The 'greening ' of al-Qaeda: More recycled al-Qaeda emerge --US Attorney General Eric Holder celebrates Earth Day with more al-Qaeda recycling: Al-Qaeda Member 'Rises From Grave' to Plan NY Subway Attack By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 26 Apr 2010
From the telegraph.co.uk: British al-Qaeda commander planned July 7-style attack on New York subway 25 Apr 2010 A British al-Qaeda commander planned to emulate the July 7 London suicide bombings with a coordinated attack on the New York subway system, it has emerged. Rashid Rauf, who also planned the transatlantic airlines plot, allegedly told three Americans to attack targets in the United States. His role in the plot emerged as a man pleaded guilty to the plot which was cracked by the FBI last September after a tip off from British intelligence. It would have been the biggest attack on US soil since September 11, according to the US Attorney General, Eric Holder... Rauf, who is originally from Birmingham, fled Britain after the murder of his uncle in 2002 and has been connected to almost every significant terrorist plot in Britain since, including July 7, the failed attacks of July 21 and the plot to blow up airliners over the Atlantic. He was also behind an alleged plan to attack shopping centres in Manchester last Easter. Intelligence agencies believe he died in an attack by a Predator unmanned drone in November 2008.
Rashid Rauf after his court appearance in Pakistan in December 2006. Photograph: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images
The image of Rashid Rauf on the telegraph.co.uk website has a photo dated December 2006. That was the first hint that Rauf might be another US 'green' (recycled) al-Qaeda.
But, looky here! US kills alleged transatlantic airline plot leader, reports say --British Islamist Rashid Rauf said to have been killed by missile attack in north-west Pakistan 22 Nov 2008 A British man suspected of close links with al-Qaida leaders and involvement in a plot to blow up transatlantic airplanes has reportedly been killed by a United States missile strike in the volatile border regions of Pakistan. Rashid Rauf, originally from Birmingham, was said to have died along with at least four other militants with links to al-Qaida in an attack in the restive North Waziristan tribal agency, a key base for hardline extremists, according to local television stations and intelligence officials. Pakistani intelligence sources in Islamabad said they had intercepted communications between militants after the strike indicating that Rauf was among those killed, but cautioned that no direct evidence of his death had yet been found. Investigations were still continuing, officials said.
WHY is it that nearly every key al-Qaeda figure is seemingly 'reborn' to fight another day? See also: 'Killed,' arrested, devalued, re-arrested, 're-killed' Recycled al-Qaeda: Ayyub al-Masri 'killed' on Sunday, captured in 2008 By Lori Price 19 April 2010 Head of al-Qaeda in Iraq 'killed in raid' 19 Apr 2010 The US said that its forces had dealt a devastating blow to al-Qaeda after the terror network’s top two leaders in Iraq were killed in a night-time raid. Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq [reported dead in 2007], and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, his close associate and the purported leader of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), were tracked to a safe house near Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, on Sunday night. Except that... Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri captured 08 May 2008 Iraqi forces claimed tonight to have arrested the head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq during an operation in the northern city of Mosul, one of the terrorist organisation’s last major hold-outs in the country. Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the nom de guerre of Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, was captured in a joint US-Iraqi operation, according to Iraqi military sources quoted by the Arabic news channel al-Arabiya. Al-Masri's death was reported by the Iraqi military last year and later proved to be wrong.
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