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Terror Suspect Arrested In Pakistan Not SoCal's Adam Gadahn

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Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 6:02 AM
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It looks like headlines heralding the arrest of Southern California Al-Qaeda operative Adam Gadahn were just wishful reporting. The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times had stated over the weekend that Gadahn was nabbed in Karachi, Pakistan, but subsequent dispatches from CBS news and L.A.'s own City News Service indicate that "confusion" might have led to the misidentification of an Al-Qaeda suspect captured in Pakistan.

"In light of our latest information, I can say, this is not looking like Gadahn,'' a Pakistani security official told CBS News. "But it is still the arrest of an important taliban militant.''

The man in custody, rather, appears to be Abu Yahya Mujahdeen Al-Adam, an associate of Osama Bin Laden. He was reportedly taken by Pakistani security forces, guided by U.S. intelligence, on a highway outside Karachi. Al-Adam is also a U.S. citizen -- born in Pennsylvania -- and and one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects.

Gadahn, who grew up in the Inland Empire and converted to Islam after attending an Orange County mosque, has been charged with treason for his Al-Qaeda activities. There's a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture.

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