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Are We About to Capture Bin Laden? (Updated)

John on March 3, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Allahpundit at Hot Air notes a story at ABC that seems intriguing:

For the past two days, U.S. and NATO forces have been conducting a major attack against a compound in a remote area of Eastern Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden or another senior al Qaeda leader may be hiding, ABC News has learned.

That comes just days after two other possibly related and very significant announcements. First, the CIA announced just last week that Osama was in Pakistan:

In the most definitive statement in years, America’s top intelligence official said Tuesday Osama bin laden is in Pakistan actively re-establishing al Qaeda training camps.

The same story goes on to say:

U.S. officials would not describe the evidence in any detail, but people in the intelligence community have speculated recently that the CIA may have obtained surveillance photos of either bin Laden or Zawahri in Pakistan.

Secondly, Pakistan security forces captured Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, the former Taliban Defense minister, this week. One can at least speculate that if AQ was setting up camps in Pakistan, this guy would know where.

Of course Musharref’s government is denying it all, and there were some pretty big hints last September that we suspected Osama was in Waziristan. Still, the two day offensive is a hopeful sign that we’re on to something.

Update: Allahpundit notes this story which also seems to suggest bin Laden may indeed be the target.

Also, this Times of London story dated 3/3 (Saturday) quotes a “senior Taliban commander” saying that Osama is alive and is in touch with the Taliban.

Update 3/5: The CIA confirms (via ABC) that we are hot on the trail of Osama:

Armed with fresh intelligence, the CIA is moving additional man power and equipment into Pakistan in the effort to find Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al Zawahri, U.S. officials tell ABC News.

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