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US sees obstacles in Al Qaeda hunt

Senior Bush administration officials said yesterday that the United States faces serious obstacles in finding Osama bin Laden and other remnants of Al Qaeda’s leadership, acknowledging that the trail of the masterminds of the Sept. 11 attacks and possibly this week’s bombings in Saudi Arabia has gone cold. In the first detailed public comments in months about the possible whereabouts of bin Laden, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that they cannot even be certain whether bin Laden is dead or alive. ”I just don’t know,” Rumsfeld said. ”What can I say? Who knows?'” But other government officials said privately that it is plausible that bin Laden directly ordered the Saudi attacks Monday. Three car bombs ripped through residential communities, killing 34, including eight Americans. Full Story

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