In the past 72 hours, Pakistani officials made several more arrests of alleged Al-Qaeda members. Pakistani Officials do not provide the identities of
the men charged, with the exception of a Syrian. These arrests follow the recent capture of Ahmed Ghaliani, who was wanted for the embassy bombings
in Africa and also the capture of man responsible for the raised threat level in the U.S.A. The men arrested are said to have ties with known
Al-Qaeda members. It is being stated that two of the men captured are high ranking Al-Qaeda members with bounties on their heads.
One of the men arrested identified himself as a Syrian named Juma Ibrahim. He was taken in Sunday in Hafizabad, a town near the eastern city of
Lahore, said district police chief Aslam Ghauri. He said the man told authorities that he was in the town for business, but had no references and
could not say who he was meeting with, Ghauri said.
The man has been turned over to Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan's spy agency, Ghauri said.
The senior government official said another man had been arrested trying to board a plane in Lahore with several questionable documents. He would give
"Yes, we have made several arrests of al-Qaida linked people," said the official. It was not clear where the other arrest was made or how
significant the suspects are.
The official said they were believed linked to other al-Qaida suspects taken in recently, including a computer expert arrested July 13 that has been
identified as Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan, also known as Abu Talha.
Information provided by Khan, as well as another al-Qaida suspect, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian arrested July 25, was a major factor in the
decision by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to issue a warning about a possible al-Qaida attack on prominent financial institutions in New
York, Washington and Newark, New Jersey.
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Pakistan is definitely a hotbed of terrorism and should be the focus of the War on Terrorism, along with Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia. However of all
the countries guilty of allowing extreme ideology to influence their masses, Pakistan seems to be making the greatest effort of fighting it.
Musharraf is truly our ally in this fight, but how long will Musharraf remain in power? Assassination attempts have been made against him and his
cabinet, and it is only a matter of time, before a change in the political atmosphere in the country occurs. How long can we count on Pakistan's
alliance and what happens when we don't have it anymore?
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[edit on 8-3-2004 by worldwatcher]