Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, July 9th, 2020

QuettaArrest, Another Fatal Loss to Al-Qaeda

The al-Qaeda muststill be condoling and shedding tears in sorrow of its leader Osama bin Laden who was killed in Abbottabad of Pakistan on May 2, this year and his body thrown in the sea. Yet, there is another bad news for world's top terror network. Recently, the Pakistan military announced that it has, in cooperation from US intelligence, arrested three important figures working for Al-Qaeda.

The arrest has taken place in Ghouss Abad area of Quetta city of Pakistan on the unknown date and a senior Al-Qaeda leader, Younis Al Mauritani mainly responsible for planning and conduct of international operations along with two other senior Al-Qaeda operatives, AbdulGhaffar Al Shami (Bachar Chama) and Messara Al Shami (Mujahid Amino) have been captured.

It is again in Pakistan. In the last ten years dozens of important Al-Qaeda and Taliban members have been nabbed or killed. The amazing point is that, most of the arrests and killings have taken place in Pakistan.

Although the US-Pakistan relations have gone through a bitter phase after the death of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan has been credited for capturing so many figures connected to terrorists groups. For current arrest too, the credit goes to the Pakistan security forces and its intelligence.

But considering the huge number of terrorists believed to have hidden in Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkha provinces of Pakistan, the rate of arrests appears to be quit negligible. It implies that our neighbor should go for more against extremists connected to Taliban and Al-Qaeda and Haqqani networks for its own and region's safety.

The current arrest has taken place in Quetta city where, according to many, the Quetta Shura of Taliban exists since long. It is quite easy forAl-Qaeda members to hide in this city as not only Taliban but also other smaller groups of militants are connected to them. The existence of a large of number of terrorists is signaled by the deteriorating security condition of Baluchistan.

The death of Osama bin Laden and killings or arrests of other Al-Qaeda members have caused fatal losses to this network and have reduced probabilities of terror attacks on the Western countries including the US.