Pentagon: Top al-Qaida Operative Escaped

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  1. poncho

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    By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press Writer
    Tue Nov 1,11:08 PM ET

    FORT BLISS, Texas - A man once considered a top al-Qaida operative escaped from a U.S.-run detention facility in Afghanistan and cannot testify against the soldier who allegedly mistreated him, a defense lawyer involved in a prison abuse case said Tuesday.

    Omar al-Farouq was one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in the summer of 2002 and turned him over to the United States.

    A Pentagon official in Washington confirmed Tuesday evening that al-Farouq escaped from a U.S. detention facility in Bagram, Afghanistan, on July 10. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.

    An Army lawyer for Sgt. Alan J. Driver, a reservist accused of abusing Bagram detainees, asked Tuesday where al-Farouq was and what the Army had done to find him in time for Driver's court proceedings.

    Capt. John B. Parker, a prosecutor, said al-Farouq and three others escaped from the Bagram detention center and have not been found.

    "If we find him ... we will make him available," Parker said.

    Associated Press

    I wonder if they really had him in custody at all. Another shadowy 'Goldstien' figure like Al Zarqawi that has been captured and/or killed numerous times already?
     
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