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December 13, 2001 | Daily News wire services
U.S. special forces will begin to directly fight Osama bin Laden's embattled al Qaeda soldiers in a deal struck with Afghan military leaders, one of the commanders said yesterday. The decision to intensify the U.S. role came after the Pentagon refused to go along with a cease-fire arrangement between al Qaeda and the Afghan troops and rejected the terms of surrender. In return for continuing to fight Al Qaeda on this rugged, remote mountain, the Afghans were assured U.S. ground forces would play a more direct, on-the-ground role, the Afghan official told the Boston Globe.
NEWS
March 9, 2006 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
RAFTER 9/11, IT WAS Gary Berntsen's job to get Osama bin Laden. Picture a real-life Jack Bauer. Strong. Focused. Committed. A guy who probably knows how to kill you with his car keys. More than 23 years as an officer in the clandestine service of the CIA. In his new book, "Jawbreaker," he says he stopped dozens of bombings and assassinations. He'd learned about al Qaeda when investigating the East African embassy bombings in 1998. In 2000, he was sent to Afghanistan to try to capture a key bin Laden lieutenant and to find out what their plans were.
NEWS
October 31, 2004 | INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Osama bin Laden's reappearance Friday in a videotape has revived the controversy over how the al-Qaeda leader and many of his fighters escaped from American troops and their local allies in Afghanistan three years ago. Sen. John Kerry has suggested several times that the Bush administration failed to kill or capture bin Laden because it turned the job over to Afghan warlords. "He didn't choose to use American forces to hunt down Osama bin Laden" on the Afghan-Pakistan border at the end of 2001, Kerry said Friday in an interview with WISN-TV in Milwaukee.
NEWS
June 24, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
With the approach of Independence Day, an attractive target day for al Qaeda terrorists, foreboding of new attacks was heard throughout the Sunday talk show circuit yesterday. Lawmakers cited recent warnings from U.S. officials and a spokesman for Osama bin Laden to underscore the persistent danger from terrorists chased from their Afghan havens. "They would love the symbolism" of attacking on July Fourth, said House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas. "We must be doubly alert on that day. " They appear to be more capable of attacking Americans than they were a month or two ago, said Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla.
NEWS
September 19, 2003 | By John Walcott INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
After examining new video and audiotapes of Osama bin Laden that were broadcast last week, U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded the fugitive al-Qaeda leader is probably ill or injured and could be incapacitated or even dead. Three administration officials, all speaking on the condition of anonymity because intelligence matters are classified, said that the videotape, which showed bin Laden hiking in the mountains, could have been made as long as two years ago and that an audio track of bin Laden was recorded separately, also some time ago, and overlaid on the video.
NEWS
January 4, 2008
YOU CAN tell a lot about your paper by the ridiculous letters you choose to print. Marc Golde puts forth the worn-out idiotic conspiracy that the Bush family is in cahoots with the bin Laden family. He whiningly asks why Bush hasn't caught Osama. Marc, it's Bush's job to hire good people to find bin Laden, and he did that. Gen. Tommy Franks was at the helm when bin Laden slipped away in Tora Bora, and Franks was a great commander and gave years of his life to serve the American people.
NEWS
August 16, 2007 | Daily News wire services
Allies move on Tora Bora, where Osama once hid BAGRAMI, Afghanistan - Hun- dreds of U.S.-led troops have launched an offensive against al Qaeda and Taliban militants in an area of eastern Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden once hid, officials said yesterday. A bomb attack near the capital, meanwhile, killed three German police officers assigned to protect their country's embassy, and a British national was shot and killed in Kabul. The offensive involving ground troops and airstrikes in the Tora Bora region of eastern Nangarhar province is targeting "hundreds of foreign fighters" who are using dug-in fighting positions, said coalition spokeswoman Capt.
NEWS
January 3, 2002 | By CARL HIAASEN
SLOWLY BUT surely, America is learning to laugh again. Thank you, Geraldo. And thank you, Fox News, for sending him to Afghanistan. Let's admit it. Ever since the Taliban crumbled and the bombing slacked off, television coverage of the war on terrorism has been grindingly monotonous. Lucky for us, Geraldo Rivera is on the scene. Fox lured the mustached dandy away from CNBC with the irresistible promise of a pay cut and a chance to be shot at during a live broadcast. Upon arriving in the war zone, Geraldo breathlessly announced that he'd be carrying a gun at all times and that he personally would plug Osama bin Laden if the opportunity presented himself.
NEWS
November 1, 2004 | By Charles Krauthammer
In the 1990s, Afghanistan was allowed to fall to the Taliban and become the global center for the training, indoctrination and seeding of jihadists around the world - including the mass murderers of 9/11. Last week, just three years after a two-month war that destroyed the Taliban, Afghanistan completed its first free election, choosing as president a pro-American democrat enjoying legitimacy and wide popular support. This represents the single most astonishing geopolitical transformation of the last four years.
NEWS
December 14, 2001 | Daily News wire services
As U.S. planes strafed and bombed al Qaeda positions yesterday, Afghan tribesmen and U.S. special forces may have cornered Osama bin Laden and his fighters in a snowy mountain canyon near the Pakistan border. "The United States has reason to believe that Osama bin Laden is surrounded by opposition forces and U.S. forces in a cave complex in Tora Bora," CNN reported, citing a senior U.S. military official. U.S. officials said they had sent more special-forces soldiers into the Tora Bora region, where they may engage in direct combat with al Qaeda fighters who could be protecting bin Laden.
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May 13, 2011
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NEWS
May 7, 2011 | By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers
ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan - In the end, almost nothing that people thought they knew about Osama bin Laden's life in hiding turned out to be true. There was no special guard of commandos protecting him. He wasn't hidden away in Pakistan's wild tribal regions. He didn't spend his final years as the world's most wanted fugitive in the company of al-Qaeda followers trained in the many camps he'd sponsored before the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead, bin Laden's last hideout was a dusty compound less than a mile from Pakistan's premier military academy, a place where he was confined to the house for five years with at least one of his wives and several children.
NEWS
May 3, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
"Al-Qaeda. Bin Laden. Old news. This is the time to move forward. " So said President Obama's counterterrorism adviser John Brennan on Monday, and his words couldn't be more true. For Americans, for President Obama, for the landscape of security threats we face, for the war in Afghanistan, bin Laden's death is a game changer. Yes, there is still a terrorist threat, but the death of this killer changes so much in such fundamental ways. For Americans, this news is like the lancing of a huge boil that finally allows a wound to heal.
NEWS
August 1, 2010 | By Michael Smerconish
'Now those guys have been getting billions of dollars in foreign aid from our country and they have been playing us like a violin. [Former Pakistani President Pervez] Musharraf basically was not taking this stuff seriously, and that's going to change when I'm president. " So I was told by Sen. Barack Obama on March 24, 2008. It was the first of four occasions I have had conversations with him, each time focusing on the hunt for Osama bin Laden and U.S. relations with Pakistan. The recent release of more than 90,000 documents by WikiLeaks raises the question of whether President Obama, like his predecessor, is also being played like a violin.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2008 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
America wants to know. And from Albania to Zimbabwe, so does everyone else. Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? asks, but does not answer, this question. Maybe because filmmaker Morgan Spurlock poses the query purely for rhetorical effect. Spurlock? He's the affable documentarian who made Super Size Me , subsisting on Big Macs for a month - to prove that fast food makes you fat. He's the folksy figure who visits Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Afghanistan and Pakistan ostensibly hunting for al-Qaeda's architect - to prove that Osama is one slippery mountain viper.
NEWS
April 16, 2008 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
MORE THAN 130,000 Pennsylvanians joined the Democratic Party in the days and weeks leading up to our March 24 registration deadline. I wasn't one of them. I'm still a Republican, and while I won't have a vote in the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, like everyone else, I have an opinion as to the better of the two. It's Obama. I've watched virtually all the Democratic debates. Spent time reading the policy papers. Read each of their memoirs. There are few discernible differences between the two on the issues (she wants an individual mandate on health care; he's more anxious to leave Iraq)
NEWS
January 4, 2008
YOU CAN tell a lot about your paper by the ridiculous letters you choose to print. Marc Golde puts forth the worn-out idiotic conspiracy that the Bush family is in cahoots with the bin Laden family. He whiningly asks why Bush hasn't caught Osama. Marc, it's Bush's job to hire good people to find bin Laden, and he did that. Gen. Tommy Franks was at the helm when bin Laden slipped away in Tora Bora, and Franks was a great commander and gave years of his life to serve the American people.
NEWS
August 16, 2007 | Daily News wire services
Allies move on Tora Bora, where Osama once hid BAGRAMI, Afghanistan - Hun- dreds of U.S.-led troops have launched an offensive against al Qaeda and Taliban militants in an area of eastern Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden once hid, officials said yesterday. A bomb attack near the capital, meanwhile, killed three German police officers assigned to protect their country's embassy, and a British national was shot and killed in Kabul. The offensive involving ground troops and airstrikes in the Tora Bora region of eastern Nangarhar province is targeting "hundreds of foreign fighters" who are using dug-in fighting positions, said coalition spokeswoman Capt.
NEWS
March 31, 2006 | By Larry Atkins
Strength and Wisdom. It's the campaign slogan that Democrats should adopt for the forthcoming midterm elections and the 2008 presidential campaign. In a 2004 speech, former President Clinton emphasized the theme: "Their opponents will tell you we should be afraid of John Kerry and John Edwards because they won't stand up to terrorists. Don't you believe it. . . . Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. They move hand in hand. " Republicans did a masterful job of convincing Americans that Kerry and Democrats didn't care about national security.
NEWS
March 9, 2006 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
RAFTER 9/11, IT WAS Gary Berntsen's job to get Osama bin Laden. Picture a real-life Jack Bauer. Strong. Focused. Committed. A guy who probably knows how to kill you with his car keys. More than 23 years as an officer in the clandestine service of the CIA. In his new book, "Jawbreaker," he says he stopped dozens of bombings and assassinations. He'd learned about al Qaeda when investigating the East African embassy bombings in 1998. In 2000, he was sent to Afghanistan to try to capture a key bin Laden lieutenant and to find out what their plans were.
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