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article imageUS intelligence in Jordan captured Bin Laden's son-in-law

By Eko Armunanto     Mar 7, 2013 in World
Bin Laden's son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith, who once served as an al Qaeda spokesman, was in US custody on Thursday following a secret operation involving Jordanian intelligence services, the CIA and the FBI.
Abu Ghaith was captured within the past week in Jordan, and the decision to take Abu Ghaith to New York rather than to a detention facility at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba raised fresh questions about the treatment of those accused of making war or plotting against the United States, said CNN.
Details of the operation were still unclear, but it appears to have taken place in Jordan, a US ally in the region. His real name is not publicly known, he is one of the last of the militants active in the late 1990s and early part of the last decade to be killed or captured by US intelligence services of their allies. Bin Laden died in a US special forces raid on a house in the northern Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May 2011. A report on New York Times said he was originally detained in Turkey several weeks ago and then deported to Jordan where American officials took him into custody.
Abu Ghaith was a Muslim preacher and teacher in Kuwait who spoke out against Saddam Hussain’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991. He traveled to Afghanistan in 2000 where he met Bin Laden and married one of Bin Laden’s daughters. He was later known worldwide after making statements defending the Sept. 11 attacks in the days that followed, some of them carried on Al Jazeera, and the Kuwaiti authorities revoked his citizenship in response.
As reported by Fox News, republican senators Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte said the decision to bring Abu Ghaith to court in New York is wrong and against the will of Congress. Graham says Abu Ghaith is clearly an enemy combatant and should have been sent straight to the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility in Cuba for extended questioning. However, the US Administration said President Barack Obama remains committed to closing Guantanamo, rather than adding to its population. The Justice Department said it examined the nature of Abu Ghaith's alleged conduct and whether charges would best be served in federal court or through a military commission.
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