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Senior Al-Qaeda operatives' arrest in Pak due to ISI-CIA cooperation: Haqqani

Washington, Tue, 06 Sep 2011 ANI

Washington, Sept 6(ANI): Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has said that cooperation between US and Pakistani intelligence services resulted in the arrest of three senior Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan.


Al Qaeda's 'external operations' commander Younis al-Mauritani, allegedly responsible for conducting international operations and had received instructions from bin Laden to hit American, European and Australian economic interests, was arrested from suburbs of Quetta, the Pakistan military announced on Monday.


Two other senior Al Qaeda operatives- Abdul Ghaffar Al Shami (Bachar Chama ) and Messara Al Shami (Mujahid Amino) were also reportedly detained at the same time from suburbs of Quetta.


"This operation was planned and conducted with technical assistance of United States intelligence agencies with whom (Pakistan's) Inter-Services Intelligence agency has a strong, historic intelligence relationship," the Pakistan military said in a statement.


Haqqani wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter that this latest counter-terrorism success speaks of close cooperation between the ISI and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Nation reports.


"Latest Al-Qaeda related arrests in Quetta reflect Pakistan resolve to continue efforts against global terrorism" the Pakistani envoy remarked. (ANI)


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