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U.S. Says al-Qaida Hit Hard by Arrests

Pakistani authorities have captured a man accused of playing a leading role in the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of an American warship in Yemen, a catch President Bush called a “major, significant find” in the war against the ailing al-Qaida network. Waleed bin Attash, also known as Tawfiq Attash or just Khallad, coordinated the activities of at least two of the hijackers who crashed into the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. counterterrorism officials said. He is also one of two figures described as masterminds of the bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer on Oct. 12, 2000. Bush described Khallad as “one of the top al-Qaida operatives” — saying he ranked just below Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the captured No. 3 figure in the terror network. Khallad is often described as one-legged but actually is missing his right foot. “He’s a killer,” Bush said of Khallad. “He is one less person that people who love freedom have to worry about. … It was a major, significant find.” Full Story

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