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U.S. to Hunt Qaeda as NATO Widens Role – Rumsfeld

The United States will stay in charge of hunting Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan even if NATO widens its security operation throughout the country, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday. He said he could envisage NATO expanding its current role to various sectors of the country, including eventually the area along the Pakistan border where the al Qaeda leader is widely thought to be hiding. But even if this happened, Rumsfeld said, there could be a memorandum of understanding that U.S.-led forces would remain in charge of hunting for al Qaeda or Taliban remnants. The memorandum could state that “the task of … dealing with any possible reconstitution of Taliban threats or al Qaeda threats, or acting on intelligence that might give you a clue as to where any of the so-called high-value targets might be located, could be left to the coalition, which is organized, trained and equipped to do that,” Rumsfeld told a news conference. Full Story

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