February 29th, 2012
07:30 AM ET

Report: Senior al Qaeda commander arrested in Egypt

A state media outlet in Egypt said Wednesday that authorities have arrested a senior al Qaeda commander named Mohamed Ibrahim Mekawy, who also is thought to go by the name Saif al-Adel.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the man they arrested is the same Saif al-Adel who was indicted for his role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa.

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  1. Gaadffly

    They will probably let him go and concentrate on trying the U.S, citizens they have charged with anti-government activities.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. JuneCleaversBeaver

    Just waiting for the president's apology for this one.....

    February 29, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • sameeker

      How many Al Qaeda members did bu$h get?

      February 29, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • stateschool

      I find it pathetic that so many conservatives can't even get behind the arrest of an Al Queda terrorist under Obama's leadership. Anti-terrorism isn't a partisan issue, and you should be glad as an AMERICAN that we bagged this clown, regardless of who is in the White House.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Same old repurbtards soin

      February 29, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack 63

      Acually I am waiting for Obama to say he gave the order for the capture.

      February 29, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Gee, a president that is human and shows it.
      I am waiting for Former President Bush to say sorry for sending our soldiers to war over oil.

      February 29, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You owe the world an apology for that username...lol!

      February 29, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sagebrush Shorty

    He will escape of course.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. 28mAmerican

    Seriously, is any one surprised? Americans who they begged for help to over throw their gov are getting charged.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. AaronT3

    To be clear JuneCleaversBeaver, under President Obama 24 of the Top 35 al Qaeda leaders have been "processed" without starting a $3 Trillion dollar war unlike your Bush guy. Bush left this wonderful country nearly as decimated as he left thousands of military families without catching ONE al Qaeda member. I'll take President Obama over ANY GOP Republican Tea Bag..

    February 29, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    @sameeker: He got a lot of them. This is EGYPT's first. But he will be let loose soon and the news will not follow up on it. As the norm.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    According to some commentators,he will soon be released. If true, why arrest him at all?

    February 29, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joseph mason

    We shouldnt be arresting them we should be executeing them

    February 29, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. NOT SURE????

    i know ill make a story up because theres nothing to go on & thats even w the african embossy gossip

    February 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Africa has an embassy? Really?

      February 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan©

      @banasy...no, they have an embossy. It's different.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. high hopes

    Good to see Egypt is acting like an ally in helping capture these terrorists…


    What is it that they do? Harbour them!

    Congrats and many thanks to Egypt...


    February 29, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    lmao @ banasy, you funny girl, that was cute!

    February 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    Updated on the main site, they say it's not him. Just somebody who looked like him.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. high hopes


    The travel ban against the 27 Americans held in Egypt was just lifted!

    That's something to celebrate!!!

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Happy Leap Year Day!

    February 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greek American

    Of course we can't go too long now without seeing the latest and greatest GOP campaign strategy: some Tea Bagger whining about how we apologized about burning some books. Waahhhhhh!!! Please get a life and go back to your FUX NEWS and war mongering.

    February 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    It turned out to be a false alarm. A case of mistaken ident ity, so they say.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
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