From The London Times: THE British al-Qaeda leader linked to the London terrorist attacks was being questioned by police in Pakistan last night after the discovery of mobile phone records detailing his calls with the suicide bombers. Haroon Rashid Aswat has emerged as the figure that Scotland Yard have been hunting since he flew out of Britain just hours before the attacks which killed 56 people.
Intelligence sources claim that there were up to twenty calls between Aswat and two of the bombers in the days leading up to the bombing of three Tube trains and a double-decker bus. A senior Pakistani security source said: "We believe this man had a crucial part to play in what happened in London."
FBI documents obtained by The Times reveal details of how a London-based cleric sent Aswat to America in 1999 to set up camps in Oregon for US-born recruits.
The papers indicate that Aswat spent three months in America and engaged in firearms and poisons training but decided against using a remote ranch in Bly as an al-Qaeda camp. The CIA is keeping in close touch with Aswat's interrogation and British detectives are seeking permission to speak to him.
The FBI is to question a number of figures held in the US, including James Ujaama, an American convert to Islam who met Aswat, and a second al-Qaeda emissary in Seattle.
Ujaama has pleaded guilty to assisting the Taleban and is now a Ã¢â‚¬Å“co-operating witness who has given details of Aswat's activities in the US.
During November and December 1999, Aswat and Kassir met potential candidates for jihad training.
The FBI document details how they secured the Bly property with guard patrols and passwords and they and others received training in firearms and improvised poisons.
Aswat and Kassir were still in the United States in February 2000. They were living in Seattle where they expounded the writings and teachings of their London-based mentor in lectures to young Muslims at a city mosque.
Kassir also provided what the FBI described as urban tactical training.
In 2002, an associate of Kassir was arrested in Stockholm, the Swedish capital, attempting to board a flight to London carrying a revolver.
Kassir, a Lebanese-born Swede, was jailed for ten months in November 2003 for possessing illegal weapons at his home in Stockholm.
Charges that he was planning a terrorist attack were dropped.
Oh THANK YOU Sweden! You let this guy go?