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Bin Laden Son-in-law in Custody

March 7, 2013

An Al-Qaida spokesman and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden was captured in Jordan, U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., announced Thursday.

"I commend our CIA and FBI, our allies in Jordan, and President Obama for their capture of al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith," said King, a member of the Homeland Security Committee. "I trust he received a vigorous interrogation, and will face swift and certain justice."

U.S. officials confirmed that Ghaith was in U.S. custody, but did not say exactly where he was being held, NBC News reported.

Ghaith was captured last week in a joint operation of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization and the CIA, Today's Zaman reported Thursday.

The U.S. officials, speaking anonymously, told NBC News that Turkish authorities captured Ghaith in the Ankara area, where a court ruled he used a fake passport to enter the country illegally.

The Turkish government then deported Abu Ghaith to his home country of Kuwait, but arranged for him to travel through Jordan, where U.S. authorities took him into custody, officials said.

Evan Kohlmann, a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News, said Ghaith went off the grid after 2002.

"Nobody's heard a peep. Some people thought he was being held prisoner in Iran, others thought he might be dead," Kohlmann said. "The Iran thesis might be taking on more credibility now, especially given that he just showed up in Turkey seemingly right out of thin air.



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