Saturday, February 21, 2004

Bin Laden in a box: Wonderful news, if true 

Tomorrow's edition of an Australian paper says that "Osama bin Laden is reportedly surrounded by United States special forces in a mountain range that straddles north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan."

According to the article, Bin Laden has been spotted by the good guys for the first time since 2001, and is being monitored by satellite.

The area makes an all-out conventional military assault impossible, according to the report.

The plan to capture him would depend on a "grab-him-and-go" operation.

"US helicopters already sited on the Afghanistan border will swoop in to extricate him," the report says.

It continues by saying bin Laden and his men "sleep in caves or out in the open".

"The area is swept by fierce snow storms howling down from the 3000m-high mountain peaks. Donkeys are the only transport."

The US special forces are "absolutely confident" there is no escape for bin Laden and are waiting for the order to snatch the shadowy terrorist leader.

The timing of that order will ultimately depend on President George Bush, the report says.

Perhaps this explains why we seem to be treating Pakistan with kid gloves. Will our policy toward Islamabad change if we get Bin Laden?

The article is rich with detail, and worth reading in its entirety.


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