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June 16th, 2011
06:54 PM ET

Sen. Feinstein: We believe al-Zawahiri is likely in Pakistan

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Ayman al-Zawahiri is likely in Pakistan but doesn’t think he is being protected by the government.

“Do I believe that they - the government is harboring him? No. Do I believe the government might know, or the ISI might know likely places where he would be? Yes. Do I believe that the ISI could find him if they really wanted to? Yes,” the Democratic chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the longtime deputy to Osama bin Laden, will take over leadership of al Qaeda, according to a statement posted on several jihadist websites Thursday.

Feinstein said that she hopes Pakistan will press to find the leader.

"It makes no sense for the Pakistanis to want to harbor terrorists," the senator said. "Because if you're real terrorists, they don't stop. They will one day come after Pakistan.”

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  1. bmull

    Warmonger DiFi is deliberately kept out of the loop until the last minute because she can't keep a secret. When CIA officials were trying to tell her they had located bin Laden she didn't even understand who they were talking about. Her input and a dollar will buy you a small fries at McDonald's.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  2. m

    What a revelation. Now that you have identified his location, what do you plan to do about it?

    December 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  3. usaf2

    Stop Aiding the Pakys then!!

    July 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  4. jmsramsey

    Of course he is in Pakistan, probably with Jimmy Hoffa.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  5. rayan,prasanna

    It is high time that America recognizes Pakistan as a terrorist country.I will not be surprised if we find second in command of alqueda holed up in Pakistan.AMERICA SHOULD NOT DEAL WITH THE TERRORISTS WITH FEAR.You cannot continue to give billions of hard earned tax payers money to a terrorist country to safe guard their nuclear arsenal.Pakistans aim has always been to destroy INDIA and annex Kashmir.To that end,they will continue to support terrorists everywhere whether in USA ,UK,EURPOE DOES NOT MATTER TO THEM.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:18 am |

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