Skip to comments.Pakistani woman may have planned logistics for Al Qaeda (captured)
Posted on 04/01/2003 8:01:02 PM PST by FairOpinion
US intelligence officials are now beginning to believe that a woman, some sources described as 'the Al Qaeda chick', may have helped planned logistics, but was not a major participant in the terror network's activities.
Dr Aafia Siddiqui (31), an alumna of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was detained in Karachi on March 29 as soon as she returned from an overseas trip.
Sources told rediff.com that her links to Al Qaeda had been corroborated by the outfit's operations chief Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, currently in the custody of US law enforcement officials after his arrest in Karachi a few weeks back.
Siddiqui, who has a doctorate in neurological science, is a mother of three and lived in Boston with her spouse before she disappeared.
US intelligence had received information from a variety of sources that Al Qaeda may have a female operative helping out with logistics planning.
They were told that she was not an operative of the kind of Adnan El Shukrijumah, the 27-year-old Saudi national suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in the United States, but was considered 'more of a support person' for Shukrijumah and it is 'likely she may have accompanied him' during his travel in the US.
Intelligence agencies were told she moved money for Al Qaeda operatives and was also involved with radical groups in Pakistan, particularly in the Northwest Frontier Province.
When Siddiqui's name first cropped up, intelligence agents suspected it may have been a new strategy of the Osama bin Laden-led terrorist group, because few would imagine an American-educated woman with children ranging from the age of nine months to six years to be working for Al Qaeda.
One she became the first woman wanted by the FBI for questioning on suspicion of having links with the Al Qaeda, it posted two pictures of her on its web site, one with and one without the hijab, the head-covering scarf worn by some Muslim women.
The agency said she wore both traditional Pakistani and Western clothes and could be travelling with or without her children.
Following up reports in December and January that placed her in Gaitherberg, Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC, authorities started looking for her on the eastern seaboard, according to Gary Bald, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore field office.
On March 18, the FBI issued a worldwide search notice for Siddiqui after Shaikh Mohammad confirmed her links to Al Qaeda.
She was tracked down to the home of her relatives in Karachi after being tailed from the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport where she was spotted on arrival from an overseas trip.
Pakistani authorities were immediately directed to arrest her.
Siddiqui was being interrogated at an undisclosed location, but intelligence sources said she is yet to be charged with any crime.
"She's essentially in the hands of the FBI now," said the source, who refused to reveal if she has been flown out of Pakistan for interrogation.
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Alright, another Terrorist educated in the USA. Why can't we just say "no more foreigners for 5 years" or so, just stay home---while we 'marginalize' (for want of a better word) the Terrorists that live amongst us in freedom now.The only good Terrorist is a dead Terrorist.
Here's a report on Kahn / Khan getting nabbed here as he was on his way to Dublin :
Very interesting connections between this gal, Shukrijumah, Padilla, etc. Maryland, Pakistan, Ireland, oh boy...
Khan (often also spelled Kahn) is a very common name - one of the guys allegedly caught with box cutters, hair dye and a lot of cash -after flying to St. Louis on 9/11 and catching a train to Texas- was named Khan; he and his buddy, Indian muslim nationals I think, worked at a newsstand near the WTC and had some other questionable items in his background. so I should have been more careful.
* Dr Aafia Siddiqui : The wife of Dr. Amjad Mohammed Khan * A 31-year-old former graduate student in Boston, is wanted by the FBI for questioning about possible contacts with members of Osama Bin Laden's terror network. The FBI also wants to question her husband, Dr. Amjad Mohammed Khan. - "Pakistani Woman Wanted by FBI" (Aafia Siddiqui - MIT-trained biologist) ," Associated Press (via Newsday), April 23, 2003 , Zarar Khan *
Siddiqui, who has a doctorate in neurological science, is a mother of three and lived in Boston with her spouse before she disappeared.[in March 2003] - "Pakistani woman may have planned logistics for Al Qaeda (captured)," by Aziz Haniffa, Rediff , April 1, 2003
* They were told that she was not an operative of the kind of Adnan El Shukrijumah, the 27-year-old Saudi national suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in the United States, but was considered 'more of a support person' for Shukrijumah and it is 'likely she may have accompanied him' during his travel in the US. Intelligence agencies were told she moved money for Al Qaeda operatives and was also involved with radical groups in Pakistan, particularly in the Northwest Frontier Province. - "Pakistani woman may have planned logistics for Al Qaeda (captured)," by Aziz Haniffa, Rediff , April 1, 2003
* Dr. Amjad Mohammed Khan aka Dr. Mohammed Khan aka Dr. Mohammed Amjad Khan aka Mohammad Amjan Khan: The husband of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui *
Mrs. Siddiqui's estranged husband, Dr. Mohammed Amjad Khan, 33, is also listed by the FBI as someone with key information and one who might have been part of the gas-station plot. Newsweek reported that Dr. Khan bought body armor, night-vision goggles and military manuals and was planning to send them to Pakistan, but returned the items after he was interviewed by the FBI.
Dr. Khan, an anesthesiologist, is listed by the FBI as "located," but a federal law-enforcement source said he was not apprehended in Baltimore. Dr. Khan and Mrs. Siddiqui lived for several years in Boston. - "Suspect in terror plot still at large," By Jon Ward , THE WASHINGTON TIMES , http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20030616-110254-8591r.htm
* Abrar Kahn : suspected prominent al Qaeda operative, one of two suspected prominent al Qaeda operatives have been arrested at Lahore Airport and will be handed over to the United States. The two men [Altaf Hussain & Abrar Khan] , who were about to leave for Dublin on a Qatar Airways flight, were captured by Pakistani authorities on Tuesday after U.S. officials provided information about them, intelligence officials said. The two men, traveling on Pakistani passports, were identified as Altaf Hussain and Abrar Kahn. According to intelligence sources, Hussain is an al Qaeda financier. He had two other passports with different names, and he may not be a Pakistani citizen. The raid at the airport occurred under heavy police guard. Pakistani intelligence officials are calling the arrest of these two men a big achievement.- "Pakistan Nabs [Two] 'Al Qaeda Operatives', " by Syed Mohsin Naqvi, CNN , 2/4/03
* Abdul Qadeer Khan : the maverick Pakistani scientist who has been called the father of the Islamic Bomb.U.S. intelligence, according to one official, has information that the al-Qaeda man [Khalid Shaikh Mohammed] and the nuclear scientist had connections with the same safe-house operator and may have crossed paths. They were "reported to be at the same place at approximately the same time," the official said. Under questioning, according to the source, Mohammed denied seeing Khan and downplayed any usefulness Khan may have had to al-Qaeda. The CIA believes that Khan had a key role in helping North Korea develop at least one or two nuclear devices, a senior official tells TIME. Under pressure from the U.S., the Pakistani government two years ago stripped Khan of his position in the nuclear and military establishment and barred him from traveling abroad without official permission. Within Pakistan, Khan is always accompanied by two military officers, Pakistani officials say. But Washington fears that he may still have enough freedom to be able to shop Pakistan's nuclear secrets to other clients. Says a Washington official: "He moves around very freely and has everything he needs inside his head, if not his briefcase." - "Al-Qaeda's Nuclear Contact?," by TIM BURGER AND TIM MCGIRK, Time
* Majid Khan : The Newsweek article reported that Majid Khan, said to be an al Qaeda operative, stayed in Baltimore with family members who have lived in the city for years and own several gas stations. While he was there, Mrs. Siddiqui, a U.S. visa holder, reportedly rented a post office box to help Khan establish a new identity in the United States, according to Newsweek. The article also reports that Khan studied the gas stations' vulnerability to bombings, then reported the findings to al Qaeda's director of global operations, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan on March 1. The source also told The Times the terrorist plot never developed enough to target a specific gas station or series of locations. The phone number to the only gas station listed under the name Khan has been disconnected. - "Suspect in terror plot still at large," By Jon Ward , THE WASHINGTON TIMES , http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20030616-110254-8591r.htm