Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Pakistan 'catches al-Qaeda chief' (#3 Man)

Lately I have not been terribly impressed with the level of effort the Pakistanis have been putting in to round up al Qaeda. This however, is a major catch and shows some diligence on their part.

Senior Libyan al-Qaeda suspect Abu Faraj al-Libbi has been arrested in Pakistan, the government says.

Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that Libbi was captured with five other suspected foreign al-Qaeda militants in the past few days.

He was allegedly al-Qaeda's number three after Osama Bin Laden and Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahri.

This thug could provide valuable information concerning bin Laden and other high ranking al Qaeda operatives. And remember, the Pakistanis are not hamstrung when it comes to interrogation; The only limitations are their own creativity.
Update: ABC has a more in depth analysis here.

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