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'9/11 plotters' charged

The man accused of being the mastermind behind 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four suspected co-conspirators have been charged by the US. They will go on trial before a Guantanamo war crimes tribunal and could face the death penalty.

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Who is the suspected September 11 mastermind?

  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in Pakistan in March 2003.
  • He was reportedly waterboarded 183 times while being interrogated by the CIA before his transfer to Guantanamo Bay in 2006.
  • He allegedly claims to have been the man who beheaded the kidnapped US journalist Daniel Pearl.
  • The self-proclaimed head of al Qaeda's military committee has apparently admitted to the following: organising the 9/11 attack, responsibility for Richard Reid, the failed shoe bomber, the bombings of Bali nightclubs and a Kenyan hotel, the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
  • Mohammed reportedly admitted to the following plots: a plot to assassinate former US President Bill Clinton and the late Pope John Paul II, a plot to attack Heathrow, Canary Wharf and Big Ben in London and a plot to hit towers in four major US cities, including the Empire State Building.

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