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Osama Bin Laden’s spokesman and son-in-law captured in Jordan in ‘very significant victory’, U.S officials say
Al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith has been captured in JordanThe CIA and FBI caught him in the last week reportedly on his way to KuwaitHe reportedly took part in orchestrating the September 11 attacks
16:39 GMT, 7 March 2013
18:00 GMT, 7 March 2013
Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by U.S. intelligence officials in Jordan.
A senior congressman announced Sulaiman Abu Ghaith's arrest on Thursday, hailing it as a 'very significant victory' in the ongoing fight against al-Qaeda.
Republican congressman Peter King, the former chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said the CIA and FBI had caught Sulaiman Abu Ghaith within the last week.
'Very significant victory': Al-Qaeda spokesman and Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith has been captured in Jordan
He said the arrest was confirmed by U.S. law enforcement officials.
Ghaith had allegedly taken part in the September 11 plot against the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
'Definitely, one by one, we are getting the top echelons of al-Qaeda,' King said on Thursday.
'I give the (Obama) administration credit for this: it's steady and it's unrelenting and it's very successful.'
Hunted down: Osama Bin Laden, left, was killed in 2011 in Pakistan after years of searching. The Pentagon released a video after his dead in May 2011, right, showing Bin Laden watching himself on television in his secret compound
Turkish newspaper Hrriyet reported that Ghaith was passing through Jordan, on his way to Kuwait from Turkey when he was apprehended.
The newspaper said that Ghaith was initially taken into custody more than a month ago at a luxury hotel in the Turkish capital Ankara.
Turkish officials decided he had not committed any crime in Turkey and released him the newspaper reported.
A Turkish court reportedly ruled that
Abu Ghaith entered the country illegally from Iran on a fake passport
and was ordered to be deported.
Bin Laden's burial: Osama bin Laden was buried at sea, where his body was dispatched from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson somewhere in the north Arabian Sea
As a result of that ruling, Abu Ghaith
was seized in Jordan by CIA agents while en route to Kuwait.
Ghaith had been considered 'stateless' since since he lost his Kuwaiti citizenship after videos emerged showing him praising the September 11 attacks.
However, Turkish officials refused to confirm Ghaith's deportation or his capture in Jordan to The Associated Press.
In Amman, the Jordanian capital, a security official said he had no information on the CIA arrest.
U.S. intelligence officials in Washington did not immediately respond to request for information about Ghaith either.
'I trust he received a vigorous interrogation, and will face swift and certain justice,' Congressman King added.