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Pakistan Arrests Al Qaeda Operative

Yasser Jazeeri, described as ‘a trusted subordinate of Osama bin Laden,’ is seized in Lahore. He allegedly is a facilitator for the terrorist group. Pakistani authorities on Saturday arrested a top Al Qaeda operative in the latest in a string of such arrests, feeding speculation that the capture of the terrorist group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, could be drawing closer. Details of the arrest in the northeastern city of Lahore of Yasser Jazeeri — said by Pakistani authorities to be ranked seventh in the Al Qaeda hierarchy — were sketchy late Saturday. Information Ministry sources said only that he was wanted by U.S. authorities and that he was carrying Moroccan and Algerian passports. The arrest followed the March 1 apprehension of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in the northeastern city of Rawalpindi. Mohammed’s capture resulted in the seizure of a trove of intelligence material that has provided leads on a number of Al Qaeda suspects, including Bin Laden, authorities here say. Full Story

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