Ziad Jarrah

Ziad Samir Jarrah (Arabic زياد سمير جراح Ziyad Samīr Dscharrah, DMG Ziyad Samīr Ǧarrāḥ; born May 11, 1975 in Mazraa, Lebanon, † 11 September 2001 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, United States) was a terrorist, who by the FBI as a of the hijackers of United Airlines flight 93 and was named as a participant in the attacks of 11 September 2001.


It is certain that he has controlled in the attacks of 11 September 2001 as a pilot the plane. The target of the attack is still unclear. However, it is assumed that the aircraft should either take the White House, the presidential seat Camp David or the Capitol. All occupants were killed in the crash on a field.

1996/1997 took Jarrah successfully a DSH German language course in an affiliated institute of the University of Greifswald, in order to gain admission to study in Germany. Then he moved to the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg. Together with Mohammed Atta and other students in Hamburg Islamists he formed the so-called Hamburg terror cell. Like all terrorists of September 11 he was Salafist.

In October 2006, the Sunday Times, a not set to music al-Qaida video was known in which, presumably to see in an Afghan training camp, Jarrah and Mohammed Atta on January 18, 2000. In one scene Atta reads from a document called the Testament.

Before the attack, Jarrah had a relationship with a medical student. He held himself during this liaison over a longer period in Bochum and lived with his girlfriend in a college dorm. After the assassination of the German constitutional protection letters Jarrah to his girlfriend made ​​sure from which in addition to the previous investigation results revealed his involvement in the attacks. As a result, it also came to search measures in mosques that Jarrah had visited in Bochum.

On 23 November 2008, the U.S. television network MSNBC excerpts published from a video tape that Jarrah more than a year before 9/ 11 shows how he is led by suspected al -Qaeda instructors to turn his own propaganda Martyrs Video.

In the film,

  • Jarrah was represented by the British actor Khalid Abdalla in Flight 93.
  • In Flight 93 - Death flight on 11 September, the Iranian actor Dominic Rains it plays.
  • In the feature film The Hamburg Cell it plays Karim Saleh. In this film about the Hamburg terror cell Jarrah 's main character.