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U.S. Commander Happy with Osama Stuck in the Hills

The U.S. special forces commander who has led the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan said Thursday he will be satisfied if the al Qaeda chief spends the next 30 years living in fear and on the run. Col. Walter Herd, departing commander of 4,000 special forces soldiers from seven countries, said he could not predict when bin Laden would be caught, but saw the Saudi-born guerrilla leader running out of hiding places. “We could find him this afternoon, we could find him a year from now, we could find him 10 years from now,” Herd told reporters Thursday at a change-of-command ceremony at Bagram Air Field, a major U.S. base north of Kabul. “But what I think we can do is to change the conditions so that he is no longer welcome here in Afghanistan. “And if he spends the next 10 years, or 20 years, or 30 years, running through the mountains of Afghanistan looking over his shoulder, that’s OK.” Full Story

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