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"Looming Tower" follow-up 2: female neuroscientist jihadi who dropped out of the news

From: Mark N.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 11:30 PM

This came up late in the meet-up, after some folks had already left.  I said I would look it up.  I was probably feeling guilty for having arrived late  :-)

The story was about Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who American officials say was a facilitator for Al Qaeda, was taken into custody last month after she was found loitering outside an Afghan police station with suspicious items in her handbag, including documents describing the creation of explosives, a criminal complaint says. A day later, prosecutors have charged, she picked up an unsecured M-4 rifle and fired at least two shots toward one of the soldiers who was part of an American team of F.B.I. agents and military personnel who were about to question her.  Siddiqui had studied at MIT and Brandeis.  United States intelligence agencies have said that she had links to at least 2 of the 14 men suspected of being high-level members of Al Qaeda who were moved to Guant��namo Bay, Cuba, in September 2006.

You can read about her in an August 12 article in the Boston Globe at

You can read several articles about her over several days in the New York Times at

You can read about her in an August 4th article in Pakistan's English-language paper The Dawn at

Etc.  You all know how to do a Web search.  :-)

Good night,

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