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The Usual Suspects Check In

September 12, 2001

In the aftermath of yesterday's attack, groups that have used or supported terrorist attacks in the past denied responsibility, and terrorism experts in Jerusalem say the group responsible is unlikely to be Palestinian.

  • Hamas denied any connection to the attacks.
  • Earlier in the day, the BBC and Abu Dhabi television reported that the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine had claimed responsibility for the attacks on the World Trade Center -- but DFLP sources denied any involvement.
  • Islamic Jihad said the United States was responsible for the attacks because of its support for Israel.
  • The ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan condemned the attacks -- but said Saudi Arabian terrorist Osama bin Laden, who is believed to be based in Afghanistan, could not be responsible because it would have been beyond his capabilities.
  • However, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak Saudi and an unnamed U.S. senior official said terrorist Osama bin Laden is responsible for the terrorist attacks.

Palestinian groups are unlikely to be behind the attack, according to an expert on international terrorism. "They have a lot to lose because America would react very harshly against the Palestinians, however it is not impossible that a radical group was involved," said Eli Carmon, of the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center's counter-terrorism department.

Source: Miriam Shaviv, "Bin Laden suspected of responsibility for attacks," Jerusalem Post, September 11, 2001.


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