Syrian Kurds capture alleged 9/11 al Qaeda recruiter

Syrian Kurdish forces have captured Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a German national of Syrian origin who has boasted that he served as an al Qaeda recruiter for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, pro-Kurdish Fırat News Agency (ANF) said.

Zammar, said to be a close friend of Muhammad Atta, one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attacks, left Hamburg shortly after the planes flew into New York’s twin towers and the Pentagon in Washington, but was captured in Morocco with U.S. help and sent to Syria in 2002, ANF said.

The Syrian government handed Zammar over to an Islamist group in 2013 as part of a prisoner exchange and he then joined Islamic State.