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Capture of Al Qaeda Deputy May Aid Anti-Terror Efforts

Al Qaeda's alleged Persian Gulf operations chief, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, is now a U.S. captive, providing authorities a fresh chance to gather intelligence on possible terrorist efforts, U.S. officials say. Al-Nashiri, a suspected mastermind of the U.S.S. Cole bombing, is the latest senior lieutenant of Osama bin Laden to be captured. NPR's Tom Gjelten reports.

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Tom Gjelten reports on religion, faith, and belief for NPR News, a beat that encompasses such areas as the changing religious landscape in America, the formation of personal identity, the role of religion in politics, and conflict arising from religious differences. His reporting draws on his many years covering national and international news from posts in Washington and around the world.