Trail leads to Northern Alliance Chief's Killer

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BRUCE CRUMLEY/Paris Saturday, Dec. 8 2001
Terrorism experts generally agree that the Sept. 9 assassination of Northern Alliance commander Ahmad Shah Massoud by al-Qaeda operatives was a prelude to the terrorist strikes on the U.S. two days later. While many details behind the Sept. 11 attacks — and the thwarted assaults planned later for Europe — have been uncovered by investigators worldwide, the identity and origins of Massoudís killers have remained largely obscure. Until last week, that is, when French police unmasked at least one of Massoudís murderers — and told Time how they did...