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Terrorism / Al Qaeda / American Mujahid #704581

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 02, 2002
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: David Ensor) The story of "American mujahid" Aqil Collins†, who converted to Islam & went to war in Chechnya, Russia, Bosnia & Kosovo & later volunteered to the CIA & FBI, presented; details given about his work as an FBI informant. [COLLINS - says he lost part of a leg; talks about the "true jihad;" says he told his FBI handlers he could infiltrate Al Qaeda & Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden††; describes meeting Hani Hanjour, who became one of the September 11 hijackers.] ["The World's Most Dangerous Places" author Robert PELTON†- says the FBI did not take Collins seriously; states we need "wild cards" like Collins.] [Former FBI counterterrorism chief Bob BLITZER†- cites the problems in working with someone like Collins, who may go off on his own.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Ensor, David

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