History Commons Chapter Summary – Mamoun Darkazanli
As you may be aware, the History Commons (aka Center for Cooperative Research) has a lot of material in its timelines, but some of the chapters are pretty involved. For this purpose, I’m going to write a series of chapter summaries, briefly highlighting what each entry in a chapter is about. The first one is for Mamoun Darkazanli, an associate of “Hamburg Cell” hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan Alshehhi, and Ziad Jarrah:
Mamoun Darkazanli is a Hamburg-based businessman and suspected al-Qaeda operative who is said to be connected to the 1998 East African embassy bombings. He was monitored by German and US intelligence and was close to the “Hamburg Cell” of 9/11 hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan Alshehhi and Ziad Jarrah. He is currently free.
Darkazanli first came to the attention of US intelligence in 1993, when an operative arrested in Africa was found to be in possession of his phone number. He was investigated, but nothing came of it, and he began receiving money from a front company for Saudi Arabian intelligence. Darkazanali associated with Tayseer Allouni, an Al Jazeera reporter later found guilty on terrorism finance charges in Spain, and is said to have some connection to the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.