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Seeking Bounty Hunters

Pakistani People’s Alliance With Bin Laden Hampers Capture. A major operation is still under way in southwestern Pakistan as American and Pakistani officials search for Osama bin Laden, but after seeming so close last week, the hunt now looks less promising and the United States is trying a new tactic: bounty hunters. All along Pakistan’s fractious border with Afghanistan, the United States has been trying to recruit bounty hunters, and has been dropping leaflets to make sure everyone knows there is a $25 million price on bin Laden’s head. There is a lot of ground to cover. The search area is more than 900 miles long — roughly the distance between Washington, D.C., and Miami. And much of that terrain is rugged and inaccessible. It is a lawless region, long favored by drug runners because it offers so many places to hide. Finding bin Laden here would be difficult even if the local population were inclined to help. Increasingly, many here are not. “If Osama knocked on my door today,” said one man in Pashtun, “I’d hide him. I’d give him my property, even my life.” Many here consider bin Laden a hero. His poster is a best seller. And at local video stores, customers gather to watch tapes of his speeches. Full Story

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