Hambali: Mastermind of Terror
According to an allegation made by another al Qaeda detainee in
Bangkok officials also claim he was putting together a suicide squad for an attack on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference (APEC) which is to be held in their city in October, with U.S. President George W. Bush and other world leaders due to attend.
Following the capture of Hambali, other arrests will most likely follow.
Commenting on the importance of Hambalis capture, Andrew Tan, a security analyst for the
Other analysts like Sidney Jones of the International Crisis Group hope that Hambali will be hard to replace: On the one hand, there are people who already have replaced Hambali in terms of strategizing and planning. But the question is whether there is someone who can play the role he did as a conduit for funding from the outside.
Another source within the Thai police said: He
With Hambalis arrest, the United States and other interested parties were queuing up to question him on future targets, particularly inside the United States. With a JI strike force said to be armed and ready for attack, much attention has been given to the procurement of any relevant information.
After three months of intensive interrogation, the CIA had amassed more than 3,000 pages of questions and answers from a surprisingly loquacious Hambali. Keeping his location secret, the CIA refused to share information on or provide access to its prisoner until it had completed their questioning.
Among the information they gleaned was that the Israeli airlines check-in counter at Bangkok airport was a future target as was a Jewish travel agent and the Marriott Hotel in that city, sister hotel to the one previously targeted in Jakarta.
It wasnt until late November that the CIA revealed where they were keeping Hambali a heavily fortified military installation known as Camp Justice on Britain
Also in late November the Australian Federal Police
While the CIA wouldnt allow the Australians direct access to the prisoner they agreed to assist them in their investigations by interrogating Hambali on their behalf.
Hambali told interviewers that the JI operation that administered Australia was the least sophisticated and developed of all the four JI regions, as he and his associates had little success in establishing any kind of leverage within its borders and as such were almost totally ineffective in that country.
Bearing in mind that Hambali most likely supplied tons of misinformation intended to confuse and delay his captors, the interviews continued in the same vein and revealed that JI had enlisted the aid of two Indonesians and a small network of followers in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney to act as fundraisers for the cause.
They also learned that the Australian contingent had been overseen by Abdul Rahim Ayub, an Indonesian who was wanted by the Australian Federal Police since he fled
Hambali even went so far as to criticize JIs operatives in