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Saddam's Capture May Aid Bin Laden Search

Afghan officials hailed the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, saying Sunday the arrest might blunt the growing insurgency here. They also speculated Saddam’s capture after seven months on the run could make it easier to catch the world’s other top fugitive — al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden. “This is obviously good news for the people of Iraq who suffered for so long under Saddam’s tyrannical regime and it is a warning to all the other outlaws who are at large like bin Laden, (Taliban chief) Mullah Omar and (renegade warlord) Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who hopefully sooner or later will be brought to justice,” Omar Samad, a spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Ministry, told The Associated Press. Bin Laden is believed to be hiding in the mountainous no man’s land between Pakistan and Afghanistan, possibly drawing support of deeply conservative tribal villagers who share his hardline vision of Islam. Full Story

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