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Al-Qaeda Foreign Fighter Captured During Security Operation

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (May 24, 2011)
– A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Germany-based Moroccan al-Qaeda foreign fighter facilitator during a security operation in Qalat district, Zabul province, May 8.

After his capture the facilitator provided details about his personal travel from Germany. He also observed foreigners from many countries converging in Pakistan to conduct attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan. The combined force found passports and identification cards from France, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia amongst ten insurgents killed during the operation.

During a delay in his travels in Iran, the facilitator stated he was approached to become a suicide bomber. However, he declined because of his goal to take part in the Global Jihad.

Additional information provided by the facilitator on the mechanics of getting foreign fighters to Afghanistan will serve to support targeting the network of facilitators who bring global terrorism to bear on coalition forces and civilians in Afghanistan.