Jihadist's Bust May Mark Major Intel Coup
Al-Qaeda leaders warned that boss was nabbed with names, numbers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2010 2:33 AM CST
This image provided by IntelCenter shows men identified as the senior leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.   (AP Photo/IntelCenter)

(Newser) – Counterterrorism experts believe an al-Qaeda field commander captured last month is providing a major intelligence breakthrough. Abdullah Saleh al-Eidan's bust in Oman was swiftly followed by warnings on jihadi websites that he had the names and phone numbers of 300 "brothers" in his possession, urging militants to change their locations, CNN reports.

Al-Eidan, an explosives specialist, was traveling from al-Qaeda's northwest Pakistan heartland to Yemen to meet with leaders of its offshoot al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The documents in his possession are providing authorities with new details on the extent of the links between the two groups, sources tell Newsweek.