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March 4, 2021

Al-Qaeda leader interrogated in 2005 in secret CIA prison in Romania

Abu Faraj al-Libi, an important leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, was interrogated in 2005 in a secret CIA prison located in Romania, ‘Washington Post’ wrote on Monday. According to the Associated Press, quoted by Mediafax, CIA was close to destructuring Al-Qaeda by arresting a Libyan national that took over command of the terrorist group’s operations and communications after Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was apprehended in 2003. CIA information pointed to the fact that the Libyan national had sent messages from high-ranking AQ members to Osama ben Laden. According to former CIA officials, al-Libi “almost certainly” met ben Laden or his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri after September 11, 2001. However, during the interrogations in Romania al-Libi offered no information on al-Zawahiri, on ben Laden or on the manner in which they exchanged messages, the Ame­rican officials underline. (A. C.)

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