1 October 2006
AP Archive has exclusive distribution rights to new video obtained by The Sunday Times which shows two of the 9/11 hijackers laughing and joking together, before then reading out their last wills.
The 51 minute mute video is believed to have been shot in January 2000 at an Al Qaeda training base near Kandahar airport, in Afghanistan. The video shows Mohamed Atta, the ringleader of the 19-strong group of hijackers, laughing and joking with Ziad Jarrah. Jarrah was the pilot of United Airlines flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania. Both are then seen to be reading their last wills and this is believed to be the only known video of Atta and Jarrah together.
There is also new footage of Osama Bin Laden addressing a group of followers. Amongst the crowd are Ramzi Binalshibh who was allegedly one of the main organisers of the 9/11 attacks, and Nasir Ahmad Nasir al Bahri, who according to The Sunday Times, is Bin Laden’s bodyguard and authorised to shoot Bin Laden in the head if he was about to be captured.
Head of AP Archive, Alwyn Lindsey said of the news video, “All credit to The Sunday Times, which has unearthed a missing visual link in the 9/11 story. The sinister images of Atta and Jarrah laughing together before reading out their last wills provide a chilling insight into the mindsets of the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks some 18 months before they carried out their mission”.
A detailed textual outline of the 51 minute video can be found on the AP Archive website, www.aparchive.com
The footage can only be licensed through AP Archive. Contact details are:
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