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Al Qaeda Leaders Planned Attack on NY Subway

Before being killed in a missile strike, two top Al Qaeda leaders had planned to detonate explosives on the New York subway. Zarein Ahmedzay, a New York City taxi driver, and Najibullah Zazi, an airport shuttle bus driver, and Adis Medunjanin had allegedly met the Al Qaeada leaders on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in August 2008. The three are American citizens. Ahmedzay told a judge they had originally wanted to fight in Afghanistan, but were told they would better serve Al Qaeda carrying out suicide attacks in the U.S.

According to the FBI, the subway plot was in its final stages but was thwarted when Zazi aroused suspicion while driving a rented car to New York City days before the planned attacks. Ahmedzay has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and providing material support to Al Qaeda, which carries a life sentence. Medungjanin has pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

The Obama Administration is holding this case up as evidence of how the U.S. justice system can handle complex cases.

Reas more at the Washington Post.


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