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Pakistan Arrests Key al-Qaida Figure

Pakistan claimed successes Monday on two fronts in its war on terrorism, ending an assault against al-Qaida hideouts near the Afghan border and announcing the arrest of the alleged mastermind of attacks on Shiites. The arrested man, Daud Badini, leads an al-Qaida-linked militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and police say he is a brother-in-law of Ramzi Yousef, who is serving a life term in the United States for the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. Badini was among 11 terrorist suspects — also including a nephew of former al-Qaida No. 3, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed — captured over the weekend in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. The U.S. military, which is counting on Pakistan to hunt down al-Qaida and Taliban fugitives along the Afghan border, hailed the Karachi arrests and the offensive in South Waziristan, in which officials said at least 72 people were killed, including 55 militants. Full Story

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