In a welcome blow against the al Qaeda terrorist netword that, unlike Iraq, was actually responsible for the 9/11 attacks, US and Pakistani agents have nabbed senior al Qaeda figure Khalid Sheik Mohammed in Pakistan, who is said to have orchestrated that attack and others, including the bombing of the USS Cole and the kidnapping and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl among others.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed is believed to have detailed knowledge of al Qaeda operations and apparently is undergoing interrogation in US custody at an undisclosed location outside Pakistan. A computer and written records were also siezed in the raid. His capture could lead to the identification and disruption of al Qaeda operations in the United States and elsewhere.
Here's CNN's coverage, and the story in the local paper.
I've been critical of the War on Terror, especially as I believe--as I still do--that attention focused on Iraq would serve our security interests better by nailing bin Laden, bringing democracy to Afghanistan and destroying Taliban and al Qaeda elements along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border once and for all. However, I certainly want to give credit where it's due, and this development is undeniably a major step forward, especially as it's speculated that Mohammend may have information as to bin Laden's fate or whereabouts. I applaud the US and Pakistani intelligence and defense forces that made this arrest possible, and congratulate the Bush Administration on a significant victory in the War on Terror.