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How police and FBI tracked and captured bin Laden's son-in-law

For more than a decade, one FBI agent and a New York police detective investigated Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, who was a spokesman for al Qaeda. Ghaith is currently on trial in New York for conspiring to kill Americans. 

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The newspaper said Turkish authorities had considered deporting him to Iran, but that the Iranians would not accept him. Turkey then decided to send him to Kuwait via Jordan, according to Hurriyet.

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US law enforcement sources said that when he reached Jordan, Jordanian and FBI officers detained him and arranged for his transport to New York City.

US officials said the decision to bring Abu Ghaith to New York for trial in federal court was made at the highest levels of the administration of President Barack Obama.

Officials said it was unclear whether Abu Ghaith had much information about current al Qaeda activities or plots.

The officials noted that the indictment that federal prosecutors in Manhattan filed against Abu Ghaith alleged only that he "served al Qaeda" from around May 2001 "up to and including in or about 2002."

Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick in Washington; Editing by Mary Milliken and Peter Cooney


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