Pakistan Announces Top Al Qaeda Suspect Arrested

30 July 2004 | DemocracyNow!

Follows-up: “Bush Coordinating War on Terror With Election”

In other news, the Pakistani interior minister announced yesterday that a top member of Al Qaeda had been captured in Central Pakistan. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was on the FBI’s most wanted list in connection with the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. This marks the most significant Al Qaeda arrest since Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was detained over a year ago.

Although Ghailani was arrested on Sunday, Pakistan did not announce his arrest until yesterday, on the same day of John Kerry’s acceptance speech.

The arrest appears to confirm an explosive article titled “The July Surprise” that appeared earlier this month in the New Republic.

The article charged that the Bush administration has been pressuring Pakistan to deliver a so-called “High Value Target” before November — ideally during the Democratic National Convention in an attempt to eclipse John Kerry’s moment in the national spotlight.

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