A parting shot at Osama bin Laden?
The target: terrorist nonpareil Osama bin Laden. The force: a Russian-American armada of helicopter gunships, combat aircraft, and special-forces commandos poised to strike bin Laden's terrorist network deep inside Afghanistan. D-day: anytime. Reports of a joint U.S.-Russian offensive against bin Laden from bases in Central Asia swirled through the world's press last week. The bold-sounding plan had only one drawback: It wasn't true. But Washington let the rumors fester, for good reason: They rattle bin Laden and his hosts, the fundamentalist Taliban, which rule most of Afghanistan. Full Story