Pursuit of al-Qaeda keeps coming back to Fla.
This spring, FBI agents searching for suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Adnan El Shukrijumah homed in on Hollywood/Pines Boulevard, a leafy commercial strip in the suburbs of Fort Lauderdale. El Shukrijumah, a trained pilot who is the focus of a worldwide search, attended college and a mosque on the boulevard before disappearing in 2001. The FBI knew the street well. In the spring of 2001, agents had tracked two local men who traveled up and down Hollywood/Pines organizing what they told an FBI informant would be an Islamic jihad, or holy war, of terror bombings in South Florida. The men, considered al-Qaeda “wannabes,” tried unsuccessfully to persuade their friend El Shukrijumah to join the plot. The pair later pleaded guilty to terrorism conspiracy charges, apparently without realizing El Shukrijumah’s alleged standing in al-Qaeda. Full Story