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U.S. Failure to Capture Bin Laden Is Debated

The broadcast of a new videotape from Osama bin Laden prompted Senator John Kerry on Friday to renew his criticism that President Bush had the leader of Al Qaeda cornered in the rugged mountains of Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in December 2001, but “outsourced” the job of killing or capturing him to unreliable Afghan warlords. Mr. Kerry’s accusation has elements of truth, but is also somewhat exaggerated, military commanders and Pentagon officials say. Gen. Tommy R. Franks, the commander of American forces in Afghanistan at the time, said this month that Mr. Kerry’s “understanding of events doesn’t square with reality.”Full Story

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