This is the latest indication that the Pakistanis have been hosting Al Qaeda all along. As soon as their government decided instead to fight them, suddenly *poof* they’re everywhere.
Sources: U.S.-born al-Qaida spokesman caught
Gadahn, 31, reportedly held in Pakistan; $1 million reward on his head
KARACHI, Pakistan – Adam Yahiye Gadahn, a U.S.-born spokesman for al-Qaida, has been captured in Pakistan, government sources said Sunday.
Gadahn was arrested in recent days, two officers who took part in the operation told The Associated Press. A senior government official also confirmed the arrest. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
An intelligence source confirmed the report to NBC News, adding that Gadahn was detained in Sohrab Goth, a suburb of Karachi, and was later moved to the capital Islamabad.
The arrest is a major victory in the U.S.-led battle against al-Qaida and will be taken as a sign that Pakistan is cooperating more fully with Washington. It follows the recent detentions of several Afghan Taliban commanders in Karachi . .
A U.S. court charged Gadahn with treason in 2006, making him the first American to face such a charge in more than 50 years. He could face the death penalty if convicted. He was also charged with two counts of providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Gadahn, 31, grew up on a goat farm in Riverside County, Calif., and converted to Islam at a mosque in nearby Orange County . .
Psychologically, this will be a bit of a blow to the wingnuts. If only the Bush Administration had pulled this off, catching the treasonous terrorist Muslim moonbat. Their reactions will have to be muted, and then they’ll have to work to disconnect Obama from it somehow . .
CORRECTION: The militant is apparently not Gadahn as was previously reported everywhere:
Now, CBS News’ Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad writes that earlier reports the detained individual was Gadahn proved false. According to a Pakistan security official who spoke with CBS News on condition of anonymity, the arrested individual is in fact “a Taliban militant leader who is known as Abu Yahya.”
Website Dawn.com had further reported that Abu Yahya and Gadahn were the same person but were also incorrect. Too bad, woulda been good news.