|Organization||Al Qaeda's planning director|
|Known for||Pakistan militant|
Matiur Rehman (born 1977) is a Pakistani militant who has been identified as al Qaeda's planning director. Pakistani police have identified him as being involved in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
He was thought to have frequent contacts with Ayman al-Zawahiri and to be in contact with Rashid Rauf. It was suggested at one point that Rehman and Rauf were one and the same, but this was dismissed by officials in Britain and Pakistan. Rehman was linked by Pakistani officials with the 2006 plot to destroy aircraft using homemade "liquid explosive" devices.
In March 2006 it was reported by ABC News that Pakistani officials said Rehman was behind plans for an attack against the United States and that Pakistan had posted a 10-million rupee (about $166,000) award for his capture. According to ABC News consultant and former French defense ministry adviser Alexis Debat, Rehman was "probably Pakistan's most wanted". Debat described Rehman as "extremely dangerous because of his role as the crucial interface between the brains of al Qaeda and its muscle, which is mainly composed these days of Pakistani militants." Pakistani officials suspected Rehman of being connected to the 2 March 2006 Karachi consulate attacks and said that he had helped train Pakistani militants at al Qaeda training camps in the late 1990s.
In August 2006 ABC News erroneously reported that Matiur Rehman had been captured in Pakistan. ABC consultant Alexis Debat had warned ABC it was not true a day after the report had initially been broadcast, and ABC retracted it when it turned out that Rehman had not in fact been captured.
GlobalSecurity.org's profile of Rehman reports that US counterterrorism sources remain unconvinced of his importance.
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- Whitaker, Raymond; Paul Lashmar et al. (13 August 2006). "Apocalyptic: Bigger than 7/7? Worse than 9/11? Piece by piece, the plot unravels". The Independent.
- "EXCLUSIVE: New Al Qaeda Leader Planning Attack Against U.S.". ABC News. 2 March 2006.
- Carter, Bill (15 September 2007). "Former ABC Consultant Says He Faked Nothing". New York Times.
- "Matiur Rehman". GlobalSecurity.org.
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