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Al Qaeda 9/11 terrorist recruiter has been detained in Syria, Pentagon says

The World Trade Center smoking after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. (Michael Foran/Flickr)
April 24, 2018

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish network of fighters, has apprehended jihadist Mohammed Haydar Zammar in connection with planning and recruiting 9/11 hijackers to al-Qaeda, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

Zammar, a Syrian-born German, has been in custody for more than a month and was under interrogation after being captured in northern Syria, a senior Kurdish commander said, Fox News reported.

The official 9/11 Commission Report stated that Zammar was an “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who extolled “the virtues of violent jihad,” according to the Pentagon.

After the 9/11 attacks, Zammar relocated to Morocco. Soon after, he was involved in a CIA operation and arrested.

Zammar was turned over to authorities in Syria and sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007. His charges included being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Once the Syrian civil war erupted, countless extreme jihadists and Islamists were released from prison, including Zammar.

Zammar and many others joined ISIS shortly after, although it is unknown if Zammar actively fought in Syria in the name of ISIS.