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US terrorism effort relies on killing

WASHINGTON — When Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was taken into US custody in Jordan last month, he joined one of the most select groups of the Obama era: high-level terrorist suspects who have been located by the US counterterrorism juggernaut, and who have not been killed.

Abu Ghaith’s case — he awaits a federal criminal trial — is a rare illustration of what Obama administration officials often say is their strong preference for capturing terrorists rather than killing them.

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