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Monday, March 8, 2010

Confusion Reigns: American-born Terrorist Captured in Pakistan May Not be Adam Gadahn

Yesterday we reported that American-born Al-Qaeda terrorist Adam Gadahn had been captured by Pakistani authorities. Now, it appears the man captured may not be Gadahn, but a different American-born terrorist:

Some Pakistani officials had said on Sunday that Adam Gadahn, a California-born convert to Islam with a $1 million U.S. bounty on his head, had been arrested on the outskirts of the city of Karachi.


But a senior government official and two security agents said on Monday the suspected al Qaeda operative picked up in Karachi was not Gadahn.


"Our initial impression was that the guy was Adam Gadahn but that information now looks incorrect," said one security official, who declined to be identified. The arrested man was believed to be an American who goes by the alias Abu Yahya, the officials said. Gadahn is known to have used a similar alias.


"Probably the name and his origin caused the confusion," the first official said.


He declined to speculate about the identity of the arrested man except to say he was apparently an American al Qaeda operative.


"We don't know yet how big a catch he is," he said. . . MORE

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