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Iraq tactics may not aid bin Laden hunt

The tactics that US troops used to track down Saddam Hussein are unlikely to help allied forces in Afghanistan find Osama bin Laden, according to military officials and national security specialists. The US military probably will share the lessons learned from the hunt for the deposed Iraqi dictator, but the fanatical nature of bin Laden’s supporters, the treacherous terrain along the Afghan-Pakistani border where the Al Qaeda leader is believed to be hiding, and the relatively small numbers of allied forces in the region make him a much more elusive quarry, the specialists said. Finding Hussein was a major public relations coup for the Bush administration, but many national security specialists contend that in terms of protecting the United States domestically, bin Laden is a more critical target because he runs a terrorist network with global reach. Full Story

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