Thomas Joscelyn writes at Long War Journal:
A New York court sentenced Aafia Siddiqui, who has been dubbed “Lady al Qaeda” by the press, to 86 years in prison yesterday. Siddiqui’s sentence follows her conviction on charges related to an incident in July 2008, when she tried to kill American personnel in Afghanistan. Siddiqui grabbed a gun and reportedly opened fire on the Americans, who were trying to question her.
Siddiqui was one of the most wanted women in the world prior to her capture. American authorities learned that Siddiqui was intimately involved in al Qaeda’s plotting more than five years earlier.
In March 2003, the FBI issued a “Seeking Information Alert” for Siddiqui. The alert was issued after 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (“KSM”) identified Siddiqui as a key al Qaeda facilitator during questioning.