Pakistan's ISI working in co-operation with the C.I.A. giving "technical assistance" to the ISI has taken a high ranking Al-Qaeda operative, Younis Al-Mauritani, into custody in Quetta, Pakistan according to BBC reports and a New York Post report this morning. He was arrested with two other Al-Qaeda affiliates, Abdul Ghaffar al-Shami and Messari al-Shami. Younis al-Mauritani was the member of Al-Qaeda that was tasked with causing damage to critical infrastructure and of economic interests in the United States, other western European countries, and in Australia.
In this Der Spiegel article dated May 9, 2011 Younis al-Mauritani is identified as instrumental in helping to set up German Al Qaida cells and is also identified with helping the 9/11 high-jackers do computer simulation.
My question is how long have our good "friends" in the Pakistani ISI known that they were harbouring this man? My guess is that they have known this all along considering that this man was so closely affiliated with Osama Bin-Laden and was known to have helped train the German cell that included the 9/11 high-jackers. After all it was not that hard for Der Spiegel to write this article so how hard could it have been for the ISI to get this information when it was happening in their own country.
UPDATE: I had read an article by Florian Flade the last week of August that also speaks of Younis Al- Mauritani's importance to Al-Qaeda and to Osama Bin Laden in particular. The article by Florian is based on the intelligence taken from the Bin Laden compound when is was raided by our SEAL team. Floran writes really good articles about terrorism in Europe and Germany.
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