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Taliban: Mohammed Arrest Won't Weaken Al Qaeda

The arrest of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11 attacks, would not weaken the shadowy al Qaeda network, members of Afghanistan’s former Taliban regime said on Tuesday. Qari Abdul Wali, a military commander in the hard-line Islamic Taliban regime that sheltered al Qaeda, told Reuters the worldwide capability of the organization would remain intact, in spite of Mohammed’s arrest. “The arrest of a few individuals from within al Qaeda’s ranks will have no bearing on the organization’s functioning,” Wali said at a hideout near the southern Afghan town of Spin Boldak. Wali said al Qaeda would miss Mohammed because he was an “important soldier” but stressed the capture did not mean the organization would scatter. Pakistani officials said Mohammed was arrested on Saturday in the city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, in what U.S. officials called the biggest catch so far in the war terror launched after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Full Story

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