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Man linked to 9/11 attacks detained in Syria: Pentagon

Published: April 20, 2018 15:35:54 | Updated: April 21, 2018 10:39:20


US-backed forces in Syria nabbed a man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, the Pentagon has announced.

“We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by the US-backed forces,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

In the 9/11 Commission report, Zammar was described as an "outspoken, flamboyant Islamist" who enthusiastically praised "the virtues of violent jihad," according to global media reports.

He also reportedly said he influenced Mohammed Atta, one of the hijackers, and Ramzi Binalshibh, who is accused of assisting the hijackers and al Qaeda operatives.

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