a pilot. He said he broke with bin Laden and the group in “late 1995 or early 1996.”

US prosecutors told jurors in opening statements that while Kherchtou didn't know Ghailani in Africa, he could provide a glimpse into how the terrorist group's cells in Tanzania and Kenya operated. 

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