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Zakariya Essabar (Zakariyā aṣ-Ṣabār) (born April 13, 1977[1]) is, according to the governments of the United States, Germany, and other countries, a member of al-Qaida and an associate of many of the organizers of the September 11, 2001 attacks.


Born on April 13, 1977 in Morocco, Essabar moved to Germany in 1997, and studied medical technology in college in Hamburg in 1998. Through the Muslim religious community there he met Ramzi Binalshibh and other members of the Hamburg cell. Essabar quickly became more religious while in Germany. He lived for some time at the Hamburg cell apartment.

Al-Qaeda and 9/11Edit

After being radicalized in 1999, Essabar trained in Afghanistan where he learned combat skills and passport alteration. Ramzi bin al-Shaibah later said that Essabar delivered the cryptic message from to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, indicating the date that the September 11, 2001 attack would be carried out, although al-Shaibah's claim is in doubt.[2] Essabar may not have known the significance of the date,[2] but he did relay the message. The truth of bin al-Shaibah's claims is in doubt, due to "inconsistent statements".[2] Despite a German arrest warrant issued a month after the attacks, Essabar remains at large.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Al Qaeda sent secret message to Afghanistan before 9/11". Daily Times (Pakistan). May 21, 2005. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2010.