Omar Abdel Rahman

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Thousands Attend Funeral for Plotter of 1993 WTC Bombing

Omar Abdel-Rahman died Saturday in a US prison

(Newser) - Thousands of mourners gathered Wednesday in Egypt for the funeral of the man convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center that left six people dead, Reuters reports. Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the "blind sheikh," died Saturday in a US prison at the... More »

Man Convicted in World Trade Center Bombing Dies in Prison

The 'blind sheikh' Omar Abdel-Rahman was convicted in 1995

(Newser) - The man known as the "blind sheikh," who was convicted of plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorist attacks in New York City, died Saturday in a North Carolina jail, CBS News reports. According to the AP , Omar Abdel-Rahman, born in Egypt, had been blind... More »

One of FBI's 'Most Valuable, Vilified' Informants Speaks

Emad Salem comes out of hiding

(Newser) - As an undercover informant for the FBI in the early '90s, Emad Salem infiltrated the terrorist cell behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, ultimately becoming head of security for Omar Abdel Rahman, the "blind sheik." In 1995, his testimony led to the convictions of Abdel Rahman... More »

Big Reveal: FBI Had Mole Who Met bin Laden—in 1993

He then died on a CIA mission

(Newser) - The FBI once had a mole so deep within al-Qaeda that he met with Osama bin Laden and provided the intelligence necessary to thwart his planned attack on a Masonic Lodge in LA, new investigative reports from the Washington Times and NBC News have revealed. The informant started out as... More »

Bought Cigarettes in NY? You May Have Funded Terror

Authorities arrest 15 men in alleged smuggling ring that sold in state

(Newser) - Police have uncovered a cigarette-smuggling operation whose proceeds may have gone to terrorist groups, they say. Sixteen Palestinians were indicted yesterday (and all but one arrested) in the East Coast effort, which saw some 1 million cartons of cigarettes trucked into the state from Virginia, where they were sold to... More »

Algerian Militants Tell US to Free 2 Jailed Terrorists

Report says they will free US hostages in return

(Newser) - A day after Algeria said it had wrapped up its mission to free hostages held by militants at a desert gas facility, the situation remains anything but wrapped up. By most accounts, dozens of hostages are still being held, with an unspecified number of Americans among them. Some developments:
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