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Rumsfeld Cool on Bin Laden Hunt

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld Thursday played down reports that U.S. forces were chasing Osama bin Laden and other terrorists with new urgency and might be close to locating the Saudi fugitive and his aides, believed to be hiding in the rugged borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rumsfeld, on his sixth visit to the Afghan capital since the U.S.-backed government of President Hamid Karzai took power in late 2001, bantered cordially with Karzai at a news conference about whether Kabul or Washington was a safer city and reiterated the Bush administration’s commitment to helping Afghanistan until the battered nation was “firmly on its feet.” Full Story

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