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    443 Al Qaeda suspects handed over to US By Qudssia Akhlaque ISLAMABAD, Jan 5: Pakistan has handed over 443 suspected Al Qaeda operatives to US authorities till
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      443 Al Qaeda suspects handed over to US


      By Qudssia Akhlaque

      ISLAMABAD, Jan 5: Pakistan has handed over 443 suspected Al Qaeda
      operatives to US authorities till to date, it was reliably learnt
      here on Sunday.

      Defence sources told Dawn that Pakistan authorities arrested more
      than 500 Al Qaeda members since the launch of US-led anti-terror
      campaign in Afghanistan. Of these, 443 have been remanded to the
      custody of US authorities, they said.

      Pakistan authorities, who are working in close coordination with the
      US security agencies, made the arrests during a series of search
      operations in various parts of the country, including the tribal
      areas. Special forces and military intelligence (MI), sources said,
      conduct the joint operations.

      American authorities have transported the suspects to some
      undisclosed foreign destination for interrogation.

      According to MI sources, the arrested suspects belong to 18
      different countries, including Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya,
      Morocco, Chechnya and France. Most of the suspected Al Qaeda members
      handed over to the US authorities were Arab nationals with Yemenese
      topping the list. However, the exact nationality breakdown was not
      made known.

      So far, the highest-ranking Al Qaeda associate apprehended by
      Pakistani authorities is Abu Zubaydah, who is considered to be the
      right hand man of Osama bin Laden. He was arrested last year in
      March during a midnight raid in Faisalabad.

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top2.htm&date=20030106

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      Hot pursuit to continue quietly
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      Staff Reporter
      WASHINGTON, Jan 5: President Gen Pervez Musharraf and United
      States Secretary of State Colin Powell have agreed that hot
      pursuit of the Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters across the Pakistan-
      Afghan border will continue but quietly, diplomatic sources told
      Dawn.

      The two leaders have spoken twice since Dec 29, when a clash
      between US and Pakistani troops in North Waziristan strained
      relations between the two allies.....

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top3.htm&date=20030106


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