Intelligence agents have arrested Adam Gadahn, the American-born spokesman for al Qaeda, in an operation in Karachi, two officers and a government official said on Sunday.

The arrest of Gadahn is a major victory in the US-led battle against al Qaeda and will be taken as a sign that Pakistan is cooperating more fully with Washington. It follows the recent detentions of several Afghan Taliban commanders in Karachi.
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Gadahn was arrested in recent days, two officers who took part in the operation said. A senior government official also confirmed the arrest. Gadahn, who is also known by various aliases, including Yahya Majadin Adams and Azzam al-Amriki, grew up on a goat farm in Riverside County, California, and converted to Islam at a mosque in nearby Orange County.

Served: Gadahn moved to Pakistan in 1998, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is said to have attended an al Qaeda training camp six years later, serving as a translator and consultant for the group.

Daily Times