Sources name hijacking suspects
(CNN) -- CNN has learned from federal law enforcement sources the names used by 18 hijackers who authorities believe commandeered four commercial airliners on Tuesday in a coordinated attack on two renowned symbols of American power.
The suspected hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, were Walid Al Shehri, Wail Alsheri aka Waleed Alsheri, Mohammad Atta, Aabdul Alomari and Satam Sugami.
Aboard United Airlines Flight 175, which hit the south tower of the World Trade Center, the suspected hijackers were Marawn Alshehhi, Fayez Ahmed, Mohald Alshehri, Hamza Al Ghamdi and Ahmed Al Ghamdi.
Those believed to be the hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which hit the Pentagon, were Khalid Almihdhar, Majed Moqued, Nawaf Al Hazmi and Salem Al Hazmi.
The suspected hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania, were Ahmed Al Haznawi, Ahmed Alnami, Ziad Jarrah and Saeed Alghamdi.
Spellings are as they appear on federal documents and may vary from other spellings used.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that they are checking the names against lists of people associated with known terrorist groups -- and believe the lead group in Tuesday's attacks may have been Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
The chief of that group, the sources said, is a top lieutenant of suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden's group, Al Qaeda, is an umbrella group that reportedly coordinates the actions of smaller organizations.
As President Bush prepared to see for himself the devastation inflicted on lower Manhattan, the Defense Department asked that 50,000 reservists join the military effort that follows the coordinated terrorist attacks four days ago on the United States, CNN has learned. (Full story)
Bush designated Friday a day of "National Prayer and Remembrance," and asked that Americans head to their places of worship at lunchtime to pray for victims and their families. The president planned to attend a service at the National Cathedral in Washington before traveling to New York. Former Presidents Clinton, Ford and Carter were also expected to attend.
Many European nations observed three minutes of silence at 6 a.m. EDT. (Full story)
The Defense Department will seek authority to call up the military reservists for "homeland defense." Officials at the Pentagon tell CNN the callup would reinforce warplane patrols of American skies to defend military bases and any other possible targets against attack. Governors in 31 states have already called up 10,000 National Guard troops.
A pair of hijacked commercial airliners plowed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center on Tuesday, followed a half an hour later by another hijacked jet that hit the Pentagon in Washington. A fourth jet hit the ground in rural Pennsylvania. (Full story)
By a 96-0 vote, the U.S. Senate passed a $40 billion emergency spending measure to combat terrorism and help recovery efforts in New York and Washington and immediately moved into debate on a resolution authorizing the president to use force to retaliate against the terrorist attacks. The House is expected to vote shortly on the spending measure.(Full story)
Search and rescue efforts continued in both Washington and New York, where bad weather had forced a temporary suspension of the operation. (Full story)
The list of people missing in New York is approaching 5,000; in Washington nearly 200 people are believed dead. All 45 people aboard the jet that crashed in Pennsylvania died.
Both the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the hijacked jet that hit the Pentagon were recovered overnight, officials told CNN. On Thursday, searchers found the flight data recorder from the Pennsylvania crash. (Full story)
Sources at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority told CNN Friday that Reagan National Airport -- located just across the Potomac River from the Pentagon -- is expected to be closed "for the time being."
The U.S. Coast Guard boarded a Carnival Cruise Line ship off the coast of Miami early Friday and detained two people who authorities determined have a "history of hijacking." According to a law enforcement source, the ship was boarded at 3 a.m. after authorities checked the passenger list. The two were to be handed over to the FBI when the ship was to return to port, about 5 a.m. ET.
The FBI is searching an area at the Thunderbird Motel in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, as part of the investigation surrounding the attacks. Authorities would not release any details about the nature of the search other than to describe it as "pursuing one of many leads into the potential hijackers or those who may have assisted them."
At least eight people were arrested Thursday at airports in New York because of new security measures -- including four people who were seen at one airport before Tuesday's terrorist attacks. All but one were later released. Sen. Joseph Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there is "no evidence" that anyone has been involved in a second wave of attacks like Tuesday's. (Full story)
The Pentagon on Friday was expected to hold several multi-religious services honoring the memory of the attack victims of the Pentagon plane crash. Ecumenical prayer services are scheduled as well as those for Christians, Protestants and Jews.
A fire flared up again Thursday night at the Pentagon, the flames shooting out of the top of the section that crumpled after a hijacked jet plowed into it Tuesday.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told CNN's Larry King that any future U.S. military action against those individuals, groups or nations involved in Tuesday's terrorist attacks would be "self-defense." "I don't think of it as retaliation. I don't think of it as punishment," Rumsfeld said. "The United States has every right to defend itself. There is no question that Osama bin Laden has been -- for many years now, by his own pronouncements -- anti-West, anti-U.S., anti- a number of regimes in the Arab world."
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