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U.S. general: Time ‘running out’ for bin Laden

The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday that his troops are stepping up efforts to capture Osama bin Laden and ousted Taliban leader Mullah Omar, maintaining that the “sand in their hour glass is running out.” Briefing Pentagon reporters via teleconference from Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, Army Lt. Gen. David Barno said the United States and Pakistan are improving cooperation in efforts to eradicate al-Qaida elements, using a “hammer and anvil approach” that will drive the terrorists out of Pakistan and across the Afghan border. Pakistan says it does not want U.S. forces operating inside its borders, and the U.S. government says it won’t go in without Pakistani permission. Since 2002, Pakistan’s army has staged several operations targeting al-Qaida fugitives. Residents have reported seeing a small number of foreign personnel on such operations, but Pakistan denies it. Full Story

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