Osama bin Laden, and the triple London attacks on July 7.
Ladin, reportedly, asked Sakra “Was it our people?” and Sakra responded, “Yes, it is the job of our Pakistani lads’.” According to reports on the London attacks that took place two weeks later Sakra told Ladin: “I am not familiar with the second attack. It may not be a known group.”
Sakra told Turkish police he sent many people to the United States (US), Britain, Egypt, Syria and Algeria for terrorist activity. Turkish security officials warned the security units of those countries about the threat. Furthermore, Sakra’s non-observance of the daily prayers and his drinking habits are tied to the new interpretation of the Salafi tradition.
Sakra, who made interesting comments on recent international terrorist activity, said he fought at Fallujah alongside Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the Tawhid and Jihad group operating in Iraq under al-Qaeda aegis.
Sakra said: “At one moment during the clashes, there were 10 US soldiers on the roof of the house, in which we were hiding and yet none of them noticed us. I killed 10 US soldiers with my bare hands. I came out of the Fallujah inferno alive. That who can come out alive from Falujah can come out alive from anywhere. I will come out alive from here as well.” Sakra who assumed a mysterious personality during the police interrogation confessed that the US Central Intelligence Agency, Syrian al-Mukhabarat, and the Turkish National Security Organization wanted to employ him as an intelligence agent. Security officials noted that whatever Sakra might tell during his trial could be very important, considering his obscure relations. “If during his trial, Sakra tells half of the information we heard from him, al-Qaeda’s real face will emerge. But what he has said so far has more to do about a formation permeated by secret services rather than the terror organization of al-Qaeda.”
Sakra, who confessed that he talked with bin Laden both face to face and via a courier very often, said he gave information to Laden about the London attacks. Sakra remarked: “Laden asked me ‘who organized the attacks in London?’ I sent the information about the topic to him with a messenger.”
Police department authorities confirmed what Sakra told was true, considering the structure of al-Qaeda.
The authorities evaluated the information that Sakra gave: “Al-Qaeda organizes attacks sometimes without even reporting it to Bin Laden. For al-Qaeda is not structured like a terrorist organization. The militants have the operational initiative. There are groups organizing activities in the name of al-Qaeda. The second attack in London was organized by a group, which took initiative. Even Laden may not know about it.”
New interpretation of Selefism
When police told Sakra, he could pray if he wanted while under custody, Sakra replied “I do not pray and I drink alcohol.” Sakra’s comments were interpreted as a new evaluation of Selefism.
According information recorded after a fire in an al-Qaeda cell house in Antalya, al-Qaeda was preparing a suicide attack on Israeli cruse ships.
The local police was dispatched to an apartment al-Qaeda rented because of a strong chemical odor. Following these developments, the police had found about a ton of explosives, all of which were filled with chemicals used for making detergents.
There were also six false Turkish passports in the apartment. One of the passports had the photo of Sakra, who had been wanted by Besiktas Judiciary Court for being the planner of the double attacks in Istanbul on November 15 and 20. Sakra was believed to have financed the attacks and also provided the bombing equipment for the attackers.
The Intelligence department took over control and started to look for people who had been moving with Sakra.
Sakra was arrested in Diyarbakir Airport on 6 August 2005, right before he was going to Istanbul for a new facelift. The other Syrian, Hamed Obysi, who escaped from Antalya was detained at Cilvegozu Boarder Gate. Both suspects were arrested and sentenced to prison.