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Map showing EgyptSome of the hijackers, including Mohammed Atta and Ziad Jarrah, were Egyptian nationals, and hundreds of people allegedly linked to al-Qaeda have been arrested in Egypt.

The country is also the birthplace of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the group which has become almost inseparable from al-Qaeda. Its leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, is often described as Osama Bin Laden's right-hand man.

Egypt’s intelligence service has a reputation for being among the most formidable and ruthless in the Middle East, and several of those arrested in other countries have been sent to Egypt for interrogation or trial.

According to evidence gathered for a 1999 trial in Egypt of more than 100 defendants from the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the intelligence agents regularly used torture to obtain confessions from suspected terrorists.

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