Northeastern portion of the Sahara, extending from eastern Libya through southwestern Egypt into northwestern Sudan. The highest point is Mount aynUwaynat (6,345 ft [1,934 m]), located where the three countries meet. Harsh and arid, it is characterized by bare rocky plateaus and sandy plains.
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The house was raided based on a tip from the Inter-Services Intelligence agency that a "group of Afghan terrorists".
Dawn described Abdur Rehman as "the son of Muhammad", a "stocky figure in his mid-thirties", who had married a thirteen-year-old Pakistani girl three months earlier. His wife was injured during the shootout.
According to Dawn a senior official identified the man who escaped as an Egyptian national named "Sulieman", wanted by the FBI, who offered a $100,000. According to Dawn he had just one arm. Dawn reported three identity documents found in the house identified him as "Qari Mohammad Ayub", "Mohammad Ayub", and "Mujahid Mohammad Ayub".
Abdur Rehman's wife Khadija said the man was a frequent visitor to their house. She said she knew him only as "Ayub". She acknowledged knowing that her husband and her friends were wanted by the Americans. She said she and her husband had moved to the house when another friend of his had been arrested and sent to Guantanamo a month and a half earlier.
Dawn reported that the security officials who surrounded the house negotiated with Ayub for over three hours, and that Ayub had escaped into the Tribal areas when Adbur Rehman was shot after emerging from the house, hurling several hand grenades. Dawn reported the house was just five metres from the border to the Tribal areas.