Monday, August 15, 2005
Top al Qaeda operative, Sakra, 'worked for the CIA'.
Ercan Gun, at zaman.com 15 Agust 2005, reports on the
Syrian 'Al Qaeda Militant' Luai Sakra who was arrested
for organizing the double bomb attacks in Istanbul on
15-23 November 2003.
Sakra 'has confessed to Turkish police that he
provided the attackers of 9 11 with passports'.
Sakra 'claims that he knew Muhammad Ata'.
Sakra 'claims he drinks alcohol and does not pray'.
Sarka reportedly said: I was one of the people who
knew the perpetrators of September 11, and knew the
time and plan before the attacks. I also participated
in the preparations for the attacks to WTI and
Pentagon. I provided money and passports.
Reportedly, some of the passports, which Sakra claimed
to have provided himself, were found in the ruins of
Ercan Gun, on 15 August 2005 at zaman.com, wonders if
Al-Qaeda is a Secret Service operation?
Sakra has been interrogated for 4 days at the Istanbul
Anti-Terror Department Headquarters. Reportedly this
has provided some important information.
According to Ercan Gun, Turkish intelligence
specialists now believe:
1. Al-Qaeda is the name of a secret service operation.
2. Al Qaeda is linked to a strategy of tension.
Operation Gladio ; Turkey, terror bombs, the CIA and
3. Sakra, the fifth most senior man in al-Qaeda, was
offered employment by the CIA. The CIA gave him a
large sum of money.
The CIA claimed it eventually lost contact with him.
Reportedly, in 2000 the CIA asked the Turkish security
service MIT to capture Sakra. MIT caught Sakra in
Turkey and interrogated him.
At a different period of time, Sakra was sought and
caught by Syria's al-Mukhabarat. Syria too offered him
employment. Sakra eventually became a triple agent for
the secret services.
A Strange Al Qaeda Leader: I Dont Pray, I Drink
ANKARA - Luai Sakra, one of the 5 most important key
figures in Al Qaeda, was captured last week by Turkish
Police. Israel police was almost spoiling all
operation, Turkish officials say. Sakra, who has been
interrogated in Istanbul Police Department Anti Terror
Office for 4 days has made many interesting
confessions. He noted that he knew Muhammad Ata,
planner of the attacks on the WTI and Pentagon. Sakra
claimed that he has organized terrorist activities for
Jihad but he said that he drinks alcohol and does not
* Al Qaeda Militant Luai Sakra, arrested for
organizing the double bomb attacks in Istanbul on
15-23 November, has claimed to have played a role in
the September 11 attacks to World Trade Center (WTI)
in New York.
* Sakra claimed that he helped the militants who
involved the 9/11 Attacks. Sarka said: I provided
them passport and other things.
* Sarka said: I was one of the people who knew the
perpetrators of September 11, and knew the time and
plan before the attacks. I also participated in the
preparations for the attacks to WTI and Pentagon. I
provided money and passports.
* Some of the passports, which Sakra claimed to have
provided himself, were strangely found in the ruins of
I DONT PRAY
* Sakra: I do not pray. I drink alcohol and like very
* Turkish police asked Sakra whether he like to pray
after the operation. But he rejected the offer and
said I do not pray. I do not like praying.
* I do drink alcohol and I prefer like whisky and
wine Sakra added.
* Remarkable anecdotes have emerged between Sakra and
the police during his interrogation. The Security
Directorate officials told Sakra that he might perform
his religious practices to have a better dialogue with
him and to gain his confidence. "I do not pray. I also
drink alcohol," Sakra told officials. Officials said
Adnan Ersoz and Harun Ilhan, who were detained for
connections to the Istanbul attacks, had perfomed
their religious practices. The police said such an
attitude at the top-level of al-Qaeda was confusing.
Security officials noted the al-Qaeda militant has
been undergoing psychological therapy and said the
following about Sakra: "He has an intellect of a
genius. He might develop plans according to momentary
situation. There were medicines on him for his illness
when he was arrested. He is still undergoing therapy
either for manic-depression or panic attacks. He has
no university degree but there are doctors and
engineers among his siblings. He says he is of
I KNEW LONDON ATTACK
* Sakra also confessed that he knew the London attack
before the assaults happened.
* Sakra however claims that he knew nothing about the
Egypt bombings. Luai Sakra, who is said to be one of
the 5 most important members of Al Qaeda, said that he
had no connection with the attacks in Sharm Al Sheikh,
where 88 people were killed.
* Turkey on the other hand is not happy with the
Israeli terrorism warnings before the operation.
Turkish officials argue that Israel used the secret
intelligence Turkey provided to warn the public.
However, it may had spoiled all the operation, and
all the militants might escape one of the security
man said. Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul also
said what is Israel made is a shame. Israel had
warned its citizens not to visit Turkey last week
because of the Al Qaeda risk.
* Sakra was detained after forged passports were
discovered in a flat. Turkish police continues the
* Confessions of Sakra, who was interrogated at the
Istanbul Anti-Terror Directorate, have not been turned
into an official statement. Sakra's conversations with
police were written down as an official report signed
by officials participating in his interrogation, but
Sakra is using his right of silence.
JTW with Zaman and Hurriyet
14 August 2005