THE INTEROGATION OF AHMAD WALI SIDDIQUI
Ahmad Wali Siddiqui often drove the father of Mounir el Motassadeq to jail visits with Motassadeq, who was sentenced in 2007 to 15 years. Like Motassadeq, Ahmad Siddiqui also worked at the Hamburg airport, where he did cleaning work on aircrafts.
In Germany Ahmad Wali Siddiqui was recruited in Taiba Mosque by Naamen Meziche and joined the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan -IMU. In 03/2009 Ahmad Siddiqui, like many others -IMU members recruited in Germany, left Germany to Pakistan. Ahmad Siddiqui left Germany together with his Indonesian wife, his brother Sulyman Siddiqui and another married couple from Hamburg. They are believed to have flown from Qatar to Peshawar, the administrative capital of FATA region on the border with Afghanistan, in ordered to travel from there to the Afghan-Pakistani border region.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan -IMU is based mainly in North Waziristan, FATA tribal region in North West Pakistan, the stronghold of Jalaluddin Haqqani’s network, and operates in full cooperation with other Jihadi militant groups in the region.
In Afghanistan Ahmad Wali Siddiqui was captured by American forces, in early 07/2010, in Kabul, according to Der Spiegel weekly, reported on Saturday 09/04/2010. In 06/2010 the Pakistani authorities arrested in North Waziristan a German citizen, Rami M. Makanesi, who was later extradited to Germany in 08/2010. It is most likely that Rami Makanesi provided the initial leads to the arrest of Ahmad Siddiqui about a month later. Ahmad Siddiqui is nowadays detained in US Air base in Baghram, North of Kabul (see – Bagram Row ).
In USA custody Ahmad Siddiqui proved himself as a “major source” of information about Islamic Jihadi activity in Europe related mainly to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistn –IMU.
Ahmad Wali Siddiqui identified Rami Makanesi (see – Rami Cell ) as the head of Al Qaeda in Hamburg and gave detailed information about Jihadi activity in Taiba Mosque in Hamburg, which led the German authorities to close the Mosque on 08/09/2010.
Altogether Ahmad Wali Siddiqui’s interrogation led also to the arrest of the Oslo AQ Cell in Norway, on 07/08/2010 (see – Norwegian Arrests), to the arrest of Salih S. in Germany in early 08/2010 and probably to the arrest of Abid Nasser in Scotland, on 07/07/2010, too.
But the highlight of Ahmad S.’s interrogation was the exposure of a Mumbai Carnage style plot to attack simultaneously several capitals in Europe (see – All-Europe Plot ), which was thought up by a group of British and German citizens in North Waziristan. He also handed over their system of communications and methods of using cell phones which enabled the CIA and other Western intelligence services to monitor the group and often to locate their direct position.
Based on this information the CIA, according to the Wall Street Journal reported, on Tuesday 09/28/2010, has ramped up missile strikes against militants in Pakistan’s FATA tribal regions. According to the article, the strikes, launched from unmanned UAV drones, represent a rare use of the CIA’s drone campaign to preempt a possible terror attack on the West.
But according to a Pakistani official, on 09/30/2010, from 2 Britons and 8 Germans only one suspect, Abdul Jabbar, was killed by a missile attack, on 09/08/2010. The other suspects are still at large somewhere on the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan plotting the next attack on Europe (see – AQ-European Cell ).
A. The Islamic militants connected to Ahmad S. should have understood after his arrest or at least after the raid on Taiba Mosque in Hamburg, on 08/09/2010, that they, their communication methods and plans were exposed to Western intelligence community.
B. All Islamic militant organizations in Pakistan are fully aware of the technological capacities of the CIA and used it in the past more than once to mislead the USA intelligence. The ongoing usage of cell phones by the alleged plotters and the poor success of the CIA in killing only one of ten specific fugitives suggest it is the case also this time.
C. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan –IMU has emerged from a relatively minor Islamic militant organization to a major force in carrying terror attacks into the Western society.
** Ahmad Siddiqui’s trial was oppened in Koblenz, Germany, on Monday 03/19/2012. He basically admitted the charges against him.
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