From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Overseas Operations Shift Focus
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 15:47:42 EST
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 20:47:42 GMT
FBI Overseas Operations Shift Focus
(EXCERPT) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 2:19 p.m. ET
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- As the fighting winds down in Afghanistan, the
focus of the war against terrorism is shifting from the battlefield to
a shadowy world where wiretaps, informants, surveillance and forensic
evidence have replaced bombs and bullets.
With those changes, the FBI is taking a leading role in the war,
bringing high-tech investigative techniques to the search for
terrorists far from America's shores.
The work can be tedious: sifting through the wreckage of a car bomb in
Karachi, screening records of Middle East students at Asian flight
schools, persuading local police to follow someone suspected of
terrorist links or tracking down leads that don't pay off.
FBI agents in Jordan have also joined the hunt for the killers of
American diplomat Laurence Foley, who was gunned down Monday in front
of his Amman home. No arrests have been made, but speculation has
focused on Islamic extremists.
``Given the globalization of crime and terrorism, there is no way for
the FBI to be effective without agents on the ground outside the
United States,'' said Alfred Finch, a former FBI special agent who was
assigned in Egypt in the 1990s.
The effort has paid off in some of the biggest coups of the
anti-terrorism conflict -- including the capture last March of
al-Qaida's No. 3 official Abu Zubaydah and the arrest six months later
of Ramzi Binalshibh, one of the masterminds of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Both were arrested in Pakistan during joint operations by FBI and
Pakistani security agents.
FBI operations, most of which take place in secret, have not been
entirely seamless. Local authorities sometimes grumble about
high-handed tactics and gung-ho attitudes in countries where time
moves at a slower pace and where politics often block i...
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