Pakistan proved hunting point for top 8 al-Qaida leaders since 9/11 (2)

08:29, May 04, 2011      

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The arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, one of the al-Qaeda's top four characters, in March 2003 from Islamabad's adjacent city of Rawalpindi was the highest profile success of the time.

The highest importance of 25 million dollar head money man was measured when former U.S. President J.W. Bush announced his arrest and said U.S. has got the mastermind of 9/11 attacks.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the suspect of planning of attacks on U. S. embassy in Kenya in 1998, was handed over to America after Pakistani forces arrested him from the country's eastern border city of Gujrat in July 2004.

In May 2005, Pakistani forces succeeded to arrest al-Qaida number three leader Abu Faraj al-Libi, the in-charge of al-Qaida in Pakistan and allegedly responsible of attacks at Pakistan's then president Pervez Musharraf. Both Pakistan and U.S. had announced head money for his arrest.

In 2008, American forces raised the number of drone strikes in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas to hunt the al-Qaida militants.

Abu Lais al-Libi was the first-ever al-Qaida's main commander who was hit by the drone missile in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan, during the last week of January of 2008.

In May 2010, al-Qaida had to face a big loss when a missile fired from the pilotless U.S. drone killed its senior most leader Mustafa Al Yazid in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas. He appeared as the in-charge of operations in Afghanistan, and the number three in rank after the death of Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri following Osama and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Source: Xinhua
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