Washington: The US on Monday appreciated
Pakistani intelligence agencies for capturing senior al Qaeda
leader Younis al-Mauritani, who was tasked by Osama bin Laden
to focus on hitting targets of economic importance in America,
Europe and Australia.
"This is an example of the longstanding partnership
between the US and Pakistan in fighting terrorism, which has
taken many terrorists off the battlefield over the past
decade," the White House spokesman, Josh Earnest said.
"We applaud the actions of Pakistan`s intelligence and
security services that led to the capture of a senior
al-Qa`ida operative who was involved in planning attacks
against the interests of the United States and many other
countries," Earnest told reporters travelling with the US
President Barack Obama to New Jersey.
The Pakistani Army in a statement said that it has
captured al-Mauritani, who it said had been tasked by Osama
bin Laden with targeting economic interests in the United
States, Europe and Australia.
The other two individuals, arrested by Pakistan, were not