Pakistani intelligence officers working with the CIA arrested three members of Al Qaeda, including a top operative believed to have been tasked by Usama bin Laden with targeting American economic interests around the world, Fox News confirms.

Younis al-Mauritani’s arrest — made public five days before the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — was seen as a blow to Al Qaeda’s central leadership in Pakistan, further degrading its ability to mount terrorist attacks abroad. The terrorist organization has seen its senior ranks thinned since Usama bin Laden was killed May 2 along with Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, the group’s No.2, in a CIA missile strike last month.

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