Lawyers accuse Saudi Arabia of supporting “dry run” for 9/11
Saudi Arabian government in Washington might have founded a “dry run” for 9/11 attacks for two Saudis, according to the evidence recently submitted in the ongoing lawsuit against the Kingdom.
Lawyers of the victims’ families say there is proof that two years prior to the 9/11 attacks the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the US paid for a flight from Phoenix to Washington for two Saudis – Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi. Both allegedly lived in the USA undercover as students and participated in a terrorist conspiracy.
In November, 1999, during an America West flight to Washington, Qudhaeein and Shalawi tried to enter the cockpit. They wanted to check flight-deck security before hijackings, according to the FBI documents, cited by the plaintiffs’ attorney.
FBI documentation reveals that Shalawi and Qudhaeein worked for the Saudi Arabian government. At the same time they were members of “the Kingdom’s network of agents in the US. Moreover, they trained at al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan when some hijackers were there. In Arizona, Saudis had regular contacts with a Saudi hijacker pilot and a senior al Qaeda leader.
“We’ve long asserted that there were longstanding and close relationships between al Qaeda and the religious components of the Saudi government,” Sean Carter, main lawyer for the 9/11 complainants, told the New York Post.
Earlier, in 2016, the US Congress revealed suspicions about the connection between the Saudi government and the hijackers.
On September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda organized four terrorist attacks on the United States. Four passenger planes were hijacked by 19 al Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes were crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York. A third plane, was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. As a result, 3 thousand people were killed.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers held Saudi passports.