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Posted: 3/15/2005 6:00:45 AM EST
Funny how Pakistan seems able to track him down but he always just manages to escape…


Musharraf: Forces Almost Caught Bin Laden

Musharraf Says Pakistani Forces Got Close to Capturing Bin Laden 10 Months Ago

By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Mar 15, 2005 — Pakistani security forces came close to capturing Osama bin Laden in an operation about eight to 10 months ago, but the terror mastermind eluded arrest and his trail has since gone cold, Pakistan's president said Tuesday.

Though President Gen. Pervez Musharraf did not say where the operation took place, the comment was the first official indication that bin Laden has recently been in Pakistan. Intelligence officials have said they believe he is hiding in the rugged mountains that straddle the border with Afghanistan.

"There was a time when the dragnet had closed and we thought we knew roughly the area where he possibly could be," Musharraf said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. aired Tuesday.

"That was, I think, some time back … maybe about eight to 10 months back," he said, adding: "But after that, this is such a game, this intelligence, that they escape. They can move and then you lose contact."

The comments confirmed Pakistani intelligence officials' claims that the trail of the world's most wanted man has gone cold. Senior officials close to the hunt have told The Associated Press they have received no information on his whereabouts for months and have no indication of any specific attack he is planning.

Musharraf and other Pakistani leaders say the silence is a sign they have destroyed al-Qaida's network here.

In Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said he did not have any information on Musharraf's disclosure. But he said bin Laden "remains a high priority just like other al-Qaida leaders."

"He is someone that has been on the run," McClellan said. "We are dismantling the al-Qaida network. We have made important progress, but the war on terrorism continues. And we will stay on the offensive and take the fight to the enemy so we don't have to fight them here at home."

Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its war on terror. Its security forces have captured more than 700 terror suspects, including some key al-Qaida operative.

Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:05:51 AM EST
8 months ago? If they'd caught him, then it would have just been a Bush re-election ploy.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:07:58 AM EST
Close only counts in horseshoes.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:11:41 AM EST
[Don Adams voice] Missed him by THAT much! [/Don Adams voice]
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:20:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Close only counts in horseshoes.

what about hand grenades?

Link Posted: 3/15/2005 6:32:21 AM EST
I don't understand how it is that we always "just miss him" wtf...
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 8:41:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By WyattEarp:
I don't understand how it is that we always "just miss him" wtf...

My take?

Musharref is jerking us around… he let's his people get only 'so close' to show the west he is trying, but then…'ooops! he got away'…… meanwhile he is raking in billions in aid and the State Department is not asking too many arkward questions about Dr Kahn selling all the Pakistani blueprints and A Bomb technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

Link Posted: 3/15/2005 8:47:05 AM EST
He is prone to speaking out his ass, is he not?
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 2:31:57 PM EST
heheh, the perfect opportunity for my new creation.

You saw it here first

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