Thursday, December 22, 2005

Where's Osama bin Laden?

Many US experts believe he no longer runs Al Qaeda.
US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday that he doubts Osama bin Laden is in any position to command the worldwide operations of Al Qaeda. The BBC reports that Mr. Rumsfeld told reporters on a flight to Pakistan that bin Laden could still be hiding along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, but it was hard to know since the terrorist leader had not been heard from in more than a year.
"I have trouble believing he is able to operate sufficiently to be in a position of major command over a worldwide Al Qaeda operation, but I could be wrong."
Last week US Ambassador to Pakistan Ryan C. Crocker said that he didn't think bin Laden had operational control of Al Qaeda any longer. He also added that he doubts Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is in any better position, saying the fact that he issues occasional video and audiotaped statements does not prove anything.
He is deader than a door nail and has been for a long time.


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