Heard about this this morning - great news. Although “operative” is not quite accurate - he’s actually the operational planner for al-Qaeda, thought to be logistically behind not only 9/11, but also the Cole, the embassies, and probably to some extent the 1993 WTC bombing. He would of course be the mastermind of most future major operations, so getting him is, practically speaking, even more important than getting bin Laden himself. I was having my doubts about the real level of Pakistan’s cooperation in our campaign (the ISI, Pak’s intelligence service, not only put the Taliban in power, but also has large swaths of Islamist sympathizers in its ranks - also, many al-Qaeda members are thought to be harbored in NW Pak after having fled from Afghanistan), but they certainly delivered the goods on this one. So a huge thank you from an American to all who helped capture this asshole is in order.
Of course, as always, there is sadly more work to do.