(NEW YORK) — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, a suspected member of al Qaeda, has been captured, according to Rep. Pete King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.
Turkish media reported earlier Thursday that the man, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, was taken into custody in the Turkish capital of Ankara last month in a joint operation between the CIA and Turkish intelligence. He was recently deported to Jordan and from there was taken to the U.S., according to Turkish reports and the Wall Street Journal. King confirmed Ghaith’s capture but did not discuss the details of the operation or Ghaith’s extradition.
Ghaith is in federal custody in New York City and is expected to appear before a federal magistrate Friday, according to a source familiar with the case. He was flown in by federal officials last week and has been interviewed by them since then.
In a widely circulated video that appeared online shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Abu Ghaith said, “My beloved, we carried out what God ordered us to. We didn’t make anything up, we only applied what God ordered us to.”
Referring to the U.S. as the “head of apostasy” he said, “We have been able to hit it in the heart of its homeland.”
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