Adnan Shukrijumah the mysterious and elusive Al Qaeda operative has been reported killed in Pakistan. Considering past claims and dis-information regarding this character, reports of his demise should be taken with a large lump of road salt. While U.S. authorities were alternately reporting Adnan’s flight to Pakistan and his involvement in bomb plots in New York, ex-Israeli intelligence officers confirmed his presence in Ontario Canada, a fact bolstered by photos of his family (who live in Florida) on a visit to Toronto.
The Canadian intelligence & security agency “CSIS” raised many more questions regarding Shukrijumah when they revealed to a Global National reporter (and several other investigators) that they had received no arrest warrant or detainment request for Adnan Shukrijumah from U.S. authorities.
The FBI in Florida told the Global National reporter that “Adnan Shukrijumah had committed no crime, but was being watched”
Investigation of Adnan’s Canadian activities peaked in 2006 when reports circulation that Shukrijumah was spotted on the campus of the highly respected McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. It was claimed that the suspected Al Qaeda operative was either enrolled or sitting in on classes in the Physics Dept. at McMaster. Eyebrows were further raised when it was revealed that much of the teaching staff at McMaster was Middle Eastern.
Lax security at the university’s nuclear plant led to serious concerns by investigators who saw a possible source for dirty bomb material….. easily accessible to the likes of Adnan Shukrijumah or terror supporters in Canada.
McMaster reacted to questions regarding Shukrijumah and their well documented lack of security in the Department of Engineering Physics by filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against author and journalist Dr. Paul Williams. The lawsuits poured cold water on further investigations by reporters for mainstream news organisations.
Some investigators have made the point that the Shukrijumah storyline fit the modus operandi of a FBI informant or plant. Whether this scenario is correct or not is something that we may not ever know for certain. It would be well to remember Richard Masato Aoki the man who armed and trained the Black Panthers and was the “minister of education” for the Berkeley chapter of the Black Panthers Party was an FBI plant. (’60s militant who armed Black Panthers was FBI mole) The infamous, and little known “Ali Mohamed” “Bin Laden’s Spy In America” is another case of the FBI’s good intentions gone wrong. (See the documentary here: http://youtu.be/faj6v4A6A4o )
… and then there is the curious case of Siraj Wahhaj, but that’s for another day.
Al-Qaeda’s alleged Tube plotter killed in shoot-out? (Telegraph U.K.)
Adnan Shukrijumah, al-Qaeda’s chief of global operations who had a $5 million bounty on his head, has died in a raid by Pakistan military on his hideout in South Waziristan
By Robert Mendick, Harriet Marsh and Rob Crilly in New York
For a decade, he had masterminded terror attacks against the West; plotting mass death and destruction on such targets as a Manchester shopping centre and the London Underground from his hideaway in a remote and lawless region of Pakistan.
On Saturday, the authorities finally caught up with Adnan Shukrijumah, al-Qaeda’s chief of global operations who had a $5 million (£3.2 million) bounty on his head. Shukrijumah, 39, died in a raid by Pakistan military on a compound in South Waziristan tribal area. He had been hunted down and killed.
US authorities had him on their most wanted list since 2010, while the justice department had charged him with ordering an attack on the New York subway. The same indictment links him to a plot to blow up shopping centres in Manchester, while he has also been implicated in attacks on the London Underground and to trains in Norway.
Shukrijumah’s role in al-Qaeda was to choose the targets and then recruit the terrorists to carry them out. The attacks on New York, London and Manchester were thankfully thwarted.
Confirmation of his death came from a Pakistan senior army officer. “The al-Qaeda leader, who was killed by the Pakistan army in a successful operation, is the same person who had been indicted in the United Stated,” he said.
Shukrijumah was made al-Qaeda’s chief of global operations five years ago, taking on a role filled by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and who was captured in 2003. Shukrijumah was also implicated, according to intelligence sources, in the 9/11 plot and was friends with at least some of the hijackers.
While born in Saudi Arabia, Shukrijumah, 39, had a better insight into the West than perhaps any other al-Qaeda operative, including even its founder Osama bin Laden. He had grown up in the US, his family moving to Brooklyn when he was a teenager in the Eighties and then to Florida in the Nineties, giving Shukrijumah a familiarity with America that allowed him to move largely unnoticed. He was the only senior al-Qaeda leader with a green card.
It is reported he was a regular traveller to the Caribbean and an occasional visitor to London before he went on the run in the weeks prior to the 9/11 attack.
Federal authorities in the US believe Shukrijumah oversaw a panel with two other senior al-Qaeda leaders that hatched attacks from their base in Pakistan. One of his fellow plotters was Rashid Rauf, the Birmingham-born al-Qaeda commander, who had also masterminded a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners using liquid bombs. Rauf was killed in a US drone attack in 2008 in North Waziristan; Saleh al-Somali, the third member of the panel, was killed a year later in another drone strike.
Security services accuse Shukrijumah of involvement in a number of planned atrocities, including the plot to blow up a Manchester shopping centre in 2009. A dozen students were arrested but none charged due to lack of evidence. Some of the suspects had been watched by MI5 agents as they filmed themselves outside the Trafford Centre on the edge of Manchester, the Arndale Centre in the city centre, and the nearby St Ann’s Square. Police round up the alleged plotters after they were overheard discussing dates, understood to include the Easter bank holiday, one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.
Had it been successful, the attack would likely have been the worst in the UK. “We had to act,” an intelligence source said at the time.
A year later on July 7 2010, Shukrijumah was charged by the US justice department with “an al-Qaeda plot to attack targets in the United States and United Kingdom”. Two other men indicted in New York — Abid Naseer and Tariq ur Rehman — had previously been arrested on suspicion of terrorism over the Manchester plot.
Shukrijumah was charged with “providing and conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda; conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction; assisting the receipt of military training; committing and attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries; and using firearms in relation to the same offences”.
The foiled attack on the new York subway, using a different cell, was described by the attorney general Eric Holder at the time as “one of the most dangerous” since 9/11.
Federal prosecutors said Shukrijumah had also recruited three men to carry out attacks on the London Underground as well. Details of that remain scant.
In the US, he had not amounted to much. His father, a scholar born in Guyana in South America, had been an imam at a mosque in Brooklyn until he moved the family to Florida. Shukrijumah went to a local college before getting a job selling used cars.
His mother Zurah Adbu Ahmed , described him as a “kind, loving, caring boy”, but admitted he had been angered by the excesses of American society including “drugs, alcohol, a love for sex, and clubs”. She added: “That doesn’t make him a terrorist.”
On Saturday in a pre-dawn raid, Pakistani helicopter gunships swooped on Shukrijumah’s hideout. He died in a gun battle, the most senior al-Qaeda leader killed by the Pakistan military. Intelligence officials confirmed that five people captured were Shukrijumah’s wife and four children.
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