August 15, 2004


Terror suspect gives clues to bin Laden network (MATTHEW ROSENBERG, 8/15/04, Chicago Sun-Times)

An al-Qaida operative arrested last month in Pakistan is providing valuable insight into the inner workings of Osama bin Laden's network as the United States remains on alert for attacks, U.S. officials and a diplomat in Africa said.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, once on the FBI's most-wanted terrorist list with a $5 million bounty for the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in east Africa, was caught in Pakistan last month.

Attention surrounding his arrest has focused on another suspect, Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, an alleged al-Qaida computer expert. But Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said, ''The most important arrest that has been made of late has been that of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani.'' [...]

Ghailani is cooperating with interrogators, and one U.S. official said Ghailani is providing ''valuable'' insight into how al-Qaida operates. But the official wouldn't elaborate. A diplomat in Africa, who is familiar with Ghailani's case, said there are indications Ghailani recently made contact with militants on the continent. Both the U.S. official and the diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity.

Known among his al-Qaida peers as Ahmed the Tanzanian, Ghailani was introduced to recruits in 1997 as ''a friend of al-Qaida,'' convicted bomber Mohammed Sadiq Odeh told the FBI.

...can't wrap up the War on Terror before the election or there's no pretext for our fascist coup.

Afghan Taleban Leadership 'Falling Apart,' US Military Says (VOA News, 14 Aug 2004)

The U.S. military in Afghanistan say it appears the Taleban leadership there is "falling apart."

American spokesman Major Scott Nelson, citing news reports from this week, says that a dissident group named Jaish-e-Muslimeen, or Muslim Army had created a separate faction. He said that is a significant development, which indicates a rift in Taleban leadership.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 15, 2004 12:12 PM
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