Anwar Al-Awlaki was the Imam for the 9/11 hijackers at the Al-Ribat Al-Islami mosque (also known as Rabat) on the La Mesa-San Diego border (see February-August 2000). US investigators will later conclude he is connected to al-Qaeda and involved in the 9/11 plot. After living together in Phoenix since December 2000, 9/11 hijackers Hani Hanjour and Nawaf Alhazmi move to Falls Church, Virginia, where Imam Anwar al-Awlaki now preaches. The FBI says Anwar al-Awlaki had closed door meetings with hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar in 2000 while all three of them were living in San Diego. Police later find the phone number of Anwar al-Awlaki’s mosque when they search “would-be twentieth hijacker” Ramzi bin al-Shibh’s apartment in Germany.
June 1999-March 2000: FBI Investigates Al-Qaeda-Linked Imam Anwar al-Awlaki and Misses His Contacts with 9/11 Hijackers. The FBI conducts a counterterrorism inquiry into Anwar al-Awlaki, an Imam who will later be suspected of involvement in the 9/11 plot. He serves as the “spiritual leader” to several of the hijackers (see March 2001 and After), and by 2008 US intelligence will determine he is linked to al-Qaeda (see February 27, 2008). The investigation is opened when it is learned he had been visited by a “procurement agent” for bin Laden, Ziyad Khaleel. Khaleel had helped buy a satellite phone for bin Laden; when he is arrested in December 1999 he reportedly tells the FBI crucial details about al-Qaeda operations in the US.
Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa DOB 6/23/1964, roommate of Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat in the St Louis metro area prior to March of 2000.
Name: KHALEEL, ZIYAD H
AKAs: SADAQA, ZIYAD H
SSN: 366-06-XXXX, Issued in Michigan 1988-1989
Addresses: Broadway #157, Columbia MO 65203
Goodson St, Hamtramck MI 48212
Sun Tree Cir 55, Orlando FL 32807
Cedar Bend Cir, Orlando FL 32825
Willow Pond Ct 102, Orlando FL 32825
Dorothy St 2, Hamtramck MI 48211
Bloom St, Hamtramck MI 48212
Oliver St, Hamtramck MI 48211
December 29, 1999: Bin Laden’s ‘Florida Procurement Agent’ Ziyad Khaleel Detained in Jordan: Police in Jordan detain Ziyad Khaleel, who the FBI calls a Florida-based “procurement agent” for Osama bin Laden. The FBI says Khaleel’s role is to “procure computers, satellite telephones, and covert surveillance equipment” for al-Qaeda leaders. [Newsweek, 2/7/2000] In 1995, Khaleel started studied at Columbia College in Kansas City. The following year, using money sent by others, the FBI monitored him as he helped bin Laden buy a satellite phone (see November 1996-Late December 1999 and November 1996-Late August 1998). He continued to buy new minutes and parts for the phone at least through 1998 (see July 29-August 7, 1998). [Knight Ridder, 9/20/2001]
While living in the US, Ziyad Khaleel also was helping Hamas, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and working as a regional director for the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), which was directly funding bin Laden (see November 1996-Late December 1999). US intelligence also linked him to the Al-Kifah Refugee Center in 1994, a charity front with ties to both bin Laden and the CIA (see 1986-1993). Once in custody, Khaleel cooperates with the FBI and is said to provide “crucial evidence about bin Laden’s US operations.” But he is quickly released. He will graduate from Columbia College Columbia MO later in 2000. [Newsweek, 2/7/2000; Knight Ridder, 9/20/2001] He will continue to raise money in the US for Palestinian groups the US government will later say are terrorist-related. He will leave the US around early 2001 and apparently dies in a car crash in Saudi Arabia in 2002. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/22/2003; Newsweek, 10/20/2004]
"A sheikh named Muneer Arafat came to St. Louis talking all that jihad talk prior to the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks". In St. Louis, 1996 to 2000, Muneer Arafat became a well-known lecturer at different Masjids and built up quite a following. He gave lectures at local mosques that almost exclusively focused on jihad week in and week out and this got him into trouble with Sheikh Muhammad Nur of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis who at one point banned him from giving lectures at the Gateway Masjid.
Muneer Arafat was the Imam at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB) Mosque from early March 2000 to the end of 2003, at the time it was a little wood frame house on N. Lockwood Ridge Rd, he showed up just prior to Mohamed Atta and the rest of the 9/11 terrorists in nearby Nokomis Fl in June 2000. Imam Muneer Arafat quotes “I’m not opposed to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s goal of destroying Israel and replacing it with an Islamic state”. “Muslims need to stay unified, and they should support the Palestinian uprising known as the intifada”. Muneer Arafat had a roommate and associate by the name of Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa in Columbia MO prior to Muneer Arafat’s March 2000 arrival in Sarasota Fl. Mohamed Atta and several other 9/11 Hijackers arrive in the Venice-Sarasota Fl area in June 2000. Imam Muneer Arafat has advocated suicide bombers in his sermons, see one such given at the Islamic Institute of Orange County; Dec. 23, 2005 Sh. Muneer Arafat – Friday khutbah 31 minutes 5.24 MB.Sarasota Saudi Family Had Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah over to 4224 Escondito Circle Prior to 9/11 Attack. According to lawsuit filed by the Broward Bulldog online newspaper and Dan Christensen against the DOJ and the FBI in US District Court, Southern District of Florida, Sarasota Saudi Family members had Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah over to 4224 Escondito Circle Sarasota Fl Prior to the 9/11 suicide jetliner attack.
According to security people at the Prestancia gated community in Sarasota the license plates of vehicles owned by Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah had been to 4224 Escondito Circle Prior to 9/11 Attack. During the time period of June 2000 to August of 2001 Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah appear to have visited Esam Ghazzawi and Abdulaziz al-Hijji at 4224 Escondito Circle Prior to 9/11 Attack. I had run the license plate of Mohamed Atta, D79DDV, on May 27 2002 it was on a 1989 red Pontiac, Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi had been living on W. Laurel Rd in Nokomis Fl, see photo above.
From June of 2002 I was able to piece together a Muslim used car ring that sent vehicles to the Mid-East for resale with dubious sources of where the funds came from to purchase said vehicles. During my investigation of the Sarasota Muslim used car dealers in November of 2002 I came across the vehicle of Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat parked in the driveway of one of the Sarasota Muslim used car dealers. It appears that Sarasota Muslims Esam Ghazzawi, Abdulaziz al-Hijji, and Wissam Hammoud had all attended the Islamic Center of Sarasota Bradenton while Muneer Arafat was the Imam or holy man at the Islamic Center of Sarasota Bradenton on Lockwood Ridge Rd Sarasota Fl from March of 2000 to August of 2001 just prior to the 9/11 attack.