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    Apr 1, 2004
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      Al Qaeda spy killed was a local operative, says ISPR
      Staff Reporter
      ISLAMABAD, March 30: Army on Tuesday distanced itself from an earlier
      claim that Al Qaeda's intelligence chief Abdullah was killed in the
      operation against terrorists in South Waziristan.

      Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen
      Shaukat Sultan told newsmen that Abdullah was not a front-line leader
      of Al Qaeda but a 'local operative' who had been working for the
      terrorist group for some time.

      The ISPR chief had said in a press briefing at the Foreign Office on
      Monday that troops had succeeded in killing Al Qaeda's spy
      chief. "The man identified only as 'Mr Abdullah' was merely a small-
      time local operative," he said on Tuesday.

      Sources here said Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah was on the "most wanted
      list" of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). "He is not
      really the intelligence chief for all Al Qaeda, but one of the top
      intelligence people in Wana for Al Qaeda," the ISPR chief added.

      Gen Sultan refused to say if the military had found Abdullah's body,
      saying he had no details about the full name, nationality and
      identity of the man. Some 63 militants were killed and 166 local and
      foreign fighters, including Afghans, Arabs, Chechens, Uighurs from
      China and Uzbeks were captured in the operation, which was wound up
      on Sunday, Gen Sultan said.

      The spokesman said that at least 46 troops had been killed and 26
      wounded, adding that, it was Pakistan's worst toll in its two-year
      hunt for Al Qaeda fighters. The government, Gen Sultan said, had
      suspended the operation to give time to tribal elders to play their
      role to persuade foreign militants to surrender.


      Al Qaeda can't provoke Pakistani soldiers: US
      By Anwar Iqbal
      WASHINGTON, March 30: The United States has rejected the
      suggestion that an Al Qaeda tape provoking Pakistani soldiers to
      revolt against President Pervez Musharraf could have a negative
      impact on the Pakistan Army.....




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