The Pentagon announced today the capture of Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, who they describe as "one of al-Qaida's most senior and most experienced operatives." He's a native of Iraq who served in Saddam's military before heading to Afghanistan to join Osama bin Laden:
After being secretly held by the CIA for months, an Iraqi who was one of al-Qaida's most senior and experienced operatives has been shipped to the Guantanamo Bay military prison for terror suspects, officials said Friday.
Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi is believed responsible for plotting cross-border attacks from Pakistan on U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and he led an effort to assassinate Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and U.N. officials, the Pentagon said.
The transfer of al-Iraqi, said to have been an associate of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, makes him the 15th so called "high-value" detainee known to be handed over to military officials at the military facility in Cuba from CIA control.
UPDATE: Tom Joscelyn: "Questions For Another Baathist Turned Al Qaeda Bigwig."
UPDATE: Also see this from Bill Roggio, who discusses the capture of al-Iraqi and Gen. Petraeus's disclosure of Iran's involvement in the January attack in Karbala.