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Bin Laden 'boxed in' by US soldiers
The Weekend Australian ^ | 22 February 2004 | The Sunday Mail (Qld)

Posted on 02/21/2004 9:14:03 AM PST by MegaSilver

OSAMA bin Laden is reportedly surrounded by United States special forces in a mountain range that straddles north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Internationally respected investigative journalist and author Gordon Thomas says the al-Qaida terror group leader has been sighted for the first time since 2001 and is being monitored by satellite.

In a report to be published in a British newspaper, Thomas says bin Laden is in a mountainous area to the north of the Pakistani city of Quetta.

The region is said to be a stronghold for bin Laden supporters and the terror kingpin is estimated to have 50 of his fanatical bodyguards by his side.

Thomas attributes his report to "a well-placed intelligence source" in Washington who is quoted as saying: "He (bin Laden) is boxed in."

The area makes an all-out conventional military assault impossible, according to the report.

The plan to capture him would depend on a "grab-him-and-go" operation.

"US helicopters already sited on the Afghanistan border will swoop in to extricate him," the report says.

It continues by saying bin Laden and his men "sleep in caves or out in the open".

"The area is swept by fierce snow storms howling down from the 3000m-high mountain peaks. Donkeys are the only transport."

The US special forces are "absolutely confident" there is no escape for bin Laden and are waiting for the order to snatch the shadowy terrorist leader.

The timing of that order will ultimately depend on President George Bush, the report says.

"Capturing bin Laden will certainly be a huge help for him as he gets ready for the election.

"It will be an even bigger bonus than getting Saddam."

The article goes on to say bin Laden's movements are continually monitored by a US National Security Agency satellite positioned over the land in which the wealthy Saudi is trapped.

Joint chiefs of staff chairman General Richard Myers said last week the US had been engaged in "intense" efforts to capture bin Laden.

But General Myers insisted that the focus of the search had not narrowed for months.

"There are areas where we think it is most likely he is, and they remain the same," he said. "They haven't changed in months."

Asked where bin Laden was hiding, General Myers said: "We think in that border region somewhere. We don't know precisely."

Bin Laden's whereabouts were discovered, according to the report, when US Central Intelligence Agency analysts – geographers and soil experts – studying the background in the al-Qaida boss's latest video suggested it matched rocks in the Toba Kakar ranges.

CIA agents, working with Pakistani guides, went from Afghanistan to the region to take photographs and bring out rock and soil samples.

These were flown to Washington where the CIA analysts electronically matched them to the video background.

A two-man special forces surveillance unit infiltrated the area.

"Within a week, they had picked up the first clues that bin Laden was around," according to a source quoted in the report.

"Other teams then slipped into the area.

"No helicopters were used, to avoid any alert."

Once the area was sealed, the special forces troops watched and waited for the order to go in and end the largest manhunt in history.

Bin Laden, head of the fanatical Muslim al-Qaida group, is alleged to have masterminded the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York and Washington.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; binladen; osama; osamabinladen; pakistan; southasia; turass; usama; usamabinladen
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1 posted on 02/21/2004 9:14:03 AM PST by MegaSilver
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To: MegaSilver
I hope they catch him dead.
2 posted on 02/21/2004 9:16:25 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: MegaSilver
**"The area is swept by fierce snow storms howling down from the 3000m-high mountain peaks. Donkeys are the only transport."**

Send in Geraldo to find him! </sarcasm off.

3 posted on 02/21/2004 9:17:53 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: MegaSilver
Uh huh. Just last week, I saw him running a shoe-shine stand at the Des Moines airport. And the week before, he was in Cannes for the Film Festival.

I'll believe it when I see him crawling out of a hole with lice in his beard.

4 posted on 02/21/2004 9:18:10 AM PST by IronJack
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To: MegaSilver
I can't wait for our Forces to bring this bastard in.
5 posted on 02/21/2004 9:18:53 AM PST by Imperialist
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To: MegaSilver
"It will be an even bigger bonus than getting Saddam."

I agree. However, if he is caught, the Democrats will say he wasn't much of a threat anymore because he was boxed in, and they will start pointing at North Korea as being the real danger to America.

6 posted on 02/21/2004 9:21:26 AM PST by Enterprise ("Do you know who I am?")
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To: MegaSilver
I see Kerry's numbers falling to the basement if bin Laden is captured!

Anyone else?
7 posted on 02/21/2004 9:21:31 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: IronJack
Me too! This sounds too good to be true! Besides, loose lips sink ships! Why in the world would we even suggest we are HOT on his Trail?? So don't hold your breath here, nothing to see move along....:)
8 posted on 02/21/2004 9:21:41 AM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: Salvation
"the area is swept by fierce snow storms howling down from the 3000m-high mountain peaks"

Yeah..and it's so cold it fractures tool steel...and the Afghani warriers can live on snow and run through 20 ft snow drifts.

I guess that's why the talliwhakis got rolled up in a month

9 posted on 02/21/2004 9:22:25 AM PST by spokeshave (She said one of the men yelled after the retreating burglar: "And that's just our womenfolk.")
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To: IronJack
Don't be silly. Here he is...


10 posted on 02/21/2004 9:22:27 AM PST by Redcloak (ˇLIBERE EL QUESO! ˇLIBERE EL QUESO! ˇLIBERE EL QUESO! ˇLIBERE EL QUESO! ˇLIBERE EL QUESO!)
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To: Enterprise
I agree. However, if he is caught, the Democrats will say he wasn't much of a threat anymore because he was boxed in, and they will start pointing at North Korea as being the real danger to America.

I say we'd better be careful not to execute him.

11 posted on 02/21/2004 9:22:55 AM PST by MegaSilver (Coulter/Harris 2008)
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To: MegaSilver
But let's keep this a little "internet secret" so as not to alert the quarry.
12 posted on 02/21/2004 9:23:37 AM PST by kcar
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To: MegaSilver
Already posted.
13 posted on 02/21/2004 9:23:48 AM PST by ServesURight (FReecerely Yours,)
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To: MegaSilver
I hope they delay his capture for a late October Surprise.

14 posted on 02/21/2004 9:24:21 AM PST by Reelect President Dubya (Drug prohibition laws help support terrorism.)
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To: MegaSilver
This right here was the whole reason for writing what, on the surface, is supposed to look like a positive article:

"The US special forces are 'absolutely confident' there is no escape for bin Laden and are waiting for the order to snatch the shadowy terrorist leader.

"The timing of that order will ultimately depend on President George Bush, the report says.

"'Capturing bin Laden will certainly be a huge help for him as he gets ready for the election.

"'It will be an even bigger bonus than getting Saddam.'"

15 posted on 02/21/2004 9:24:24 AM PST by lambo
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To: MegaSilver
One word: NAPALM.
16 posted on 02/21/2004 9:25:43 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: MegaSilver
"The area is swept by fierce snow storms howling down from the 3000m-high mountain peaks. Donkeys are the only transport."

I know a few "Rondack" hunters they can send in to plug Old Osama. (bet they would jump at the chance to go over and do it, too)

17 posted on 02/21/2004 9:26:00 AM PST by OnAMission
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To: Redcloak
Wait! Where's Tourist Guy?
18 posted on 02/21/2004 9:26:58 AM PST by IronJack
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To: RoseofTexas
I would think it is to get him to move, sort of like kicking at bushes to spook a rabbit into the open. But I agree that this sort of thing seems odd to have been reported (with attribution to the sources).
19 posted on 02/21/2004 9:27:22 AM PST by katana
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To: MegaSilver
Revelation 6:15-16

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Not exactly the end of the world but fitting never the less.

20 posted on 02/21/2004 9:28:45 AM PST by RockyMtnMan
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