LeT's plot to use Americans for attacks in India, Denmark

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  1. mehwish92

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    WASHINGTON: US investigating agencies have busted a plot by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to use an American national for a terrorist
    attacks in Denmark and India.

    The man, identified as David Coleman Headley, was one of two suspects arrested early this month by FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport before he boarded a flight to Philadelphia, from where he was intending to travel to Pakistan to meet LeT handlers, including Ilyas Kashmiri.

    Headley's partner in the terror plot, which included plans to attack the Danish newspaper that published cartoons of Prophet Mohammed, was a Pakistani-Canadian named Tahawwur Hussain Rana, also a resident of Chicago who was arrested by the FBI on October 18.

    According to the FBI affidavit filed in a Chicago court, Headley was in close contact with Ilyas Kashmiri and several unidentified leaders of LeT, two of whom are identified as "LeT member A" and "LeT member B." He had visited Pakistan before to meet LeT handlers and was returning there ostensibly to finalize plans for strikes.

    "In July and August 2009, Headley exchanged a series of e-mails with LeT Member A, including an exchange in which Headley asked if the Denmark project was on hold, and whether a visit to India that LeT Member A had asked him to undertake was for the purpose of surveilling targets for a new terrorist attack," the FBI said in its affidavit.

    "These e-mails reflect that LeT Member A was placing a higher priority on using Headley to assist in planning a new attack in India than on completing the planned attack in Denmark," it said.

    Although the affidavit named Kashmiri, it did not identify two others involved in the plot, referring to them as LeT member A and Individual A. It said LeT member A LeT Member A “has substantial influence and responsibility within the organization” and his “identity is known to the government.”

    The latest terror plot, one of dozens that involving Pakistanis or Pakistani-origin suspects across the world, is bound to complicate monitoring in India considering the use of an American proxy and the volume of US nationals traveling to India.

    US agencies have long suspected that al-Qaida is trying to use western operatives to strike in the United States, but this is the first time LeT is known to have drafted a westerner for possible strikes in India.

    Although he currently carried a western name, Headley's original name was said to be Daood Gilani, which he reportedly got changed legally in 2006.

    Rana, a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin, lived mostly in Chicago where he owned several business, including First World Immigration Services, which has offices on Devon Avenue in Chicago, as well as in New York and Toronto. He also owned a farm outside Chicago which provided halal meat for Muslim customers as well as a grocery store, the FBI said.

    According to FBI, in January 2009 and July 2009, Headley traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Rana allegedly arranged portions of his travel.

    After returning to Chicago in August, Headley allegedly used coded language to repeatedly inquire if Individual A had been in touch with Kashmiri regarding planning for the attack, and expressing concern that Individual A's communications with Kashmiri had been cut off.

    In early September, Headley and Rana took a lengthy car ride during which they discussed the activities of the other individuals, including past terrorist acts, and Headley discussed with Rana five actions involving targets that expressly included Denmark.

    According to the FBI affidavit, Headley at times has claimed to be a consultant with or representative of Rana's business, First World Immigration Services, but appeared to perform little if any actual work for the business. Despite his apparent lack of financial resources and substantial employment, Headley traveled extensively since the second half of 2008, including multiple trips to Pakistan and various countries in Europe.

    “Postings to an internet group for graduates of a military school in the Pakistani town of Hasan Abdal (a group that refers to itself as "abdalians"), reflect that both Rana and Headley have participated in the group and referred to their attendance at that school,” the FBI said. It was not clear if it was a school run by the Pakistani military or a terrorist training camp.

    Beginning in late 2008, said Headley corresponded extensively with Individual A and LeT Member A regarding what they referred to in coded communications as the "Mickey Mouse Project," "mmp," and "the northern project," according to the affidavit. The Mickey Mouse Project allegedly involved planning for one or more attacks at facilities and employees of Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper that in 2005 published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, to which many Muslims took great offense.

    In October 2008, Headley allegedly posted a message to the "abdalians" internet discussion group stating that "I feel disposed towards violence for the offending parties," referring to the Danish cartoonists and others who he identified "as making fun of Islam."


    Using coded language, Rana, Headley, Individual A and LeT Member A allegedly have referred to this plot, as well as discussions of other targets, as "investments," "projects," "business," and "action," and have described their hopes for success both in terms of receiving religious awards, as well as getting "rich," "richer," and making "profit."

    Between August 2008 and Dec.7, 2008, Headley sent multiple email messages from internet addresses located in Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan, the charges allege.

    According to the FBI affidavit, following his visit to Denmark, Headley traveled to Pakistan to meet with Individual A. During this visit, Headley traveled with Individual A to Pakistan's FATA region and met with Kashmiri.


    After returning to Chicago in August 2009, Headley allegedly used coded language to repeatedly inquire if Individual A had been in touch with Kashmiri regarding planning for the attack, and expressing concern that Individual A's communications with Kashmiri had been cut off.

    In conversations with Rana and Individual A in August and September 2009, Headley indicated that if the "doctor" (alleged to be a reference to Kashmiri) and his people were unable to assist, then Headley would perform the planned operation himself.

    In September 2009, after initial press reports indicated that Kashmiri had been killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, Headley and Individual A allegedly had a series of coded conversations in which they discussed the reports of Kashmiri's death and what it meant for the projects they were planning.

    Individual A sought to reassure and encourage Headley, telling him, among other things, that "this is business sir; these types of things happen." On Sept. 20, 2009, Headley allegedly told a family member words to the effect that he had spoken to Rana and they agreed that "business must go on."

    In a Sept. 21, 2009, telephone conversation, Individual A indicated to Headley that Kashmiri was alive and "doing well." In a subsequent conversation on Sept. 30, 2009, Individual A again assured Headley that Kashmiri, whom he referred to as "Pir Sahib," was "absolutely all right" and had not gotten "married," which was code for being killed. Headley asked Individual A if it was possible to now have a meeting with Kashmiri and Individual A responded that Kashmiri "just today, was asking about you" (Headley).

    Ilyas Kashmiri, a former commando said to be connected to the Pakistani military's Special Services Group, was first reported killed in a US drone attack last month, but subsequently surfaced alive and gave an interview to a Pakistani reporter two weeks ago.

    FBI busts LeT plot to use American for attacks in India, Denmark - US - World - The Times of India
     
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    Please post other sources if possible. ToI's tabloidal inclinations leave much to be desired regarding their credibility.
     
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    Comeon, TOI isn't that bad.
     
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    Can anybody else find another source for this article? I can't seem to find anything, which is odd.

    Something like this would be huge news in India, and maybe even the US.
     
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    They were planning an attack the Danish newspaper in Denmark.....I dont know how TOI included India in the list.

    I checked this story in several US newspapers..there is no mention of India.

    Here is a link: Feds: Chicago men planned to attack Danish paper - The Connecticut Post Online


    The funny part of this story is that both these guys are like 48 and 49y/o guys. Shouldnt these guys be retired from the terrorist business.
    The guy had a halal meat farm near Chicago.
     
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    Oh ye of little faith......

    Check out pages 22 and 23 in the affidavit against Headley. The link is posted above.
     
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    They made quite a few references to 26/11 in there, didn't they?
     
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    Mattster and Energon are both of Indian descent although they reside in the U.S.

    En tout cas, the Lashkar-e-Taiba has its significant presence in Muridke in Pakisthan and in the Pakistan-occupied regions of Kashmir, so it would logically be expected of the b&tche$ that they would mount attacks against a state that they claim to 'occupy' territory under muslim rule, and in particular when they operate with near-impunity from the territory of a state that is its arch-nemesis.

    The Danish attack seems a little ambitious given that there are no known LeT cells in Europe - atleast not that we've heard of.

    I'm going to put another spin on this and suggest that this is an instance of media phishing- given the time and circumstances of the report- could it be construed as another ploy to involve Pakistan in a civil war- this time close to its administrative nether regions. Incidentally, this is not the first time that ties have been established between the LeT and American individuals: several American Muslims, including members of the Virginia Jihad Network, attended LeT training camps and were convicted in 2006 of conspiring to provide material support to the LeT that was then widely published. Interestingly, this was followed by the arrest and detention of Hafeez Saeed by the Musharaf government and a spate of activity- and I mean a fusillade- involving the SF of Pakisthan and the LeT. The Lahore high court subsequently exonerated him on grounds of 'insufficient evidence' (something that is not likely to happen again given the 'penetration' of the judiciary).
     
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    Indian team to visit US to quiz Headley




    A team of Indian intelligence officials will travel to the US next week to question David Coleman Headley who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for his alleged links with the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyeba.
    The FBI believes that Lashkar " that was placing a high priority on using Headley to assist in planning a new attack in India" had someone called Rahul on its target list.
    The team, comprising officials of the Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing, will try and get information about the Laskhar plot, a home ministry official said.
    Home Minister P Chidambaram said India was working with the FBI to follow up what needed to be done in India while the US agency was investigating what it needed to do at its end.
    The FBI had shared with India documents, like the complaint and affidavit filed by it in the court, before they were made public.
    Sources said the US has sought India's cooperation to corroborate the information provided by Headley, who was arrested by the FBI at the Chicago airport on October 3. He was to board a flight to Philadelphia, with Pakistan being the final destination.
    Headley, 49, was also to visit to India for some time — two to four weeks — to execute Lashkar's plans, according to US investigators.
    His original target was the Copenhagen office of a Danish newspaper that had carried a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad, creating a controversy in 2005, but the Lashkar had begun using him against India.
    According to the FBI affidavit filed in a Chicago court, Headley was in close contact with Ilyas Kashmiri and several unidentified Lashkar leaders. Kashmiri is the operational chief of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir section of Harakat-ul Jihad Islami, a Pakistani-based terror outfit with links to al-Qaida.


    Indian team to visit US to quiz Headley- Hindustan Times
     
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    RAW, IB to grill US national arrested by FBI

    30 Oct 2009, 0505 hrs IST, ET Bureau

    NEW DELHI: A team of Indian investigators will be in the US next week to interrogate arrested US national David Coleman Headley, accused of
    plotting terror attacks in Denmark and India for Pakistan-based outfit Lashker e Taiba.

    Senior officials of the R&AW and Intelligence Bureau will visit Chicago, where both Headley and his associate Tahawwur Hussain are under detention, to question them further on the leads they have provided to FBI about LeT’s plans to carry out a major terrorist strike in India. Since the chargesheet filed by the FBI in a Chicago court clearly states that a person by the name of “Rahul” , later identified by Headley as a prominent film actor based in Mumbai, was to be reached, the Indian probe team will focus on finding out who this “Rahul” could be.

    “As of now, we have only the FBI chargesheet in hand. The purpose of sending our investigators to question terror suspects Headley and Rana is to dig more specific details of LeT’s terror plot, particularly its target and the proposed timing,” a senior MHA official said here.

    The official added “Rahul” in Mumbai could mean any actor who goes by that name — viz, Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna, or for that matter, even Shahrukh Khan who prefers to call himself Rahul in most of his films. The agencies also feel that ‘Rahul’ may only be a codename used to hide the real identity of the person being reached.

    Incidentally, the chances of Headley having referred to Rahul Gandhi are seen as slim as the Gandhi family scion is not based in Mumbai .

    Headley and Rana were arrested by the FBI earlier in October, mainly for plotting to attack the premises of a Danish newspaper that had published a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad way back in 2005. The cartoon had caused an outrage among the Islamists across the world.

    Though the LeT’s terror plot, according to Headley, was focused on Denmark, his services were also simultaneously being considered for a major terror attack in India.

    Headley was in contact with LeT terror boss Ilyas Kashmiri who has been figuring prominently in Pakistan’s “most wanted” list.

    A coded e-mail exchanged by Headley on July 8 this year had referred to the possibility of his carrying out a reconnaissance of targets in India and saying “hi to Rahul” . This, the agencies here feel, may indicate a possible mission to assassinate an important person.

    When questioned on this, Headley had told FBI that the “Rahul” he was referring to is a prominent Indian actor.

    RAW, IB to grill US national arrested by FBI- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times
     
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    Top Pak diplomat knew LeT men who planned to attack India: FBI
    Updated on Friday, October 30, 2009, 12:49 IST
    Washington: Pakistan's Consul General in Chicago personally knew both David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, nabbed by the FBI for planning to carry out a major terror attack in India at the behest of LeT, the US authorities have claimed.


    The FBI in its revised chargesheet filed before a Chicago court said the Consul General of Pakistan in Chicago personally knows both Rana and Headley alias 'Daood Gilani', as all three of them are from the same high school.

    According to the website of the Pakistan Embassy here, Dr Aman Rashid is the Consul General in Chicago.

    "On or about September 25, 2009, Rana spoke by telephone with the Consul General at the Pakistani Consulate in Chicago in an effort to obtain a five-year visa for Headley to travel to Pakistan. It is clear from the email traffic unrelated to terrorist plotting that the Consul General knows Rana and Headley personally as all three attended the same high school," the FBI claimed.

    [​IMG]
    However, the affidavit, a copy of which has been obtained by PTI, does not say anything if the Consul General was aware or had any inclination of the terrorist connection of Rana and Headley.

    Rana (48) and Headley (49) are not only residents of Chicago, but were product of same military school in Karachi.

    American national Headley, whose assistance was sought by Lashkar-e-Toiba in planning a major terror attack in India, was helped by his Pakistani-Canadian friend Rana to obtain a visa for Pakistan so that he can travel to NWFP for training and meeting the LeT leaders, federal prosecutors have charged.

    The chargesheet also indicates that LeT was planning to use Headley for a major terrorist attack in India.

    [​IMG] The transcripts of the taped conversations, both email and telephone, reveals that LeT was planning to use Headley for attack on a mysterious Indian actor 'Rahul' – which Indian intelligence agencies say could be a code message.

    Headley stated that he intended to travel to Pakistan in early October to meet with an unidentified LeT Individual 'B' and (Ilyas) Kashmiri, the FBI told the court. It said Headley had already travelled to Pakistan from late January to early March of 2009, during which he visited FATA.

    While it does not mention to which high schools the three were students, the FBI told the court that postings to a Yahoo group of graduates of a military school located in the Pakistani town of Hasan Abdal (a group that refers to itself as 'abdalians') reflected that both Headley and Rana have participated in the group and referred to their attendance at that school.

    Cadet College Hasan Abdal is located in the Hasan Abdal – a historic city in northern Punjab of Pakistan, some 40 km north west of Rawalpindi. The town with a population of 50,000 is famous for Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib, one of the most sacred places of Sikhism.

    Top Pak diplomat knew LeT men planning to attack India: FBI
     
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    SRK could be Lashkar target

    SRK could be Lashkar target

    Mail Today Bureau New Delhi, October 30, 2009

    A US government source has said from Washington that the actor "Rahul" mentioned in one of arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba ( LeT) operative David Coleman Headley's emails could be Shah Rukh Khan.

    The revelation comes as an Intelligence Bureau and Research & Analysis Wing team leaves for the US next week to meet FBI officials in connection with the arrest of the LeT operative.

    "We do not have many details yet," the source said over the phone, " but we have gathered that the ' Rahul' mentioned in the FBI affidavit could most possibly be Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan. We presume he was codenamed thus because his characters are often named Rahul in many of the movies he has acted in." The affidavit was filed by the FBI in a Chicago court, and mentions that Headley, in an email on July 8, said, " I think when we get a chance we should revisit our last location again and say Hi to Rahul." The email was addressed to a senior LeT leader whose name the FBI merely put as ' LeT Individual A'. Headley had confessed to the FBI that ' Rahul' referred to a " prominent Indian actor" but had not divulged his real name.

    He even asked the LeT leader he was conversing with whether he should stay in Rahul's city for long, to which the leader responded that it would take around two to four weeks and added he had real estate plans for a place outside Rahul's city.

    Meanwhile, in New Delhi on Thursday, home minister P. Chidambaram confirmed that the government is " working with the FBI to follow up on what needs to be done in India while they are investigating what needs to be done in the US". He also added that the FBI had shared with India documents, like the complaint and affidavit filed by it in the court, a little while before they were made public.

    Headley was arrested by the FBI earlier this month at Chicago's O'Hare airport while boarding a flight to Philadelphia scheduled to land in Pakistan.

    According to the FBI, the 49- year- old alleged LeT operative was also scheduled to visit India soon, presumably to execute the LeT's terror plans, most probably similar to the attacks on Mumbai's prominent locations last November.

    The FBI affidavit also mentions that Headley's prime contact in the LeT was Ilyas Kashmiri, the chief of Harkat- ul- Jihad- al Islami's ( HuJI) operations in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir.

    HuJI is a Pakistan- based terrorist organisation alleged to have links with the Al Qaeda.

    Headley was arrested along with a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin named Tahawar Rana, who owns grocery stores in Chicago. However, Rana's lawyer insists that his client was " duped" by Headley into a plan that included the killing of 74- year- old Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who drew a cartoon depicting Prophet Mohammed in a local newspaper. He is currently underground and under the protection of the Danish intelligence.

    SRK could be Lashkar target: India Today - Latest Breaking News from India, World, Business, Cricket, Sports, Bollywood.
     
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    Top Pak diplomat knew LeT men who planned to attack India

    Washington: Pakistan's Consul General in Chicago personally knew both David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, nabbed by the FBI for planning to carry out a major terror attack in India at the behest of LeT, the US authorities have claimed.

    The FBI in its revised chargesheet filed before a Chicago court said the Consul General of Pakistan in Chicago personally knows both Rana and Headley alias 'Daood Gilani', as all three of them are from the same high school.

    According to the website of the Pakistan Embassy here, Dr Aman Rashid is the Consul General in Chicago.

    "On or about September 25, 2009, Rana spoke by telephone with the Consul General at the Pakistani Consulate in Chicago in an effort to obtain a five-year visa for Headley to travel to Pakistan. It is clear from the email traffic unrelated to terrorist plotting that the Consul General knows Rana and Headley personally as all three attended the same high school," the FBI claimed.


    However, the affidavit, a copy of which has been obtained by PTI, does not say anything if the Consul General was aware or had any inclination of the terrorist connection of Rana and Headley.

    Rana (48) and Headley (49) are not only residents of Chicago, but were product of same military school in Karachi.

    American national Headley, whose assistance was sought by Lashkar-e-Toiba in planning a major terror attack in India, was helped by his Pakistani-Canadian friend Rana to obtain a visa for Pakistan so that he can travel to NWFP for training and meeting the LeT leaders, federal prosecutors have charged.

    The chargesheet also indicates that LeT was planning to use Headley for a major terrorist attack in India.

    The transcripts of the taped conversations, both email and telephone, reveals that LeT was planning to use Headley for attack on a mysterious Indian actor 'Rahul' – which Indian intelligence agencies say could be a code message.

    Headley stated that he intended to travel to Pakistan in early October to meet with an unidentified LeT Individual 'B' and (Ilyas) Kashmiri, the FBI told the court. It said Headley had already travelled to Pakistan from late January to early March of 2009, during which he visited FATA.

    While it does not mention to which high schools the three were students, the FBI told the court that postings to a Yahoo group of graduates of a military school located in the Pakistani town of Hasan Abdal (a group that refers to itself as 'abdalians') reflected that both Headley and Rana have participated in the group and referred to their attendance at that school.

    Cadet College Hasan Abdal is located in the Hasan Abdal – a historic city in northern Punjab of Pakistan, some 40 km north west of Rawalpindi. The town with a population of 50,000 is famous for Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib, one of the most sacred places of Sikhism.




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    Pakistan has always used it diplomatic missions especially agenst with diplomatic immunity to carry out it's nefarious activities.

    This brings back memories of the IC 814 hijacking where Pakistani diplomatic staff were present at the airport and were reported to have supplied the weapons.
     
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    ^^ I think Rahul Gandhi would've been a more likely target than SRK
     
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    David Headley's terror mission in Mumbai

    November 11, 2009 16:16 IST

    David Headley, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in October, is proving to be an important link in unraveling the terror network.
    Intelligence Bureau agents have informed the Mumbai police that Headley made several visits to the city. The police are now probing Headley's links with the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, IB sources told rediff.com

    According to information available with the IB, Headley visited Mumbai in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He changed his name to David Headley from Daood Gilani around 2006.

    Sources say Headley traveled on a business visa; he got in touch with a US firm which specialised in creating fake visas and passports. He located a similar firm in Tardeo, central Mumbai, which helped him procure fake travel documents.

    With the help of these fake documents, Headley traveled to India at least five times. During each visit, he made it a point to visit the visa agency.

    Headley was present in India when the terror attacks on Mumbai was being planned and he may have been aware of such a plan, the IB sources say.

    If investigations reveal that Headley activated a local module to assist the 26/11 attacks, the Mumbai police may file an additional charge-sheet detailing this link, the sources added.

    IB agents suspect Headley's brief in Mumbai was to establish a network of sleeper cells to assist terror attacks.

    Headley also traveled to other states including Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, using his business visa. The FBI has revealed that Headley had conducted a reconnaissance of the National Defence College in New Delhi where he planned a terror attack.
     
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    Paper no. 3500 11-Nov-2009

    Extracts From FBI Affidavit Regarding Headley's Contacts With Individual A & Let Member A: International Terrorism Monitor -- Paper No. 575

    By B. Raman

    Given below are extracts from the affidavit filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US in the district court of the Northern district of Illinois on October 11, 2009, justifying its decision to arrest David Coleman Headley, originally known as Dawood Gilani till 2006. These extracts relate to the three Pakistan-based ring leaders of the conspiracy to carry out terrorist strikes in Denmark and India.

    2. As already reported, while the FBI identifies one of the ring leaders by name as Ilyas Kashmiri of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) and gives his detailed background, it refrains from identifying the two other ring leaders, who are merely referred to as Individual A and Lashkar-e-Toiba member A. However, a perusal of the extracts given below would show that the FBI must be aware of their identities. Why is it coy about identifying them? Has it at least told the Indian agencies about their identities? Has it asked the Government of Pakistan to arrest them and hand them over to the FBI for further interrogation? If not, why not?

    3. A perusal of the extracts indicates the following:

    (a). Headley had two channels of communications in Pakistan---- with Individual A and LET member A.

    (b). He had no direct contact with Ilyas Kashmiri. All his communications with him were through Individual A.

    (c). Individual A was arrested by the Pakistani authorities in connection with the investigation of the November 2008 murder of Maj-Gen. Amir Faisal Alvi, formerly of the Special Services Group (SSG), who was the brother of Lady Naipaul, wife of writer Sir V.S.Naipaul. But he was subsequently released. He was close to Maj. Haroon Ashiq, the principal accused in the murder, who reportedly confessed that he and other accomplices murdered Alvi on the instructions of Ilyas Kashmiri. Why did they murder Alvi? Did he play any role in the SGG's commando action in the Lal Masjid of Islamabad in July,2007?Are all of them, including Individual A, former officers of the SSG, as Ilyas was? If so, did these ex-SSG officers train the LET team that attacked Mumbai on 26/11? These questions need the attention of the Indian investigators.

    EXTRACTS FROM THE AFFIDAVIT

    After visiting Denmark in January 2009, HEADLEY traveled to Pakistan to meet with Individual A. During this trip, HEADLEY traveled with Individual A to the Federally-Administered Tribal Area (FATA) region in north-western Pakistan and met with (Ilyas) Kashmiri. HEADLEY returned to Chicago in mid-June 2009. Following HEADLEY's return from Pakistan, HEADLEY communicated by email with Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A regarding the status of the Northern Project. Because Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A responded that he had "new investment plans," coded language for the planning of a different attack, HEADLEY and Individual A began to focus on working with Kashmiri to complete the attack on the newspaper.

    In late July 2009, HEADLEY traveled again to Copenhagen, Denmark, and to other locations in Europe. When HEADLEY returned to the United States, he told a Customs and Border Patrol inspector that he was traveling on business as a representative of an immigration business. HEADLEY's luggage contained no papers or other documents relating to such business. Following HEADLEY's return to Chicago in August 2009, HEADLEY used coded language to inquire of Individual A on multiple occasions regarding whether Individual A had been in touch with Kashmiri regarding planning for the attack. HEADLEY expressed concern that Individual A's communications with Kashmiri had been cut off.

    In early September 2009, Individual A called HEADLEY to report that Kashmiri might be dead. HEADLEY expressed dismay and concern, and said that Kashmiri's death means "our company has gone into bankruptcy then," and that "the projects and so forth will go into suspension." Shortly after initial press reports that Kashmiri had been killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, HEADLEY and Individual A had a series of coded conversations in which they discussed the reports of Kashmiri's death and the significance of Kashmiri's death for the projects they were planning. Individual A sought to reassure and encourage HEADLEY, telling him, among other things, that "this is business sir; these types of things happen."

    On or about September 17, 2009, HEADLEY discussed with Individual A the need, in light of Kashmiri's reported death, to turn back to Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A and another individual, to complete the planning for the attack on the newspaper. On or about September 20, 2009, HEADLEY told a family member in a recorded telephone conversation words to the effect "that the main thing is the business must go on." HEADLEY also stated words to the effect that it does not matter for which company he works. On or about September 30, 2009, HEADLEY was told by Individual A that Kashmiri was still alive. When HEADLEY asked whether he would meet Kashmiri on his trip, Individual A advised that Kashmiri had been asking about HEADLEY. HEADLEY stated in intercepted communications that he intended to travel to Pakistan in early October 2009 to meet with Individual A and Kashmiri. HEADLEY had a reservation to fly from Chicago, Illinois to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 3, 2009, and indicated in intercepted communications that he intended to travel on to Pakistan.

    HEADLEY was arrested by FBI agents on October 3, 2009, as he prepared to board a flight from Chicago to Philadelphia. After being advised of his rights, HEADLEY made statements to FBI agents. Among other things, HEADLEY stated that beginning prior to 2006 HEADLEY worked at various times with Lashkar-e-Taiba (an organization he knew to be a designated foreign terrorist organization) and that he received training from Lashkar-e-Taiba. HEADLEY also stated that at times he worked with Ilyas Kashmiri, including in connection with planning the Denmark attack.

    HEADLEY changed his name from "Daood Gilani" in or about 2006. In an August 2009 interview with Customs and Border Patrol, HEADLEY advised that he changed his name so as to raise less suspicion when he traveled. HEADLEY at times has claimed to be a consultant with or representative of an immigration business. Surveillance of HEADLEY's activities, as well as HEADLEY's phone conversations and email exchanges, reflect that HEADLEY performs few services for such business. HEADLEY has no known or reported employment other than with such business. His residence in Chicago is an apartment leased to an individual who is deceased. Notwithstanding his apparent lack of financial resources and substantial employment, HEADLEY has engaged in extensive international travel since at least 2006, including multiple trips to Pakistan, India, Denmark, and other countries in Europe. Records reflecting the locations of internet protocol addresses used by HEADLEY to send emails indicate that HEADLEY has spent substantial time in Pakistan and elsewhere during the last several years - often for months at a time.

    Emails between HEADLEY and third parties reflect that Individual A was arrested by Pakistani authorities in Summer 2009 and later released. As noted above, Individual A is associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organization, and with Ilyas Kashmiri, a leader of Harakat-ul-Jihad-Islami ("HUJI"), a Pakistani-based terrorist organization, among other entities.

    Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A, whose identity is known to the government, is an individual with substantial influence and responsibility within Lashkar-e-Taiba.

    International news media reports have identified Kashmiri as the operational chief of the Azad Kashmir section of Harkat-ul-Jihad-Islami ("HUJI) with links to al Qaeda. In April 2006, the United States Department of State issued the 2006 "Country Reports on Terrorism," which listed a number of designated "foreign terrorist organizations" and also listed "other selected terrorist groups also deemed to be of relevance to the global war on terrorism." HUJI was listed in the latter category. The report noted the group's "links to al Qaeda," and that "HUJI's operations in Kashmir were led by Commander Ilyas Kashmiri, a former commander in the Afghan jihad, .... [who] was arrested in October[2005] on charges of attacks against President Musharraf in 2003." In September 2009,international news media reported that Kashmiri had been killed in a drone attack in the Waziristan region of Pakistan.

    On September 18, 2009, HEADLEY reviewed an article concerning Kashmiri's reported death, entitled "Pakistani Kashmiri militants now fighting NATO forces," which contained a number of details relating to Kashmiri, including the following: a. Kashmiri was the ameer [leader] of the Azad Kashmir chapter of HUJI. b.Kashmiri was considered to be one of the most dangerous al Qaeda-linked Pakistani commanders; c. Kashmiri was no. 4 on the Pakistani Ministry of Interior's Most Wanted List; d. Kashmiri had established a training camp in the Razmak region of Waziristan; e. Kashmiri was named in a 12-page charge sheet filed by the Islamabad police in an anti-terrorism court for his role in the November 2008 murder of retired Major General Amir Faisal Alvi, the former General Officer Commanding of the Pakistan Army's Special Services Group. The charge sheet identified three people in the Alvi murder, including retired Major Haroon Ashiq, and alleged that the murder was carried out on the instructions of Kashmiri, who also had provided funds and weapons; and f. Kashmiri also was named in a charge sheet relating to the October 2008 kidnaping of a renowned film producer and distributor. Major Haroon Ashiq was one of the kidnapers. This same article reported that, following his arrest, Major Haroon Ashiq had told interrogators that Haroon, along with his younger brother Captain Khurram, had "joined hands" with Kashmiri in early 2008. The article stated that, according to Haroon, Kashmiri had tasked Haroon with kidnaping affluent people living in urban areas in order to raise money for Kashmiri's group.

    On or about September 19, 2009, HEADLEY spoke by telephone to a family member and, using coded language, brought up the subject of Kashmiri's reported death. HEADLEY asked the family member if the family member had learned anything about "doctor," and stated words to the effect of: "[h]e was your Pir Sahib [spiritual guide], where I and you went, we went to Samanabad and we did Baiat [an oath of allegiance]." After the family member responded, "[y]es sir, absolutely, absolutely," HEADLEY continued "he just had a heart attack ... it has made me very sad." Based on my (FBI agent's) review of HEADLEY's communications concerning Kashmiri's death, I believe that the term "heart attack" in this context to be a coded reference to the reported fact that Kashmiri had been killed.

    In the same conversation of September 19, 2009, HEADLEY continued to discuss Kashmiri, noting the press coverage following his reported death. HEADLEY stated words to the effect of: "now many other great things about him have come to surface, his supernatural powers and miracles, from his followers and others, yeah, they have also printed a small paper about him and many other things."

    HEADLEY, Individual A, and Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A have used several methods of communication, including in-person meetings, telephone conversations (including calls placed using long distance calling cards) and emails. HEADLEY, in particular, utilized a cell phone, the account for which is the name of a deceased individual. In nearly all of their communications, HEADLEY, Individual A, and Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A have used coded language.

    Since the beginning of 2008, HEADLEY has communicated through the use of multiple email accounts. As discussed throughout this affidavit, HEADLEY, Lashkar-e-Taiba' Member A, and Individual A have frequently used coded language and changed their methods of communications in order to conceal the nature and content of their communications. For example, on or about August 28, 2009, in a recorded telephone conversation between HEADLEY and Individual A, HEADLEY spoke in coded language to describe a new account that HEADLEY had created for their continued communications. More specifically, after informing Individual A that he had formed an account on the "same system," HEADLEY instructed him to write his colleague's name and his younger brother's name and write the names without spaces and write 1 with it. On or about August 25, 2009, HEADLEY created such an account with a name blending two first names.

    Records of email accounts used by HEADLEY reflect that between in or about August 2008 and December 7, 2008, HEADLEY sent multiple email messages from internet addresses located in the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Lahore. On or about December 7, 2008, before traveling from Pakistan to the United States that same day, HEADLEY used one of his email accounts to save a list of items, which was titled "Mickey Mouse."

    On or about December 16, 2008, HEADLEY sent an email from Chicago, Illinois to Individual A. Among other statements, HEADLEY told Individual A in this email that "I will be going for the Mickey Mouse project in the north in the middle of next month. Let me know any new info on it."

    One week later, on or about December 23, 2008, HEADLEY again communicated with Individual A concerning the Mickey Mouse project. More specifically, in an email sent from Chicago, Illinois, to Individual A, HEADLEY stated: " Send me the info on the Mickey Mouse project later when I tell you. For now, should I leave here early or around the 14th like previously planned. Do that special thing you do and tell me. ...Bye, Dave."

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    On or about December 24, 2008, Individual A responded to HEADLEY's email from the previous day, telling HEADLEY to "try to go as early as possible to MMP." In response, HEADLEY used code to request Individual A to use a different email address to further communicate with HEADLEY. More specifically, HEADLEY stated: "Planning for MMP. Send me info about it on other mail I gave starting with [the first four letters of one of Headley's email accounts]. If you don't have it I will mail you from it. . . . How is your friend Harry?. Did you check the Lady Naipaul link?. Ok take care.Dave59."

    The next day, on or about December 25, 2008, Individual A responded: "I know ur other email address, no need to use that address yet.. first u visit MMP then we will discuss and c the concerned person if needed, and if your friends decline , we'll do that ,I have discussed with baray log . . ."

    As described further below, HEADLEY departed from Chicago on January 13, 2009, before arriving in Copenhagen, Denmark days later. Lady Naipaul is a Pakistani journalist and the wife of the late Lord V. S. Naipaul, a Nobel prize winning author. Lady Naipaul also is the sister of Amir Faisal Alvi, the former Pakistani General killed in November 2008, allegedly by a group that included Major Haroon. Although Pakistani press reports reflect that Haroon was arrested by Pakistani police on or about February 24, 2009 in connection with General Alvi's murder, it is noteworthy that this email reference to Individual A's "friend Harry" in the context of "the Lady Naipaul link" occurred in late December 2008, shortly after General Alvi's murder and well before public reports of Haroon's involvement in the murder, and police action against Haroon. I (FBI agent) understand "Harry" to be a reference to Haroon.

    I (FBI agent) believe that from a review of emails before and after this exchange, as well as subsequent telephone conversations between HEADLEY and Individual A, discussed more fully below, that Individual A was instructing HEADLEY to travel to Copenhagen, then travel to Pakistan to meet with Individual A ("we will discuss") and a third party ("c the concerned person"). Based on my (FBI agent's) review of subsequently intercepted communications, I believe that the "concerned person" was Kashmiri.

    On January 24, 2009, HEADLEY departed from Frankfurt, Germany to the United Arab Emirates. From there, as discussed below, he subsequently traveled to Pakistan. Records of email accounts reflect that between in or around late January and early March 2009, HEADLEY sent multiple email messages from locations in Pakistan. As described earlier, on December 25, 2008, prior to HEADLEY's departure for Denmark, Individual A instructed HEADLEY as follows: "First u visit MMP then we will discuss and c the concerned person if needed." Further, on December 26, 2008,HEADLEY responded that he would get a "feel of the property" and "return by middle of next month to you [Individual A]." In a later email with the "abdalians" Yahoo group, HEADLEY confirmed his trip to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas ("FATA") region in northwestern Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan, a region in Pakistan in which various terrorist organizations operate. More specifically, on or about May 4, 2009, a member of the group sent an email to the group discussing a recent survey concerning drone attacks in that area.

    The member's email stated in relevant part:... "a think tank of researchers and political activists from the NWFP and FATA, conducts research, survey and collects statistics on various issues concerning the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorism and human security there. Their research teams go deep inside Taliban and al-Qaeda-occupied areas of FATA to collect information. Most of the areas are not accessible to journalists. Between last November and January [the think tank] sent five teams, each made up of five researchers, to the parts of the FATA that are often hit by American drones, to conduct a survey of public opinion about the attacks. The team visited Wana (South Waziristan), Ladda (South Waziristan), Miranshah (North Waziristan), Razmak (North Waziristan) and Parachinar (Kurram agency). According to the email, one of the conclusions of the survey was that the notion that a large majority of the local population supports the Taliban is inaccurate. Further, the sender of the email stated his personal view that the majority of the residents of the FATA saw the enemy as the Taliban and al Qaeda and viewed the drone attacks as not violating the sovereignty of Pakistan.

    HEADLEY's sharp response confirmed that he had been to the area occupied by the Taliban and al Qaeda. He stated:" This "survey" is the biggest crock of S ... I was there on some business recently and I assure you this dude is not even close .. I even doubt the ability of the surveyors to conduct this "research" in Miranshah or Razmak. I even challenge [the identified individual who posted the survey article] to just walk around the bazaar in Miranshah. This bazaar is bustling with Chechens, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russians, Bosnians, some from EU countries and of course our Arab brothers. According to MY survey, the foreign population is a little less than a third of the total. Any Waziri or Mehsud I spoke to seemed grateful to God for the privilege of being able to host the "Foreign Mujahideen."

    On or about June 11, 2009, HEADLEY returned to Chicago. In or around mid Summer 2009, HEADLEY became aware that Pakistani authorities had detained Individual A. In that time frame, HEADLEY emailed a contact living in Pakistan. HEADLEY indicated in this email that Individual A had been arrested, and that HEADLEY wished to know whether Individual A would be available to continue working with HEADLEY and HEADLEY's associates.

    On or about July 26, 2009, HEADLEY traveled to Europe, visiting various countries enroute to Copenhagen, Denmark. As described further below, during HEADLEY's second visit to Copenhagen, HEADLEY took surveillance video of several locations in Copenhagen Denmark, including the office of the Jyllands-Posten in King's Square in Copenhagen. On or about August 5, 2009, HEADLEY arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, on a flight from Copenhagen, Denmark. An officer with Customs and Border Patrol interviewed HEADLEY upon his entry. HEADLEY stated that he traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, and elsewhere in Europe for business. HEADLEY claimed to be a consultant for an immigration business. An examination of HEADLEY's luggage revealed no papers, flyers or any documents relating to such business.

    Following his return from his second visit to Copenhagen, HEADLEY received an email in response to his inquiry about the arrest of Individual A. The sender wrote, "your friend that u asked about has reached home yesterday. How r u and what r the plans?" HEADLEY replied to the email and stated "thank you. I spoke with him after his arrival." I (FBI agent) understand that when HEADLEY indicated that he "spoke with him after his arrival," HEADLEY was referring to Individual A. Phone records for Headley's cell phone revealed call the day before he received the above referenced email with a Pakistani phone number.

    Following his return from his second visit to Copenhagen, HEADLEY exchanged emails with Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A, regarding, among other topics, his trip to Copenhagen. On or about August 7, 2009, Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A sent an email asking HEADLEY why he had not been responding. That same day, HEADLEY responded: "Sony, l just don't check my mail daily if I don't expect anyone will write me. I am working at a restaurant owned by [a named associate of Headley's] and his friend as a manager. Last week they sent me to Germany to buy some Butchery equipment and guess where else I went for 3 days (just for a vacation ) . I (FBI agent) understand that in this message HEADLEY is referring to his recently completed trip to Copenhagen (inaccurately referenced in the email as Germany)as a "vacation," the same term that he used in his January 23, 2009 email during his first trip to Denmark.

    On or about August 9, 2009, Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A responded in pertinent part: "God You are something... how was visit? Did you buy some thing for me? I heard that [names an associate of Headley and Lashkar-e-Taiba member A] is with Haroon. So be careful please." I (FBI agent) understand the statement that the associate is "with Haroon" is a reference to this associates's arrest by Pakistani authorities, and the continued detention of Major Haroon by Pakistani authorities. Months before August 2009, Pakistani news reports stated that Haroon had confessed to his role in the murder of General Alvi and provided information about Kashmiri's operations. In fact, on or about April 14, 2009, HEADLEY had posted an article to the "abdalians" Yahoo group regarding Haroon. The article stated in pertinent part that Haroon "confessed that he had assassinated General Alvi," and confessed that he had kidnaped four separate victims in order to get money for militant organizations.

    HEADLEY and Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A continued their exchange about the travel to Copenhagen. The following are the pertinent excerpts from their continued exchange: (HEADLEY, August 10, 2009)"Yes, we bought some abbatoir [animal butchery] equipment from there. I did get you something. The same gift I got for you last time I was there. . . ."(Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A, August 11, 2009). . ."whatever I am saying, I know deep in my heart is futile. coz its YOU. . . ." (HEADLEY, August 11, 2009) "I don't understand, what is futile?" (Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A, August 11, 2009) "Futile are my advices, coz you do what you feel like, matter and situation is not clear. Your skin is dear to me, more than my own."

    I (FBI agent) understand that, in the above exchange, HEADLEY is reporting on his travel and the fact that he has additional video surveillance for Lahkar-e-Taiba member A, and Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A is recommending that HEADLEY be careful and expressing some frustration because HEADLEY does not always follow advice.

    Throughout the remainder of August and early September 2009, a number of intercepted telephone conversations between HEADLEY and Individual A reveal that HEADLEY continually sought word of whether Individual A had been in contact with Kashmiri regarding their plans.

    On or about August 22, 2009, HEADLEY and Individual A spoke by telephone. The pertinent discussion was as follows: HEADLEY: "First tell me have you spoken to Doctor?" Individual A: "No friend - there is nothing." HEADLEY: "Contact." Individual A: "Nowadays, there is no contact.." *HEADLEY: . . . "about discussion with Mister Doctor, that if this doesn't - for example- along these lines you should, you should consider that - . . .these who are coming to meet."-Individual A: "Hmm. "HEADLEY: - "if they - example what you people had thought about them - in doubt -if they are not fulfilling on it." Individual A: "Hmm". HEADLEY: "Then B, there should be something as a B option. "Individual A: "Okay." HEADLEY: "Yeah." Individual A: "On the contrary, on the contrary, not B, but there should be B and C as well."

    From my ( FBI agent's) review of intercepted communications between HEADLEY and Individual A, I believe that the use of the term "Doctor" in this particular context is to refer to Kashmiri. HEADLEY: "Yeah, there should be B and C as well. So that's why - about it. Ahm -okay . Secondly I - that - used to make an email - I mean, you, you could write on it every now and then." Individual A: "Okay, yes, yes, yes." HEADLEY: "So that, I, I mean, had made one more, and I will give it to you sometime -we can do on it too." Individual A: "Okay." HEADLEY: "So, about, so think about it. Because I have a return ticket for October29th, for there, to return." Individual A: "okay". HEADLEY: "Where I came from, recently." Individual A: "Yes, yes, yes." HEADLEY: "So for now, do it, delay it, give priority or put at the end, what is its arrangement. And. secondly, I also said that to you, that also find out, that if. that. I mean that what I told you. That". Individual A: "Yes, yes. That." HEADLEY: "Yeah." Individual A: -" that, understand, I understand."

    I (FBI agent) understand that, in the above conversation, HEADLEY discussed developing other options ("B" and "C") if communications with the "doctor" failed. As discussed previously, on or about August 28, 2009, in a telephone conversation between HEADLEY and Individual A, HEADLEY spoke in coded language to describe a new email account created by HEADLEY. HEADLEY and Individual A, in fact, had at least three separate conversations regarding this account, based, in part, on Individual A's confusion over how HEADLEY spelled the names of the persons used to create the account.

    (The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute for Topical Studies, Chennai. E-mail: [email protected])

    ExtractsFrom FBI Affidavit Reg. Headleys Contacts with Individual A and LET Member A- ITM. Paper No. 575
     

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