In the past 10 months, about a half-dozen mid-level financiers and logistics experts working with the al-Qaeda terror network have been captured and are being held by intelligence services in four Middle Eastern countries, the report said.
They were seized after the United States provided information that led to their arrests by local security services, noted the paper, citing an unnamed former US counterterrorism official.
In addition, Pakistan’s intelligence and security services captured a Saudi suspect and a Yemeni suspect this year with the help of American intelligence and logistical support, the report said.
The two are the highest-ranking Al-Qaeda operatives captured since President Barack Obama took office, The Times pointed out. But they are still being held by Pakistan, which has shared information from their interrogations with the United States.
The current approach, which began in the last two years of the administration of former president George W. Bush, has gained momentum under Obama, the paper said.
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