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With help from Pakistan, US forces back on the hunt for al-Qaeda leader

More than two years after Osama bin Laden slipped away amid the collapse of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, US forces are again on the hunt for the al-Qaeda leader and his followers along the country’s mountainous border with Pakistan. Embarrassed before, top administration officials and senior commanders are playing down expectations of an imminent capture. But they are hoping that Pakistani troops operating on the other side of the border for the first time will make the crucial difference in a search that has long been frustrated by al-Qaeda’s easy access to safe havens in Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal areas. “What we’ve got to do is we’ve got to ensure that we put pressure on the Taliban, pressure on al-Qaeda, not only on the Afghan side of the border, but assist any way that the Pakistanis will be comfortable with to help them in their operations as well,” General John Abizaid, the chief of the US Central Command said this week in an interview PBS television here. Full Story

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