Mohammed's capture was months in the making
The FBI issued these pictures of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed during its hunt for the suspected mastermind of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
CNN's David Ensor reports the CIA is putting 'all appropriate pressure' on the alleged 9/11 mastermind. (March 3)
CNN's Maria Ressa reports on what police know about how Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his cohorts operated in Southeast Asia. (March 3)
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has been linked to almost every major al Qaeda attack over the past decade. (March 2)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- U.S. and Pakistani authorities have been hot on the trail of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed for months. Mohammed is suspected of taking a lead role in planning the attacks of September 11, 2001, and was indicted in absentia by a U.S. court in 1996 for his alleged role in a plot to bomb a dozen U.S.-bound airliners. Here is a timeline of events leading up to his capture:
September 11, 2002: Pakistani police seeking to capture Mohammed raid an apartment complex in the southern port city of Karachi. A firefight erupts when police enter the complex, and Mohammed escapes. When the shooting stops, security forces capture another key al Qaeda operative: Ramzi Binalshibh, accused of being the main contact between the terrorist network and its cell in Hamburg, Germany. Investigators follow intelligence leads to Quetta in the southwestern Baluchistan province.
February 14, 2003: During a raid in Quetta, authorities capture an al Qaeda operative reported to be Egyptian. Mohammed again eludes capture. Using information from the captured operative, authorities track Mohammed to Rawalpindi, nine miles from Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. Authorities soon learn he is staying in the home of Ahmed Abdul Qadoos, a member of Pakistan's largest religious-political party, Jamaat Islami.
March 1, 2003: More than two dozen American and Pakistani security agents raid Qadoos' house at 3 a.m. Mohammed is surprised while still in bed. Knowledgeable law enforcement sources tell CNN he pulled a Kalashnikov rifle and opened fire, injuring several agents, before being overpowered.
Qadoos' sister told The Associated Press, "They banged open the doors, broke the locks, and they pushed my husband, my sister-in-law and the kids into a room, and they had a rifle or a Kalashnikov to their heads, and they were told to sit quietly, and my brother went out and they took him away."
The security forces take Mohammed into custody, along with Qadoos and another suspected al Qaeda operative described as a Somali.
Despite conflicting public claims by Pakistani government officials, senior U.S. intelligence sources and high-placed Pakistani sources insist that Mohammed was handed over to U.S. officials within hours of the raid and taken out of Pakistan to an undisclosed location not in the United States.