Friday, July 30, 2004


Pakistan's HVT announcement timed for the Democratic Convention

Loyal readers will remember "Buying an HVT for the Democratic Convention" in which I wrote about Bush demands on Pakistan to produce a "high-value target" (HVT) to grab the media focus from the Democratic Convention.

Pakistan has delivered, and on time—the day of Kerry's acceptance speech. The HVT is Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, also known as "Foopie," "Fupi" and "Ahmed the Tanzanian." The U.S. had offered a $25 million prize for his capture.

Foopie has been wanted in the U.S. since his indictment in 1998 for alleged involvement in the bombing of the American embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Paul Haven of the AP reports,

Hayyat [the Pakistani Interior Minister] announced the arrest after midnight in Pakistan..., an unusually late hour considering the arrests were made Sunday and authorities had known but not revealed the man's identity for some days.

Pakistani leaders have rejected allegations they time the announcements of major terror arrests for maximum impact, though several other arrests have come on the eve of important Pakistan-U.S. summits. Al-Qaida suspect Ramzi Binalshibh was nabbed in Karachi on Sept. 11, 2002, the one year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

So where's Osama? If the Pakistanis know, they're saving him for their "October surprise."

Related post: Buying an HVT for the Democratic Convention

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