Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the plotters behind the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States, has reportedly claimed that Saudi Arabia's royal family helped fund the operation. Saudi Arabia officials have rejected the accusation, calling Moussaoui a "deranged criminal."
BBC News noted that Moussaoui, who was arrested two weeks before the attacks, made the claims in a testimony back in October. His statement has surfaced only this week, however, after it was filed in court in response to victims suing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the 9/11 attacks.
The plotter, a member of al-Qaeda, apparently said that "extremely famous" Saudi officials, including Prince Turki al-Faisal Al Saud, a former Saudi intelligence chief, were sending money to the terrorist group in the late 1990s. more >>
GARLAND, Texas — Protesters holding signs against Shariah Law and the Islamic State shouted "go back home" toward Muslims as their cars crept past to enter the "Stand with the prophet against hate and terror" event that aims to "challenge growing Islamophobia in American society," which was held less than two weeks after Parisians' lives were rattled by terrorist attacks committed by radical Islamic jihadists that left 17 people dead.
For the hundreds of protesters who traveled near and far to counter what they see as encroaching Islamization in Europe, Canada and the United States, their fears are justified. Many Muslims, however, expressed deep concerns about the vicious verbal attacks that were shouted against them, and said their hope is for unity and understanding in their communities where some see them as nothing more than a potential terror threat.
According to the "Stand with the prophet" conference website, one objective of Saturday's event was to raise money to build a Strategic Communication Center "for the Muslim community, which will develop effective responses to anti-Islamic attacks, as well as to train young Muslims in media." more >>
NEW YORK — Two window washers who were working on the exterior of the Freedom Tower were safely rescued after being suspended in a collapsed scaffold on Wednesday afternoon.
The window washers were clinging to the scaffold, which is hanging at a sharp angle outside of the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center, which is 104 stories. Thousands of feet below, firefighters and police officers waited while a helicopter circled nearby. According to reports, at least two window washers were on their way to the top of the skyscraper when the motor or the cables on the scaffold broke just before 1 p.m. As the events were unfolding, FDNY updated their Twitter account.
"Now: #FDNY rescuing workers trapped on scaffolding outside 1 World Trade Center," FDNY posted on Nov. 12. more >>
A former U.S. Navy SEAL has come forward to reveal that he's the one who shot dead former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. The details behind his claim contradict other SEAL accounts, however, while former operatives have criticized breaking the code of silence.
Robert James O'Neill, 38, told The Washington Post on Thursday that he was the one to make it into bin Laden's bedroom in the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during the night raid, before firing the shot that hit the jihadist leader in the head, killing him instantly.
Although Navy SEALs follow a code of silence, O'Neill apparently told the publication that his identity as "the shooter" had become known on Capitol Hill, with the military community aware of his role in the operation. more >>
NEW YORK — Surviving family members of those killed during the 9/11 terror attacks said this year's tribute and seeing the completion of the September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York made the solemn occasion "more peaceful" and "brought closure" for some. But one New Yorker whose brother was killed on 9/11 described his time spent at the memorial and museum as a "bitter sweet" experience, because it's a reminder of what's no longer there.
The event, which was held at the National September 11 Memorial in between the reflecting pools located on footprints of where the World Trade Center's twin towers used to stand, marked the first year the National September 11 Museum was open on the site during the anniversary of the attacks.
"I thought that the area around the memorial was really nice," said Long Island resident Lawrence Meltzer, whose brother, Stewart, was killed on Sept. 11, 2001. "The completion of the museum made it a little bit more palatable so it was actually a prettier place." more >>
NEW YORK — Under overcast skies in downtown New York City, the grieving families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks remembered their loved ones in a dignified memorial service punctuated by bouts of tears, moments of silence and muted anger over their loss.
As President Barack Obama announced a plan Wednesday night to combat ISIS, many families standing in their pain on the Memorial plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum declared that he has their full support.
"I think it's definitely a bold move to be proactive and counter that terrorism before another incident or event like 9/11 happens again. It's pretty much putting our foot down," said Phil Cruz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who lost his uncle, John Robert Cruz, in the Sept. 11 attacks. He died while working on the 101st floor of the North Tower for Cantor Fitzgerald. more >>