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Everybody Has a Mother

Aicha el-Wafi, mother of the accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, has just finished a creme caramel and is on her way out of a restaurant in Narbonne, France, when a waiter stops her. ”I saw your son the other day on television,” he says. ”He was very good — very interesting.” He’s not referring to Zacarias, who is being held in isolation in Virginia, charged with conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks. The waiter is talking about her other son, Abd-Samad Moussaoui, author of ”Zacarias, My Brother: The Making of a Terrorist,” an account of his younger brother’s life until 1995, when Zacarias was 27, after which the two fell permanently out of touch. Neither Abd-Samad nor the boys’ mother knew what had become of Zacarias until Sept. 12, 2001, when the television news started flashing a mug shot of the man thought to be the ”20th hijacker.” His head was shaved, and his face had gotten beefier, but the Moussaoui family knew it was Zacarias. Full Story

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