US 'captures Al-Qaeda commander'

Abdal Hadi al-Iraqi was caught while he was trying to reach Iraq, the Pentagon says.

    The captured al-Qaeda commander has been taken to the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba [AP]
    Al-Iraqi, who was held by the CIA before being turned over to US military authorities, was in charge of cross-border attacks against "coalition forces", working directly with the Taliban from 2002-2004, Whitman said.
     
    "He also in recent years was involved in plots to assassinate perceived opponents of al-Qaeda to include Pakistan President Musharraf as well as other officials."
     
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    Whitman declined to comment on when and where al-Iraqi was captured or whether US forces were directly involved in the capture.
     
    Al-Iraqi also met al-Qaeda members in Iran, but Whitman would not say when.
     
    A factsheet released by the Pentagon said al-Iraqi believed that al-Qaeda members in Iran "should be doing more with the fight, including supporting efforts in Iraq and causing problems within Iran".
     
    Before September 11, 2001, he was a member of the al-Qaeda military committee that oversaw military and guerrilla operations and paramilitary training, according to the Pentagon.
     
    He also was a member of a 10-member group of advisers to Osama bin Laden, and was known and trusted by the al-Qaeda leader and Ayman Al-Zawahiri, his deputy, the Pentagon said.
     
    Al-Iraqi was born in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in 1961 and served in the Iraqi military before going to Afghanistan where he spent 15 years, it said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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