Deleted:Zahid Al-Sheikh

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Zahid Al-Sheikh is the brother to alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad. He volunteered to travel to Afghanistan to help fight to resist the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Following the ouster of the Soviet forces Zahid is reported to have played a role in planning terrorist projects.[1][2][3][4] He is also reported to have shifted careers to the direction of non-governmental organizations that provided aid to refugees.[5][6]

Zahid and two of his brothers traveled to Afghanistan in the mid-1980s. His two brothers are believed to have been killed in combat. His youngest brother, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was later to play a senior role in al Qaeda's leadership arrived in 1987. Zahid is reported to have introduced his younger brother to leading anti-Soviet fightger.[1][2]

According to the 9-11 Commission:
Visiting Pakistan for the first time in early 1987,he traveled to Peshawar,where his brother Zahid introduced him to the famous Afghan mujahid Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, head of the Hizbul-Ittihad El-Islami (Islamic Union Party).

The USA sought Zahid for questioning about whether he played a role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.[3][4]

Zahid is reported to have collaborated with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in planning Operation Bojinka, a 1995 pland ot hijack 12 airplanes over the Pacific.[7]

American intelligence analysts alleged, during Adel Hassan Hamad's Combatant Status Review Tribunal and Administrative Review Board hearing that Zahid was tied to terrorism and that Hamad's acquaintanceship with him was one of the factors in favor of his continued detention.[5] American intelligence analysts alleged that Zahid was the director of the Jelazee Refugee Camp in Pakistan, and the director of Lajnat Al-Da'wa al Islamia (LDI) in Pakistan. Hamad confirmed that Zahid had been a director of LDI when he first worked as a teacher for the Hira Islamic Institute in the Jelazee Refugee Center, which was supported by LDI, but he told his hearing that Zahid was never the director of the camp.[6]

American intelligence analysts told Hamad's hearing that "other sources" identified Zahid as holding extremist views. Hamad replied that his relationship with Zahid was a purely administrative one, but he did not believe Zahid was an extremist.[5]

American intelligence officials asserted that Zahid had hosted nephew Ramzi Yousef, who would later be a suspected al Qaeda member, when he traveled from Swansea, United Kingdon to Peshawar, Pakistan in 1989, at the close of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Al Qaeda aims at the American Homeland". 9-11 Commission. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Khalid Sheikh Mohammed". Global Security. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The CEO of al-Qaeda: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed". Financial Times. February 14, 2003. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Dedicated hater of the West with a taste for high living". The Daily Telegraph. January 3, 2003. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Adel Hassan Hamad's Administrative Review Board hearing - page 248
  6. 6.0 6.1 Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Adel Hassan Hamad's Administrative Review Board hearing - page 255
  7. Stephen F. Hayes (November 3, 2003). "Osama's Best Friend: The further connections between al Qaeda and Saddam.". 9. The Weekly Standard. Archived from the original on 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  8. Simon Reeve (2002). The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama Bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism. UPNE. p. 120. ISBN 9781555535094. Retrieved 2013-04-24. "It might have seemed like an alien environment compared to cold Swansea, but Yousef did have friends and relatives to make him feel at home, includig his beloved Uncle Zahid Al-Shaikh (aka Zahid Al-Sheikh), the brother of Yousef's mother, who was living in the city and working as a senior figure withing Mercy International, a Saudi-funded charity providing aid and assistance to Afghan veterans and refugees. Originally born in Kuwait, Al-Shaikh seems to have been an important figure in the region."