Two years after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the United States is “not even close” to apprehending chief suspect Osama bin Laden. In this week’s issue, Newsweek, citing US defense department officials, said the United States had few clues to bin Laden’s whereabouts and army officers believe they will have to be “very lucky” to capture the al-Qaeda chief. Unable to infiltrate al-Qaeda, US officials said bin Laden had stopped using satellite telephones and land lines, making him even more difficult to capture months after President George W. Bush said he wanted bin Laden “dead or alive.” The officials also noted, with the US occupied in Iraq and Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf worried about militant Islamists, there are no large-scale military units trying to track bin Laden down. Full Story
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