An al Qaeda operative with close ties to the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was captured last week in Iraq, President Bush said on Monday. Bush said the al Qaeda figure, Hassan Ghul, was helping al Qaeda step up attacks by insurgents against U.S. troops in Iraq. Al Qaeda members are believed to have entered Iraq after the war last year that toppled President Saddam Hussein. Bush said Ghul “reported directly” to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is suspected of coordinating the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States that killed about 3,000 people and who was captured in Pakistan in March. He is now in U.S. custody. Full Story
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