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Moussaoui Arrest Might Have Halted 9/11 Attack -Panel

Top al Qaeda planners of the Sept. 11 hijackings might have canceled the attack had they known that Zacarias Moussaoui — chosen by Osama bin Laden (news – web sites) as one of the pilots — had been arrested, the commission investigating the attacks said on Thursday. The commission said news of Moussaoui’s Aug. 16, 2001, arrest did not reach bin Laden and top al Qaeda planners like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before Sept. 11. “According to (attack coordinator Ramzi bin al-Shaibah), had bin Laden and KSM learned prior to 9/11 that Moussaoui had been detained, they might have canceled the operation,” the report said, using KSM to refer to Mohammed. Moussaoui, a French citizen, is awaiting trial on conspiracy charges connected to the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. He was arrested on immigration charges after he raised suspicions at a flight school in Minnesota. Full Story

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