Khalid al-Masri

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Khalid al-Masri (Arabic: خالد المصري‎‎,‎ خالد المصرى; other transcriptions: Ḫālid al-Miṣrī, al-Maṣrī, Khālid, Khaled, El-Masri  IPA: [ˈxæːled elˈmɑsˤɾi]) is the name of a person alleged to have approached two 9/11 hijackers on a train in Germany and suggested that they contact an alleged al Qaeda operative in Duisburg.

The 9/11 Commission Report stated:

However, in response to Slahi's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, a U.S. District Court found only that Slahi "provided lodging for three men for one night at his home in Germany [in November 1999], that one of them was Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and that there was discussion of jihad and Afghanistan".[3]

An unrelated German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, spent almost five months in the covert CIA prison in Afghanistan called the Salt Pit in the early months of 2004, where he was interrogated and tortured.[4] Alfreda Frances Bikowsky ordered El-Masri to be extraordinarily rendered, even though she only had a hunch El-Masri was the same person as al-Masri.[5]


  1. ^ 9/11 Commission (July 22, 2004). "The 9/11 Commission Report, Chapter 5" (PDF). p. 165. 
  2. ^ 9/11 Commission (July 22, 2004). "The 9/11 Commission Report, Notes" (PDF). p. 496, note 89. 
  3. ^ Salahi v. Obama, 710 F.Supp.2d 1, 19 (D.D.C 2010). mirror.
  4. ^ Goldman, Adam; Apuzzo, Matt (9 February 2011). "CIA officers make grave mistakes, get promoted". Associated Press. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Mayer, Jane (2008). The Dark Side. New York: Anchor Books. pp. 282–285. ISBN 978-0307456298.