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U.S. Shifts Focus in Hunt for Al Qaeda, Bin Laden

U.S. forces are basing more troops in the south and east of Afghanistan and spending longer on patrol in rural areas to help gather intelligence about al Qaeda and Taliban militants, the U.S. military said Tuesday. The shift to more personal contact with Afghans comes amid heightened efforts in Pakistani tribal areas to hunt down rebels and growing confidence among American forces that they are closing in on Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man. The changes appear to be a tacit admission that previous large-scale operations by 10,600 U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan mostly failed to net significant numbers of guerrillas or senior militant figures. Full Story

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