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Bin Laden, in Tape, May Have Sights on New Role

Osama bin Laden’s surprise appearance in the last days of the presidential campaign is unwelcome news for whoever wins the election and for the U.S. counter-terrorism effort — but not for the reasons one might expect, experts said Saturday. Al Qaeda watchers had concluded long ago that the elusive Saudi exile had relinquished much of the day-to-day leadership of the terrorist organization he founded more than a decade ago. But the latest videotape has caused concern at the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies about Bin Laden’s potential new role, as an elder statesman for aggrieved Muslims worldwide. Full Story

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