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Bush celebrates arrest of al-Qaida suspect

President Bush celebrated a major success in the fight against terrorism Saturday with the arrest of the al-Qaida operative suspected of planning the Sept. 11 attacks. “That’s fantastic!” the president said early Saturday when his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, delivered the news of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s capture in Pakistan. CIA officers and Pakistani authorities carried out the operation that led to Mohammed’s capture, according to American officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. It was unclear whether Mohammed had been taken into U.S. custody or where he was being held. Mohammed was arrested early Saturday in a raid conducted jointly by American and Pakistani officials. It was unclear whether Mohammed had been taken into U.S. custody or where he was being held. It was midnight Friday when CIA Director George Tenet first called Rice, who was staying at Camp David with the president and first lady, to say that authorities were “pretty certain” they had Mohammed and two others, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer. Full Story

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