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September 11: Funds traced to Pakistan, according to FBI

by Anwar Iqbal

DAWN,  1 August 2003
www.globalresearch.ca 5 August 2003

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The following article published in the Pakistani daily DAWN, corroborates our earlier reports regarding the role of Pakistan's ISI in the 9/11 attacks.

However at the same token, this report by John Pistole of the FBI counter terrorism division opens up "a can of worms". 

1. It confirms the FBI September 2001 report on the financing of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which was made public by ABC News on September  28, 2001. This report, which was confirmed by a report of Indian Intelligence (Times of India Oct 9, 2001) points to the role of former ISI head general Mahmoud Ahamad  

2. If the FBI now acknowledges the its earlier report released in late September 2001 on the role of the ISI in (and former ISI head General Mahmoud), several key Bush who had closed links with Pakistan's ISI are also involved.  (Michel chossudovsky,

A senior official of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has informed US lawmakers that funding for the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States was traced to Pakistan.

John S. Pistole, deputy assistant director of the FBI's counter-terrorism division, told the Senate governmental affairs committee on Thursday afternoon, that investigators had "traced the origin of the funding of the 9/11 attacks back to financial accounts in Pakistan."

He said high-ranking and well-known Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan "played a major role in moving the money forward, eventually into the hands of the hijackers located in the United States."

Mr Pistole did not specify in his testimony how those accounts in Pakistan were funded.

The FBI has estimated that the 9/11 attacks cost between $175,000-250,000. That money, which paid for flight training, travel and other expenses, flowed to the hijackers through associates in Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

Al-Qaeda associates reported to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who managed much of the planning for the attacks from Pakistan, the FBI said. Mr Pistole did not discuss reports that some support for the Sept 11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia as well.

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