Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, al-Qaida’s spokesman and Osama bin Laden son-in-law, was finally captured by counterterrorism agents and is now in custody in the United States.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday Abu Ghaith “was recently deported from Turkey to Jordan, where U.S. agents captured him” and transported him to federal custody in New York City.
According to the Journal:
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Mr. Abu Ghaith appeared in al Qaeda videos condemning the U.S. air strikes on Afghanistan, saying al Qaeda would retaliate against the U.S. and Britain. After those videos appeared, Kuwait stripped him of citizenship.
ABC News reported Abu Ghaith appeared in a “widely circulated video” after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks saying, “My beloved, we carried out what God ordered us to. We didn’t make anything up, we only applied what God ordered us to.”
U.S. Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, announced the capture. “[The capture] shows again that core al Qaeda is being devastated. It goes right to the heart of al Qaeda, because it’s bin Laden’s son in law. That’s a psychological victory for us and a psychological defeat for al Qaeda,” King said, according to the Journal.