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Al-Qaeda target 'in US hands' after capture in Pakistan
The Scotsman ^ | May 3, 2006 | PAUL GARWOOD

Posted on 05/03/2006 1:07:22 AM PDT by MadIvan

ONE of al-Qaeda's chief idealogues, who has a $5 million bounty on his head and extremist links from Afghanistan to Europe, has been captured in Pakistan and is believed to be in the hands of United States intelligence, it emerged yesterday.

Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, also known as Abu Musab al Surim or simply "The Syrian", has been flown out of the country to an unspecified location after being interrogated by Pakistani and US authorities.

Confirmation of his capture lends further credence to Western intelligence claims that many of al-Qaeda's senior figures are now out of action, either detained or dead. An American official said Nasar, a Syrian-Spanish national, was captured in the south-western city of Quetta in November 2005 in a sting operation in which one person was killed.

The raid apparently took place on 3 November, when Pakistani officials said they had captured two possible al-Qaeda suspects and a third man with ties to a Pakistani extremist group.

Nasar, a leading Islamic ideologue wanted by America and Spain, "may have been turned over to the US" after his capture, the American official said.

Pakistan and the US have long been silent on the status of Nasar, described by the US Justice Department as a former trainer at Osama bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan, who helped teach extremists to use poisons and chemicals before the invasion of Afghanistan after the 11 September, 2001, attacks in the US.

Pakistan has captured more than 750 al-Qaeda suspects and handed them over to US authorities for interrogation. These include al-Qaeda's former No3 leader, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a key planner of the 11 September attacks, who was arrested in March 2003 during a raid near Islamabad, and his purported replacement, Abu Farraj al-Libbi, who was detained in May 2005 in Pakistan's north-west.

US military officials had no immediate information yesterday on whether Nasar was being held at either the Bagram, Afghanistan or Guantanamo Bay, Cuba prison facilities. But a senior intelligence official in Islamabad said that Nasar had been flown out of Pakistan to an undisclosed destination "some time ago". The official added: "I only know that he is not here. But I do know that Syrian authorities had also requested to get him back."

A biography of the red-haired Nasar was recently removed from the US government's Rewards for Justice website. Justice and State Department officials have declined to say why.

Rohan Gunaratna, a specialist on terroism, said Nasar's capture has dealt a major blow to al-Qaeda and other radical Islamic movements, as he was the "most prolific writer" of jihadi propaganda and held close links with extremists throughout Europe and South Asia. "The ideologues are as equally important as the operational people and he was in close contact with very prominent figures in different countries, particularly the north African region," he said.

In 2004, Nasar released a 1,600-page book titled The International Islamic Resistance Call, which lays out strategies for attacking Islam's enemies. He lists those as "Jews, Americans, British, Russian and any and all of the NATO countries, as well as any country that takes the position of oppressing Islam and Muslims".

Previous reports have linked Nasar, who lived in London and Spain, to the 2004 commuter train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people, and to the 7 July, 2005 attacks in London that left 56 dead, including the four bombers.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; alsuri; capture; jihad; nasar; pakistan; terrorism; terrorists
Well done.

Regards, Ivan


1 posted on 05/03/2006 1:07:27 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick; Laurita; Semper911; lutz; Deetes; Barset; fanfan; LadyofShalott; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 05/03/2006 1:07:56 AM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: All
ON THE NET...

WTOP.com (AP): Kabul, Afghanistan - "TOP AL-QAIDA LEADER CAPTURED IN PAKISTAN" (Updated (May 2, 2006)

JAMESTOWN.org - Terrorism Focus: "SETMARIAM NASAR: BACKGROUND ON AL-QAEDA'S ARRESTED STRATEGIST" by Stephen Ulph (March 28, 2006)

MIL.no: "THE AL-QAIDA STRATEGIST ABU MUS'AB AL-SURI: A PROFILE" by Brynjar Lia, PhD, Senior Researcher (March 15, 2006) (Note: "Not to be quoted without author's permission") (pdf)

CNN.com: Amman, Jordan - "THE MASTERMIND" by Henry Schuster (March 9, 2006)

THE COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG: "A CHILLING FINAL THREAT FROM ABU MUSAB AL-SURI: 'O' Sleeper Cells, Wake Up Now!'" (December 31, 2005)

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.US: "SETMARIAM'S WIFE SPEAKS OUT On the pages of asharqalawsat.com" (December 27, 2005)

"www.asharqalawsat.com/details.asp?section=1&article=340381&issue=9891"

"www.asharqalawsat.com/2005/12/27/images/front.340381.jpg"

JIHAD WATCH.org (AP): "TWO SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA FIGURES ARRESTED IN PAKISTAN, SOURCES SAY" (November 3, 2005)

WTOP.com (AP): Quetta, Pakistan - "DETAINEE MAY BE WANTED AL-QAIDA SUSPECT" (Updated November 3, 2005)

SOFIR.org: "AL-QAEDA'S SEARCH FOR NEW FRONTS: INSTRUCTIONS FOR JIHADI ACTIVITY IN EGYPT AND SINAI" by Reuven Paz (October 6, 2005)

"www.e-prism.org/images/PRISM_no_7_vol_3_-_The_new_front_in_Egypt_and_Sinai.pdf"

3 posted on 05/03/2006 1:28:40 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: MadIvan

For God's sakes, don't put any panties on his head. Dick Turban will have a hissy fit.


4 posted on 05/03/2006 1:48:10 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: MadIvan
I hope our guys are buying sodium pentathol wholesale. I'd hate to think of tax dollars being wasted by paing retail price.

Squeeze this dork like a lemon. Then put a bullet in his head, slice off his manhood, stuff it in his backside, fill the hole in the front with the genitals of a razorback hog, and deliver the corpse to his family.

When they're having a jihadi funeral, napalm the lot of them.

L

5 posted on 05/03/2006 2:00:30 AM PDT by Lurker (Anyone who doesn't demand an immediate end to illegal immigration is aiding the flesh trade.)
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To: MadIvan

Pliers, blowtorch, bullet, in that order.


6 posted on 05/03/2006 2:07:10 AM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: MadIvan

While I am glad to see this, why do we need all this information? Surely more could have been gained by keeping this secret, no?


7 posted on 05/03/2006 2:14:27 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: MadIvan
Well done.

I love reading these captive reports. Jihadis worldwide are hearing this too right now.

8 posted on 05/03/2006 2:29:54 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: MadIvan

In US hands and transported to confinement elsewhere? My God, they probably tapped his phone, too.


9 posted on 05/03/2006 2:33:52 AM PDT by Pusterfuss (Proud member: Minnesotans for Global Warming)
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To: Personal Responsibility
While I am glad to see this, why do we need all this information? Surely more could have been gained by keeping this secret, no?

We've had the terrorist for a while. Our guys got whatever out of him and then decided to announce his capture now. I figure they know pretty much what they're doing.

10 posted on 05/03/2006 2:34:00 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: MadIvan
'Al-Qaida chief' held in Pakistan Mark Oliver and agencies Thursday November 3, 2005
11 posted on 05/03/2006 2:42:22 AM PDT by Pro-Bush (A nation without borders is not a nation." --President Reagan)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Hi Personal Responsibility.

Even though you didn't ask me that question, I'll take an
early morning stab at answering it. Before I do though, I want you to know that loose lips are not endorsed on FR.

Anyway, it was reported on November 3, 2005 that Nasar was arrested and/or possibly captured. Most of the lame-stream media ignored that, so you could say this was not widely know.

Then the wife gave an interview to a popular news site:

"OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.US: "SETMARIAM'S WIFE SPEAKS OUT On the pages of asharqalawsat.com" (December 27, 2005)"

Meanwhile, analysts and experts explained the importance of Nasar. Again,
not many people were listening.

Well now, that we have him; both ME and US news are reporting on him.

It would have been nice if it was still a secret, but it's not.

And the war on terror goes on.


12 posted on 05/03/2006 2:42:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: MadIvan

Paging Ramsey Clark


13 posted on 05/03/2006 2:42:54 AM PDT by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Pusterfuss

Good morning Pusterfuss.


14 posted on 05/03/2006 2:42:57 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Personal Responsibility
re :While I am glad to see this, why do we need all this information? Surely more could have been gained by keeping this secret, no?

You are right, the problem is that the American population needs to be informed, to see that we are winning.

These include those on the left, who are criticizing the tactics and strategy.

And those on the right who are criticizing the tactics and strategy.

15 posted on 05/03/2006 2:44:53 AM PDT by tonycavanagh (We got plenty of doomsayers where are the truth sayers)
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To: Lurker
"Squeeze this dork like a lemon. Then put a bullet in his head, slice off his manhood, stuff it in his backside, fill the hole in the front with the genitals of a razorback hog, and deliver the corpse to his family.

When they're having a jihadi funeral, napalm the lot of them."

I am sick to death of you moderates ;)

16 posted on 05/03/2006 2:45:17 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Cindy

Hi Cindy.


17 posted on 05/03/2006 2:45:29 AM PDT by Pusterfuss (Proud member: Minnesotans for Global Warming)
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To: Pusterfuss

A good day today.
Hope your day is going the same way, too.


18 posted on 05/03/2006 2:49:27 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: muir_redwoods
I've really got to be less wishy-washy. Thanks for pointing that up.

I'll try to be a bit more assertive in the future.

L

19 posted on 05/03/2006 2:49:59 AM PDT by Lurker (Anyone who doesn't demand an immediate end to illegal immigration is aiding the flesh trade.)
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To: Cindy
A good day today.
Hope your day is going the same way, too.

It is, thanks.

20 posted on 05/03/2006 2:51:13 AM PDT by Pusterfuss (Proud member: Minnesotans for Global Warming)
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To: Pusterfuss

Good to hear.


21 posted on 05/03/2006 2:51:53 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: muir_redwoods

For eleven posts I've been thinking of something catchy to say, yours will do quite nicely.


22 posted on 05/03/2006 2:58:01 AM PDT by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: Lurker
You guys want to go about this all wrong. everything you propose only stiffens resistance and it makes him a martyr.

Bring a pig into the room and start asking questions. It's that simple.

23 posted on 05/03/2006 3:00:36 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Condi 2008.<------added January 2004. Remember you heard it here first)
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To: MadIvan

Drawing and quartering would be appropriate.


24 posted on 05/03/2006 3:01:25 AM PDT by hershey
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To: MadIvan
"The Syrian", has been flown out of the country to an unspecified location

Hey Dana, that's your que.
25 posted on 05/03/2006 3:37:54 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Six months seems to me to be a long time to keep this "secret." I doubt that the bad guys were in much doubt about it by now . . .


26 posted on 05/03/2006 3:50:51 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: MadIvan
CHA-CHING!

If OBL would just move in next door, I'd be set for life!

(Hey, the odds on that beat the Powerball, any day!)

27 posted on 05/03/2006 4:08:40 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (RICE 2008)
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To: Personal Responsibility
"While I am glad to see this, why do we need all this information?"

One reason I can think of is psychological; let the enemy know we've now taken this guy 'somewhere'. We here in the West aren't the only ones who read this stuff.

28 posted on 05/03/2006 4:15:12 AM PDT by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" - Anonymous)
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To: MadIvan

One... by one... by one...


29 posted on 05/03/2006 4:19:19 AM PDT by johnny7 (ďNah, I ainít Jewish, I just donít dig on swine, thatís all.Ē)
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To: MadIvan

"Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, also known as Abu Musab al Surim or simply "The Syrian", has been flown out of the country to an unspecified location after being interrogated by Pakistani and US authorities."

Hopefully they're kicking the sh*t out of this a$$hole at one of our secret prisons in Eastern Europe. Take that Dana Priest/Wa Po, Mary McCarthy and the rest of the liberal clinton scumbags still at the CIA.


30 posted on 05/03/2006 4:36:29 AM PDT by moose2004 (You Can Run But You Can't Hide!)
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To: MadIvan
Well Well, is AP reporting this "Insurgent" captured yet?? he he he he......
31 posted on 05/03/2006 4:42:59 AM PDT by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign We Did It! NOW.... PLEASE STAY THE COURSE!)
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To: MadIvan
Need help getting info???

I'm on my way..........

32 posted on 05/03/2006 4:55:13 AM PDT by freedombird
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To: MadIvan

I hope they've used some very good drugs on him. VERY good drugs.

BUMP and thanks for the ping Ivan. Good news!


33 posted on 05/03/2006 5:35:17 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Arrest Mary McCarthy!!!)
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To: Lurker

Now THAT'S Action! You gonna be runnin for Prez? We need a hard hitter like you! ;)


34 posted on 05/03/2006 6:15:30 AM PDT by groovejedi
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To: MadIvan

Thank you to the men and women of the United States military

Thank you to George W Bush

Thank you to Dick Cheney

Thank you to Donald Rumsfeld

Thanks to all of those who serve us and get only derision and critisism from the mainstream ( as well as a lot of ordinary Americans)

Thank you for continuing to keep this country safe.


35 posted on 05/03/2006 6:17:38 AM PDT by Former MSM Viewer ("Some of our successes will be known only to a few." W 2001)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Notice my tag line? That was W speaking right after 9-11.

He also said,

"We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless."


36 posted on 05/03/2006 6:19:39 AM PDT by Former MSM Viewer ("Some of our successes will be known only to a few." W 2001)
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To: MadIvan
Well then Mustafa... this is what we call "interview time" here OUTSIDE the United States...

and this little exercise is what I like to call..

...'Mr. Needle Meets Mr. Testicle.'

37 posted on 05/03/2006 6:26:26 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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"......"The Syrian", has been flown out of the country to an unspecified location after being interrogated by Pakistani and US authorities....."

This is an outrageous violation of this man's Human Rights. If these actions can be traced to George Bush then he should be tried for Crimes Against Humanity! This man should be freed immediately! [/sarcasm]

38 posted on 05/03/2006 6:33:12 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!)
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To: MadIvan
BTT


CACIQUE'S RECOMENDED READING LIST


39 posted on 05/03/2006 7:26:52 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: MadIvan
BTT


CACIQUE'S RECOMENDED READING LIST


40 posted on 05/03/2006 7:33:30 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Personal Responsibility
While I am glad to see this, why do we need all this information? Surely more could have been gained by keeping this secret, no?

According to the report, Nazar was captured on November 3. So, we've been squeezing him for six months -- in secret.

41 posted on 05/03/2006 8:10:44 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: MadIvan

Had him since 3 November. Hopefully draining his brain good since then.


42 posted on 05/03/2006 8:13:07 AM PDT by jgorris
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To: jgorris
I read a transcript that was on-line a month ago from an interrogation session at Gitmo. It was really something. They'll play with his sleep to no end and behavior modify the guy so that he'll tell the truth to be able to get a Twinkie for a treat. They don't have to torture you, unless you ask for it.
43 posted on 05/03/2006 9:00:13 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Labs rule)
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To: Lurker
Remind me not to piss Lancer and you off.

SIC
44 posted on 05/03/2006 5:34:24 PM PDT by SICSEMPERTYRANNUS ("Our responses to terrorist acts should make the world gasp." - When Devils Walk the Earth)
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To: MadIvan
Well, maybe Dana whats-her-name will report on which of the "hidden prisons" this scumbag's been taken to... And maybe she'll cry her crocodile tears over the harsh treatment he's going to be getting...

Mark

45 posted on 05/03/2006 5:39:55 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: Cindy

Adding 1 link:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1694213/posts?page=1379#1379


46 posted on 09/21/2006 11:04:55 PM PDT by Cindy
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