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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pakistan Army Says It Holds Al-Qaeda Global Operations Chief

If true this will be another nail in Al Qaedas latest coffin.

It is great seeing all the ring leaders killed or at least arrested.

-- Pakistan said it arrested al-Qaeda’s top leader for international operations with American help, sounding a conciliatory tone on bilateral ties strained by the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden in May.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate captured Younis Al-Mauritani and al-Qaeda operatives Abdul Ghaffar al- Shami and Messara al-Shami in the city of Quetta, the military’s press office said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. The arrests are part of “a strong, historic intelligence relationship” between both countries, the statement said.

The announcement came two weeks after U.S. officials said an American missile killed Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, who they said became al-Qaeda’s deputy leader following the killing of bin Laden by Navy Seals in Pakistan. The unilateral raid exacerbated tensions, as Pakistan expelled more than 100 American military personnel and the U.S. withheld $800 million in military aid.

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