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Afghanistan's Northern Alliance Reportedly Captured Several Top AL-Qaida Leaders - 2001-11-29


The Los Angeles Times (newspaper) reports that Afghanistan's Northern Alliance has captured several top members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network.

According to the report, published today (Thursday), one of the detainees was Ahmed Omar Abdel-Rahman, the son of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman - the blind Muslim cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to blow up New York landmarks.

The Los Angeles Times quoted U-S intelligence sources as saying the junior Abdel-Rahman was a high-profile figure in bin Laden's terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. He reportedly was involved in recruiting for the al-Qaida network.

The reports say the U-S Defense Intelligence Agency informed the C-I-A that the 35-year old man was in custody. The Northern Alliance --according to the report-- is holding the younger Abdel-Rahman at an undisclosed location.

But, the newspaper says the C-I-A could not confirm the arrest.

Identities of other al-Qaida operatives, reportedly captured by the Northern Alliance, have not been revealed.

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