July 30, 2004


Capture of suspected embassy bomber may weaken al-Qaeda (Sydney Morning Herald, July 31, 2004)

The arrest in Pakistan of a key al-Qaeda suspect in the 1998 East Africa US embassy bombings may hamper the terror network's activities even if it failed to bring Osama bin Laden hunters any closer to their prey, analysts said yesterday.

Tanzanian-born Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was captured on Sunday at a house in eastern Pakistan after a fierce eight-hour shootout.

With him were his Uzbek wife, two other women, six children and four men including a pair of South Africans.

"It certainly is a significant arrest," Singapore-based al-Qaeda expert Rohan Gunaratna said, adding Ghailani had long been involved in the network's operational planning.

"He is one of the most important leaders of al-Qaeda involved in operational planning for a long time."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2004 7:13 PM

And his Uzbek wife... Uzbekistan being another place where we've enjoyed some success in the war on terror.

Posted by: kevin whited at July 30, 2004 7:45 PM

We just keep peeling them off, one at a time. If you want to kill a snake, you cut off the head.

Posted by: jd watson at July 30, 2004 8:13 PM
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