Mohammed Odeh

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Mohammed Saddiq Odeh
DSS Photo of Odeh on Plane to United States.png
Odeh being transported to United States from Kenya
Born (1965-03-01) 1 March 1965 (age 52)[1]
Tabouk, Saudi Arabia
Arrested 1998
Karachi, Pakistan
Inter-Services Intelligence and FBI
Citizenship Jordanian and Kenyan
Detained at ADX Florence, Colorado
Alternate name Khalid Salim
ISN 42375-054
Alleged to be a member of al-Qaeda
Charge(s) 1998 US embassy attacks
Penalty life imprisonment (2001)
Status in prison
Spouse Nassem Nassor born August 15, 1969 [1]
Children Yasser Boy

Mohammed Saddiq Odeh (born 1 March 1965)[1] is a Palestinian terrorist and one of the four former al-Qaeda members sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001 for their parts in the 1998 United States embassy bombings. He is in a supermax prison known as ADX Florence.

In March 1993, Saif al-Adel ordered Mohammed Odeh to Somalia, telling him that his mission was to train tribes in fighting.[2] He has been accused of training forces loyal to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid in 1993, while other sources have suggested he was training Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya members.[3][4] The following year he was sent to Mombassa, Kenya with money from Mohammed Atef to purchase himself a 7-tonne trawler and start a fishing business.[5]

An engineer with joint Kenyan and Jordanian citizenship, Odeh was arrested after departing his flight from Nairobi to Karachi with a forged Yemeni passport with a photograph that clearly did not match his face.[3] He was interrogated by ISI agents when he listed his flight destination as "Afghanistan", and confessed to his role in the bombings, claiming that seven men had plotted them together. A week later he was returned to Nairobi, where he was taken into custody of the FBI.[6]


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  2. ^ Bergen, Peter, "The Osama bin Laden I Know', 2006.
  3. ^ a b Benjamin, Daniel & Steven Simon. "The Age of Sacred Terror", 2002
  4. ^ Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Security Intelligence Report concerning Mohamed Harkat, February 22, 2008
  5. ^ Simon Reeve, The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the future of terrorism, London: Deutsch Limited, 1999, p. 4
  6. ^ Katz, Samuel M. "Relentless Pursuit: The DSS and the manhunt for the al-Qaeda terrorists", 2002