Bin Laden 'Healthy, Giving Orders'

Would-be terrorist gives intel on Qaeda leader
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2010 3:46 PM CDT
This April 1998 picture shows al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Osama bin Laden is healthy and fully in touch with al-Qaeda, to which he is "giving the orders," according to a Pakistan-based extremist leader. The FBI investigation into Chicago cab driver and would-be terrorist Raja Lharsib Khan, though lower-profile than the "underwear bomber" case, has yielded a wealth of information about the al-Qaeda leader.

Khan is a naturalized US citizen who allegedly planned to blow up sports stadiums in American with remote-control bombs. While traveling between the US and his native Pakistan over recent years, he got to know the extremist leader, Ilyas Kashmiri. Kashmiri was thought to have been killed last year but has re-emerged and promises bigger and bolder terror operations, Newsweek reports.

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