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Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh
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Retrieved May 27, 2008

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (sometimes known as Umar Sheikh, Sheikh Omar[1], Sheik Syed[2], or by the alias "Mustafa Muhammad Ahmad"[3]) (b. December 23, 1973) is a British-born militant of Pakistani descent with alleged links to various Islamic-based organisations, including Jaish-e-Mohammed, Al-Qaeda, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Taliban.

He was arrested and served time in prison for the 1994 abduction of several British nationals in India, an act which he acknowledges, he was released from captivity in 1999 and provided safe passage into Pakistan, apparently with the support of Pakistan and the Taliban (the hijackers were Pakistanis) in an Indian Airlines plane hijacking. He is most well-known for his alleged role in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Sheikh Omar Saeed was arrested by Pakistani police on February 12, 2002, in Lahore, in conjunction with the Pearl kidnapping,[4] and was sentenced to death on July 15, 2002[5] for killing Pearl. His judicial appeal has not yet been heard. The delay has been alleged to be due to his reported links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.[6]

Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf, in his book In the Line of Fire stated that Sheikh was originally recruited by British intelligence agency, MI6, while studying at the London School of Economics. He alleges Omar Sheikh was sent to the Balkans by MI6 to engage in jihadi operations. Musharraf later went on to state "At some point, he probably became a rogue or double agent".[7]


Media descriptions

The Times describes Saeed Sheikh as "no ordinary terrorist but a man who has connections that reach high into Pakistan's military and intelligence elite and into the innermost circles of Osama Bin Laden and the al-Qaeda organization." According to ABC, Sheikh began working for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence in 1993. By 1994 he was operating training camps in Afghanistan and had earned the title of bin Laden's "special son."[citation needed]

In May 2002, the Washington Post quotes an unnamed Pakistani as saying that the ISI paid Sheikh's legal fees during his 1994 trial in India on charges of kidnap. However, this claim has not been confirmed by any other source.

US authorities have also named Saeed Sheikh as a key figure in the funding of the 9/11 attacks. [12]

Alleged connection to 9/11

On October 6, 2001, a senior-level U.S. government official told CNN that U.S. investigators had discovered Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (Sheik Syed), using the alias "Mustafa Muhammad Ahmad" had sent about $100,000 from the United Arab Emirates to Mohammed Atta. "Investigators said Atta then distributed the funds to conspirators in Florida in the weeks before the deadliest acts of terrorism on U.S. soil that destroyed the World Trade Center, heavily damaged the Pentagon and left thousands dead. In addition, sources have said Atta sent thousands of dollars -- believed to be excess funds from the operation -- back to Saeed in the United Arab Emirates in the days before September 11. CNN later confirmed this. [1]

The 9/11 Commission's Final Report states that the source of the funds "remains unknown."

More than a month after the money transfer was discovered, the head of ISI, General Mahmoud Ahmad resigned from his position. It was reported that the FBI was investigating the possibility that Gen. Ahmed ordered Saeed Sheikh to send the $100,000 to Atta [2]; there were also claims that Indian intelligence had already produced proof for the Pakistani administration that this was so.

The Wall Street Journal was one of the only Western news organizations to follow up on the story, citing the Times of India: "US authorities sought General Mahmoud Ahmad's removal after confirming the fact that $100,000 was wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from Pakistan by Ahmad Umar Sheikh at the instance of General Mahmoud."[3] Another Indian newspaper, the Daily Excelsior, quoting FBI sources, reported that the "FBIs examination of the hard disk of the cellphone company Omar Sheikh had subscribed to led to the discovery of the "link" between him and the deposed chief of the Pakistani ISI, Mahmoud Ahmad. And as the FBI investigators delved deep, sensational reports surfaced with regard to the transfer of 100,000 dollars to Mohammed Atta, one of the kamikaze pilots who flew his Boeing into the World Trade Centre. General Mahmoud Ahmad, the FBI investigators found, fully knew about the transfer of money to Atta."[4]

The Pittsburgh Tribune notes that there "are many in Musharraf's government who believe that Saeed Sheikh's power comes not from the ISI, but from his connections with our own CIA."[5]

Sheikh rose to prominence with the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who at the time was in Pakistan investigating connections between the ISI and Islamic militant groups. In Pakistan, Sheikh was sentenced to death for killing Pearl, however his complicity in the execution and the reasons behind it are in dispute.

In an opinion piece published by the Wall Street Journal, Tunku Varadarajan has claimed that It is a fact that General Mahmoud Ahmad, then head of the ISI, wired $100,000 to Mohammed Atta before 9/11 through an intermediary."[13]

1. ^ Note that this term is more commonly used in reference to Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman
2. ^ Syed being a wrong transliteration of ????
3. ^ October 6, 2001. "Suspected hijack bankroller freed by India in '99. Retrieved on 2006-09-22.
4. ^ CNN Transcript "Suspected Mastermind of Pearl Killing Arrested". Retrieved on 2006-06-29. February 12, 2002.
5. ^ a b Ansari, Massoud. "The Mystery Thickens.". Retrieved on 2006-06-29. Newsline April 2005.
6. ^ Jane Mayer. "The Black Sites: A rare look inside the C.I.A.s secret interrogation program.", New Yorker, August 13, 2007.
7. ^ "CIA paid Pakistan for terror suspects", The Australian, September 26, 2006.,20867,20476793-601,00.html
8. ^ a b Sadaqat Jan. "Lawyer to Appeal Pearl Case Conviction", Washington Post, March 18, 2007.
9. ^ "Kidnap journalist is dead, claims militant". Retrieved on 2006-06-29.
10. ^ "Daniel Pearl's murder: Omar to utilise Khalids claim", Daily Times, March 19, 2007.
11. ^ a b McGinty, Stephen. The Scotsman, July 16, 2002. "The English Islamic Terrorist.". Retrieved on 2006-09-22.
12. ^ Suspected hijack bankroller freed by India in '99. CNN (October 6, 2001). Retrieved on 2007-05-24.
13. ^ TUNKU VARADARAJAN (September 18, 2003). A Philosopher Leaves His Study: Bernard-Henri Lvy's "Who Killed Daniel Pearl?". Retrieved on 2007-12-20.
14. ^ CNN Transcript "Suspected Mastermind of Pearl Killing Arrested". Retrieved on 2006-06-29. February 12, 2002.
15. ^ Wright, Abi. Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2006. "Heading into Danger.". Retrieved on 2006-06-29.
16. ^ "Frost over the World - Benazir Bhutto - 02 Nov 07 ". Retrieved on 2008-01-15.
17. ^ "Bhutto and Bin Laden in the rumor mill". Retrieved on 2008-01-18.
18. ^ "Bhutto would take US aid against bin Laden". Retrieved on 2008-01-18.

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