A London Bomber's Asia Tour

Ever since London's July 7 suicide bombings left 56 people dead, investigators have searched for connections between the four British suspects and al-Qaeda. A direct link to the terror group didn't appear until early September, when al-Qaeda's number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, claimed responsibility for the attacks in two videotapes, one of which also featured a recording by the apparent ringleader, 30-year-old Mohammed Sidique Khan. TIME has learned that Khan, who described himself in the tape as a "soldier" inspired by Osama bin Laden, may have had a much more direct and long-term involvement with al-Qaeda than previously thought—and also a connection...

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