19 Feb '12, 8am

Al-Qaeda links with South-east Asia fraying

JAKARTA (AP) - A top Indonesian terror suspect captured in the Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was later killed insists he was unaware of the Al-Qaeda leader's presence there, according to the video of his interrogation obtained by The Associated Press. Alleged master bomb maker Umar Patek also described his frustration in re-establishing militant ties in his quest to go to Afghanistan and fight American soldiers. After flying on his own to Pakistan, he waited there for months before a years-old militant contact finally came for him. His remarks, if true, would further bolster evidence that Southeast Asia's Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist movement, responsible for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, is now largely cut off from its long-standing Al-Qaeda sponsorship, thanks in part to a relentless crackdown that has largely decimated their ranks. Patek, whose trial resumes on...

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