World News Brief, Wednesday September 7

Pakistan captures senior al-Qaeda leader who planned attacks on US, Europe and Australia; as 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, experts discuss its impact on civil liberties, homeland security, immigration and more; inflation is China's most urgent economic concern, says World Bank; Turkey has suspended diplomatic ties with Israel; Indian PM visits Bangladesh; 750,000 people at risk of death in Somalia; and more

Top of the Agenda: Pakistan Captures Senior al-Qaeda Leader

The Pakistani military arrested Younis al-Mauritani, a senior al-Qaeda leader, and two of his accomplices in the southwestern city of Quetta, officials said. The operation was the result of intelligence cooperation (BBC) between Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

According to the ISI, al-Mauritani, who used to answer directly to Osama bin Laden, was responsible for planning terror attacks (al-Jazeera) on the United States, Europe, and Australia.

Pakistani and U.S. officials lauded the collaboration between the two nations that led to al-Mauritani's arrest. The mission comes after months of tension (NYT) between Pakistanis and Americans over the United States' unilateral raid on Pakistani territory that killed bin Laden in May.

Last week, U.S. officials claimed to have killed Atiyah Abd al Rahman, al-Qaeda's second-in-command, in a drone strike (ExpressTribune)--a tactic that continues to strain the U.S.-Pakistani relationship.


This CFR Backgrounder offers a profile of al-Qaeda, the international terrorist network that the United States has singled out as the most serious threat to U.S. security.

This CFR Contingency Planning Memo assesses the repercussions of a Pakistan-based terrorist attack on the United States and recommends responses for U.S. decision-makers.

Targeted killings have become a central component of U.S. counterterrorism operations around the globe. Despite pointed criticism over transparency and accountability issues, analysts say the controversial practice seems likely to expand in the future.

Pakistan's stability is of great consequence to regional and international security. Examine the roots of its challenges, what it means for the region and the world, and explore some plausible futures for the country in this CFR Crisis Guide.


Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

This CFR Issue Guide provides expert analysis and essential background on the central questions facing U.S. policymakers ten years after the September 11 terrorist attacks.



World Bank Warns on China Inflation

World Bank President Robert Zoellick warned Monday that inflation is China's most urgent economic concern. During a four-day trip to Beijing, Zoellick pushed China to develop its economy to be fueled by domestic consumption (WSJ), rather than exports.

SOUTH KOREA: The country's chief nuclear envoy will travel to the United States to discuss the possibility of reopening the Six Party Talks (Yonhap) over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Negotiations between the United States, China, Russia, Japan, and the two Koreas have been stalled since 2008.



Turkey has suspended diplomatic ties with Israel

Indian PM visits Bangladesh

750,000 people at risk of death in Somalia


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