posted on Mar, 18 2004 @ 11:48 AM
Sources indicate that Ayman al-Zawahri, the 2nd in command of Al-Qaeda and a known
friend of Osama bin Laden, has been surrounded and is near capture on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. He is reportedly with around 20 Al Qaeda
fighters. The Pakistani army has been pounding an area of about 25 square kilometers, and it is reported that a fierce battle is ongoing between
military troops and bodyguards. President Musharref said earlier that he "believes a high Value Al-Qaeda member is being protected by fighters."
and the intelligence has come true.
The individuals in question are "holed up" in a mud shack along the border in one of the most remote areas of the country. The Pakistani army has
them surrounded, and has given a deadline of 7am GMT (2am EST) to surrernder or face a full armed assault.
This is being called a Pakistani operation, with no US troops involved. However, some sources say US Special Forces are lending support to the
"We feel that there may be a high-value target," Musharraf told CNN early Thursday. "I can't say who." Over the course of the day, it has been
confirmed that Al-Zawahiri is the target.
The military asked locals to leave and is flying helicopters overhead, "pounding" the area with artillery.
Word of the standoff comes after Pakistan announced it has launched a fresh offensive against suspected militants near the Afghan border.
FBI Most wanted file about Al-Zawahiri
TerrorAnalysis.com Fact Sheet on Al-Zawahiri
[Edited on 19-3-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 19-3-2004 by SkepticOverlord]