Saudi Naval Officer

Locations: San Diego; Pensacola

Friends with Lafi al-Harbi

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Osama Nooh and Lafi al-Harbi: Al-Harbi and Nooh are Saudi naval officers who were posted to San Diego while hijackers al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were living there. After the September 11th attacks, the FBI determined that Nawaf al-Hazmi had telephonic contact with both Nooh and al-Harbi while al-Hazmi was in the United States.


A hijacker named Saeed al-Ghamdi used 10 Radford Boulevard at Pensacola NAS as an address according to Newsweek. This is a reseidence for foreign fighter pilots, mainly Saudi.

A background check on Osama Nooh showed him registered to the same address

According to Yousri Fouda, 3 weeks before 911, alGhamdi sent the following message to hijack coordinator Ramzi Binalshibh - "The first semester commences in three weeks. Two high schools and two universities. ... This summer will surely be hot ...19 certificates for private education and four exams. Regards to the professor. Goodbye."

According to an FBI document, Binalshibh was also in contact with the wife of Osama Basnan, who is an alleged facilitator for Nawaf al-Hazmi. She was also in receipt of money from the Saudi Embassy account at Riggs.

Another Saudi Naval officer at Pensacola Salah Bedaiwi is also mentioned in government douments.