Arrested Terror Cell Leader Talked With Bin Laden

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The leader of a terror cell uncovered recently by Moroccan security services told his interrogators that he discussed a new strategy for forming 'sleeping cells' with Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman Zawahiri before the 9/11 attacks. Abdel Qader Belereij said he met with the man in charge of al Qaeda's operations in Europe and handed him a letter from bin Laden about the group's restructuring plan and about the integration of Algeria's Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) into al Qaeda. Belereij also talked about a meeting that brought him together with a GSPC operative in Belgium where the two men discussed setting up training camp to train new Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) recruits. The same GSPC operative phoned Belereij months before his arrest, to inform him of a $500-million Euro weapons shipment on its way to Morocco from the Netherlands and Germany.