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U.S. Denies Iran Report of Bin Laden's Capture
Reuters ^ | Sat Feb 28, 2004 06:44 AM ET | Staff

Posted on 02/28/2004 3:55:15 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182

TEHRAN (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense denied reports by Iran's official IRNA news agency Saturday that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been captured.

IRNA quoted a story on Iran's state radio Pashtun service which reported "a very reliable source" as saying bin Laden had been captured in a tribal area of Pakistan.

A senior U.S. defense official denied the report, telling Reuters it was "another piece of stray voltage that's passing around out there."

Washington says Bin Laden masterminded the September 11, 2001 suicide hijack attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

The Iranian correspondent responsible for the report told Reuters the radio had also reported bin Laden's capture a year ago. But said a new source had told him Friday the al Qaeda leader had been seized "a long time ago."

"It could be one month ago, it could be one year, but he has been arrested," he said.

While declining to reveal his source or how his source knew of the capture, he said: "My source said it and he knows it."

He said the reason U.S. officials had denied the report was so that they could time the release of the news of bin Laden's capture to help boost President Bush's chances of re-election at presidential polls in November.

The U.S. military said this month that U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan were moving toward coordinated operations along the border -- "a hammer and anvil approach" -- to prevent fleeing al Qaeda fighters from escaping simply by crossing from one country into the other.

Pakistan, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terror, has stepped-up efforts in recent weeks against al Qaeda and Taliban fighters as the 10,600-strong U.S. force in Afghanistan gears up for a spring offensive against Islamic militants.


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KEYWORDS: alqaeda; binladen; captured; denial; hammerandanvil; obl; southasia; wot
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"The U.S. Department of Defense denied reports by Iran's official IRNA news agency Saturday that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been captured..."

Too bad it wasn't for real!

1 posted on 02/28/2004 3:55:15 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Yep, I am gonna be SAD
2 posted on 02/28/2004 3:58:35 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: Anti-Bubba182
The same thing will be said by the Rat's minions when he is captured. It was timed for Bush's election. I don't think that will cause any harm unless we did have him for some extended length of time.

Go Hogs! Beat Taliban!
3 posted on 02/28/2004 4:01:20 AM PST by TLOne (All the terrorists want is for us to bow and worship their god. Oh, and let them rule.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Heavy sigh from dashed hope...
4 posted on 02/28/2004 4:01:55 AM PST by NautiNurse (Missing Iraqi botulinum toxin? Look at John Kerry's face)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Ahhhh....rumors!

The nectar upon which the insecure among us feed.

Gets the blood racing a wee bit though, doesn't it?

Let us hope one day this ceases to be a rumor.
5 posted on 02/28/2004 4:02:47 AM PST by wunderkind54
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To: Anti-Bubba182
(Per Reuters) Washington says Bin Laden masterminded the September 11, 2001 suicide hijack attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

I must have missed the part where it stopped being generally accepted that OBL was responsible for 911. I suppose if he is captured Reuters will refer to him by some name like John Smith, rather than his Islamic name.

6 posted on 02/28/2004 4:04:39 AM PST by White Eagle
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To: Glenn
Btt.
7 posted on 02/28/2004 4:05:54 AM PST by Neets (In favor of liberating Iraq, and opposed to it. And that's just one senator from Massachusetts.)
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To: Neets
If it isn't on Drudge, I don't bother to check CNN.
8 posted on 02/28/2004 4:06:57 AM PST by Glenn (What were you thinking, Al?)
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To: NautiNurse
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_591161,00050002.htm

Kasuri says he cannot confirm reports of Osama's capture

Press Trust of India Islamabad, February 28

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on Saturday declined to confirm reports of Osama bin Laden's arrest.

"I cannot confirm it. They (the troops) made an effort (to capture him) but (I) cannot confirm it," Kasuri said at a joint press conference with visiting French Foreign Minister Dominique Devilpan here, when asked about the reports of bin Laden's capture.

9 posted on 02/28/2004 4:08:11 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Anti-Bubba182
"Washington says Bin Laden masterminded the September 11, 2001 suicide hijack attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people."

According to Reuters, Osama Bin Laden is guilty of nothing, and Washington says he's behind the attacks. They probably find the Bush AWOL stories more convincing.

10 posted on 02/28/2004 4:08:17 AM PST by Batrachian
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To: Anti-Bubba182
BUMP
11 posted on 02/28/2004 4:10:25 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Glenn
HAHAHA!!

Silly drudge....

Please, don't turn me against you so early in our relationship.....

I am really just starting to get to tolerate you.
12 posted on 02/28/2004 4:11:04 AM PST by Neets (In favor of liberating Iraq, and opposed to it. And that's just one senator from Massachusetts.)
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To: Neets
"I cannot confirm it. They (the troops) made an effort (to capture him) but (I) cannot confirm it," Kasuri said at a joint press conference with visiting French Foreign Minister Dominique Devilpan here, when asked about the reports of bin Laden's capture.






http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_591161,00050002.htm
13 posted on 02/28/2004 4:12:51 AM PST by KQQL (@)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
"He said the reason U.S. officials had denied the report was so that they could time the release of the news of bin Laden's capture to help boost President Bush's chances of re-election at presidential polls in November."

Madeleine Albright reporting.
14 posted on 02/28/2004 4:16:30 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Batrachian
Reuters probably thinks all the hijackers were Mossad agents.
15 posted on 02/28/2004 4:16:44 AM PST by Montfort
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To: Batrachian
Your snide comment is soooo true. Shame on "Roto Reuters."
16 posted on 02/28/2004 4:20:25 AM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: Anti-Bubba182
BIN LADEN WILL BE CAPTURED THIS YEAR.

The Pentagon is very conservative in their statements. There are times when stories are out and the Pentagon are the last to acknowledge it. I believe the Iran story is false.

HOWEVER, a Pentagon official (I believe it was a general) had stated categorically that Bin Laden would be captured this year. In other words they have him pinned down in a narrow area and there is no way out.

It's only a matter of time (months). The Pentagon would not issue a statement like that with nothing to back it up.

In over words, repeat after me: FOUR MORE YEARS.

17 posted on 02/28/2004 4:31:42 AM PST by putupjob
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Looks like Reuters has taken the lead and allowed itself to be the outfit that set up the accusation of the U.S. holding UBL until the elections in order to boost W's re-election chances.

Dateline: October 6th, 2004:

There have been reports of Bib-Laden's capture as far back as February 28,2004 and is now just being trotted out by Karl Rove to boost the President's lagging poll number's prior to the election. It's been said that the alleged master mind of the freedom fighters who went on the offensive in the United States on September 11th has been held at a secret air base in Hellholeistan since February.

Maddy Albright has been credited with predicting this course of action by the current administration and was insensitively criticised by the right wing in the media for such conspiracy theories. As we now know - she has been proved correct,as her instincts have served the United States well again.

Tom Daschle has called for an Independent Counsel to investigate these charges and to find them to be true prior to Election Day. Further - Sen. Daschle has suggested that former Senator Robert Torricelli, who was set up and rail roaded by the VRWC would make a fine Independent Counsel and has already demanded that President Bush name him before the end of the day.

18 posted on 02/28/2004 4:36:34 AM PST by capydick ("it's time for America to wake up and smell the Kerry".)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Iran! All your captures are belong to US!
19 posted on 02/28/2004 4:36:50 AM PST by Dark Glasses and Corncob Pipe (14, 15, 16...whatever!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
The U.S. Department of Defense denied reports by Iran's official IRNA news agency Saturday that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been captured.


Right, it's far too early in the election year for this type of news...................
20 posted on 02/28/2004 4:38:36 AM PST by WhiteGuy (Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Nobody in the Bush Administration would have thought of it on their own, but when the RATS accused them of keeping Saddam under wraps until a politically expedient moment, the Bush folks said, "What the heck! They will accuse us of it anyway!"

Give John F-fing Kerry a couple of more weeks of saying Bush is weak on defense because we haven't caught Bin Ladin, and "Viola! The Perp is Here!" ;-)
21 posted on 02/28/2004 4:39:19 AM PST by SubMareener
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To: White Eagle
Alleged terrorist.

Oh, I forgot. Reuters doesn't use that word.

Alleged militant fighter.
22 posted on 02/28/2004 4:41:06 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Anti-Bubba182
I think OBL is still spending the weekend at Bernies.

Can you capture a dead man?

23 posted on 02/28/2004 4:45:27 AM PST by garyhope
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To: Anti-Bubba182
The only reason I find this intriguing is because the other day, Mansoor Ijaz was on Fox INSISTING that Bin Laden was in Iran.

The anchors were of the opinion that Bin Laden was being "boxed in" somewhere on the Afghan-Pak border.

24 posted on 02/28/2004 4:47:33 AM PST by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: TLOne
The same thing will be said by the Rat's minions when he is captured.
 
You can bet the farm on that, but the only people who will believe it are the loony left who wouldn't vote for G Dub anyway.

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

25 posted on 02/28/2004 4:54:40 AM PST by South Hawthorne (You've posted a total of 129 threads and 3,154 replies (many of which were embarrassingly stupid).)
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To: garyhope
Can you capture a dead man?

You can't. For one dead since Dec 2001 specimen collection can be done,
but you first need access to the cave.

26 posted on 02/28/2004 5:36:46 AM PST by ASA Vet ("Those who know, don't talk, those who talk, don't know.")
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To: TLOne
I don't believe the timed for election nonsense. First, I don't believe they could feasibly do it. There would be people in the know. It wouldn't wash. Second, I don't see how timing matters that much on this one. When we get him, if we get him, people will be very happy. 1000 times happier than we were when Saddam was caught. Catching Saddam was good cuz we figured it'd help us get things squared away over there in Iraq, but it's nothing like the personal desire I am sure 10s of millions of us have for capturing Osama. If Bush gets him, people will be happier. I will be happier. That will affect votes. But I don't believe they could or would time it.
27 posted on 02/28/2004 5:39:10 AM PST by Seth1
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Washington says Bin Laden masterminded the September 11, 2001 suicide hijack attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

No lame propaganda network, Laden took credit for 9/11 in a public video tape
28 posted on 02/28/2004 5:43:18 AM PST by Vision (Always Faithful)
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To: Vision
Laden took credit for 9/11 in a public video tape

That tape was ordered "released" by President Bush on Dec 13th, 2001.
No real OBL footage has been aired since.
The Elvis Bin Laden saga continues.

29 posted on 02/28/2004 5:48:21 AM PST by ASA Vet ("Anyone who signed up after 11/28/97 is a newbie")
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To: Anti-Bubba182; Gigantor; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; TEXOKIE; Alamo-Girl; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...
Thanks, Anti-Bubba182.

Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, also said he had no information to suggest bin Laden had been caught.

"Things are going well, and we believe we will eventually catch all the leaders of al-Qaida, but I know nothing of that report," he said.

Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed denied the reported capture, saying it was "baseless news."
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The other side, from Reuters ~ and AP:

Feb 28, 8:19 AM EST

U.S. Denies Report of Bin Laden's Capture



TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Pentagon and Pakistani officials on Saturday denied an Iranian state radio report that Osama bin Laden was captured in Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan "a long time ago."

The claim came at a time when Pakistan's army was hunting al-Qaida suspects in a remote tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, believed to be a possible hiding place for the al-Qaida leader. The report was carried by Iran radio's external Pashtun service, which is designed for listeners in Afghanistan and Pakistan where the language is widely spoken.

Iran state radio's main news channel - the Farsi-language service for Iranian listeners - did not carry the bin Laden report. Iran state television also did not carry the report.

The director of Iran radio's Pashtun service, Asheq Hossein, said he had two sources for the report. The radio quoted its reporter as saying bin Laden had been in custody for a period of time, but a U.S. announcement of the capture was being withheld by President Bush until closer to the November election.

"Osama bin Laden has been arrested a long time ago, but Bush is intending to use it for propaganda maneuvering in the presidential election," he said.

There have been reports that military forces believed they had identified bin Laden's general location and had him encircled, but Pakistani officials have denied any specific knowledge of bin Laden's whereabouts.

The state radio report, quoting an unnamed source, said U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's visit to the region this week was in connection with the arrest.

Larry Di Rita, the chief Pentagon spokesman who traveled with Rumsfeld this week to Afghanistan, denied the report. "I don't have any reason to think it's true," he said Saturday.

Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, also said he had no information to suggest bin Laden had been caught.

"Things are going well, and we believe we will eventually catch all the leaders of al-Qaida, but I know nothing of that report," he said.

Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed denied the reported capture, saying it was "baseless news."

"We have neither arrested Osama nor we have any information about him," Ahmed told The Associated Press.

Pakistani Army spokesman Gen. Shaukat Sultan also told The Associated Press that the report was not true. "That information is wrong," he said.

A Pakistani official said previously that members of al-Qaida are being sought in the border region, although bin laden was not a specific target.

Separately, Pakistani forces killed 11 people in an exchange of fire Saturday after a minibus failed to stop at a roadblock in a tribal region where the ongoing anti-terrorism operations have been taking place, an army spokesman told the AP. The shooting occurred a day after armed men and soldiers exchanged fire at a military compound in the region.

Speaking to the AP in Tehran, Hossein identified one of the sources for the bin Laden report as Shamim Shahed, editor of the English-language Pakistani newspaper The Nation in Peshawar. Hossein said Shahed told him Friday night that bin Laden was arrested "a long time ago."

But Shahed, who is The Nation's Peshawar bureau chief and not its editor, denied telling Iranian radio that bin Laden had been captured.

"I never said this," Shahed said in a telephone interview with the AP's Islamabad bureau. "But I have for the last year been saying that he is not far away. He is within their (the Americans') reach, and they can declare him arrested any time."

Hossein said he had a second source for his report that bin Laden had been captured, but he declined to identify him except to say he was "a man with close links to intelligence services and Afghan tribal leaders."

The Iranian news agency IRNA was first to report the capture of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. IRNA also carried the state radio report about bin Laden's capture and said it had contacted a radio announcer at the Pashtun service who confirmed the news.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BIN_LADEN?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME


Today's FR thread w/ over 600 comments. Hmmmm?....

8 Osama caught - rumors abound... ~ 2/28/04 | Gigantor

What does Gigantor know and when did he know it?     (^:

30 posted on 02/28/2004 5:52:51 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ("(We)..come to rout out tyranny from its nest. Confusion to the enemy." - B. Taylor, US Marine)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
>>>He said the reason U.S. officials had denied the report was so that they could time the release of the news of bin Laden's capture to help boost President Bush's chances of re-election at presidential polls in November.



I smell a Democrat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
31 posted on 02/28/2004 5:52:53 AM PST by The Raven
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Seems like their source is Madeline Albright.
32 posted on 02/28/2004 5:55:00 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Anti-Bubba182
As I posted on the "rumor thread":

Iran has a vested interest in saying that "Osama has been captured and that it happened a long time ago" because it takes the focus off their status as the #2 Axis of Evil Country and their own internal domestic power struggles.

By focusing the US and worlds attention on Osama (on the lamb or in custody), they are trying to shift attention away from being destabilized and / or the next country to have their population liberated.

33 posted on 02/28/2004 6:03:31 AM PST by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Remember that the Iranians like to 'play' in American politics. They waited until minutes after Reagan was inaugerated to release the hostages they had been holding for 444 days.

Expect other politically sensative stories out of there.

34 posted on 02/28/2004 6:06:27 AM PST by blam
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To: tiamat
and mr. rumsfeld flew to afghanistan.

it really is possible, something is bubbling beneath the surface.
35 posted on 02/28/2004 6:07:08 AM PST by contessa machiaveli
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To: contessa machiaveli
Yes, I noticed that about Rummy.

Keeping my fingers crossed and staying near the computer and the tube today!

36 posted on 02/28/2004 6:09:02 AM PST by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: contessa machiaveli
From an AP story:

>>snip<<

Meanwhile, U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Coffer Black was in the capital Islamabad for talks with Pakistani officials.

He met Friday with Tariq Osman Hyder, a senior Foreign Ministry official, to discuss cooperation in the global campaign against terrorism, a ministry statement said.

The U.S. Embassy confirmed Black's arrival but would give no details about his discussions.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/w-asia/2004/feb/28/022807771.html
37 posted on 02/28/2004 6:16:12 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
So, is he, or isn't he? Do I have to read the 600+ posts, RC? LOL
38 posted on 02/28/2004 6:23:00 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Your friend is your needs answered. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
For a brief moment..hope.The thread's at 700 now .We do talk a lot!
39 posted on 02/28/2004 6:37:16 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
There are good national security reasons to put a lid on his capture - namely, the possibility that some cells are instructed to strike when/if OBL is captured.

The argument that he's holding for maximum impact is silly but even if it is true, it would not trump the fact that we caught him - which would seriously impair Kerry's ability to make the case for kissing Kofi's ass in order to win the war on Terror.

41 posted on 02/28/2004 7:01:08 AM PST by Publius Maximus (Compassionate Conservatism: Profligate Liberal Spending With A Conservative Rhetorical Twist)
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To: Gunslingr3
While declining to reveal his source or how his source knew of the capture, he said: "My source said it and he knows it."

How much confirmation do we have? One guy says that some other guy told him? Okay, RUN WITH IT!

42 posted on 02/28/2004 7:56:46 AM PST by Jonathon Spectre (Nazis believed they were doing good.)
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To: KQQL
[Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on Saturday declined to confirm reports of Osama bin Laden's arrest. "I cannot confirm it. They (the troops) made an effort (to capture him) but (I) cannot confirm it," ]

Hmmmmmmm......

43 posted on 02/28/2004 8:53:41 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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44 posted on 02/28/2004 9:00:26 AM PST by Redcloak (íLIBERE EL QUESO! íLIBERE EL QUESO! íLIBERE EL QUESO! íLIBERE EL QUESO! íLIBERE EL QUESO!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
The Iranian correspondent responsible for the report told Reuters the radio had also reported bin Laden's capture a year ago. But said a new source had told him Friday the al Qaeda leader had been seized "a long time ago." "It could be one month ago, it could be one year, but he has been arrested," he said. While declining to reveal his source or how his source knew of the capture, he said: "My source said it and he knows it." He said the reason U.S. officials had denied the report was so that they could time the release of the news of bin Laden's capture to help boost President Bush's chances of re-election at presidential polls in November.

(My bold -- Reuters punchline)

So Reuters delivers the punchline of this story, by using an unnamed *and* unquoted source, talking to an unnamed "Iranian correspondent".

Notice how the quote marks disappear from this article for the all-important boost-the-reelection-chances, punchline.

45 posted on 02/28/2004 9:08:31 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: White Eagle
I must have missed the part where it stopped being generally accepted that OBL was responsible for 911. I suppose if he is captured Reuters will refer to him by some name like John Smith, rather than his Islamic name.

Great point!  Reuters' subtleties are quite a sight, aren't they?!  This news item boils down to "I heard that he heard, that he heard...".  It's hard to believe Reuters is actually *in* the news business.  blech!   FReegards.
46 posted on 02/28/2004 9:14:58 AM PST by GirlShortstop
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Jayson Blair when interviewed this week stated: "I was not ready to give up cocaine though. ... After all, some of my best stories were inspired by drug-­fueled writing." Reuters must employ a lot Jayson Blair clones to write their fantasy BS posing as news stories.
47 posted on 02/28/2004 9:15:00 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Pope John Paul, ""Family means: 'And He created them man and woman."')
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Sounds like the Mullahs think we are about to capture Osama Bin Laden.

Most Iranians believe the Mullahs of Iran's existence depends on Bush's defeat in November. Therefore they need to help Kerry (who has said he will repair relations with these terror masters. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1077998/posts

By preemptively claiming we have had Osama in custody for a long time they are trying to provide the Democrats with an argument that his "capture date" was a lie and the announcement of the capture "politically motivated."

If we do capture Osama soon, the Mullahs will use this charge of a US conspiracy re: Osama to create doubts about the US on a whole range of issues, most importantly Iran's nuclear weapons development program.

By the way, perhaps the most powerful Mullah of Iran said yesterday: ""All the world-known and notorious terrorists are made with US money, support and experience," he said in his Friday sermon, broadcast live on state radio." http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1087255/posts?page=5#5

So much for Iranian credibility.
48 posted on 02/28/2004 9:20:26 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: Anti-Bubba182
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49 posted on 02/28/2004 9:20:56 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: Anti-Bubba182
We need to time the capture at the right time!

Capturing OBL now will be less positive than a capture, say Sept/Oct. this fall.

I am all for the capture and the killing of OBL, Omar and the rest of the thugs, tming is everything. The capture of Saddam doomed the Dean candidacy and will the capture of OBl doomed the dims this fall..hehehe...

BTW, did anyone notice how the media not talking about iraqi casualties anymore, I hope I am not jinxing this, but I notice we have a lot less losses of our troops in Iraq. Maybe there is real improvements there, send a prayer to our troops in that region.

The media is pounding on Jobs, deficits blah blah - I suppose a good jobs report, say 200-300K jobs created in a month (plus no more manufacturing job losses) will crush these media hypsters. My contacts in the midwest is telling me the tool shops are humming, no longer find enogh temp workers or overtime to match demand, finding difficulties to source the raw materials on time (like steel) - all signs of a boom coming. I just hope the boom come in at just the right time.
50 posted on 02/28/2004 9:23:30 AM PST by FRgal4u
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