September 11, 2008

YOU CAN'T SIGHT A GUY BURIED IN A CAVE...:

In Hunt for Bin Laden, a New Approach (Craig Whitlock, 9/10/08, Washington Post)

There has been no confirmed trace of bin Laden since he narrowly escaped from the CIA and the U.S. military after the battle near Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in December 2001, according to U.S., Pakistani and European officials. They said they are now concentrating on a short list of other al-Qaeda leaders who have been sighted more recently, in hopes that their footprints could lead to bin Laden.

In interviews, the officials attributed their failure to find bin Laden to an overreliance on military force, disruptions posed by the war in Iraq and a pattern of underestimating the enemy. Above all, they said, the search has been handicapped by an inability to develop informants in Pakistan's isolated tribal regions, where bin Laden is believed to be hiding.


...nor get reliable intelligence from the CIA.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 11, 2008 12:00 AM
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