al Qaeda Operative Arrest May Yield Significant Intel

Excellent piece by Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball at Newsweek. U.S. intelligence officials appear to have obtained access to what could turn out to be a significant trove of phone numbers, photographs and documents detailing the links between Al Qaeda’s leaders in northwest Pakistan and the terror group’s increasingly menacing affiliate in Yemen, two counter-terrorism sources tell Declassified.

In late January, an Al Qaeda operative headed from Pakistan on his way to Yemen was arrested in the Persian Gulf country of Oman, a U.S. counter-terrorism official confirmed.

There has been no public announcement of the arrest. But in a possible indication of the operative’s importance, just a few days later, two postings on a jihadi web forum suggested that Al Qaeda leaders were worried and wanted their “commanders” to take immediate precautions.The postings stated that the “captured brother” — identified as a “field commander” named Abdullah Saleh al-Eidan who went by the name of “Barud”- – was “on his way back from Afghanistan” and had been turned over to Saudi authorities.

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