The 9/11 mastermind has offered to help families of victims who are suing Saudi Arabia for its role in the terror attack in exchange for his life.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, believed to be the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, may have inside information that could help the cases of the families suing Saudi Arabia for billions of dollars in damages.
Until now, Mohammed refused to be deposed in the cases. However, he recently indicated that if the government would refrain from seeking his execution, he would be willing to talk.
Mohammed, now 55, has been held for almost 13 years at the U.S. government’s military base in Guantanamo, Cuba with four other accused 9/11 terrorists. Close to 3,000 people died in the attacks.
The accused are charged with hijacking four planes and attacking the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon. A fourth plane which was headed toward Washington, D.C. crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers fought with the hijackers.
Although the Saudi government has long since denied involvement in the attacks, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.
The Saudis have fought the lawsuits, claiming they deserve sovereign immunity and arguing for the dismissal of the cases.
Last week, President Trump signed into law a bill which replenished the government fund for victims and families of the 9/11 attacks. The bill provides over $10 billion for the fund over the next decade for first responders and other victims of the attacks.
Funding for the new bill is guaranteed through 2092, and allows applicants to reapply in 2090.
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Meanwhile, recent reports that Hamza bin Laden , son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in sometime in the last two years have yet to be confirmed. Osama bin Laden was the leader of al-Qaeda and the force behind the 9/11 attacks. Osama was killed by American forces in May 2011.
Hamza, believed to be about 30 years old and heir apparent to the leadership of al-Qaeda, was last heard from in March 2018.
“What are the facts?” Ran Meir, Clarion’s Arab affairs analyst and Shillman Fellow, asked.
“Three U.S. officials confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but they gave no details or the day that it happened. While it’s true that we haven’t heard from him since March 2018, we cannot be absolutely sure he’s dead based on this announcement.
“We also had similar reports in the past about [ISIS leader] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi until he resurfaced in April 2019. We had similar reports about Hamza’s father Osama bin Laden a few times until they really killed him. And we even had similar assumptions recently regarding [Hezbollah head Hassan] Nasrallah’s health that proved to be wrong.
“The latest reports placed Hamza in one of two locations, both of which he knows well — close to the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan or in Iran, under the protection of the IRGC.”