Abdul Rahman Yasin
|Abdul Rahman Yasin|
Abdul Rahman Yasin in 2002
|Nickname(s)||(Arabic: عبد الرحمن يس )|
April 10, 1960 |
- Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.
Abdul Rahman Yasin (Arabic: عبد الرحمن يس ; born April 10, 1960) helped make the bombs used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing attack. Yasin is of Iraqi heritage and grew up in Baghdad. He has been characterized in the American media as "the only participant in the first attempt to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993 who was never caught."
Yasin was born in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S., where his father, originally from Iraq, went to study for a PhD. Yasin is therefore an American citizen. Shortly after his birth, Yasin's family moved back to Iraq. According to university records, Said Taha Yasin, an Iraqi, attended Indiana University in 1952-53, and also from 1956-60. Yasin's FBI report states that he is epileptic.
Arrival in United States, 1992
On June 21, 1992 Yasin was able to use his American birth citizenship to obtain a US passport from the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan, and thus enter the United States.
Recruited by Ramzi Yousef, he had acid burns on his legs and jeans from bomb chemicals.
Soon following investigation of the attack on February 26, 1993, Yasin was picked up by the FBI on March 4, 1993, the same day as the arrest of Mohammed A. Salameh, in a sweep of sites associated with Salameh. Yasin was found in the apartment in Jersey City, New Jersey, that he was sharing with his mother.
Yasin said he was released after giving agents names and addresses, and went to Iraq.
Return to Iraq, 1993
In Baghdad, Iraq, Yasin lived freely for at least a year. Saddam Hussein's regime gave money and housing to Yasin. The Iraqi government later claimed he was arrested and put in prison (see CBS Stahl interview, below).
On October 10, 2001 Yasin appeared on the initial list of the FBI's top 22 Most Wanted Terrorists, which was released to the public by President Bush.
On several occasions, Iraq offered to turn Yasin over to the US government in exchange for lifting UN economic sanctions. Tariq Aziz, spokesman of Iraq, claimed that in the 1990s all Iraq wanted in return was a signed statement that Iraq had handed over Yasin. But reportedly the statement presented to the U.S. at the time contained lengthy wording essentially exonerating Iraqi involvement in the 1993 WTC attack. Nevertheless, Kenneth Pollack of the State Department stated that there was no CIA information tying Iraq into the 1993 WTC bombing.
With Yasin reportedly being held as a prisoner in Hussein's Iraq, Lesley Stahl of CBS interviewed him there for a segment on 60 Minutes on May 23, 2002 (see below). Yasin appeared in prison pajamas and handcuffs. It was claimed that Iraq had held Yasin prisoner on the outskirts of Baghdad since 1994.
Yasin hasn't been seen or heard from since the 2002 prison interview. He was not located during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- "ABDUL RAHMAN YASIN". FBI. 2007. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
- 60 Minutes (2002-05-31). "60 Minutes: The Man Who Got Away". 60 Minutes. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
- "Bloomington native linked to '93 bombing". indystar. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
- Katz, Samuel M. "Relentless Pursuit: The DSS and the manhunt for the al-Qaeda terrorists", 2002