Monday, August 15, 2005

Top al Qaeda operative, Sakra, 'worked for the CIA'.

http://www.zaman.com/?bl=national&alt=&trh=20050815&hn=23006

Ercan Gun, at zaman.com 15 Agust 2005, reports on the

Syrian 'Al Qaeda Militant' Luai Sakra who was arrested

for organizing the double bomb attacks in Istanbul on

15-23 November 2003.

Sakra 'has confessed to Turkish police that he

provided the attackers of 9 11 with passports'.

Sarka reportedly said: “I was one of the people who

knew the perpetrators of September 11, and knew the

time and plan before the attacks. I also participated

in the preparations for the attacks to WTI and

Pentagon. I provided money and passports.”

Reportedly, some of the passports, which Sakra claimed

to have provided himself, were found in the ruins of

WTI.

http://www.zaman.com/?bl=national&alt=&trh=20050815&hn=22982

Ercan Gun, on 15 August 2005 at zaman.com, wonders if

Al-Qaeda is a Secret Service operation?

Sakra has been interrogated for 4 days at the Istanbul

Anti-Terror Department Headquarters. Reportedly this

has provided some important information.

According to Ercan Gun, Turkish intelligence

specialists now believe:

2. Al Qaeda is linked to a strategy of tension.

3. Sakra, the fifth most senior man in al-Qaeda, was

offered employment by the CIA. The CIA gave him a

large sum of money.

Reportedly, in 2000 the CIA asked the Turkish security

service MIT to capture Sakra. MIT caught Sakra in

Turkey and interrogated him.

At a different period of time, Sakra was sought and

caught by Syria's al-Mukhabarat. Syria too offered him

employment. Sakra eventually became a triple agent for

the secret services.

A ‘Strange’ Al Qaeda Leader: “I Don’t Pray, I Drink

Alcohol’

ANKARA - Luai Sakra, one of the 5 most important key

figures in Al Qaeda, was captured last week by Turkish

Police. Israel police was almost spoiling all

operation, Turkish officials say. Sakra, who has been

interrogated in Istanbul Police Department Anti Terror

Office for 4 days has made many interesting

confessions. He noted that he knew Muhammad Ata,

planner of the attacks on the WTI and Pentagon. Sakra

claimed that he has organized terrorist activities for

Jihad but he said that he drinks alcohol and does not

pray.

* Al Qaeda Militant Luai Sakra, arrested for

organizing the double bomb attacks in Istanbul on

15-23 November, has claimed to have played a role in

the September 11 attacks to World Trade Center (WTI)

in New York.

* Sakra claimed that he helped the militants who

involved the 9/11 Attacks. Sarka said: “I provided

them passport and other things.”

* Sarka said: “I was one of the people who knew the

perpetrators of September 11, and knew the time and

plan before the attacks. I also participated in the

preparations for the attacks to WTI and Pentagon. I

provided money and passports.”

* Some of the passports, which Sakra claimed to have

provided himself, were strangely found in the ruins of

WTI.

* Sakra: “I do not pray. I drink alcohol and like very

much drinking”

* Turkish police asked Sakra whether he like to pray

after the operation. But he rejected the offer and

said “I do not pray. I do not like praying”.

* “I do drink alcohol and I prefer like whisky and

wine” Sakra added.

* Remarkable anecdotes have emerged between Sakra and

the police during his interrogation. The Security

Directorate officials told Sakra that he might perform

his religious practices to have a better dialogue with

him and to gain his confidence. "I do not pray. I also

drink alcohol," Sakra told officials. Officials said

Adnan Ersoz and Harun Ilhan, who were detained for

connections to the Istanbul attacks, had perfomed

their religious practices. The police said such an

attitude at the top-level of al-Qaeda was confusing.

Security officials noted the al-Qaeda militant has

been undergoing psychological therapy and said the

following about Sakra: "He has an intellect of a

genius. He might develop plans according to momentary

situation. There were medicines on him for his illness

when he was arrested. He is still undergoing therapy

either for manic-depression or panic attacks. He has

no university degree but there are doctors and

engineers among his siblings. He says he is of

Turkish-origin."

“I KNEW LONDON ATTACK”

* Sakra also confessed that he knew the London attack

before the assaults happened.

* Sakra however claims that he knew nothing about the

Egypt bombings. Luai Sakra, who is said to be one of

the 5 most important members of Al Qaeda, said that he

had no connection with the attacks in Sharm Al Sheikh,

where 88 people were killed.

* Turkey on the other hand is not happy with the

Israeli terrorism warnings before the operation.

Turkish officials argue that Israel used the secret

intelligence Turkey provided to warn the public.

“However, it may had spoiled all the operation, and

all the militants might escape” one of the security

man said. Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul also

said “what is Israel made is a shame”. Israel had

warned its citizens not to visit Turkey last week

because of the Al Qaeda risk.

* Sakra was detained after forged passports were

discovered in a flat. Turkish police continues the

investigation.

* Confessions of Sakra, who was interrogated at the

Istanbul Anti-Terror Directorate, have not been turned

into an official statement. Sakra's conversations with

police were written down as an official report signed

by officials participating in his interrogation, but

Sakra is using his right of silence.