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Al Qaeda were purchasing diamonds in Sierra Leone two months before the September 11th attacks

You have your answer, don’t you?’ Mikulski said. ‘You know now why they were converting cash into easily transportable assets, because they know that we are going to come for them like a whirlwind and they know that if they can’t carry it they’ll lose it.' A Loyal Spy
In July 2001, a Lebanese diamond broker named Aziz Nassour arrived in Liberia with Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a twenty-four year old from Tanzania, who was a member of the Al Qaeda network. Ghailani was accused by the FBI of buying the truck that destroyed the US Embassy in Dar-es-Salaam in 1998.
Nassour and Ghailani met up with the RUF rebels that controlled the diamond fields in neighbouring Sierra Leone and told them that they needed to convert large sums of cash into easily convertible commodities, they asked the rebels to double production for the next two months.
Read further details in the Washington Post