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New al-Qaida leader knows US well

MIAMI (AP) - A suspected al-Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the U.S. has become chief of the terror network's global operations.

The FBI says it's the first time a leader so intimately familiar with American society has been placed in charge of planning attacks.

Adnan Shukrijumah (SHOOK'-re-joohm-HAH) has taken over a position once held by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Miami-based FBI agent Brian LeBlanc tells The Associated Press he's likely in regular contact with al-Qaida's senior leadership, including Osama bin Laden.

The FBI has been searching since 2003 for Shukrijumah, who lived in South Florida and had permanent U.S. resident status.

Shukrijumah is charged in New York with plotting to bomb the subway system.

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