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U.S. Captures Senior Al Qaeda Leader, Sources Say
Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 11/15/02

Posted on 11/15/2002 11:05:10 AM PST by B-bone

U.S. Captures Senior Al Qaeda Leader, Sources Say

1 hour, 8 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the top two-dozen al Qaeda leaders sought by the United States in its war on terrorism was captured recently and is in American custody, U.S. government sources said on Friday.

The sources declined to name the operative for Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s network who was caught in the past week or so. But it was not top lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahri, operational leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, nor bin Laden's son Saad.

U.S. authorities have become increasingly concerned this week that al Qaeda was planning fresh attacks.

The FBI (news - web sites) said that in selecting its next targets, the network may favor "spectacular attacks" that result in mass casualties and severe damage to the U.S. economy.

Contributing to that concern was an audio tape broadcast earlier this week on the al-Jazeera television channel in Qatar believed to be of bin Laden praising recent attacks and making fresh threats.

The United States blamed bin Laden and his al Qaeda network for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America that killed about 3,000 people.

Senior al Qaeda leaders in U.S. custody include Abu Zubaydah and Ramzi Binalshibh, who were being interrogated at an undisclosed location overseas.

"There have been a number of -- numerous senior leaders of al Qaeda that have either been eliminated, incarcerated or detained someplace," national security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) said without elaborating.

President Bush (news - web sites) earlier this week, in response to a question about the audio tape, said, "We'll chase these people down one at a time. It doesn't matter how long it takes, we'll find them and bring them to justice."


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I did a search but didn't find this posted yet.

Thank heavens Tom Daschle is on the case.

1 posted on 11/15/2002 11:05:10 AM PST by B-bone
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To: B-bone
Is this Osama's doctor that we have been reading about the last few days?
2 posted on 11/15/2002 11:07:42 AM PST by blam
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To: B-bone
One of the top two-dozen al Qaeda leaders sought by the United States in its war on terrorism was captured recently and is in American custody, U.S. government sources said on Friday.

Yep, but the Dems claim we aren't making progress. Two Al Queda bigs so far this month, one captured and one splattered by a remote-control airplane, the thought of which tightened a thousand Al Queda sphincters around the globe.

3 posted on 11/15/2002 11:09:39 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: B-bone
Thank heavens Tom Daschle is on the case.

Isn't it amazing how uniformly bad his timing is?

What is this...the fourth (or fifth) time he's opened his mouth about the war and had the US military put his foot in it for him?

4 posted on 11/15/2002 11:13:40 AM PST by IMRight
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Anything else on the wires??
5 posted on 11/15/2002 11:16:49 AM PST by Dog
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To: B-bone
Extract as much info, then kill him low and slow.
6 posted on 11/15/2002 11:18:21 AM PST by lormand
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To: blam
No, Dr. Aziz was arrested back in October.

We don't yet know how high up this guy is the hierarchy, but here are a couple of names to watch for if it's a big catch:

- Saif al-Adel (the top military commander)
- Abu Musab Zarqawi (the operations chief and Abu Zubaydah's successor)
- Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (Persian Gulf operations C-in-C)
- Midhat Mursi (the WMD guy)
- Amin al-Haq (bin Laden's security chief)
- Sheikh Saiid (top financial officer)
7 posted on 11/15/2002 11:18:36 AM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: dirtboy
...one splattered by a remote-control airplane, the thought of which tightened a thousand Al Queda sphincters around the globe.

You bet it did! LOL

I'm sure they've got the ACLU on the case already. I can hear them whining already, "Where's the due process????"

8 posted on 11/15/2002 11:19:47 AM PST by Rockitz
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To: B-bone
One of the top two-dozen al Qaeda leaders sought by the United States in its war on terrorism was captured recently and is in American custody, U.S. government sources said on Friday.

Okay, let's assume that al Qaeda is planning a spectacular series of simultaneous worldwide attacks.

And let's assume that this captured al Qaeda leader knows a fair number of details of these attacks, but isn't talking.

Is turning him over to some third-party people who will torture him to get information on the plans appropriate?

This is where all the goody-two-shoes mentality of the liberals runs into a brick wall. Can you imagine the outcry from Tom Daschle if such attacks occur and we had in our custody someone who knew the details but wasn't talking? Can you imagine the outcry from Tom Daschle if a bunch of attacks are averted but some al Qaeda leader was tortured to reveal details?

Either way Daschle will whine.

9 posted on 11/15/2002 11:22:03 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: Angelus Errare
I follow this stuff close...I haven't heard of any US operation lately......anyone else heard anything??
10 posted on 11/15/2002 11:22:29 AM PST by Dog
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To: blam
Forgot to add some others I just remembered:

- Rifa Ahmed Taha (C-in-C of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad)
- Tawfiq Attash Khallad (South Asian operations chief)
- Abu Mohammed al-Masri (East African operations chief)
- Mohammed Abdel Rahman (military commander)
11 posted on 11/15/2002 11:23:13 AM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: *TerrOrWar
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12 posted on 11/15/2002 11:24:11 AM PST by Free the USA
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To: IMRight
Isn't it amazing how uniformly bad his timing is?

What is this...the fourth (or fifth) time he's opened his mouth about the war and had the US military put his foot in it for him?

lol

It's gotten so bad that whenever he opens his mouth on the subject, I start looking for a recent success to pop up in the news.

13 posted on 11/15/2002 11:24:41 AM PST by DaisyCutter
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To: B-bone
Wondering if this guy's capture could be part of the reason for reports of increased "chatter" ? Trying to regroup or re-arrange operations around the missing guy ?
14 posted on 11/15/2002 11:25:23 AM PST by twyn1
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To: Angelus Errare
Okay, thanks. It is a new capture and not the doctor.
15 posted on 11/15/2002 11:25:23 AM PST by blam
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To: B-bone
President Bush (news - web sites) earlier this week, in response to a question about the audio tape, said, "We'll chase these people down one at a time. It doesn't matter how long it takes, we'll find them and bring them to justice."

YA HEAR THAT HITLERY-CARVILLE-BEGALA-BILLY BOY-McAULIFFE-DASCHLE and the rest of you flying monkeys who visit our forum????????

We understand you are mentally ill. Overtaken with lust for power to the point that you would stoop to dispirit a nation and our hard working, at risk troops overseas, you know no bounds. You are willing to forsake our security and our will to win this long war on terror in order to gain political points by encouraging distrust in our commander and chief and our military.

Pretty sick. Reread what our President has said, continuously, and try to be Americans, for ONCE in your pathetic, commiestyle lives.

16 posted on 11/15/2002 11:25:42 AM PST by Republic
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To: Dog
I dunno about any recent operations, but if they caught this guy in the last week, it may be the reason for the recent terror alert. It'll be interesting to see who it turns out to be.
17 posted on 11/15/2002 11:25:49 AM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: Angelus Errare
Don't forget...

-Suliman Abu-Ghaith----spokesman

18 posted on 11/15/2002 11:25:49 AM PST by Dog
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To: B-bone

As you know . . . Franklin Rosevelt was a failure in WWII because we have yet to find Hitler's body.

19 posted on 11/15/2002 11:26:56 AM PST by w_over_w
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To: DaisyCutter
Me too. In fact, I was expecting breaking news that Binny DNA had been found in Afghanistan!
20 posted on 11/15/2002 11:27:55 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Angelus Errare
"The sources declined to name the operative for Osama bin Laden 's network who was caught in the past week or so. But it was not top lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahri, operational leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, nor bin Laden's son Saad.
21 posted on 11/15/2002 11:28:59 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
Not sure, that's what I was wondering, however. If so, I would have thought that would have been mentioned by Reuters. Having said that--it's Reuters so who knows.
22 posted on 11/15/2002 11:29:32 AM PST by B-bone
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To: IMRight

I understand the frustration of Mr. Daschle, but I don't think he has a clue how badly he is coming off when he does that. No one believes for one second that the Democrats would be prosecuting the war on terrorism with one-tenth the intensity that Bush has. Any sniping on their part about not having caught bin Laden yet just sounds like so much adolescent crap.

Osama bin Laden is not an idiot, he has millions of dollars at his disposal, and he is not going to be easy to find or eliminate. For the Democrats to pretend that they would have done so by now is disgusting to watch and to hear.

Democrats continue to treat this as if it's a domestic policy dispute, instead of a national struggle to keep Americans alive while a fabulously wealthy crazy man tries to find ingenious ways to kill us. If they think they took a drubbing this November, just wait if they keep this up. They have either got to get on board with the rest of us, or they are headed for oblivion.


23 posted on 11/15/2002 11:30:01 AM PST by Nick Danger
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To: Rockitz
He was "due", and we "processed" him, NEXT CASE!
24 posted on 11/15/2002 11:30:35 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: B-bone
"U.S. Captures Senior Al Qaeda Leader, Sources Say"

You get the feeling this news, not really new, but kept secret until now, has been released in response to daschle and hitlery desparately attempting to trash our war on terrorism, dispirit our nation and hurt our troops.

It makes me angry to think that our administration releases information that also goes to our enemies in order to have to keep us bolstered (we don't need it) because certain weak, nasty, immoral and unethical democrats feel the need to trash the war on terrorism for political gain.

I am calling hitlery's office today. And daschle's-and it is NOT going to be pretty.

25 posted on 11/15/2002 11:30:42 AM PST by Republic
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To: B-bone
A hearty congratulations and thanks to all our troops and law enforcement folks out on the front lines of this terrible battle!
26 posted on 11/15/2002 11:31:22 AM PST by Coop
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To: blam
WOW-I thought that comment was strange...now I wonder if it is a message. Geeeeeeeez. That is something to consider.
27 posted on 11/15/2002 11:32:18 AM PST by Republic
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To: dirtboy
. Two Al Queda bigs so far this month, one captured and one splattered by a remote-control airplane, the thought of which tightened a thousand Al Queda sphincters around the globe.

Priceless, Dirtboy, they can't come out of their caves and look up without fear of seeing a drone, or bend over with the assurance that a HELLFIRE isn't headed up their bunghole.

28 posted on 11/15/2002 11:32:21 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: blam
I just had a wicked thought......what IF this is Bin Laden??

No can't be.....could it?

29 posted on 11/15/2002 11:32:55 AM PST by Dog
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To: Dog
I don't think the Suleiman Abu Ghaith is on the US's top twenty list, though he is a member of al-Qaeda's Shura Majlis (board of directors). He's a key ideologue, but al-Qaeda could easily replaced him if he were actually captured, rather like the London-based sheikhs in al-Muhajiroun.

Also, did they ever determine whether or not Mahfouz Ould Walid ("Mr. Mauritania," the chief of global recruiting) had in fact survived the January bombing in Khost and made it to Tehran with al-Adel?

Another possibility is the al-Qaeda C-in-C in Afghanistan, Abdel Hari al-Iraqi.
30 posted on 11/15/2002 11:33:47 AM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: B-bone
The United States blamed bin Laden and his al Qaeda network for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America that killed about 3,000 people.

Reuters liberal bias is showing. This makes it sound as if we have no proof.

Only that the guy said he did it. We don't "blame" him for doing it, we KNOW he did it.

31 posted on 11/15/2002 11:34:10 AM PST by Chairman_December_19th_Society
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To: Dog
If he really had called those comments in by phone to be recorded, it would have made him easier to find, that's for sure.

Though I still think it would be more likely to be some commander in Afghanistan

32 posted on 11/15/2002 11:36:35 AM PST by DaisyCutter
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To: Angelus Errare
What was the name of the Taliban C in C that was in charge of.... Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces in Operation Anaconda??
33 posted on 11/15/2002 11:36:41 AM PST by Dog
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To: B-bone
The United States blamed bin Laden and his al Qaeda network for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America that killed about 3,000 people.

Unreal...I thought we had gotten beyond this...I was under the impression that 99% of the civilized western world had concluded and accepted the fact that Bin Laden WAS responsible...Why cant they just say it?

34 posted on 11/15/2002 11:37:49 AM PST by antaresequity
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To: Chairman_December_19th_Society
And if the "Caught on Tape" confession by bin Laden wasn't enough, if memory serves al-Qaeda has released two videotaped testimonies by the hijackers themselves to al-Jazeera (one in April, the other in September) claiming responsibility for the attacks.

Right now, the only people who won't admit that al-Qaeda carried out the attacks are leftist journalists.
35 posted on 11/15/2002 11:38:34 AM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: antaresequity
For the same reason that they won't call terrorists "terrorists."
36 posted on 11/15/2002 11:39:02 AM PST by Coop
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To: Dog
I just had a wicked thought......what IF this is Bin Laden??

That would explain the delay in announcing it. The need for positive ID, you know. The longer our people wait to announce who it is the more your wicked thought might be correct!

37 posted on 11/15/2002 11:39:45 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: Republic
I agree with you. It doesn't seem like a brand new arrest, the article says "recent arrest."

I'm also wondering if this "recent arrest" is the reason for the increased warnings.

It always seems to me that when they capture a new Al Qaeda leader, we get an increase in warnings.

38 posted on 11/15/2002 11:41:39 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Dog
I just had a wicked thought......what IF this is Bin Laden??

No can't be.....could it?

Pretend you are a dem and create your own reality.

I knew you could.

39 posted on 11/15/2002 11:42:03 AM PST by B-bone
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To: Nick Danger; Poohbah; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Miss Marple
Allow me to add to that comment:

It took us a while, a lucky break (of Japanese codes), and some very good flying by Tom Lanphier to bring justice to the mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor, one Isoroku Yamamoto.
40 posted on 11/15/2002 11:42:14 AM PST by hchutch
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To: Dog
Haqqani.

Jalaluddin Haqqani. He's a former Taliban prefect and a veteran of the Afghan War against the Soviets. The raid that captured Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan was actually intended to net him, though he escaped just before the feds arrived. Haqqani is also the guy who's coordinating with Abdel Hari al-Iraqi, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and Ismail Khan to merge all of the different anti-Western Afghan groups into one big coalition to destroy Karzai.

He also planned the assassination attempt (though not the car bomb in Kabul, that was al-Iraqi) on Karzai earlier in September.
41 posted on 11/15/2002 11:42:29 AM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: wayoverontheright
Rumsfeld said yesterday that parts of the new tape were done by Binny calling into someone recording it. We have that area of the world covered......just waiting for that one call.

And we have his doctor in custody also....

Makes you go hmmmmmmm.

42 posted on 11/15/2002 11:44:23 AM PST by Dog
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To: dawn53
This whole war on terror has been like reading every other chapter of a Tom Clancy novel--there's so much happening we don't know about.
43 posted on 11/15/2002 11:44:31 AM PST by B-bone
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To: B-bone
One more Democrat locked way! Good!
44 posted on 11/15/2002 11:46:06 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: dawn53
Are you wondering, like I am, if we have one of Osama's sons? We were told misinformation would be used...and this release of info-the way it was worded-as Blam above noted-is truly strange.
45 posted on 11/15/2002 11:46:39 AM PST by Republic
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To: B-bone
Get out the dentist tools and the sodium pentathol on this A hole stat.
46 posted on 11/15/2002 11:48:11 AM PST by finnman69
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To: Republic
How many son's does Bin Laden have that "work" with him in al-Qaeda??
47 posted on 11/15/2002 11:49:21 AM PST by Dog
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To: Dog
I just had a wicked thought......what IF this is Bin Laden??

No can't be.....could it?


I recall we got one "biggie" recently, shortly after an al jazeerha (sp) interview ... and OBL just phoned in a statement so maybe so?
49 posted on 11/15/2002 11:49:52 AM PST by Tunehead54
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To: wayoverontheright; Dog
That would explain the delay in announcing it. The need for positive ID, you know. The longer our people wait to announce who it is the more your wicked thought might be correct!

On MSNBC's site they described a "complication," as reported by U.S. officials, as to why they could not announce the name. So it may be I.D. confirmation.

Or maybe they beat the tar out of the coward, and they now need to change his status to "terminated."

50 posted on 11/15/2002 11:50:13 AM PST by Coop
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