article sheds light on recent revelations from a secret FBI recording, where captured Al Qaeda operative Raja Lharsib Khan discusses his relationship with other terrorist factions. Khan traveled back and forth to his native Pakistan recently and networked near the Afghanistan border with Ilyas Kashmiri, the head of a Sunni extremist group closely linked to Al Qaeda.
After meeting with Kashmiri, Khan was updated about bin Laden. The recognized Al Qaeda leader is “commanding everythings [sic],” Khan said Kashmiri had told him, according to the FBI affidavit. "He’s commanding, he’s giving orders.”
Khan offered these tidbits in a March 12 conversation with an undercover FBI agent. The agent also asked, "Does he give orders to Kashmiri?”
Khan replied: "Just, yeah, to Kashmiri, then Kashmiri give [sic] the order to mujahideen …”
Khan also found out that bin Laden is "safe..and healthy" but he didn't give any more details about his health or whereabouts.
Newsweek notes Khan's statements are difficult to verify, even though there is sufficient evidence to confirm he indeed traveled to Pakistan in 2008 and 2009, and is acquainted with Kashmiri.
Khan did not enter a plea during an appearance in federal court on Friday, Newsweek reports, after being charged on two courts of providing material support to Al Qaeda. A federal defender will represent him early this week.
bin Laden was also in the news last week. Digital Journalist KJ Mullins reported
on bin Laden stating in a video that "if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the masterminds of the 9/11 terrorist attack in the U.S., is executed, al-Qaeda would kill any Americans it takes prisoner."