BIN LADIN PREPARING TO HIJACK US AIRCRAFT AND OTHER ATTACKS

Created: 12/4/1998

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SUBJECT: Bio Ladin Preparing To Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks

Rr pogests Bin Ladra and bis allies are preparing for attacks in the US. inducting an aircraft hijacking to obtain the release of Shaykb *Umar "Abd al-Rafaman, Ramzi Yousef, and Muhammadwda. One sourceenior member of the Gama'at al-hlamiyya (IG) saying thai, as of laic October, the IG had cornpleeed planning for an operation in the US oo behalf of Bin Ladin, but that the operation was onenior Bin Ladin operative from Saudi Arabia was to visit-IG counterparts in the US soon thereafter to discussincluding an aiicraft hijacking.

IG leader Islambnli in late September was planning toS airliner during the "next couple of weeks" to free 'Abd al-Rahman and the other prisoners, according to what mayifferent source.

Tbe same source late last month said that Bin Ladin might implement plans to hijack US aircraft before the beginning of Ramadan onecember and tbat two members of the operational team had evaded security checksecent trial run at an unidentified New York airport. eHaeeaeal

% Some members of the Bin Ladin network have received hijack training, according to various sources, but no group directly tied to Bin Ladin's al-Qa'ida organization has ever carried out aa aircraft hijacking. Bin Ladin could be weighing other types of operations against US aircraft. According 'oHHHH^ October obtainedissiles and mttnded to move them from Yemen into Saudi Arabia to shoot down an Egyptian plane or, ifS rrnlitary or civilian aiicraft.

A aeaeaeaeaeettri October icjd^ thai unspecified "extremist elements" in Yemen had acquired

BBBBBBeat indicate the Bin Ladin organization or its allies are moving closer to implementing anti-US attacks at unspecified locations, but we do not know whether tbey are related to attacks onin ladin associate in Sudan late last montholleague in Kandahar that he hadroup of containers to Afghanistan.fin associates also talked about the movement of containers to Afghanistan before tbe East Africa bcanbmgs.

Bin Ladin associates last month discussed pickingackage in Malaysia. One tokl his colleague in Malaysia that "they" were in themonth [of pregnancy].'"

An alleged Bin ladin supporter in Yemen late last month remariced to his mother that he planned to work in "commerce" from abroad and said his impendinghich would take place soon, wouldommerce" and' uuuriage" often are codewords for terrorist

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DECLASSIFICATION OF8 PRESIDENT'S DAILY BRIEF UNDER) OF THE EXECUTIVE, AS AMENDED

As authorized by the President and in accordance with) of Executive, asereby declassify the8 President's Daily Brief (PDB). This shall not be deemed to constitute any precedent concerning any future declassification or release of any other PDB.

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