US authorities say photos, DNA tests strongly suggest boy ‘captured’ with Aafia Siddiqui is her son, Ahmed (on left in photo), Aafia Siddiqui to petition US court to have Ahmed placed in her brother’s custody in Texas.
WASHINGTON: US authorities have confirmed that the 11-year old boy they claim to have captured with Dr Aafia Siddiqui in Kabul is her son Ahmed, who had told Afghan cops he was an orphan traveling with "Saliha", al-Qaeda lies at 11, next lie you will hear is that he was tortured by US Officials
According to a report in the Washington Post, in a letter to Siddiqui’s family, US authorities said that photos and DNA tests strongly suggest that the youngster in Afghan custody is Siddiqui’s son Ahmed. The boy is claimed to have been detained on July 18 when Afghan police arrested Siddiqui near a government compound in Ghazni. Siddiqui and her three children disappeared in 2003 in Karachi. She had set out from her mother’s home on her way to the airport to take a flight to Islamabad, but she never arrived. Inexplicably, her family did not lodge a missing person report with the police. She is now in a federal prison in New York, charged with attempted murder.
The Washington Post report says the FBI had spent years seeking information on Siddiqui, who officials feared was an Al Qaeda operative with knowledge of biological weapons. CIA spokesman George Little told the newspaper, “As the Department of Justice has made clear, Siddiqui was not in US custody before she was detained on July 17, 2008. Any suggestion that the CIA would imprison her children is wrong and offensive. Had we known where Siddiqui was prior to her capture, we would have shared that information with our partners in this country and overseas.
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She was a fugitive from American justice.” US officials are said to have dubbed her as Al Qaeda’s “Mata Hari” and admitted that they began watching her as a possible terrorism suspect in 2001 when she lived in Boston with her husband. Soon after Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was captured in 2003, Siddiqui and her three children vanished from Karachi.Ismail Jahangir, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni province said on Monday, according to the Post, that the Afghan Interior Ministry took the boy, now found to be Siddiqui’s son, into custody the same day Siddiqui was arrested.
Jahangir said the governor’s office was not aware of what happened to the boy after he was handed over to the Interior Ministry. An Interior Ministry official in Kabul said Ahmed Siddiqui was held by the ministry for a day, then taken into custody by the Afghan National Security Directorate, an intelligence agency. US agents said the boy initially told them he was an orphan. The boy told U.S. agents who interviewed him that "he is an orphan and that his parents were killed in an earthquake in Pakistan around October 2005," U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia. wrote. Ahmed said Siddique, the woman U.S. authorities now believe to be his mother, was named "Saliha," and that he had been traveling with her "since shortly after his parents died," wrote Garcia. Ahmed Siddiqui at 11, appears to already have the Al-Qaeda "talk the talk" down with lies about who he is and who his mother is, the apple does not fall far from the Al-Qaeda tree.