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Somali Al-Shabaab leader captured by US military reveals Al-Qaeda plans
ANI
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The US government has unsealed papers revealing details of the arrest and interrogation of a senior terror leader, who was a key commander for al Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group based in Somalia.

Ahmed Warsame, 25, has been cooperating with U.S. interrogators, revealing inside details about training, operatives and potential plots, for the past two years, reports CBS News.

Al Shabaab has attracted dozens of American recruits, including Omar Hammami, a propagandist born in Alabama.

The court papers revealed that Warsame pleaded guilty to being an operational link between two terror groups - al Shabaab in Somalia and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen.

US military captured the Somali terror leader in April 2011 in the Gulf of Aden as he was traveling from Yemen to Somalia. He was carrying extensive files and handwritten notes about how to build bombs. It was all part of a terror-exchange program, and Warsame was a broker. He funneled money and communications gear from Somalia to Yemen in exchange for weapons and explosives for his Somali fighters.

After his capture, Warsame was held aboard a U.S. ship and secretly interrogated for two months.

In July 2011, he was flown to New York and appeared before a judge. He continued to talk to interrogators, repeatedly waiving his rights, as he laid out more details about al Qaeda operations.

Officials have described the intelligence he provided as "enormously valuable".



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