US welcomes capture of senior al-Qaeda leader
The United States welcomed Monday the arrest by Pakistan of a senior al-Qaeda leader who was assigned to hit economic targets of the United States across the world, DPA reported.
"This is an example of the longstanding partnership between the US and Pakistan in fighting terrorism, which has taken many terrorists off the battlefield over the past decade," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
"We applaud the actions of Pakistan's intelligence and security services that led to the capture of a senior al-Qaeda operative who was involved in planning attacks against the interests of the United States and many other countries."
Pakistan's military said earlier it had apprehended Younis Al Mauritani, mainly responsible for planning and conducting of international operations, in the suburbs of Quetta, the capital of south-western province of Balochistan.
Relations between the US and Pakistan have been strained since the US military raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan earlier this year. Tensions flared amid questions in Washington about what Pakistani officials knew about bin Laden's whereabouts, and concerns in Islamabad that its leaders and military had been kept in the dark about the operation on its territory.