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U.S. Redoubling Efforts to Find Bin Laden

Two years after President Bush said Osama bin Laden was wanted dead or alive, America’s new Afghan envoy said on Tuesday the United States is redoubling efforts to find him and other leaders of both al Qaeda and the Taliban. The new U.S. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born diplomat who is to be sworn in on Monday and depart for Kabul on Tuesday, said more help is needed from Afghan citizens particularly along border regions of Pakistan that the elusive bin Laden and top aides might be crossing into. “We’re going to redouble our efforts,” Khalilzad told a group of reporters. With new funding for Afghanistan approved by Congress, the United States plans to “take the fight to the Taliban extremists and to go after the al Qaeda leadership,” he said. Bin Laden, his top lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahri and ousted Taliban leader Mullah Omar remain at large after the U.S.-led toppling of the Taliban from control of Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. They have eluded a fierce manhunt based on Bush’s order that bin Laden was wanted “dead or alive.” Full Story

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