Jamal Ahmed Al-Fadl says he was part of Osama bib Laden's "terrorist" network.
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terrorist network in the world, the US government, would accuse others of
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Witness describes terrorist's U.S. plans
Bin Laden wanted to destroy `snake'
BY COLUM LYNCH
NEW YORK -- A defector from Osama bin Laden's terrorist network gave a
dramatic account of its inner workings Tuesday, telling a New York jury
that the militant Islamic organization received military and political
support from Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and from Sudan's ruling
Jamal Ahmed Al-Fadl, who has been a U.S. informant since 1996 and whose
identity had previously been kept secret by the government, was the first
witness in the federal trial of four men accused of conspiring to bomb the
American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on Aug. 7, 1998.
Al-Fadl said he was inducted into the group -- known as al Qaeda, Arabic
for ``the Base'' -- as one of its earliest members in 1989 in Afghanistan.
He also said he was present when bin Laden declared war on the United
States in the early 1990s and vowed to drive American forces from Saudi
Arabia and other Arab countries.
``We have to cut the head off the snake and stop them,'' Al-Fadl quoted
Bin Laden as saying in late 1993. ``The snake is America.''
Dressed in blue jeans and a white skull cap, the 38-year-old former
Sudanese militant described the organization's political structure,
military strategy and links to Islamic revolutionaries from Chechnya to
Yemen, including its purchase of farms for military training in Sudan.
Al-Fadl said al Qaeda was founded in 1989 by Islamic freedom fighters who
had driven the Soviet army out of Afghanistan.
When the war ended, bin Laden, the son of a Saudi construction magnate,
found a new enemy: moderate, pro-Western Arab governments, including Egypt
and Saudi Arabia, and the United States. And he moved his headquarters to
the Sudan, establishing a series of businesses to conceal the group's
activities and finance its operations.
Al-Fadl said bin Laden first declared war on the United States in 1991,
after American troops established bases in Saudi Arabia, site of Islam's
holiest places, to drive Iraq from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War.
``They can't let the American army stay in the Gulf, taking our oil,
taking our money,'' Al-Fadl quoted bin Laden as saying. ``We have to do
something to take them out. We have to fight them.''
According to the prosecution, Al-Fadl -- he previously had been identified
in court documents only as ``CS-1,'' for Confidential Source No. 1 --
broke ranks with bin Laden after he was caught stealing money from the
Saudi exile, who is now believed to be living in Afghanistan. Al-Fadl has
pleaded guilty to an unspecified charge and is cooperating with the
government under a plea agreement, prosecutors said.
``In an attempt to save himself and his family, he approached the American
government and offered to provide information,'' Assistant U.S. Attorney
Paul Butler said in his opening argument Monday.
Al-Fadl said he had lived and studied in the United States in the
mid-1980s and attended a mosque in Brooklyn where he was recruited to
fight in Afghanistan against the Soviets.
There, he met bin Laden. At the end of the Afghan war, he said, bin Laden
proposed to form a new organization ``to change our [Arab] governments. We
need one Muslim government for the whole Muslim world.''
Al-Fadl said he then traveled with his brother to a secret guest house in
Afghanistan, where he signed three papers and swore allegiance to al
Qaeda, pledging his life to a holy war. ``Whatever it was they ask you,
you have to do it,'' he said.
Although Al-Fadl claims to have played no direct role in the bombings of
the U.S. embassies, which killed 224 people and injured more than 4,000,
the prosecutions hopes that his testimony will help show that al Qaeda is
a sophisticated organization determined to kill Americans around the
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