Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Najibullah Zazi Flipping On Co-conspirators and al Qaeda

Both the NY Post and NY Daily News are reporting that Najibullah Zazi is not only cooperating with authorities, but he's flipped on his co-conspirators and ratting out al Qaeda affiliates. As the Daily News reports:
Flushing High School friends Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay are already charged in connection with Zazi's trip to an Al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan in 2008. It's unclear what additional charges they may face when they appear in Brooklyn Federal Court tomorrow.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday more people were directly involved in Zazi's plan to bomb the subway system last year.

Asked if the attack was to be carried out by two other suicide bombers besides Zazi, Kelly responded, "The information will be coming out, but I think that's fair to say, yes."

Zazi admitted in court Monday that he plotted to detonate homemade bombs in the Manhattan subways in September near the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

He was thwarted by investigators who tailed him across the country just before he planned to unleash the horrific attack.

Zazi did not name his accomplices recruited by Al Qaeda leaders while he was in Pakistan to return to the U.S. and carry out the subway attack.

Medunjanin, a Bosnian national, already has been charged with attending the same terror camp with Zazi. Ahmedzay, an Afghan national like Zazi, has been charged with lying to the feds about his knowledge of the terror camp training.

"We do not know specifically what Zazi has said about Adis," Medunjanin's lawyer Robert Gottlieb said yesterday.
Zazi hoped to set off multiple bombs using suicide bombers in the New York City subways. One can surmise that two of the defendants were going to be among those suicide bombers, but were others involved that had not yet been recruited or identified?

Moreover, Zazi can provide intel on the identities of those al Qaeda and Taliban thugs he met with in Pakistan. That may ultimately prove quite useful since the US needs that kind of information to track down and target those terrorists and their movements around the region.

Better intel is one of the reasons that we can see an increase in the pace of UAV airstrikes in Pakistan; better intel leads to more targeting data and a better picture of who we face, which can lead to more successful attacks against the terrorist infrastructure, such as a the Haqqani network of al Qaeda affiliates in Waziristan.

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