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Al Qaeda leader Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the network’s chief of operations in the Persian Gulf, has been captured, senior U.S. government officials said Thursday.

Al-Nashiri, a suspected mastermind of the USS Cole bombing in October 2000, was captured in an undisclosed foreign country earlier this month and is in U.S. custody, officials said.

He is the highest-ranking Al Qaeda operative captured since last March, when the CIA, FBI and Pakistani authorities captured Usama bin Laden’s operations chief, Abu Zubaydah, in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

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