The man who has replaced Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the 9/11 plotters who is in U.S. custody, as the chief of the terrorist group's worldwide operations has Brooklyn roots. Adnan El Shukrijumah, the son of a Brooklyn imam, is, according to the FBI, "looking at attacking the US and other Western countries." He is believed to have convinced the suspects in the planned NYC subway bombing to participate; FBI agent Brian LeBlanc said, "His ability to manipulate someone like that and direct that, I think it speaks volumes."
According to the Post, "Shukrijumah came to the United States as a teen in the 1980s. His father preached at Brooklyn's al-Farouq Mosque until he moved the family to Florida in 1995. Shukrijumah, who sold used cars and held other odd jobs, managed to obtain a green card by lying on his application." He went to Afghanistan in the late 1990s for "terror training," and came back for a few years. LeBlanc said that Shukrijumah's knowledge of everyday American life was alarming, "He knows how to get a driver's license. He knows how to get a passport." The FBI has been looking for him since 2003.
His mother, who still lives in Florida, told the Daily News last month that her son didn't hate U.S. or Americans but, "He hates the way the world is corrupting human nature. Maybe he was chosen by God to make people realize that Islam is a better way of life?" She said that the last time she heard from her son was on September 11, 2001; he allegedly was overseas and wanted to come home, "He call me and say do you hear what happen, so on, so on, so on, they say they putting it on the Muslims. I say, yes. I tell him do not come because they holding all the Muslim people."