Aafia Siddiqui

Pakistani Neuroscientist and Terrorist
Born Mar 2, 1972

Aafia Siddiqui is an American-educated Pakistani cognitive neuroscientist. Not long after the September 11 attacks, Dr. Siddiqui left the United States for Pakistan in 2002. Since the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in March 2003 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, by the Inter-Services Intelligence, it is believed that Mohammed mentioned Siddiqui’s name during his interrogation . He has later claimed that he gave names of innocent people under torture to "please his captors".… Read More

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1972 Birth Born on March 2, 1972.


Siddiqui was born in Pakistan and spent her childhood there. In 1990 she went to study neuroscience in the United States and obtained a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 2001. … Read More


1992 20 Years Old In 1992, as a sophomore, Siddiqui received a Carroll L. Wilson Award for her research proposal "Islamization in Pakistan and its Effects on Women". … Read More
While she initially had a triple major in biology, anthropology, and archaeology at MIT, she graduated in 1995 with a BS in biology. … Read More
1996 24 Years Old She gave birth to a son, Muhammad Ahmed, in 1996, and to a daughter, Mariam Bint-e Muhammad, in 1998.
1999 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Siddiqui studied cognitive neuroscience at Brandeis University. In early 1999, while she was a graduate student, she taught the General Biology Laboratory course. … Read More


A Muslim who had engaged in Islamic charity work, she returned to Pakistan in 2002 before disappearing with her three young children in March 2003, shortly after the arrest in Pakistan of her allegedly second husband's uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged chief planner of the September 11 attacks. … Read More
She was allegedly abducted by unknown authories with her 3 children in 2003. … Read More
2004 - 2005 3 More Events
Siddiqui's maternal uncle, Shams ul-Hassan Faruqi, said that on 22 January 2008 she visited him in Islamabad. … Read More
However, Pakistani and US intelligence sources, a defence psychologist during her 2009 trial, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's family all confirm that the marriage took place.
Prior to her trial, Siddiqui said she was innocent of all charges. She maintained she could prove she was innocent, but refused to do so in court. On 11 January 2010, Siddiqui told the Judge that she would not co-operate with her attorneys, and wanted to fire them. … Read More
2011 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2011, the then-deputy of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, Waliur Rehman, announced that they wanted to swap Siddiqui for two Swiss citizens abducted in Balochistan. … Read More


2013 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2013, al-Qaeda-linked terrorists involved in the Algerian In Amenas hostage crisis listed the release of Siddiqui as one of their demands.
2014 42 Years Old In August 2014, it was reported that the terrorist who claimed responsibility for the beheading of U.S. photojournalist James Foley mentioned Siddiqui in an email to Foley's family. … Read More
2015 43 Years Old In February 2015, Paul Gosar said the family of Kayla Mueller had been told plans to swap her for Siddiqui were underway in the months before her death. … Read More
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