Londonistan, Shoe Bombers – Additions to the 9/11 Timeline as of September 7, 2008

Most new entries this week focus on Londonistan and British intelligence informer Abu Hamza, who improperly obtained British citizenship in 1986. After gaining control of Finsbury Park mosque, he helped recruit a would-be shoe bomber, Saajid Badat, as well as another suicide bomber who had advanced training at al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. Badat and fellow shoe bomber Richard Reid traveled to Afghanistan to meet the bombmaker after the US invasion started, but Badat later backed out of the plot. Although British authorities were reluctant to take action against Abu Hamza, he was indicted by the US in 2004.

Miscellaneous entries cover a demand by Senator John McCain that the US response to 9/11 include attacks on Iraq and other countries, alarming comments by prominent Republicans about terrorism and WMDs, and a claim by an Iranian minister that 9/11 was "make-believe". Finally, the entries about the 2001 anthrax attacks have mostly been moved to a separate timeline, which you can find here here.

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