More good news omitted from the MSM:
US captures senior al Qaeda leader Mohammad Rahim
By Bill Roggio
March 14, 2008 7:29 PM
The US has captured a senior al Qaeda leader with close links to Osama bin Laden and has transferred him to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Department of Defense reported today. Muhammad Rahim al Afghani, a senior aide to bin Laden, was captured in August 2007.
GITMO…uh oh, the anti-war moonbats will be pissed….
Rahim was described as a “high-value” individual by Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman in a press briefing today that announced Rahim’s transfer to the military detention facility. “Prior to his arrival in Guantanamo, he has been held in CIA custody,” Whitman said, indicating he has been interrogated by the CIA for eight months.
Whitman described Rahim as “one of (Osama bin Laden’s) most trusted facilitators and procurement specialists.” Rahim is from Nangahar province, Afghanistan, and joined al Qaeda in the mid-1990s. He served as a procurement agent, and then later as a courier for bin Laden. Rahim also helped facilitate bin Laden’s escape during the 2002 battle in Tora Bora in Nangahar province.
Just prior to his capture, Rahim was providing aid to Taliban, al Qaeda, and allied extremist groups operating in Afghanistan. “He had knowledge of or was involved in al Qaeda attacks planned against coalition forces in Afghanistan,” Whitman said. Rahim also obtained chemicals for an al Qaeda plot to attack US forces in 2002, likely making him a close associate of Abu Khabab, al Qaeda’s weapons of mass destruction expert. He also attempt to recruit Afghan local with access to US bases to assist in the 2002 plot.
Rahim is also said to be a close associate of Abd al Hadi al Iraqi. Hadi was one of Osama bin Laden’s senior deputies. Hadi, a former major in the Iraqi Army during the rule of Saddam Hussein, was al Qaeda’s internal operations chief and served as an instructor as well as the commander of several al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan. He sat on al Qaeda’s Shura Majlis, or ruling council. Hadi was captured either in 2006 or early 2007 while attempting to re-enter Iraq. He was personally chosen by bin Laden to monitor al Qaeda operations in Iraq.
That information comes from Bill Roggio’s site, which I’ve cited several times on this blog. He’s a former Soldier turned-journalist who’s embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. His dispatches and analysis are some of the best I’ve seen.
Congratulations on snagging another HVT! (High-Value Target)