Ayman al-Zawahiri Surrounded
Pakistani forces have surrounded what may be a “high-value” al Qaeda target in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, President Pervez Musharraf told CNN.
“We feel that there may be a high-value target,” Musharraf told CNN. “I can’t say who.”
Two Pakistani government sources told CNN that intelligence indicates the surrounded figure is Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s number two leader.
Pakistani forces are waiting until sunrise to launch a heavy air assault to prevent any members of the al Qaeda group from escaping, sources told CNN.
More than 200 al Qaeda fighters are trying to prevent al-Zawahiri’s capture, the sources said.
Musharraf said the ferociousness of the surrounded fighters indicates that they are protecting someone particularly significant.
Cam Edwards has all the tinfoil hat responses lined up.
Update: Stephen Green links speculation that the capture has occured.