Al Qaeda Crackdown


The suspected mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, has been captured and is being interrogated by US intelligence.

"It's hard to overstate how significant this is….It's a wonderful blow to inflict on al-Qaeda," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer told the press. Mohammed is widely regarded as the number three man in Al Qaeda.

Mohammed's detention raises an interesting possibility regarding Iraq: If the US effectively destroys Al Qaeda before any shooting on Baghdad begins, what effect will that have on the question of war with Iraq?