WASHINGTON (AP) — Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor's
WASHINGTON — Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, to design a vacuum cleaner?
The agency officer in charge of the prison called CIA headquarters and a manager approved the request, a former senior CIA official told The Associated Press.
The United States on Wednesday announced charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and four others accused of involvement in the plot.
A series of six attacks in Baghdad and a shooting west of the capital killed six people, including three daughters and the grandson of a Sufi Muslim order's leader, Iraqi officials said Wednesday."Men with Kalashnikovs and anti-tank rockets attacked the house and adjacent tekiya (Sufi shrine) at 10:00 am (0700 GMT)," said Jassim al-Jumaili, major of Amariyah, south of the former Sunni Arab insurgent bastion of Fallujah."Three girls and the granddaughter of Sheikh Mohammed al-Essawi were killed. The sheikh and five others, including his wife, were wounded," Jumaili added.
Egyptian authorities were Thursday racing to contain potential fallout from a spate of mysterious shark attacks that has threatened tourism in one of the country's main Red Sea resorts.The attacks, which took place over a week culminating in a German tourist's death on Sunday days after three Russian holidaymakers and a Ukrainian were mauled, have mystified experts.A ban on swimming and snorkelling slapped after Sunday's deadly attack in Sharm el-Sheikh has been indefinitely extended, South Sinai Governor Mohammed Shosha said on Sunday.
Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi is growing his businesses in both Saudi Arabia where he got his start and where his father is from, as well as Ethiopia, birthplace of his mother. Indeed, Sheikh Al Amoudi is the biggest individual investor in Ethiopia with a portfolio of interests from hotels and gold mines to agriculture and cement. He is also the country's most prolific philanthropist. "I have been fortunate in my business career and I believe in giving back to the community," says Sheikh Al Amoudi.