- Spiritual adviser to Osama bin Laden
- Received numerous phone calls from 9/11 hijackers
See also: Osama bin Laden Mohammed Atta
A key government witness in the East Africa embassy-bombings trial identified Salman Audeh as a spiritual adviser to Osama bin Laden. On June 19, 2001, Audeh issued a fatwa (religious edict) that, according to federal prosecutors, justified and advocated suicide bombings by Islamic jihadists. According to German prosecutors, Audeh and other radical sheiks received numerous phone calls from the Hamburg apartment of Mohammed Atta and some of the other 9/11 hijackers during the weeks and months prior to their deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.