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    U.S. Sends Spies Into Pakistan To Kill Bin Laden

    US sends spies into Pakistan to kill bin Laden

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...9/wladen09.xml

    (Gold9472: Nice to know the CIA and the ISI can still work together.)

    By Toby Harnden in Washington and Thomas Coghlan in Helmand
    Last Updated: 9:07am GMT^09/03/2007

    America is stepping up its hunt for Osama bin Laden by dispatching additional CIA operatives and paramilitary officers to Pakistan to kill or capture the al-Qa'eda leader.

    US officials said that the mission is intended to intensify the pressure on the terrorist leader, who turns 50 tomorrow, and perhaps force him into making a mistake. He is widely believed to be hiding in the region bordering Afghanistan.

    Satellite photographs and details of communications intercepts were given to President Musharraf of Pakistan last week by Stephen Kappes, deputy director of the CIA, as part of a strategy to persuade him to give US intelligence agencies more assistance.

    Mr Kappes, a Middle East specialist who has served in Pakistan, travelled to Islamabad to brief Gen Musharraf along with Vice President Dick Cheney. His detailed presentation showed evidence of al-Qa'eda building its strength on Pakistani soil.

    "Reports that the trail has gone stone cold are not correct," an American official said afterwards. "We are very much increasing our efforts there."

    Mr Kappes also met members of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) and operatives from the CIA's Islamabad station to discuss co-ordinating efforts to track bin Laden.

    The decision to send such a senior intelligence officer to brief Mr Musharraf is an indication of the Bush administration's increasing concern about the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Last week, Adml Mike McConnell, the new US Director of National Intelligence, told a Senate committee that bin Laden, who turns 50 tomorrow, is in Pakistan and actively re-establishing al-Qa'eda training camps there.

    It was the most specific information about bin Laden given by a US official for several years and prompted speculation that surveillance photographs of the al-Qa'eda leader or his deputy might have been obtained.

    Adml McConnell said of the Pakistani tribal area that "to the best of our knowledge the senior leadership, Number One and Number Two, are there, and they are attempting to re-establish and rebuild and to establish training camps."

    Intelligence officials have indicated that bin Laden has previously chosen March to switch locations, moving to hiding places in the mountains once the snow cover begins to melt. He is likely to be at his most vulnerable when on the move.

    Adml McConnell said he would focus with "great intensity" on al-Qa'eda in Pakistan. "There are a number of plans and activities that have been shut down or disrupted. And the intent on our part is to do that more and better, and hopefully at some point either killing or capturing the senior leadership."

    News of the operation came as a British soldier was killed in a grenade attack on his base in southern Afghanistan - the 52nd to die in service in the country since the US-led invasion in 2001.

    The Ministry of Defence said that the serviceman, from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, died from his wounds after being airlifted from the town of Sangeen to the military hospital at Camp Bastion, the main British base in Helmand province. His next of kin were notified but he is yet to be named by the MoD.

    Bin Laden has evaded capture and assassination ever since President Bill Clinton signed a secret order authorising the CIA to kill him.

    While President George W. Bush said after the September 11 attacks that bin Laden was wanted "dead or alive", US military and intelligence might have failed to carry out the order more than five years after the terrorist leader fled for his life after the invasion of Afghanistan and the collapse of his Taliban allies.

    Now the Bush administration is redoubling its efforts.

    "Reports that the trail has gone stone cold are not correct," an American official said.

    • Former US Navy sailor Hassan Abujihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall, has been arrested for supplying a pro-al-Qa'eda website with information on US ship movements and vulnerabilities, US justice authorities said.
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    beltman713 Guest
    What fucking took them so long?

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    I think because of the movement, they are putting on a show for us.
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    AuGmENTor Guest
    Especially when you consider most reports have said he is believed to be dead...

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    MrDark71 Guest
    He's as dead al Carlos Leder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDark71
    He's as dead al Carlos Leder.
    Who?

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