The CIA and American military are currently interrogating a German jihadist at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. His warnings of impending attacks in Europe, apparently financed by Osama bin Laden, have alarmed US authorities — but the German intelligence community is more skeptical.
In the first days after September 11, 2001, Ahmad Sidiqi was considered to be a supporter of jihad. One of his friends in Hamburg had provided assistance to one of the pilots who participated in the attacks on New York and Washington. And he himself had worked as an airplane cleaner at Hamburg Airport. Occasionally, he also helped out the family of terrorist accomplice Mounir el Motassadeq, including a summer vacation taken together in Morocco in 2002. Eventually, though, security officials lost all traces of Sidiqi.
Today, Sidiqi, 36, is considered a terrorist — and if the words he has spoken in interrogations are to be believed, then he already has a remarkable career in the field behind him. The Afghan-German, who was arrested in Kabul at the beginning of July, is now being held in the notorious prison at the US military’s Bagram base near Kabul. He is considered by the Americans to be their most important prisoner at the moment, and is being interrogated by special units of the CIA and the American military. Security authorities in a number of countries are currently analyzing his statements.