Accession Number: C.2015.285.9
Dimensions: 22 in X 17 in
Dimensions (Metric): 55.88 cm X 43.18 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Frank Pellegrino
Wanted poster for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, issued by the U.S. Department of State, circa 1998. The poster is printed in English and includes two photographs of Mohammed, with physical descriptive information below. "REWARD | $2,000,000" is printed in bold text at the top of the poster. Several paragraphs of text provide information about terrorist plots and known information about Mohammed and request anyone with additional information about Mohammed or his whereabouts to contact authorities.
Osama bin Laden sought to launch an attack on American soil. Bin Laden’s agenda was shared by Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Yousef’s uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Only three years apart in age, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi Yousef grew up together in a suburb of Kuwait City. Both were educated in the West, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in the United States, Ramzi Yousef in the United Kingdom. Together, they plotted an ambitious attack targeting multiple American passenger jets. Although Yousef was already in American custody, by the late 1990s, under Osama bin Laden’s influence, this idea evolved into the 9/11 plot.