The United States is now relying heavily on foreign intelligence services to capture and interrogate all but the highest-level terror suspects seized outside the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, a NYT report said on Sunday.
The change represents a significant loosening of the reins for the US, which has worked closely with allies to combat violent extremism since the 9/11 attacks but is now pushing that cooperation to new limits, the New York Times reported, citing current and former American government officials.
In the past 10 months, for example, about a half-dozen mid-level financiers and logistics experts working with Al-Qaeda have been captured and are being held by intelligence services in four West Asian countries after the US provided information that led to their arrests by local security services, a former American counter-terrorism official was quoted as saying.
In addition, Pakistan’s intelligence and security services captured a Saudi suspect and a Yemeni suspect this year with the help of American intelligence and logistical support, Pakistani officials were quoted as saying.
The two are highest ranking operatives captured since President Obama took office, but they are still being held by Pakistan, which has shared information from their interrogation with the US, the official told the newspaper.