An Iraqi doctor, Mubarak al-Duri (مبارك الدوري) (also Mubarak Douri, Mubarak el Doory) ran an agricultural project owned by Osama bin Laden from 1992–94, and is alleged to have procured weapons and equipment overseas.
Life in the United States
In the 1980s, he was living in Tucson, Arizona where he was in contact with Wadi al-Hage, who also lived in the city. The pair were likely associated with the city's fledgling Maktab al-Khidamat.
Life in Sudan
While living in Khartoum in 1991, al-Duri shared an office with Al-Jihad member Abu Hassan el Masry. He was a personal friend of Syrian-American honey producer Mohammed Loay Bayazid, who is believed to have recruited him.
al-Duri worked for the agricultural firm named Al-Thimar al-Mubaraka (Blessed Fruits) which exported corn and sunflower seeds, and employed 10,000 workers, and was in charge of their Al-Damazin Farms project, which included 4,000 seasonal workers tending nearly a million acres (4,000 km²).
An agricultural engineer named Mohammad Zeki Mahjoub met with al-Duri, at the request of Bin Laden and became the farms' Deputy General Manager. On October 17, 1993, al-Duri wrote Mahjoub a reference letter vouching for his work with the farms in al-Damazin from February 1992 until May 1993.
Life in Canada
He is reported to have lived in Richmond, British Columbia, probably in the late 1990s.
Return to Sudan
In November 2001, al-Duri was contacted by Sudanese intelligence services who informed him that the FBI had sent Jack Cloonan and several other agents, to speak with himself and Mohamed Loay Bayazid. al-Duri and another Iraqi colleague agreed to meet with Cloonan in a safe house overseen by the intelligence service. They were asked whether there was any possible connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, and laughed stating that Bin Laden hated the dictator who he believed was a "Scotch-drinking, woman-chasing apostate.”
Now lives in hiding between the Gulf states and Iraq
- Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
- The 9/11 Commission Report, page 521, footnote 58
- Bell, Stewart, National Post, Bin Laden WMD chief once lived in B.C. Archived 2011-02-24 at the Wayback Machine., 26 November 2005
- The 9/11 Commission Report, pp. 57-58
- Intelligence report, "Bin Ladin's business activities in 1992", Mar. 31, 1994; Intelligence report, "Terrorism: Historical Background of the Islamic Army and bin Ladin's Move from Afghanistan to Sudan", Nov. 26, 1996; CIA analytic report,"Old School Ties," Mar. 10, 2003.
- Fainaru, Steve. Washington Post, "Mysterious trip to Flight 77 Cockpit: Suicide Pilot's conversion to radical Islam remains obscure", September 10, 2002
- Federal Bureau of Investigation, Interview of anonymous source, May 15, 1998
- "The Osama bin Laden I Know", supra note 11, at page 126.
- CSIS, Summary of the Security Intelligence Report concerning Mohammad Zeki Mahjoub, February 2008
- Mahjoub, Mohammad. Affidavit filed September 6, 2000 in the case Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub
- Transcript of Proceedings, Volume 9, Between Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Solicitor General of Canada and Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub, March 5, 2001, p. 852, Exhibit 15
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service, "Summary of the Security Intelligence Report concerning Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub"
- Silverstein, Ken. Los Angeles Times, "Official Pariah Sudan Valuable to America's War on Terrorism", April 29, 2005
- Tenet, George, "At the Centre of the Storm", 2007. pp 270-271