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Friday, December 3, 2004
Honduras Explosives Raid Tied To Adnan El-Shukrijumah?
Officials in Honduras have seized a Canadian-owned ship carrying 900 tons of explosives, according to the Associated Press.
Loaded with illegally undeclared explosives, the owner of the MV Abdul Rahman was identified as Hassan Bachacha of Canada. The captain of the boat, an Egyptian, the Sudanese first officer and the captain have all been charged by Honduran authorities.
Several reports have placed alleged al Qaeda operative Adnan El-Shukrijumah in Honduras.
According to the Washington Times and others, Shukrijumah may have recruited Central American gang members to assist in smuggling al Qaeda operatives into the U.S.
Honduran gang members have a channel for smuggling illegals into the U.S. through Vancouver, Canada, according to a 2000 report in the National Post.
al Qaeda has also smuggled illegals into the country through Vancouver. Ali Mohammed, a top AQ operative in the U.S., smuggled illegal aliens into the country through that route during the mid-1990s.
Mohammed, Osama bin Laden's chief of security, was tied to a New York City terror cell led by Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. Mohammed was also an Egyptian.
Shukrijumah's father was also connected to the NYC terror cell, according to reports in the Florida Sun-Sentinel and other newspapers.
The U.S. has evinced strong interest in the explosives-laden boat, including sending experts to examine the ship.
All this activity, combined with the congruence of factors listed above, suggests that the incident may be connected to Shukrijumah.
If the ship is indeed tied to the Shukrijumah network, its capture could be very good news for U.S. investigators, who have been urgently seeking the Saudi-born operative for years. The story bears watching over the next few weeks.
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Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger co-author the forthcoming book, "ISIS: The State of Terror," from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. The book, which will debut in early 2015, will examine the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, its potential fall, how it is transforming the nature of extremist movements, and how we should evaluate the threat it presents. Jessica Stern is a Harvard lecturer on terrorism and the author of the seminal text Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. J.M. Berger is author of the definitive book on American jihadists, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy, and editor of Intelwire.com.