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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  1. casual observer

    Maybe we can break our own record for most innocent civilians slaughtered. That would be cool. Awwww, War. The stench of blood, guts, and glory. Maybe we could even send in some former gangsta who joined the army to avoid serving their prison sentance and have them raype Pakistani women like they rayped their own in one of our precious inner city ghettos. Maybe even rob a few liquor stores and banks? No need to worry about war crime charges nor facing an tribunal at the World Court...the USa is not a member of that court anymore...not since before invading the Iraqi peoples land, so they could get-away with it. Maybe even bust a cap in a kid or two if they make too much fuss watching a bunch of licenced and well-armed gangsta take turn on mommy. Oh yeah, this is the necessary evil of War. Righghght.

    September 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. casual observer

    ...and good bye everyone. This past year has been wonderful here. I'm outty. toodles

    September 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @casual observer:

    No. No no no no no.
    This is unacceptable.
    You can't.
    It will not be the same without my GTG.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. joann

    If,anyone is to get,alife it's you all.Get,God and go to CHURCH.It,won't,hurt try it.You,might like and enjoy it. JoAnn Bartholomew

    September 6, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Thank you joann, for your post above. You're quite right about God. Only it's too bad that these Tea Partying idiots here just don't get your message! They're busy trolling others for their personal amusement since they're too dumb to post anything intelligent themselves!

      September 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
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