Rashid Rauf is (or was?) a British Jihadist, originally from Birmingham, who has been linked to several international terrorist plots in recent years.
Arrested in Pakistan in 2006 at the time of the liquid bomb plot, Rauf mysteriously escaped from Pakistani custody in 2007. According to some reports he was subsequently killed in a US drone strike in November 2008. All this confusion appears too much for some intelligence and terrorist analysts. Casting my pedantic eye over the June-July issue of Eye Spy magazine, it is clear Rauf has pulled off the impossible - being directly involved in on-going terrorist plots, whilst at the same time being stone cold dead thanks to succesful US counter-terrorism initiatives!
As with many newspapers, Eye Spy has used the intelligence haul seemingly found at the time of Osama Bin Laden's capture, to revisit certain terrorist plots. According to this approach, the April 2009 Operation Pathway arrests in north west England (where a dozen men, nearly all Pakistanis, were arrested) now appear a lot less weak than they did at the time. Somewhat out of sequence Eye Spy informs us that former Liverpool John Moores University student Abid Naseer, arrested then, has since been rearrested.
Tucked away inside a piece about the intelligence haul from Abbottabad, a casual Eye Spy reader could be forgiven for thinking this rearrest was due to information found within Bin Laden's compund - the truth being of course that Naseer lost a hearing against extradition to the US as far back as January!
Speaking of the US plot Naseer was allegedly linked to, which was due to see the New York Subway attacked in September 2010, plus a proposed attack on the media in Denmark, Eye Spy claims:
"The prime mover behind the operations was senior UK AQ (Al Qaeda) man Rashid Rauf, who controlled and managed those behind the Trans-Atlantic bomb plot" (p.26)
This would appear to suggest Mr Rauf is alive and well. But turn forward a few pages to a feature on that very liquid bomb plot and the following claim is made:
"As for Rauf - one of Osama bin-Laden's UK 'king-pins', he somehow managed to escape on 14 December 2007 from his security detail. But the CIA had the last laugh - he was killed in a Predator RPV strike on 22 November 2008" (p.33)
I have commented before that Eye Spy does not appear to employ competent proof readers, but this is ridiculous, unless Rauf is leading terrorist plots from beyond the grave. Are there any other sightings of Rauf - either dead or alive?