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* Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid was born in Egypt in 1955. He is also known by the alias Sheikh Saeed and was jailed in Egypt in 1982 in connection with the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. After his release in the mid 80s’ Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid fled to Afghanistan and became a veteran of the first Afghan war against the Soviet Union and a senior commander of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid is suspected by USA intelligence sources as helping to finance The 9/11. He is thought to have climbed to the number three position in Al Qaeda about a year ago (2007) when his predecessor, Abu Obaidah al-Masri, died of hepatitis in Pakistan.

On Tuesday 07/22/2008 Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid gave an interview to the independent Pakistani TV station Geo. The interview, believed to be filmed in Khost in East Afghanistan, is the first interview granted by a senior Al Qaeda member to the independent media since 05/2002 when two key figures in The 9/11 attacks, Khalid Shaik Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh, were questioned by a reporter for the al-Jazeera television channel.

In the interview Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid confirmed that an Al Qaeda operative carried out the 06/02/2008 suicide Danish Embassy Attack in Islamabad, which was carried out, according to his description, by a Saudi from Mecca. “We had chosen a time for the attack when there would be no innocent Muslims around,” and that the attack was in revenge for the reprinting by Danish newspapers of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad considered blasphemous by many Muslims.

Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told the Geo interviewer that Al Qaeda was “properly involved” in those attacks, as well as the 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (See – 08/07/1998 ).

Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid also denounced the Pakistani government for fighting Islamic militants, justified suicide attacks and predicted victory for Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan.

Epilogue ; 

* On 08/12/2008 Pakistani security officials announced the death of Abu Saeed al-Masri  – the nickname of Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid (See – Al-Masri 08.12.08 ). Eventually Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid survived the proclamation. He reappeared in a new footage, distributed in the web on 02/10/2009 (see – Yazid-footage ).  

Eventually Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid was killed, with his wife and two of his sons, in an American drone missile attack in Waziristan, Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan, sometime in mid 05/2010 (see -Al-Yazid Death ).

 

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