Tuesday, May 10, 2005

3rd In Command

Maybe not.
The high-profile bust of Al Qaeda's supposed 3rd in command is maybe not so much:
Dubai, 9 May (AKI) - Abu al-Faraj al-Libbi, the alleged al-Qaeda leader arrested in Pakistan last week, is not the terror network's N. 3, according to European secret service sources, quoted by the pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. After he was captured in Mardan by Pakistani security forces, al-Libbi was presented by Pakistani officials and later by the Bush administration, as the third most powerful figure within the al-Qaeda hierarchy.

An unidentified "senior" European intelligence source told Al-Sharq al-Awsat that there had been a case of mistaken identitiy - he argued that the real N. 3 was Abu Anas al-Libbi, not Abu al-Faraj al-Libbi. This theory first appeared last week in Pakistani newspapers close to extremist groups but it is disputed by Pakistani officials who maintain that Abu Anas, is yet another name used by Abu al-Faraj.
I'm sure a little torture will uncover the truth here.

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