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U.S. official: Bin Laden spokesman caught in Jordan

By Lara Jakes

AP National Security Writer

LAST UPDATED: 06:25 a.m. HST, Mar 07, 2013

WASHINGTON » Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by U.S. intelligence officials, a senior congressman said today, calling it a "very significant victory" in the ongoing fight against al-Qaida.

Rep. Peter King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, credited the CIA and FBI with catching Sulaiman Abu Ghaith in Jordan within the last week. He said the capture was confirmed to him by U.S. law enforcement officials.

King, R-N.Y., said Ghaith took part in the Sept. 11, 2001, plot against the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

"Definitely, one by one, we are getting the top echelons of al-Qaida," King said today. "I give the (Obama) administration credit for this: it's steady and it's unrelenting and it's very successful."

The Turkish newspaper Hürriyet reported that Ghaith was passing through Jordan, on his way to Kuwait, shortly after leaving Turkey.

The newspaper said that Ghaith was taken into custody more than a month ago at a luxury hotel in in Ankara, the Turkish capital. But Turkish officials decided he had not committed any crime in Turkey, and released him, the newspaper reported.

In Ankara, Turkish officials refused to confirm Ghaith's deportation or his capture in Jordan to The Associated Press. In Amman, the Jordanian capital, a security official said he had no information on the CIA arrest in Jordan.

U.S. intelligence officials in Washington did not immediately respond to request for information about Ghaith.

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Slow wrote:
It is too bad that I find it startling to read about a Republican praising the President. Maybe the crippling tide of partisanship could be receding. Any time one party acknowledges the positive in the other party is good.
on March 7,2013 | 05:45AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Why didn't they just use a drone on the bugga? Now we're going to have to spend money on a trial.
on March 7,2013 | 06:00AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
How is it that the US can go and arrest someone in another Country and with "claims" that he was part of the 'plot' in the 911, 2001 event. Does the US have evidence of his complicity? I don't think so. Maybe this is just a Plot on the US side to get him, even though innocent. I don't have any proof but that doesn't stop the US doing it the same way. The US can be arresting people forever by just "saying" they 'plotted', with no evidence and needing none. What if one was to "claim" that the US is plotting, planning, conspiring and intending to arrest innocent people they don't like. Don't ask for proof because the US don't need or provide proof when they say things. Pity.
on March 7,2013 | 10:10AM
cojef wrote:
Other news sources indicate that Turkey did not have any extradition agreement with the US, where as Jordon had and as a consequence Turkey released Ghaith to the Jordians after the turks arrested him. The article indicate caught in Jordan, but such is not case according to the other sources. More like handed over from Turkey after arrest there and transferred to the Jordians and then to us. More as a matter of diplomatic agreements between Governments. Like you scratch my back, I yours.
on March 7,2013 | 10:14AM
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