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Terror Detainee Is Seen as Leader in Plot by Al Qaeda

A terrorist suspect now in custody in Britain directed the surveillance of financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washington during 2000 and 2001 and prepared the detailed reports about them that have prompted fears of an attack, senior government officials said on Thursday.The suspect, known as Abu Issa al-Hindi, was described by the officials as by far the most important Qaeda figure detained as part of an American-led effort to unravel the tangle of clues uncovered with the discovery in Pakistan of computer files containing the surveillance reports. Mr. Hindi was described by a senior government official as “a key Al Qaeda operative in Great Britain,” and was said to have been under surveillance by British authorities even before the computer files were discovered last week. The information drawn from those files served as “a catalytic event” that provided the basis for his arrest on Tuesday, after the Central Intelligence Agency relayed information to its British counterparts.Full Story

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