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August 25, 2004

Hoo Boy: Pakistan Says Some "High-Value" AQ Targets Already Arrested, To Be Revealed at a "Later Date"

Josh Marshall's widdle head just exploded:

As Pakistan continues its relentless campaign against al-Qaeda, diplomatic circles in Islamabad and Washington believe that some "high-value" targets might already have been arrested to be produced at a later date.

At the same time, the strongest-ever operation in the country against jihadi forces is seen as a preemptive strike against a backlash in the event of a high-value target being caught.

On Monday, the Pakistani army said security forces had killed four suspected al-Qaeda members and captured two others in a raid in the tribal regions of Northern Waziristan. Hundreds of security forces backed by helicopter gunships took part in the raid, according to official reports.

This follows news on Sunday of the arrest of more than 10 suspects believed to be involved in a plot to bomb high-profile targets in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, including the US Embassy and the official residences of Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf. (Such plans were revealed by Asia Times Online, Fear stalks Pakistan's anniversary, August 14.)

I question the "timing" of these arrests and the not-immediate-announcement of same. Hell, you'd think the Pakistanis were secretly interrogating the captured Qaedas so that they could make more arrests before letting out the knowledge that cells had been compromised.

That, or the ISI is working for Karl Rove.

You make the call.

Credibility Watch: Allah, Who Is Wise About the Relative Credibility of Media Sources, tells me Asia Times (where this story is from) is notoriously given to running thinly-sourced sensationalistic stories, like AQ's frequent claims of already having one or several working atomic bombs.

Even so, Josh Marshall's head just exploded.


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