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Tag: Noman Benotman

Former Associate Says bin Laden Was Surprised By Tough U.S. Response to Sept. 11

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – A former Osama bin Laden associate is saying that bin Laden had no clue the U.S. would strike back as ferociously as it has since Sept. 11, 2001, WTOP radio  in Washington reported.

In what was billed as an exclusive interview, the radio station reported that Noman Benotman, who was the head of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the summer of 2000 said that al Qaeda thought the U.S. was a “paper tiger.”

“I’m 100 percent sure they had no clue about what was going to happen. What happened after the 11th of September was beyond their imagination, ” Benotman told WTOP.

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