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Mohammed Atta: Who was the man who caused Sept. 11th?

Updated on September 10, 2011

Who was Mohammed Atta Jr.? In America, we know him as a al-Qaeda terrorist who flew American Airlines Flight 11 into New York City's North Tower. But like Osama Bin Laden, he was not always that out of alignment with the rest of his life.

Born in 1968, to a well off household in Kafr el-Sheikh, Egypt, His father, Mohammed Atta Sr., was a respected attorney. He grew up in the normal sense and his parents called him as a gentle, quiet and non-political, but always organized and prepared for events in his life. He had two sisters, one is a doctor in internal medicine at Dar al-Faoud Hospital, Egypt's most expensive and exclusive. Her name is Mona. The other sister, Azza, a zoology professor at the University of Cairo. As you can see, his family was in the upper class of Egyptian society.

Mohammed studied architecture at the University of Cairo and afterwards, he studied urban planning in Hamburg, Germany. Obviously, his goal was to become a city or urban planner in the early 1990's. He continued to be the college student in Germany but this is where he fell under the radical Islamist spell when he had went to some meetings. Then, in 1999. he dropped out and moved to Afghanistan to train at an al-Qaeda boot camp. The rest is now history.

After the 9/11 attacks, his father, in 2005, charged $5000 for any interviews about his now famous son. He, like a proud father, boasted about the deed his son had completed and said he would help fund terrorists against the West. His father indicated his son was the mastermind of the 9\11 attack.

Others who had spoken with his father said that the highly successful daughter, Azza, made his son jealous and caused alienation because Mohammed Jr. viewed himself as a failure in school, despite some success. Perhaps, he sought to prove himself to his father and this is how he chose to do it.


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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      A sad and foolish man that if there is a hell he will be there forever next to Bin Laden.