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Yemen Says Senior Qaeda Suspect May Hold Key Data

Yemen said Wednesday it hopes to glean crucial data about al Qaeda operations inside and outside the Arab state after catching a senior al Qaeda suspect wanted for links to the 2000 bombing of the U.S. warship Cole. Mohammad Hamdi al-Ahdal, also known as Abu Asem al-Macci, headed Yemen’s wanted list for nearly two years before he was caught by security forces Tuesday in the capital — handing Yemen a major coup in its campaign against militants. “This is an important arrest because the information we may uncover during investigations could lead to elements or networks even outside Yemen,” the Yemeni government official said. “We will probably get important information about his ties with other elements because he played a leading role and was the main link in distributing funds (to al Qaeda members),” he said. Full Story

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