Key al-Qaida, Taliban arrested, killed in Pakistan

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Posted: May 03, 2011 11:27 AM
Key al-Qaida, Taliban arrested, killed in Pakistan

A look at the senior al-Qaida and Taliban commanders killed or arrested in Pakistan since the Sept. 11 attacks:

May 2011

_ Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida, was killed in a raid by U.S. Navy Seals in the northwestern city of Abbottabad.

May 2010

_ Mustafa al-Yazid, al-Qaida's No. 3 leader and top commander in Afghanistan, was killed in a missile strike in the North Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border.

February 2010

_ Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's No. 2 leader and top military commander, was captured in Karachi.

_ Mullah Abdul Kabir, the top Taliban commander in eastern Afghanistan, was arrested at an unknown location.

December 2009

_ Saleh al-Somali, a top al-Qaida commander responsible for the group's operations outside Pakistan and Afghanistan, was killed in a missile strike.

August 2009

_ Baitullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed in a missile strike in the South Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border.

January 2009

_ Usama al-Kini, a top al-Qaida operative suspected of involvement in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa, was killed in a missile strike.

Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan, a top al-Qaida operative suspected of involvement in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa, was killed in a missile strike.

October 2008

_ Abu Jihad al-Masri, a top al-Qaida operative, was killed in a missile strike in North Waziristan.

September 2008

_ Abu Haris, a senior al-Qaida commander who led the group's operations in Pakistan's tribal areas, was killed in a missile strike in North Waziristan.

July 2008

_ Abu Khabab al-Masri, a top al-Qaida commander responsible for the group's chemical and biological weapons efforts, was killed in a missile strike in South Waziristan.

January 2008

_ Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan, was killed in a missile strike in North Waziristan.

December 2005

_ Hamza Rabia, a senior al-Qaida commander, was killed in a missile strike in North Waziristan.

May 2005

_ Abu Farraj al-Libbi, al-Qaida's No. 3 leader, was detained in northwestern Pakistan.

July 2004

_ Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, an al-Qaida operative suspected in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa, was arrested after a gunbattle in Gujrat in eastern Pakistan.

June 2004

_ Nek Mohammed, a top Taliban commander, was killed in a missile strike in South Waziristan.

March 2003

_ Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, was captured in Rawalpindi.

Sept. 2002

_ Ramzi Binalshibh, a would-be Sept. 11 hijacker who could not get into the United States, was detained in Karachi.

March 2002

_ Abu Zubaydah, al-Qaida's suspected financier, was arrested in Faisalabad.