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Two Senior Al-Qaida Suspects Arrested in Pakistan, Including Two Wanted by United States
AP ^ | 8/3/04

Posted on 08/03/2004 9:45:29 AM PDT by Republican Red

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani authorities have arrested two high-ranking al-Qaida terrorists - one with a multimillion-dollar U.S. bounty on his head - in a days-long sweep that has netted at least six suspected militants, officials said Tuesday. The interior minister said the arrests in eastern Punjab province were a major break just days after intelligence agents arrested Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian wanted for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa.

"In addition to Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, whose bounty was $25 million, we have captured another most wanted suspect with a bounty on him running into the millions of dollars," the minister, Faisal Saleh Hayyat, said.

He said both suspects were of African origin but refused to identify them or their nationalities.

Four Egyptians and a Libyan on the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorists are believed to be in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Each of them has a $5 million bounty on his head in connection with the embassy bombings.

Osama bin Laden's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, is also from Egypt. He and the al-Qaida chief are believed hiding along the Pakistan-Afghan border, far from Punjab province.

Hayyat's announcement followed news that at least six al-Qaida suspects, including a Syrian, have been arrested in separate raids in recent days.

Three of the suspects - two Pakistanis and a foreigner - were arrested on a road near the eastern city of Lahore, and five grenades and two AK-47 rifles were found in their sports utility vehicle, a high-ranking intelligence official told The Associated Press.

Another detainee is a policeman, Raja Waqar, assigned to the office of Punjab province's top politician; he is suspected of passing al-Qaida linked groups information on the whereabouts of top government officials, Lahore police chief Tariq Salim Dogar told The Associated Press.

"The previous record of the policeman shows that he has been involved in jihadi activities and had links with al-Qaida. We have initiated a probe to find out how he managed to get posted to such a sensitive place," Dogar said.

A fifth suspect, arrested Sunday at a bus station in a town near Lahore, identified himself as Juma Ibrahim, a Syrian, said district police chief Aslam Ghauri. He said Ibrahim was turned over to Pakistan's spy agency.

Another man was arrested trying to board a plane in Lahore with questionable documents, said a government official who gave no further details.

It was not immediately clear if any of the six militants described by Pakistani officials included the two senior al-Qaida men that Hayyat said were wanted by the United States.

Several of the detainees were believed to be linked to other al-Qaida suspects in custody, including a computer expert identified as Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan who was arrested July 13.

Khan provided information leading to the arrest of Ghailani in eastern Gujrat on July 25, said an intelligence official in Lahore who was involved in the raid on Ghailani.

Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Monday that Ghailani's computers at home contained e-mails with instructions for attacks in the United States and Britain.

Intelligence gained from Khan's and other arrests was a major factor in U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's decision to issue a warning Sunday about a possible al-Qaida attack on prominent financial institutions in New York, Washington and Newark, N.J.

Pakistani officials are also pointing to the arrest in June of Masrab Arochi - nephew of former al-Qaida No. 3 Khalid Shaikh Mohammed - as providing useful intelligence. Arochi was among 10 suspects arrested in raids in the southern port city of Karachi.

An intelligence official in the capital, Islamabad, said Arochi led police to a network of al-Qaida operatives and that several as-yet-undisclosed arrests have been made. He would not confirm any direct link between Arochi and the arrest of Khan, the computer expert, but said Arochi has been made available to U.S. intelligence agents.

Pakistan has vowed not to turn him over to the United States.

Meanwhile, details emerged about the hunt that led authorities to Ghailani, the suspect in the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 200 people - including 12 Americans.

Ghailani arrived in Pakistan on a Kenyan Airlines flight to Karachi on Aug. 6, 1998, a day before the attacks. He was a ghost until his arrest nearly six years later, apparently as he planned to flee the country.

A senior intelligence official told The Associated Press that Ghailani spent time in the tribal area of South Waziristan before traveling in recent weeks to Gujrat. Al-Qaida "facilitators" arranged for him to hide in several local houses, said the official, who asked that his name not be used.

Officials also believe Ghailani was hiding for a while in the southern port city of Karachi, home to a number of local extremist groups as well as al-Qaida, and in Lahore.

Raja Munawar Hussain, the police chief in Gujrat, told AP that a front man who leased a car and opened a bank account for Ghailani also was arrested.


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To: Dr.Deth

"The next best thing to dead terrorists: captured, tortured terrorists."

I actually prefer captured, tortured terrorists - at least before killing them.


51 posted on 08/03/2004 10:26:22 AM PDT by NCPAC ((Live without Fear: Don't worry about what may happen. Concentrate on what must be done.))
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To: Dog
"Jeffers is correct sounds like we just cracked AQ's system operation."

It's more than just cracking their current operations. We've almost certainly got what we need to go find and decrypt numerous previous al qaeda messages now...and that will tell us many useful things about where they've traveled, where they are located today, who is on the take, etc.

5 Legislative Days Left Until The AWB Expires

52 posted on 08/03/2004 10:28:26 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Dog; Coop

I heard on the radio that the lady with the SouthAfrican passport caught in Texas was Pakistani.

Jives with other arrests of women in Pakistan too or a search for suicide women there.

combined with the killing of many recently in Afghanistan, looks like some real solid progress has been made recently by combined USPaki Ops.

Kudos all around for the good work.


53 posted on 08/03/2004 10:29:28 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Dog
I told you..

Told us what?

54 posted on 08/03/2004 10:29:50 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Southack

Agreed..


55 posted on 08/03/2004 10:30:19 AM PDT by Dog (Edwards threatening Al Qaeda is like Pee Wee Herman threatening Lucca Brazzi.)
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To: Southack
Right now al qaeda is operating in the dark (e.g. just consider the transit time for physical couriers).

But think of the frequent flyer miles they're racking up!

56 posted on 08/03/2004 10:32:51 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Grampa Dave

Sure makes me wish I wasn't to old.


57 posted on 08/03/2004 10:32:57 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Tourette's syndrome is just a $&#$*!% excuse for poor *%$#** language skills.)
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To: Coop; nuconvert; jeffers

I said that we had rounded up other HVT's...... on another thread.


58 posted on 08/03/2004 10:32:57 AM PDT by Dog (Edwards threatening Al Qaeda is like Pee Wee Herman threatening Lucca Brazzi.)
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To: rabidralph

"Another shipment of Victoria's Secret panties is on its way to Pakistan."

Why? They make them there....


59 posted on 08/03/2004 10:34:16 AM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: Dog
I said that we had rounded up other HVT's...... on another thread.

You mean on the thread that said we rounded up other HVTs? Well, duh! :-)

60 posted on 08/03/2004 10:34:20 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: ASA Vet

Hang around ASA....I'll be pinging you very soon....:-)


61 posted on 08/03/2004 10:34:22 AM PDT by Dog (Edwards threatening Al Qaeda is like Pee Wee Herman threatening Lucca Brazzi.)
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To: Coop; Republican Red; Dog; Angelus Errare; section9; Prodigal Son; Cap Huff; Boot Hill; HAL9000
Two Senior Al-Qaida Suspects Arrested in Pakistan, Including Two Wanted by United States ......

Waiting for Homeland Security to arrest 30,000 lawyers here in the U.S.A.

/sarcasm

62 posted on 08/03/2004 10:34:30 AM PDT by maestro
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To: Coop
I personally think the Victoria's Secret method of interrogation is paying the biggest dividends.

Make you almost wish you were someone getting interrogated.

I just had a great idea for a new reality show....

63 posted on 08/03/2004 10:35:40 AM PDT by TomServo ("I'm so upset that I'll binge on a Saltine.")
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To: Dog; Coop

So from the looks of things we have:

Musabir Aroochi and the Jundallah mob

Abu Talha

Ghailani

The Nigerian courier and Co

Keep in mind that we also busted a courier in Iraq the other day with a message from Zarqawi to bin Laden. I think we may well have gotten perhaps the other end of that communication or at the least perhaps one of the guys who smuggles all of those damned tapes to Qatar.

At the very least, their operations in Pakistan have been completely compromised. Roll 'em up, boys.

I imagine the fact that they just tried to whack Musharraf's new deputy isn't going to be forgotten by the Pakistanis either.


64 posted on 08/03/2004 10:36:08 AM PDT by Angelus Errare
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To: maestro
Two Senior Al-Qaida Suspects Arrested in Pakistan, Including Two Wanted by United States ......

Place your bets ......how long before this makes the US media....I say a day.

65 posted on 08/03/2004 10:36:42 AM PDT by Dog (Edwards threatening Al Qaeda is like Pee Wee Herman threatening Lucca Brazzi.)
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To: ASA Vet

Yep, same here.


66 posted on 08/03/2004 10:36:51 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Franchurian Candidate, al Kerry said in his convention speech "Judge me by my record"...)
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To: cake_crumb

Those that would think of it as political are largely Kerry supporters already. However, it may sway a few undecideds.


67 posted on 08/03/2004 10:37:12 AM PDT by RockinRight (Liberalism IS the status quo)
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To: maestro

"Waiting for Homeland Security to arrest 30,000 lawyers here in the U.S.A."

How about the two running for the top offices of the US, at this time?


68 posted on 08/03/2004 10:38:46 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Franchurian Candidate, al Kerry said in his convention speech "Judge me by my record"...)
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To: Angelus Errare
at the least perhaps one of the guys who smuggles all of those damned tapes to Qatar.

Good guess. We haven't heard a tape from Al Qaedzeera lately, have we? But I'm still waiting for them to nail Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the old AQ public relations man, as well as his successor - whose name escapes me at this time. Al Qandahari??

69 posted on 08/03/2004 10:39:15 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Angelus Errare

Don't forget this one. A quiet find:

http://www.fbi.gov/terrorinfo/drkhan.htm


70 posted on 08/03/2004 10:39:27 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Windsong
An ARAB who majored in Computer Science?!?!

A Pakistani, actually. But I do know Arabs, who earned PhDs in Computer Science (University of Southern California). I have also worked closely with one of them. A very talented guy, specializing in Computer Vision.

I am sure their achievements pale in comparison to yours, though.

71 posted on 08/03/2004 10:39:31 AM PDT by tarator
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To: Dog
Place your bets ......how long before this makes the US media....I say a day.

Not likely. This is an AP story.

72 posted on 08/03/2004 10:40:07 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Angelus Errare

Do you have a list of known AQ members from Nigeria who are on the FBI's 22 most wanted list?


73 posted on 08/03/2004 10:40:16 AM PDT by Dog (Edwards threatening Al Qaeda is like Pee Wee Herman threatening Lucca Brazzi.)
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To: jimbo123

Jimbo do you think that is the same Khan.....the computer geek?


74 posted on 08/03/2004 10:41:40 AM PDT by Dog (Edwards threatening Al Qaeda is like Pee Wee Herman threatening Lucca Brazzi.)
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To: Dog

No. He is the one affiliated with this one:

http://www.fbi.gov/terrorinfo/siddiqui.htm


75 posted on 08/03/2004 10:42:47 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Grampa Dave
The 'new' U.S.A. needs a 'Czar'.......as in 'King'.....?

/sarcasm

76 posted on 08/03/2004 10:42:48 AM PDT by maestro
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To: Coop

Suleiman Abu Ghaith is "in custody" in Iran these days and it behooves the mad mullahs to at least pretend as though he's inactive. His successor was Thabet bin Qais, who is supposedly the guy behind those Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades we all know and love among other things.

Al-Kandahari is the new top dog in Yemen.


77 posted on 08/03/2004 10:43:44 AM PDT by Angelus Errare
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To: Dog

http://www.fbi.gov/terrorinfo/terrorismsi.htm

http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/terrorists/fugitives.htm


78 posted on 08/03/2004 10:43:46 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Grampa Dave
WASHINGTON - The information that led authorities to issue an unprecedented warning of potential terrorist attacks on financial centers in New York, Washington and New Jersey came from at least three al Qaeda members who were deemed highly reliable, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Monday.

Two were pivotal al Qaeda figures arrested last month in Pakistan in separate raids where documentary evidence also was seized, the officials said. The more important of the two was an al Qaeda computer engineer who relayed communications to the network's members, they said.

The third is a member of Osama bin Laden's terrorist network who is in British custody and is cooperating, one official said. No other details were available.

The highlighted portion is news to me.
79 posted on 08/03/2004 10:43:48 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Instaurare omnia in Christo)
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To: Republican Red

I do note that most of the people the Pakistanis are picking up are not Pakistani or Afghan: maybe they're trying to keep the heat of the locals by throwing us some 'furriner' bones.


80 posted on 08/03/2004 10:45:14 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: Angelus Errare

Yeah, I've got Sulamain in Iran along with some other choice targets, err, terrorists. Thabet ibn Qais is the guy I was thinking of, thanks.


81 posted on 08/03/2004 10:46:13 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Coop

Oh, and we nabbed one of the other al-Qaeda couriers, Adil al-Jaziri, a little while ago. Hence the lack of tapes except for the golden oldies, though I think the last one was another rant from Ayman.


82 posted on 08/03/2004 10:47:02 AM PDT by Angelus Errare
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To: Straight Vermonter; Dog; Angelus Errare; jeffers
The highlighted portion is news to me.

Me, too. Good find.

Gentlemen, start your Googles!

83 posted on 08/03/2004 10:47:44 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Dog

Probably, but not for the reason you're hoping.


84 posted on 08/03/2004 10:48:45 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Tourette's syndrome is just a $&#$*!% excuse for poor *%$#** language skills.)
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To: Republican Red

It seems the noose is tightening.


85 posted on 08/03/2004 10:49:27 AM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no steenkin' tagline!)
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To: Angelus Errare
Oh, and we nabbed one of the other al-Qaeda couriers, Adil al-Jaziri, a little while ago.

I remember that one, back in the late winter/early spring IIRC. Made some headlines.

86 posted on 08/03/2004 10:49:52 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Coop

I think it might have been before that.

You may be thinking of Hassan Ghul, who was Zarqawi's courier to bin Laden.


87 posted on 08/03/2004 10:52:23 AM PDT by Angelus Errare
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To: Straight Vermonter

WASHINGTON - The information that led authorities to issue an unprecedented warning of potential terrorist attacks on financial centers in New York, Washington and New Jersey came from at least three al Qaeda members who were deemed highly reliable, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Monday.
Two were pivotal al Qaeda figures arrested last month in Pakistan in separate raids where documentary evidence also was seized, the officials said. The more important of the two was an al Qaeda computer engineer who relayed communications to the network's members, they said.

The third is a member of Osama bin Laden's terrorist network who is in British custody and is cooperating, one official said. No other details were available.

Something was posted about an arrest of a top AQer in the UK recently or that the UK had custody of him. Thanks for showing us the link between him and this latest roundup.


88 posted on 08/03/2004 10:56:16 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Franchurian Candidate, al Kerry said in his convention speech "Judge me by my record"...)
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To: RockinRight
"Those that would think of it as political are largely Kerry supporters already. However, it may sway a few undecideds."

Judging by the posts I've seen on some other threads, the third partiests are out in force, doing the useful idiot routine, too.

89 posted on 08/03/2004 10:56:38 AM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Angelus Errare
You may be thinking of Hassan Ghul, who was Zarqawi's courier to bin Laden.

Yep, that's him. Trying to carry the urgent message back to Big Daddy.

90 posted on 08/03/2004 10:59:41 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Republican Red

I suggest you believe 10% of what you read in the press. By that I mean if we spill our guts we are being stupid and we are no being stupid. Information is released for a reason, important stuff is being kept secret.

Bush will bury Kerry in November.

Bush will carry Illinois and Keyes will beat Bark Osama in the run for the IL Senate.


91 posted on 08/03/2004 11:03:09 AM PDT by 1smallVoice (Clinton brought us Bush)
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To: Red Badger
But these were OLD terrorists wanted for OLD ACTS OF TERRORISM.......They don't count anymore........

AND there were no "stock piles" of terrorists. Bush lied! /sarcasm

92 posted on 08/03/2004 11:04:40 AM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: BushisTheMan
"no stockpiles of terrorists"

FOFLOL! Thanks for the laugh, I needed it!

93 posted on 08/03/2004 11:14:04 AM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: cake_crumb

Hey, I must be improving...made 2 people laugh today.

Thanks


94 posted on 08/03/2004 11:18:12 AM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: 1smallVoice
Bush will carry Illinois and Keyes will beat Bark Osama in the run for the IL Senate.

O-tay, 'Panky!

95 posted on 08/03/2004 11:20:29 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: BushisTheMan
Just two? That's nothing!!

Every time I walk into a room people start laughing.

96 posted on 08/03/2004 11:21:21 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Republican Red
This article has been posted to DoctorZin’s New News Blog!


97 posted on 08/03/2004 11:46:13 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: 1smallVoice

You are nothing if not optimistic.


98 posted on 08/03/2004 11:53:53 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies: foreign and domestic RATmedia agree Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: No Blue States

LOL The only thing "suspicious" about the timing is that suddenly we are catching batches of terrorists AFTER Sandy Berger got caught with top secret info in his pants. ;) Is there a connection?

Inquiring minds need...oh, nevermind I really DON'T want to know.


99 posted on 08/03/2004 11:59:51 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Republican Red

Bret Baer, FNC, says the Pentagon confirms the Pakis have made 6 arrests and 2 of them are HVT. Allllright, Pakis.


100 posted on 08/03/2004 12:03:46 PM PDT by Darlin' ("I will not forget this wound to my country." President George W Bush, 20 Sept 2001)
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