Scholar Tells AP of 9/11 Manual's Promise

A handwritten document in Arabic apparently used as inspiration by the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers assures them about a dozen times that they would go to paradise as Islamic martyrs, a German scholar said Monday. The four-page document, found by the FBI after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, urged the hijackers to view the people they were about to kill as “sacrificial victims,” said Tilman Seidensticker, a professor of Middle East studies at the University of Jena. In an interview with The Associated Press, Seidensticker said he examined the document in detail and published the results in a new book because he felt it received too little attention in investigations of the Sept. 11 plot. Most of the missive, whose author has not been determined, is devoted to religious exhortation, including calls to pray.Full Story

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