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A Secret Hunt Unravels in Afghanistan

Mission to Capture or Kill al Qaeda Leader Frustrated by Near Misses, Political Disputes. The seeds of the CIA’s first formal plan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden were contained in another urgent manhunt — for Mir Aimal Kasi, the Pakistani migrant who murdered two CIA employees while spraying rounds from an assault rifle at cars idling before the entrance to the CIA’s Langley headquarters in 1993. For several years after the shooting, Kasi remained a fugitive in the border areas straddling Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. From its Langley offices, the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center asked the Islamabad station for help recruiting agents who might be able to track Kasi down. Case officers signed up a group of Afghan tribal fighters who had worked for the CIA during the 1980s guerrilla war against Soviet occupying forces in Afghanistan. Full Story

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