Al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden was ‘within grasp’ of US

November 30, 2009 at 7:58 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Osama Bin Laden (centre) with Ayman al Zawahiri (left) in an image broadcast by al-Jazeera in October 2001

Osama Bin Laden is believed to be hiding in Pakistan‘s tribal areas

US forces had Osama Bin Laden “within their grasp” in Afghanistan in late 2001, a US Senate report says.

It says calls for US reinforcements were rejected, allowing the al-Qaeda leader to “walk unmolested” into Pakistan’s unregulated tribal areas.

The report was prepared by the Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff.

It says the failure to kill or capture Bin Laden had far-reaching consequences and laid the foundation for the protracted Afghan insurgency.

The report comes as President Barack Obama prepares to announce a long-awaited decision on sending troop reinforcements to Afghanistan.

 

 

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