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Pakistan: Al-Qaida No. 2 may be surrounded

Officials believe al-Zawahri trapped near border with Afghanistan. Pakistani officials said Thursday that they believed that troops fighting a fierce battle had cornered and may have wounded Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy in the al-Qaida terrorist network. A spokesman for the Pakistani army told NBC News, quoting the country’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, that a “high-value target” was cornered in South Waziristan, along the Afghan border, based on the level of resistance Pakistani forces were encountering. Musharraf said the identity of the target was unknown, but three other senior government officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that intelligence indicated that the figure was al-Zawahri. Full Story

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