Qatar television Al-Jazeera is going to create another sensation. Less than a week before the tragic anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Arab television informed that it would broadcast interviews with two al-Qaeda terrorists currently taking shelter on the Pakistani territory.
They Ramzi bin al-Shaibah and Khaled al-Sheikh Mohammad. The former is a Yemen native, currently one of al-Qaeda leaders. It is very likely that he participated in the preparation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At least, this is the opinion of US special services, and the terrorist himself doesn’t deny the information. Khaled al-Sheikh Mohammad is a rather remarkable personality; however, there is little information about him. The terrorist is a 37-year-old citizen of Pakistan. He was educated in Europe, but he returned home after his graduation and joined al-Qaeda. The FBI included him on a list of most dangerous terrorists of the world the reward for information about his whereabouts is $25 million.
So, as we now see, it will not take a long time to find the terrorists: they are both on Pakistani territory. Al Jazeera doesn’t mention the exact place where the terrorists gave the interview. It is strange that, until recently, the Pakistani authorities assured the world that no al-Qaeda leaders were present on Pakistani territory. As it turned out, they are perfectly happy there.
The reaction of Washington to the information is rather predictable. The White House is likely to demand once again that Pakistan should intensify it search for the terrorists. It is not clear yet whether the measure will be effective. A year has already passed since the names of the terrorists were announced and awards estimated; however, no considerable results have yet been achieved.
Vasily Bubnov PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Maria Gousseva
Read the original in Russian: http://pravda.ru/main/2002/09/06/46712.html