Wanted Man: Pakistani Officials Seek Al Qaeda Leader Close to Osama Bin Laden
Abu Faraj Farj, a Libyan al Qaeda leader now being sought in Pakistan, is the new operational chief of al Qaeda and is in close contact with Osama bin Laden, intelligence analysts told ABC News. Recently captured al Qaeda suspects have identified Farj, a former personal assistant to bin Laden, as the person who gave orders for terror attacks, including two assassination attempts against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in December. Intelligence analysts believe he controls al Qaeda sleeper cells in several countries. Federal law enforcement sources told ABC News that Farj has moved up the chain of command as others in the terror network have been captured or killed. He is believed to be in direct contact with the “tier one” leaders — bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman Zawahiri.