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Al Qaeda leader provides names

Planned targets also disclosed

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Mohammed is in U.S. custody at an undisclosed location

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Al Qaeda leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has given names -- in some cases aliases -- and descriptions of about a dozen operatives of that group believed to be plotting terror attacks against the United States and its allies, sources told CNN.

Other captured Al Qaeda operatives had already divulged most of the names --supplied by Mohammed during interrogations --, but some were new. Sources said U.S. intelligence agencies are currently searching for at least two of the men named by Mohammed. That search is not being conducted in the United States, sources said.

Mohammed, who is in U.S. custody at an undisclosed location, also is said to have provided some operational information about al Qaeda, shedding some more light on its command and control structure. It is information officials consider useful, though not totally new.

Sources say Mohammed talked about al Qaeda's interest in hitting symbolic landmarks.

He named the White House, the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., Chicago's Sears Tower and bridges in Manhattan, St. Louis and San Francisco. While this is not new intelligence, sources said it showed al Qaeda remains committed to hitting those types of targets.

Investigators are trying to corroborate what Mohammed told them through a variety of sources. In some cases, it was not clear whether he was telling the truth. Overall though, officials said the interrogations have been "valuable."


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