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New Al Qaida chief is former US resident

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Posted on August 6 2010 4:39 am
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A suspected Al Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the United States has become chief of the terror network’s global operations, the FBI says, marking the first time a leader so intimately familiar with American society has been placed in charge of planning attacks.

Adnan Shukrijumah, 35, has taken over a position once held by September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured in 2003, Miami-based FBI counterterrorism agent Brian LeBlanc told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview. That puts him in regular contact with al-Qaida’s senior leadership, includingOsama bin Laden, LeBlanc said.

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