Saturday, June 09, 2012
Wanted Al-Qaeda Fugitives Ferid Imam and Adnan G. el-Shukrijumah Continue to Plan and Recruit for Attack on New York City Subway System.
A terrorism trial in New York revealed how a fugitive Canadian is alleged to have instructed al-Qaeda recruits in how to fire AK-47 assault rifles, how to lob hand grenades and how to shoot shoulder-mounted rocket launchers. Recruits who said they passed through an al-Qaeda training camp testified that Ferid “Yousef” Imam, a 31-year-old former University of Manitoba student, was their small-arms instructor when they journeyed to the mountains of northwest Pakistan in 2008. A Bosnian-born American, Adis Medunjanin, 28, was convicted on charges of conspiracy and terrorism in connection with a plot to bomb the New York City subway. Ferid Imam was indicted in the same case and described by the FBI as having helped the plotters acquire their training.
In 2008, Ferid Imam aided Najibullah Zazi, photo above, Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin in receiving military-type training in Pakistan, according to a prepared statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. It's alleged the trio returned to the U.S. with a plan to set off bombs for al-Qaida and one of the targets was packed subway cars in New York City.
Prosecutors described the plan to attack the New York subway as “one of the most serious threats to the United States since 9/11.” Five alleged co-conspirators in those 2001 attacks appeared before a military commission for the first time on Saturday, as the long process of judging prisoners at the American military prison at Guantanamo finally begins. In the past 18 months, police in Canada and the United States have issued warrants for Ferid Imam’s arrest, alleging that he joined al-Qaeda to become a training-camp instructor known as “Yousef.” The same training camp was attended by an important al-Qaeda fugitive known as “Hamad” – allegedly a pseudonym for Adnan El Shukrijumah, an alleged al-Qaeda planner of terrorist attacks and reputed to occasionally travel on a Canadian passport.
Adnan G. el-Shukrijumah is an American citizen who federal investigators believe is a senior Al Qaeda operative. Shukrijumah, whose whereabouts are unknown, was charged in July 2010 with several crimes, including the bomb plot last summer to attack three New York City subway lines and what federal prosecutors said was a related plot, one that British authorities said included blowing up a shopping center in Manchester. Mr. Shukrijumah spent part of his youth in Brooklyn, went to college in Florida and has long been on the F.B.I.'s most-wanted list.
A Saudi-born naturalized American, the elusive Adnan Shukrijumah was the focus of intense attention in the months after the 9/11 attacks because of his citizenship, his knowledge of the United States and, eventually, the realization that he was tied to senior Qaeda operatives and possibly involved in a dirty-bomb plot. United States officials have offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.
Information linking Mr. Shukrijumah to Al Qaeda first emerged in part from the interrogation of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks who was captured in Pakistan and interned at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. He seemed to drop off the radar screens of law enforcement and intelligence agencies about five years ago, and quickly became the subject of rumors. For a period of time, was reportedly sighted in locales including Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, southern Florida and Yemen. He remains at large, say officials, and some experts believe that he has long been in hiding in the tribal areas of Pakistan, discounting the myriad sightings reported elsewhere around the globe.
On July 7, 2010, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn formally named him in an official case. According to a Justice Department news release announcing the charges, Mr. Shukrijumah, 34, was one of a panel of three men overseeing Al Qaeda's efforts to carry out attacks in the United States and other Western countries. The charges against Mr. Shukrijumah supplement an earlier indictment brought in Brooklyn charging the three men he recruited for the subway plot, including Najibullah Zazi, whom prosecutors identified as a central figure in that planned attack.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com