September 5th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Pakistan army says top al Qaeda figure arrested

The Pakistani intelligence service has arrested a senior al Qaeda leader who sought to attack targets in the United States, Europe and Australia, the Pakistani military said Monday.

The intelligence service arrested Younis al-Mauretani and two al Qaeda associates in the suburbs of Quetta, Pakistan, the military said in a statement.

Osama bin Laden had asked al-Mauretani "to focus on hitting targets of economic importance in United States of America, Europe and Australia," with U.S. targets including gas and oil pipelines, dams and oil tankers, the statement said.

Security Clearance: Arrest yet one more blow for al Qaeda

Al-Mauretani was also involved in planning multiple attacks on European countries similar to those in Mumbai, India, in 2008, European intelligence officials told CNN last year. The man at the center of the alleged al Qaeda plot, Afghan German Ahmed Sidiqui, was detained in July 2010 and told interrogators that al-Mauretani helped with planning and coordination.

News of the arrest comes six days before the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda's attack on the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people. It also comes as the United States and its allies have made major strides in its fight against al Qaeda.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden • September 11 • Terrorism
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  1. banasy©

    Hey, gung hoe, Jazzzzz said she'll see you on that same thread later.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip


    September 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pee man

    geeze, you all cleared out pretty quick! lotta drama here too. Much better than MSNBC :::::(

    September 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    You still there banasy I just got back and had notta to do with it

    September 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I know, gung hoe.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Here we go again, another big fat field day for the right-wing thugs in Washington and another blow to Islam. I guess that those thugs will sooner or later get the Muslims from all over the world to start chanting "Allah Akbar, Capitalism Akbar-er but Obama, Akbar-est of all" !!! However, I still hope not!

    September 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Geez banasy i hope so didnt sound like it earlier threatening to leave forever Wouldnt talk to me even though i did nothing to her both last night or today Hope jazzzz talks would be a change cause been tryin all day

    September 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    gung hoe,
    Lets meet back on the 7 day thread pls

    September 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    The how say you 'topic' is over? Ahkmed can say about what she say about what he say, but not really she for because was by other person who be by later to see if ok to say what happen when not for that it be happening to me? Is right? Scratching of the head. Not even goat head for be why because even Pakistani play goat grab and is on topic. What kind opera Joey play soap?

    September 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Ummm...Ahkmed needs his interpreter...

    September 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Travis

    Here we go again, another big fat field day for the left-wing thugs in Washington and another day of glorifying Islam. I guess that people all over the world to start chanting “Allah Akbar, Capitalism Akbar-er but Obama, Akbar-est of all” !!! I really hope so!!! Gobama!

    September 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    To my esteemed Troll:
    Your 7:35 attempt at my style was terrible.
    No–it was pathetic.
    Do a better job when you sign my name.
    Hint: has anyone here ever seen two exclamation points together in something actually written by JIF?

    September 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    @Joey. Yes, Ahkmed see Joey make 2 exclamation marks. No, that was Ahkmed for Sheryyl or how you spell. Is ok to post on topic now or is still opera soap?

    September 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Ahkmed

    I didn't cause the soap opera
    the trolls did
    sorry to interrupt
    have a wonderful evening gentlemen

    September 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    Look,just the fact they found this POS in Pakistan should be reason enough to drop a couple of 10 Kiloton Nuclear weapons on potential hideouts.I know,I know it's overkill but be we warned the PAKS and if the Terrorists overthrow the government and get their hands on the PAKS Nuclear Weapons then it really going to hit the fan.Also,how do we know the PAKS are not playin both sides of the street and may have already sold a NUKE or 2 to AL Q?

    September 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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