Osama’s Indian brother: 3 possibilities

When the declassified Osama Bin Laden documents were made public, there was one interesting note which speaks about the late Al-Qaeda chief's Indian brother.

When one speaks about the Indian brother three names instantly come to mind as these persons have either been directly or indirectly connected to the Al-Qaeda and its chief Osama Bin Laden. [God not on my side, said Osama Bin Laden]


Mahmoud Bahaziq, Abdul Al-Hooti and a distant possibility is Dawood Ibrahim. Both Bahaziq and Hooti are born to Indian mothers and it is unclear if Bin Laden referred to them as Indian brothers. [Osama Bin Laden's pornography to remain classified]

With regard to cash rich Dawood Ibrahim one could draw a distant conclusion since there is a file on him an Al-Qaeda facilitator. Indian Intelligence Bureau officials tell Oneindia that no doubt Dawood is a facilitator of funds for the Al-Qaeda, but the fact that Bin Laden refers to the place Medinah raises some doubts.

What the Bin Laden files said about the Indian brother?

The declassified files on Bin Laden has a statement of accounts section. In this section, it shows that donations from an Indian brother in Medinah had donated Pakistani Rs 292,400 in May 2009 and Rs 335,000 in July 2009. [Why Osama Bin Laden's de-classified files mean nothing?]

That is the extent of the document and nowhere does it mention who the brother is. The Al-Qaeda has never been interested in the affairs of India and left it largely up to the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. The only other Indian link that had cropped up with the Al-Qaeda was during the 9/11 attack.

In the Partha Roy Burman kidnapping case at West Bengal prior to the 9/11 attack, an operative called Aftab Ansari had pocketed a ransom of Rs 3.75 crore. Investigations and calls made by Ansari had found that he had contributed a part of this money to fund the 9/11 attacks.

However Indian Intelligence Bureau officials say that Ansari is not the one Osama was referring to as this transaction took place prior to the 9/11 attack. The transactions that Osama speaks about are all post 2009.

The other two brothers:

The other two names that come to mind are that of Bahaziq and Hooti. These men have been connected with the Al-Qaeda.

A file on Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq speaks about his association with the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Al-Qaida for "participating in the financing, planning and facilitating.

Bahaziq is a Lashkar-e-Tayyiba financer and has served as a leader of the Lashkar in Saudi Arabia. In 2003, Bahaziq coordinated Lashkar's and Al-Qaeda's fundraising activities with non-governmental organizations and businessmen in Saudi Arabia.

During the 26/11 attack probe the name of Abul Al-Hooti had cropped up. Like Bahaziq, he too is born to an Indian mother and is accused of raising funds for the Al-Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. He has been a key operative for both the outfits and raises funds through charity and donations. In fact he had also been accused of placing a charity box at Medinah through which he collected funds.

And finally Dawood:

Dawood's links with the Lashkar and the Al-Qaeda are not new. His relies on the Golden Route between Afghanistan and Pakistan to source his drugs. His name crops up as one of the biggest facilitators of the Al-Qaeda.

A file on him prepared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) state that he is a facilitator of the Al-Qaeda. The file also seeks the assistance of the Pakistan Interior Ministry, Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) and the Inter-Services Intelligence to track Dawood.

The Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan along with the Taliban control the heroin market. Dawood it is said coughs up a considerable sum of his income to ensure that his drug business is intact.

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