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Bin Laden Demonstrates Resilience

The nation’s top counterterrorism and intelligence officials have reassured Congress repeatedly about the significantly diminished capabilities of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Yet outside experts note that bin Laden has evaded capture during almost three years of hot pursuit by U.S. and other forces and remains able to communicate an increasingly sophisticated and targeted message to possible followers worldwide. “I don’t know how marginalized he is,” said Brian Jenkins, a terrorism expert at the RAND Corp. research group. “If you were giving a briefing in bin Laden’s headquarters, you could say: ‘We have had a difficult 31 months, to be sure. We have lost our training bases in Afghanistan. They have arrested a number of our brothers worldwide, including a number of our most talented operational planners.'” Full Story

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