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Old 08-08-04, 11:57 AM
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Al-Qaeda arrests continue

Senior al Qaeda figure nabbed in Dubai

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapc...rap/index.html

CNN) -- A Pakistani al Qaeda operative believed to have been close to al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was flown to Pakistan after he was arrested in Dubai, Pakistani intelligence sources said.

Qari Saifullah Akhtar's capture may help in the hunt for the al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, the sources said.

Ahktar has been linked to two assassination attempts against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, the sources said.

Akhtar was arrested Friday by the United Arab Emirates at Pakistan's request, the sources said.

In another al Qaeda case, Pakistani investigators are hunting for two north Africans suspected to be involved in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in east Africa. Abu Farj of Libya and an Egyptian named Hamza of Egypt are believed to be in Pakistan.

A Pakistani official estimated his country has arrested and handed over to U.S. officials at least 600 suspected al Qaeda operatives in the last three years.

More than a dozen terror suspects around the world have been arrested in the past week.

Their apprehension is believed to have been fueled by intelligence from Pakistan, and many of the suspects are alleged to have strong ties to al Qaeda.

One man arrested in a British roundup of al Qaeda suspects is believed to have been on the ground in New York in 2001 conducting reconnaissance of financial buildings identified recently as possible attack targets, a U.S. law enforcement source told CNN.

He has been identified as Esa al-Hindi by U.S. government officials who describe him a "major player who moved operational information between key components of al Qaeda" in Britain, the United States and Pakistan.

Senior Pakistani intelligence officials said that during interrogations last month after he was apprehended, suspected al Qaeda computer expert Naeem Noor Khan spoke of a terror network in Britain and said he frequently relayed messages from Pakistan to the cell leader, an important al Qaeda operative.

British authorities said Heathrow Airport was one of "several potential" targets in London that were uncovered as a result of the Pakistan investigation, which turned up a sheaf of photos of potential targets.

One of 13 suspects arrested this week in Britain on suspicion of being involved in terrorist activities was released on Friday.

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Do these arrests mean anything?
Old 08-08-04, 01:16 PM
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Of course it means something. This is primarily a law enforcement issue.

Seriously though, one less Al-Quesidilla out there is good news.
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It means that we are less safe than we were.....somehow.
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Originally posted by kvrdave
It means that we are less safe than we were.....somehow.
Because for each one we arrest, 18 more join.

Or something like that.....
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Re: Al-Qaeda arrests continue

Dude, that sucks!

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