The FBI has classified the arrest of Pakistani-born American national and suspected Lashkar operative David Coleman Headley as its second biggest case for the year 2009.
In a list of the 10 biggest cases of the year, the Headley case was ranked at position two with the case of two young American extremists being placed on the top.
“The threat posed by extremists is real and it continues to morph and evolve in new and dangerous ways. We had our hands full during the year, from heading off potential plots on US soil to identifying Americans being recruited to wage jihad overseas,” the FBI said in its statement.
The FBI had arrested Headley in October on charges of plotting terror strikes in India and Denmark along with his school time friend Tahawwur Hussain Rana.
As investigation progressed, it was revealed that the two Lashkar operative was involved in last year’s Mumbai terror attacks too.
At the top was the case of the ‘Jihadists of Georgia’ in which the FBI busted a potential terror plot by two young Americans Ehsanul Islam Sadequee and Syed Haris Ahmed.
“Their story is indicative of both the evolving homegrown extremist threat and the FBI’s post 9/11 intelligence-driven investigations,” it said.