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Al Qaida book

New York, Aug. 31 (PTI): An al Qaida operative now in US custody has made startling revelations about secret connections linking Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the terror network’s chief Osama bin Laden, a new book says.

Author Gerald Posner details Abu Zubaydah’s confessions to his interrogators how bin Laden “personally” told him of a 1991 meeting at which Saudi had agreed to let the al Qaida chief leave the country.

A Pakistani contact, high-ranking air force officer Mushaf Ali Mir, entered the equation at a 1996 meeting in Pakistan which Zubaydah also attended.

Meanwhile, Newsweek today quoted Taliban officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan as saying bin Laden convened a huge ‘terror summit’ in Afghanistan in April, shortly after Saddam Hussein’s regime collapsed, in which he outlined plans to launch “unbelieveable” attacks using biological weapons.

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