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 53)[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. The FBI interrogated him from 15 August to 27 August 1998, wherein FBI’s Special Agent Daniel Coleman confirmed that he had accepted responsibility for the bombing.[6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://americanjihadists.com/1998-08-31-FBI-FD302-Odeh-all.pdf
  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. ^ Woman speaks out 15 years after her husband’s Mohammed Odeh arrest
  7. ^ About FBI’s Special Agent Daniel Coleman
  8. ^ Katz, Samuel M. "Relentless Pursuit: The DSS and the manhunt for the al-Qaeda terrorists", 2002