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France: Bin Laden Nearly Caught in Afghanistan

Osama bin Laden has escaped capture in Afghanistan several times and may be linked in some way to the Madrid train attacks that killed 200 people, France’s chief of defense staff said Monday. Gen. Henri Bentegeat said about 200 French troops were operating with U.S. forces in southeastern Afghanistan against the Taliban and bin Laden’s al Qaeda. The Saudi-born militant is thought to be there or just across the border in Pakistan. “Our men were not very far. On several occasions, I even think he slipped out of a net that was quite well closed,” he told Europe 1 radio. He did not specify a time frame. Bentegeat, who spoke as if he were sure bin Laden was in Afghanistan, said the country’s difficult terrain explained why it was so hard to catch the world’s most wanted man. Full Story

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