Search and Seizure

Al Qaeda Lair Captured in Pakistan

Pakistan's military has captured an extensive network of 150 caves believed to be al Qaeda’s nerve center near the border with Afghanistan. The caves, which may have once housed Ayman al Zawahiri, the terrorist group’s second-in-command, contained stolen U.S. Army uniforms and a stash of weapons, including bazookas, grenades, ammunition, and guns. Video footage showed blankets and pillows on the caves’ floors. The capture of the caves, near the village of Damadola, marks the final stages of Pakistan's Operation Sherdi, which began in 2008. The seizure was hailed as a major victory, but some outside observers are skeptical. One British analyst said it was too early to tell what it would amount to, and the military has been careful to orchestrate the press coverage.