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Ziad Jarrah
Born Ziad Samir Jarrah
May 11, 1975(1975-05-11)
Mazraa, Lebanon
Died September 11, 2001 (aged 26)
Shanksville, Pennsylvania


Ziad Samir Jarrah ( Zīād Samīr Jarrāḥ); (May 11, 1975 – September 11, 2001), was dirty sand terrorist and one of the dirty scummy dogs of the September 11th attacks, along with Mohamed Atta the poofter of Al Gayda, Marwan al-Shehhi Whos mum should have swallowed him and a transvestite child molester Ramzi Binalshibh Wikipedia.png who in 1998 formed what is now known as The Hamburg Cell which were notorious for eating each others feces and masturbating over each other. Jarrah acted as a moronic pilot of United Airlines Flight 93, as part of the September 11 attacks. He is believed to have taken over as the pilot of the aircraft along with his team of hijackers which included Saeed al-Ghamdi, Ahmed al-Nami and Ahmed al-Haznawi who together made an unsuccessful attempt to crash the plane into the U.S. Capitol or the White House because ultimately they are just a bunch of moronic idiots who are a disgrace to the Arab nations.






There are many variations on his name, including Ziad Samir Al-Jarrah, Zaid Jarrahi, Ziad Jarrah Jarrat, and Ziyad Samir Jarrah. After a wealthy and secular upbringing, Jarrah became involved in the planning for the September 11 attacks in vocational university Wikipedia.png. Unique among the hijackers, he had a Turkish girlfriend (born in Germany, living and studying in Bochum Wikipedia.png, Germany) and was close to his family. There have been some questions as to whether or not Jarrah was actually on Flight 93 and whether he was a hijacker; the 9/11 Commission concluded that his was not a case of mistaken identity and that he piloted the plane. In October 2006, an al-Qaeda video was released showing Jarrah and Mohamed Atta recording their wills in January 2000 in Osama Bin Laden’s Tarnak Farms base near Kandahar.[1]


Early life[]

Jarrah was born in Mazraa, Lebanon, to a wealthy family. His parents were nominally Muslim Sunnis Wikipedia.png, although they lived a secular lifestyle. When he was seven years old, Israel invaded southern Lebanon Wikipedia.png, a fact he referred to later in life. His parents sent him to a Catholic school in Beirut, La Sagesse, where he volunteered at a camp for disabled children and helped run an anti-drug program. Later on, he served a nearby church helping orphaned children there. His academic success to this point was mediocre, and his parents arranged for private tutors in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

He remained close to his family; he was apparently the only 9/11 hijacker to have close family ties, including with his uncle Assem Omar Jarrah, whose work permit would later be found in the wreckage with Ziad’s passport. In his childhood, he had always wanted to fly planes, but his family discouraged this. “I stopped him from being a pilot,” his father told the Wall Street Journal a week after the attacks. “I only have one son and I was afraid that he would crash.”[2]

From 1995 to 1996, while Ziad Jarrah was living in Lebanon, according to his family, somebody of the same name rented an apartment in Brooklyn. The landlords[who?] claimed it was the same Ziad Jarrah as in the FBI photographs.[3]

In the spring of 1996, Jarrah moved to Germany with his cousin Salim. They were there to take a certificate course in German at the University of Greifswald required of foreigners studying in Germany who do not speak the language. While sharing an apartment with his cousin, he reportedly attended discos and beach parties, and his attendance at the mosque fell off. He met Aysel Şengün, a Turkish woman studying dentistry, and the two became good friends. They dated on and off for the remainder of his life, eventually marrying, and lived together briefly, which vexed his more religious friends.[4]

In 1997, Jarrah left Greifswald and instead began studying aerospace engineering at the Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) in Hamburg, while working at a Volkswagen paint shop in nearby Wolfsburg. While in Hamburg, he rented an apartment from Rosemarie Canel, who would paint a portrait of him that he would bring back as a gift for his mother that December.[5]

The 9/11 Commission Report states that Jarrah was a member of the Hamburg cell, along with Mohamed Atta and the others. He did not live with any of the others, however, and can be confirmed to only have met with any of them in Hamburg on a single occasion: that of Said Bahaji’s wedding at the al-Quds Mosque. The closeness of his connections with the others is not known.

Training in Afghanistan[]

In late 1999, Jarrah, Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Said Bahaji, and Ramzi Binalshibh decided to travel to Chechnya Wikipedia.png to fight Russian soldiers. Khalid al-Masri and Mohamedou Ould Slahi Wikipedia.png convinced them at the last minute to travel instead to Afghanistan to meet with Osama bin Laden and train for terrorist attacks.[6] They were told they were on a highly secret mission, and were instructed to return to Germany and enroll in flight school.Template:Ref label In October 1999, Ziad Jarrah was filmed at Said Bahaji’s wedding with other 9/11 hijackers, including Marwan al-Shehhi.[7]

In 2006, a video surfaced showing Jarrah, still bearded, reading his will in January 2000 along with Mohamed Atta.[1] Not long after this, Jarrah shaved his beard and began to act more secular, according to Şengün. Many of the future hijackers attempted to hide their radicalism and blend in with the population. Jarrah reported his passport stolen in February 2000 and received a duplicate, just as hijackers Atta and al-Shehhi had done the previous month.

Jarrah dropped out of vocational university Wikipedia.png and began looking at flight schools. He claimed that this was to fulfill his childhood dream of being a pilot. After looking in several countries, he decided that none of the flight schools in Europe were sufficient; and, at the advice of a childhood friend, he prepared to move to the United States.

In the United States[]

pt 1[]


Jarrah flying in Florida, 2000.

Jarrah apparently entered the United States on seven separate occasions, more than any other hijacker. On May 25, 2000, he applied for and received a five-year US [ B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) visa ]Wikipedia.png in Berlin. On June 27, 2000, he came to the U.S. for the first time, arriving at Newark International Airport. He then traveled to Florida, where he enrolled full-time at the Florida Flight Training Center in Venice. Jarrah did not apply for a change in his status, from a tourist visa to a student visa, thus violating his immigration status.[8]

Jarrah was enrolled in flight school for six months, from June 2000 to January 15, 2001. At the flight school, many of his classmates remember him fondly, describing him as kind and trustworthy, and remember him drinking beer occasionally.[9] Jarrah was unique among the hijackers in that he did not live with any other hijackers, but rather lived with a German student named Thorsten Biermann. Biermann did not observe Jarrah acting particularly religiously or overtly politically. Jarrah occasionally flew back to Germany to visit his Turkish-German girlfriend, and called or e-mailed her nearly every day.

Jarrah had obtained his license to fly small planes, and began training to fly large jets late in 2000.


Jarrah’s May 25, 2000 Student Visa

He flew to Beirut to visit his family, and then to Germany to visit his girlfriend, Şengün. He brought her back to the United States for a ten-day visit, and she even attended a flight school session with him. In mid-January 2001, he again flew to Beirut to visit his father, who was to have open-heart surgery. He then visited his girlfriend, Şengün, in Germany, and came back to the United States again. His behavior was markedly different from the other hijackers, who broke off all familial and romantic relations.[citation needed]

On his way back to the U.S., he passed through the UAE, according to that country’s officials, where he was initially reported as having been interviewed by authorities on January 30, 2001, at the request of the CIA.[10] He allegedly admitted to having been to Afghanistan and Pakistan,[10][11] although the CIA has since denied the claim and the 9/11 Commission report does not mention it. The Florida flight school where Jarrah had been studying also said he was in school there until January 15, 2001.[12]

On May 6, Jarrah registered for a two-month membership at the US1 Fitness Center, a gym in Dania Beach, Florida—he would later renew his membership for two more months, and eventually had lessons in close-quarters combat with Bert Rodriguez.[13][14] It is believed that sometime in that month Ahmed al-Haznawi, who arrived on June 8, moved in with Jarrah. Jarrah rented a new apartment in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea after both men gave the landlord photocopies of their German passports, which he later turned over to the FBI.[15]

pt 2[]

On June 25, Jarrah took al-Haznawi to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on the advice of his landlord, Charles Lisa. Al-Haznawi was treated by Dr. Christos Tsonas, who gave him antibiotics for a small gash on his left calf. While he told staff that he had bumped into a suitcase,[16] the media briefly reported it as a sign of cutaneous wplinkTemplate:Anthrax, hoping to show a link to the 2001 anthrax attacks, although the FBI later addressed the rumors, stating "Exhaustive testing did not support that anthrax was present anywhere the hijackers had been."[17]

In mid July 2001, some of the hijackers and members of the Hamburg cell gathered near Salou, Spain, for a period of a few days up to a couple of weeks. In late July, Jarrah flew to Germany and again met with his girlfriend, the last time she saw him. He reportedly arrived back in the United States on August 5, though other sources indicate that he took his pilot’s test on August 2, having missed his sister’s wedding to do so.[18] On August 27, he checked into a Laurel, Maryland, motel, only a mile away from the Valencia where four other hijackers were staying.[19] On September 7, 2001, all four of Flight 93 hijackers flew from Fort Lauderdale to Newark International Airport aboard Spirit Airlines.[20]

On September 9, in the early morning, Jarrah was pulled over for speeding in Maryland and received a ticket.[21] Jarrah phoned his parents, mentioning that he had received the money order they'd sent five days earlier.[22] He told them he intended to see them on September 22 for his cousin's wedding.[23] He said he had bought a new suit for the occasion, and his landlady later confirmed that Jarrah had shown off the suit to her days earlier.[citation needed]

On September 10, Jarrah spent the last evening of his life writing a letter to his girlfriend Aysel, the woman with whom he had made marriage plans. This letter is widely interpreted as a suicide note. Because of an error in the address, the letter was returned to the United States where it was discovered. Some dispute exists regarding whether the letter was a suicide note, since it referred to future meetings and the package contained references to scuba diving instructions.[24][25]

The note contained the phrases "I did what I was supposed to do" and "You ought to be very proud, because it is an honor and you will see the result(s) and everybody will be happy".

According to one source, Jarrah had set up a large mock cockpit made of cardboard boxes in his apartment just before the attacks.[14]


File:Ziad Jarrah Passport Photo.jpg

Charred passport found among the wreckage of Flight 93

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Ziad Jarrah and 3 other hijackers boarded United Airlines Flight 93 in Newark Liberty International Airport at gate A17 without incident, and sat in a first-class seat near the cockpit. Due to the flight's delay, the plane took off at 8:41 am, five minutes before American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center. The pilot and crew were notified of the first two hijackings that day, and were told to be on the alert. Within minutes, around 9:10 am, Flight 93 was hijacked as well.

The 9/11 Commission stated that Jarrah was the pilot. The flight transcript might indicate that Saeed al-Ghamdi, who also trained in flight simulators, could have been the pilot or a co-pilot. Two of the hijackers are heard calling the pilot "Saeed".[26]

The pilot's voice was heard by air traffic control telling passengers to remain seated. At 9:39 a.m., the pilot announced, "This is the captain. Would like you all to remain seated. There is a bomb on board and are going back to the airport, and to have our demands [unintelligible]. Please remain quiet." over the radio.[27]

At least two of the cellphone calls made by passengers indicate that all the hijackers they saw were wearing red bandannas, and indicated that one of the men—believed to be either Ahmad Alhaznawi or Ahmed Alnamihad—tied a box around his torso, and claimed there was a bomb inside. Passengers on the plane heard, through telephone calls, the fates of the other hijacked planes. They realized they had to take the cockpit back from the terrorists or their plane, too, would be used as a missile. A passenger uprising foiled the terrorists' plans, but failed to save the plane. According to the August 8, 2003, analysis of the plane's cockpit voice recorder by the United States investigators, a crowd of passengers tried to break into the cockpit. To try to knock them off balance, the pilot rolled the plane to the left and right. When this failed, he then pitched the nose forward and back.[28] Nevertheless, the passengers continued their assault on the cockpit door. They used a service trolley as a battering ram and began to destroy the cockpit door. Finally the pilot was told by a fellow hijacker to crash into the Pennsylvania farmland rather than cede control of the plane.Nevertheless, the passengers continued their assault and at 10:02:17, a male passenger said, "Turn it up!" A second later, a hijacker said, "Pull it down! Pull it down!" At 10:02:33, another hijacker (or possibly the same) was heard to plead, "Hey! Hey! Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me." United 93 plummeted into a nosedive with the yoke turned hard to the right. The airplane rolled upside down and crashed, at 580 miles per hour (933 km/h), into a reclaimed strip mine at the edge of the woods near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at 10:03:11, 125 miles (200 km) from Washington, D.C. All aboard died.

After September 11, Jarrah's girlfriend, Şengün, filed a missing person report in Bochum. Jarrah became a suspect as FBI agents found a "Ziad Jarrahi" in the flight manifest (the additional i at the end a possible misspelling).[3]

Mistaken identity claims[]

There have been claims that Jarrah was not a hijacker or that he was not present on the plane and his identity was stolen. It has been pointed out that his behavior deviated from the profile presented by the other hijackers and that the passengers reported three and not four hijackers. However, the October 2006 emergence of a “martyrdom” video shot on January 18, 2000, along with Mohamed Atta has cast heavy doubt on such claims.[1]

Shortly after the September 11 attacks, family and friends claimed that Jarrah did not exhibit the same “smoldering political resentments” or “cultural conservatism” as Mohamed Atta. He was not raised with a background of religious conviction and did not hold to an obviously conservative lifestyle. Personnel at the flight school Jarrah attended described him as “a normal person.” Jarrah called his family two days, and his girlfriend Aysel Sengün three hours, before boarding United 93; Sengün described the conversation as “pleasant” and “normal.” She also claimed that he never mentioned any names of the other hijackers.[18] In his call two days before the attack, Jarrah told his family he would be coming home for a cousin’s wedding. “It makes no sense,” his uncle Jamal claimed. “He said he had even bought a new suit for the occasion.” Jarrah’s family in Lebanon claimed in September 2001 that he was an innocent passenger on the plane.[3]

On October 23, 2001, John Ashcroft Wikipedia.png claimed that Jarrah had shared a Hamburg apartment with Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi,[29] though German authorities that same day told the Los Angeles Times that they had no evidence that any of Jarrah’s three apartments in Hamburg had been connected with the other hijackers. One high-ranking German police official stated, “The only information we have connecting the three Hamburg suspects is the FBI’s assertion that there is a connection.”[18] In October 2006, however, a video surfaced showing Atta and Jarrah together in Afghanistan, clearly connecting Jarrah to the members of the Hamburg cell.[1] Jarrah also appears in a wedding video with other hijackers at a mosque in Hamburg.

The 9/11 Commission concluded without qualification that Jarrah was a hijacker on the plane when it crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.[30]


  • Template:Note labelUnless otherwise sourced, statements in this article come primarily from the 9/11 Commission Report.[31] Where there is substantial disagreement with the report about significant facts in Jarrah's life, this is mentioned explicitly.
  • Template:Note labelVarious sources have speculated that the White House was the target of Flight 93; the 9/11 Commission Report, based on information derived from the interrogations of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, confidently asserts that it was, in fact, the Capitol Building that was targeted.
  • Template:Note labelThis account, in the 9/11 Commission Report, is provided solely from the testimony of captured al-Qaeda member Ramzi Binalshibh.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Watch the video: Osama Bin Laden's HQ". London: The Times Online. 2006-10-01. 
  2. Simpson, Glenn (2001-09-18). "A Student's Dreams or a Terrorist Plot?". Wall Street Journal. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Neuffer, Elizabeth (2001-10-25). "Hijack Suspect Lived a Life, or a Lie". The Boston Globe. 
  4. 9/11 Commission Report, 163;
  5. THE STORY OF ZIAD JARRAH. CBC News (Aired 2001-10-10, Update 2005-01-19, Retrieved on 2006-09-13.)
  6. 9/11 Commission Report, 165-166.
  7. Associated Press (2003-05-07). "Wedding video shows Sept. 11 hijackers, plotters". USA Today. 
  8. "Staff Monograph on 9/11 and Terrorist Travel" (PDF). 9/11 Commission. 2004. 
  9. 9-11 Report. p. 163. Retrieved on 2006-09-19.
  10. 10.0 10.1 MacVicar, Sheila; Caroline Faraj (2002-08-01). "September 11 hijacker questioned in January 2001". CNN. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  11. Crewdson, John (2001-12-13). "Hijacker held, freed before Sept. 11 attack". Chicago Tribune. 
  12. Longman, Jere (2002-08-04). Among the Heroes. Simon & Schuster. pp. 101–102. ISBN Wikipedia.png 0-7432-3098-1. 
  13. Serrano, Richard A.; John-thor Dahlburg (2001-09-20). "Officials Told of 'Major Assault' Plans". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2001-09-23. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Roddy, Dennis B. (2001-10-28). "Flight 93: Forty lives, one destiny". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  15. Viglucci, Andres; Manny Garcia (2001-09-15). "Hijack plotters used S. Florida as a cradle for conspiracy". The Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2001-09-16. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  16. Fainaru, Steve; Ceci Connolly (2002-03-29). "Memo on Florida Case Roils Anthrax Probe". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  17. "Report raises question of anthrax, hijacker link". CNN Wikipedia.png. 2002-03-23. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Williams, Carol J. (2001-10-23). "Friends of terror suspect say allegations make no sense". Los Angeles Times Wikipedia.png. Archived from the original on 2002-02-03. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  19. "PHOTOS: Life of a 9/11 Hijacker". CBC News. 2001-10-10. Archived from the original on 2005-01-23. Retrieved 2006-09-13). 
  20. "Statement for the Record, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III". Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry. Retrieved 2006-09-13. 
  21. 9/11 Commission Report, 253.
  22. CBC News. Archived from the original on 2005-02-15. 
  23. CBC News. Archived from the original on 2005-02-15. 
  24. Williams, Carol J. (2001-11-18). "Love Letter Written by Suspected Hijacker Reportedly Surfaces". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2004-06-04. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  25. "Final Note to Aysel from Jarrah". CBC News. 2001-10-10, Updated 2005-01-19. Archived from the original on 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2006-09-13. 
  26. Flight 93 Cockpit Transcript at Wikisource
  27. 9/11 Commission Report, p. 29.
  28. 9/11 Commission Report, p. 13
  29. Eggen, Dan (2001-10-23). "German Fugitives Sought in Attack Investigation". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2006-09-08.  mirror
  30. 9/11 Commission Report, 14.
  31. National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Ben-Veniste, Richard; Fielding, Fred F.; Gorelick, Jamie; Gorton, Slade; Hamilton, Lee H.; Kean, Thomas; Kerrey, Bob; Lehman, John F.; Roemer, Timothy J.; Thompson, James R.) (2004). The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-32671-3, also available online

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