zaterdag 20 februari 2010
9/11 Hijackers: Inside The Hamburg Cell
For years, they remained nearly invisible, a small group of dedicated men waiting for the perfect chance to strike. Then, on September 11, 2001, after five years of preparation, they took action. The men’s full stories and the details of their ambitious plan have now come to light. We track the progress of this unlikely group of young men who developed from unassuming college students into religious martyrs. These men, now known as the Hamburg Cell, were responsible for the cultivation of the al-Qaeda plot code-named “the planes operation.” The group’s leaders were four well-educated Muslim men who shared a common belief in radical Islam. Though Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, and Ramzi Binalshibh hailed from different countries — Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Yemen — a spirit of brotherhood prevailed among them. And in time, they committed to a singular purpose — to translate their religious fanaticism into catastrophic action.