Official: U.S. Capture of bin Laden Close

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  1. Official: U.S. Capture of bin Laden Close

    Sat Sep 4, 1:38 PM ET

    By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press Writer

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The United States and its allies have moved closer to capturing Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) in the last two months, a top U.S. counterterrorism official said in a television interview broadcast Saturday.

    "If he has a watch, he should be looking at it because the clock is ticking. He will be caught," Joseph Cofer Black, the U.S. State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, told private Geo television network.

    Asked if concrete progress had been made during the last two months — when Pakistan has arrested dozens of terror suspects including some key al-Qaida operatives — Black said, "Yes, I would say this."

    Black, who briefed a group of Pakistani journalists after talks with officials here Friday, said he could not predict exactly when bin Laden and other top al-Qaida fugitives would be nabbed.

    "What I tell people, I would be surprised but not necessarily shocked if we wake up tomorrow and he's been caught along with all his lieutenants. That can happen because of the programs and infrastructure in place," he told Geo.

    Bin Laden and his top associate, Ayman al-Zawahri, are believed to be hiding some place along the rugged border between Pakistan and Afghanistan (news - web sites). Officials have divulged no solid intelligence about bin Laden's precise whereabouts, and it's not clear if they have any.

    Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its war on terror, and Black's visit comes weeks after Pakistani security forces captured Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian wanted for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in east Africa, and Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, a Pakistani computer expert allegedly linked to al-Qaida operatives around the world.

    The arrests led to a terror warning in the United States, and arrests in Britain and the United Arab Emirates.

    Black attended a meeting of the Pakistan-U.S. Joint Working Group on Counterterrorism and Law Enforcement in Islamabad on Thursday and Friday.

    During the talks, Pakistan asked U.S. officials for more helicopters, surveillance and communications equipment to help Pakistani forces guard border areas near Afghanistan "more efficiently," a Pakistani official at the talks said.

    "We got a positive response from the American officials," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Pakistan has deployed about 70,000 troops along the Afghan border and conducted several military operations this year in its lawless and largely autonomous tribal regions against al-Qaida suspects and their local supporters.

    Black hailed Pakistan's efforts in counterterrorism — despite criticism from Western officials who say that elements of the former ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan still operate inside Pakistan.

    "In terms of national programs and effectiveness, I would put Pakistan up against anyone else ... If you look at the arrests they have made, the information they have developed and the lives that have been saved, Pakistan is doing a great job," he said.

    He added, however, that, "you can always do more."

  2. Who want to bet that Osama's arrest/murder will be staged before the US elections?
  3. They already have him, they'll just tell everyone soon.
  4. I knew you would say something absurd like that. Like TDK said people will say if we get him that we have had him all along and then if we dont get him then we lost 100 lives for nothing.
  5. So if I understand your point of view:

    If Bush catches Bin Laden it was staged
    If Bush doesn't catch Bin Laden you are going to cry that Bin Laden is still on the loose.

    Sounds like the ideas of some kind of dumbass to me.
  6. if this is supposed to be the winning trophy for bush administration then you have the right to say all you want about US being lame as an ostrich laying eggs for snakes.
  7. Don't want to bet?
    Hehe, you know it will be staged.
  8. If this does happen I hope bush is smart enough to delay a press release till after the election, I think it can only do him more harm than good at this stage.
  9. Not in USA.
  10. stfu noob, no matter what way you look at it the capture of a known terrorist leader is a good thing. You are infact a huge idiot.
  11. I'm with Homero, I think that it's a little bit suspicious that they're getting nearer to capturing him right before the elections...
  12. His popularity in the US is kind of all that matter.
  13. if americans go for it it really shows their culture and attitude. i for one ashamed to be taken advantage of in bright daylight.
  14. But if Kerry was president and he did that to a republican canadiate, it would be perfectly fine with u
  15. that wouldn't surprise me a bit
  16. not at all.
  17. Yes you wouldnt say a damn thing cause 99 percent of liberals including yourself being on the very far left are a bunch of hyprocrites.
  18. are you aware Stalin, Hitler said pretty much the same thing?
  19. They're incomparable, what's your point?
  20. According to your president, nobody is safe at your country right now.

    Remember, ORANGE: high risk of attack.
  21. Because of those alerts we haven't been attacked again.
  22. they are incomparable?? No man is an Island let alone a country. that kind of punch phrase is just a big cloud of dust to throw into peoples yes, hoping that if they are blind they are intimidated. Guess what most countries don't give a flying f*ck about terrorism, they only care about the money that could be made in the process of fighting them.
  23. We dont need your kind of suggestions.

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