- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2001

The Bush administration is preparing a new "most wanted" list of suspected terrorists, seeking to bolster the pressure for their capture, officials said yesterday.
President Bush is expected to announce the list today in an appearance at FBI headquarters that has been at the epicenter of the investigation into the Sept. 11 terror attacks on America.
Law enforcement and government officials familiar with the list told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity that the final drafts included 19 to 22 names, including that of Osama bin Laden and two deputies, Ayman al-Zawahri and Mohamed Atef.
Also expected on the list are operatives of bin Laden's terror group al Qaeda, suspected in other assaults on Americans. The officials said others expected to make the new Bush list included:
Ahmed Khfaklan Ghailani and Sheik Ahmed Salim Swedan, two al Qaeda operatives accused of buying a truck used in the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa in 1998.
Saif al Adel, whom British Prime Minister Tony Blair last week identified as a senior member of al Qaeda believed to have provided training to tribes in Somalia, where U.S. troops were attacked and killed in 1993.
Ibrahim al-Yacoub and Abdel Karim al-Nasser, two men named as suspects in the federal grand jury indictment issued in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.
The massive FBI investigation into the Sept. 11 assault on America has evolved into a two-pronged operation: to locate and prosecute those involved in attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and to identify and disrupt any future terrorist strikes.
"These two tracks are both important and often overlap," the Justice Department said in a statement yesterday. "The only priority distinction that can be made is a natural one that you would expect when an agent finds a lead that is prevention-related, that lead is followed up on immediately."
Meanwhile, the FBI has focused on two men in custody as key players in the attacks: Lotfi Raissi, an Algerian pilot detained in London, and Zacarias Moussaoui, a French Algerian arrested in Minnesota.
Mr. Raissi, 27, faces an extradition hearing in London, where he has been arrested on a U.S. warrant for using phony identification papers to obtain a pilot's license. A London prosecutor said at a court appearance that Mr. Raissi's job was to "ensure" that the 19 suicide hijackers were "capable and trained."
Mr. Moussaoui, 33, was arrested in Minnesota a month before the Sept. 11 attacks. Officials at a Minnesota flight school called authorities when he offered to pay cash to learn how to fly a Boeing jetliner, but was interested only in steering the aircraft, not in landing it or taking off.
Authorities said they believed he was scheduled as the 20th hijacker who should have been aboard the United Airlines flight that crashed in western Pennsylvania.
German police said Mr. Moussaoui made at least one telephone call to Mohamed Atta, the pilot of the American Airlines flight that struck the World Trade Center's north tower. Atta, an Egyptian, has been described as the ringleader of the 19 hijackers and has been tied by German police to an Islamic fundamentalist group in Hamburg that has planned attacks on U.S. targets.
Another Algerian drawing the attention of the FBI is Djamel Beghal, 35, arrested in June in Dubai with a false passport. Accused of plotting to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Paris, he has confessed to being a key figure in bin Laden's European operation. He is being held in France.
After his capture in Dubai, he revealed the list of potential targets and the identities of other members of the terrorist ring.
The FBI, with 4,000 agents assigned to what has been called the largest investigation in U.S. history, has detained 614 persons so far and continues to hunt for another 229 identified as either suspects in the attacks or individuals who might have information that could be important to the probe.
In a related matter, police in Ireland arrested three Libyans and an Algerian in Dublin yesterday on suspicion of fund raising and providing logistical support to groups linked to bin Laden.
The four were not identified, but police seized $13,000 in cash and stacks of documents, including financial records.

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