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Friday, March 19, 2004

Zawahiri surrounded? 

There are currently suggestions that Pakistani troops could be on the verge of capturing a major al-Qaeda target in an offensive in Waziristan Province, along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.

Pakistan believes it has surrounded "a high value target", possibly al-Qaeda's #2 Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, the intellectual power behind al-Qaeda spiritual leader Usama bin Laden. This offensive is part of an offensive that involves American and allied troops on the Afghanistan to seal off escape routes that allowed al-Qaeda's leaders to escape into Afghanistan in 2001. At that time, Pakistani troops were diverted to the eastern border after a terrorist attack against Indian interests ignited long-standing animosity between the two countries.

In recent years, Usama bin Laden's propaganda videos have typically shown the terrorist leader flanked by Dr Zawahiri and Suleiman Abu Gheith, who is now in custody. The capture of Dr Zawahiri would be a very major blow in the War on Terror.
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