August 12, 2004


Pakistan nabs top Al-Qaeda duo (News24, 12/08/2004)

Two top al-Qaeda suspects, a Pakistani linked to attempts on President Pervez Musharraf's life and an Uzbek national, have been captured in Pakistan, said an intelligence official on Thursday.

They are the latest in a gallery of suspected top operatives of Osama bin Laden's terror network caught in the world's second most-populous Muslim nation since mid-July.

Both men were close to al-Qaeda's "top leadership", the official said, without naming bin Laden or his Egyptian deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who are believed to be both hiding in mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier. [...]

The Uzbek man, known as Mansoor, was arrested in northwest Peshawar city, also on Monday.

Believed to be a key al-Qaeda operative, Mansoor had been hiding in the northwest tribal belt along the Afghan border until Pakistani army assaults sent him fleeing, said the official.

We are closer to the end of the War on Terror than to its start.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2004 3:54 PM
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