COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG SAYS
TAMIL TIGERS SUPPLIED FORGED PASSPORTS TO THE NOTORIOUS WORLD TRADE
CENTER KILLER RAMZI YOUSEF WHO WAS CONVICTED
By Walter Jayawardhana
Photo of the notorious World Trade Center
bomber who received forged passports from LTTE
Commenting on the news story about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam (LTTE) stealing Norwegian passports and selling them to Al Queda
affiliates filed by this correspondent Aaron Mannes , a counter terrorism
expert said it was the LTTE who also supplied forged passports to
the notorious terrorist Ramzi Yousef who bombed the World Trade Center
Mannes said in his commentary , published in the Counterterrorism
Blog quoting Rohan Gunaratne, that the Sri Lankan terrorist group
not only supplied the forged passports to Ramzi Yousef it also smuggled
weapons from Pakistans Islamist militants to their counterparts
Ramzi Yousef, the convicted mastermind of the 1993 bombing at New
York's World Trade Center, was sentenced to a jail term of 240 years
without parole and spending his time in a US federal jail right now.
The attack killed six people and injured more than 1,000.
After three days of deliberation in 1996, a federal jury convicted
Yousef and Eyad Ismoil on murder and conspiracy charges for their
roles in a plot by Islamic extremists to topple the trade center's
two 110-story towers to punish the United States for its support of
Israel. Yousef also has been implicated in bombing in a Japanese air
plane and series of other terrorist activities connected with Al Queda
activities including those in the Philippines.
Writing further in the blog Mannes said, The LTTE has an international
network of support among the Tamil diaspora and, because of Sri Lanka's
strategic location astride shipping lanes, it owns fleet of sea-going
vessels. So it is well positioned to play a role in trans-national
The passport sales only highlights how terrorism is the tip of the
iceberg of trans-national threats.
Mannes further wrote: In the past I've written that the U.S.
should expand its efforts against the LTTE because it was morally
consistent with targeting terrorists, it would contribute to stability
on the Indian-subcontinent, and because the LTTE was embedded in international
criminal networks that also service Islamist terrorists. It would
appear, based on some high profiles arrests of LTTE operatives in
the U.S. that this has happened.