Key al Qaeda leader in US custody

One of the most important field operatives for al Qaeda has been captured. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi is in the thick of the terrorist network from plotting assassinations to directing cross-border attacks on Afghanistan from Pakistan, and was en route to take over operations in Iraq when captured.

Reuters reports:

An Iraqi al Qaeda member accused of assassination plots against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and other attacks was transferred by the CIA to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo this week, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was also accused of commanding al Qaeda’s paramilitary operations in Afghanistan and launching attacks on U.S. and coalition forces from Pakistan, the Defense Department said.

Al-Hadi was detained trying to get back into Iraq to “manage al Qaeda’s affairs” there, according to Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.

The Pentagon would not say when he was captured.

Read the full story at the above link. Most interesting is the announcement. The usual practice with “high value” al Qaeda members is to keep their capture under wraps if possible, so as not to alert the network to change its practices before the detainee talks.

He’s being transferred to Gitmo, unless the Democrats in Congress can arrange his release on probation first.

Political Judo, Part Two: Reciprocity is a female canine
Putin: Russia will "counter" US missile shield