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French troops had bin Laden in sights: documentary
Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 12/19/06 | Francois Murphy

Posted on 12/19/2006 5:23:46 PM PST by advance_copy

A documentary says French special forces had Osama bin Laden in their sights twice about three years ago but their U.S. superiors never ordered them to fire.

The French military, however, said that the incidents never happened and the report was "erroneous information."

The documentary, due to air next year and seen by Reuters on Tuesday, says the troops could have killed the al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan but the order to shoot never came, possibly because it took too long to request it.

"In 2003 and 2004 we had bin Laden in our sights. The sniper said 'I have bin Laden'," an anonymous French soldier is quoted as saying.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: binladen; documyths; france; libmyths; myths; osamabinladen; reuters
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Al Reuters quotes a yet-to-be-seen "documentary" quoting an anonymous source (a purported French soldier) saying something that has been disputed by the French. It's better than publishing fake pictures... I suppose. Nonetheless, if it is not already, the standing order for all NATO troops should be, IMO, if you see bin Laden, shoot him immediately.
1 posted on 12/19/2006 5:23:47 PM PST by advance_copy
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To: advance_copy; Dog

in what location were these french special forces?


2 posted on 12/19/2006 5:25:31 PM PST by oceanview
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To: advance_copy

I thought that was the standing order?


3 posted on 12/19/2006 5:26:20 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: oceanview

I wonder what is so "special" about French Special Forces?


4 posted on 12/19/2006 5:26:56 PM PST by JENINMO
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To: advance_copy

Who in the Western World needs permission to shoot Bin Laden? Isn't there a $25 million dollar reward on him, dead or alive?


5 posted on 12/19/2006 5:27:28 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

hey, don't mock that part of this story. remember when we had Mullah Omar ready to be hit - and some JAG in the chain of command thwarted it.


6 posted on 12/19/2006 5:28:26 PM PST by oceanview
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To: advance_copy

BTW, the French Special Forces are being withdrawn from Afghanistan.


7 posted on 12/19/2006 5:28:37 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Seems to me that some "Soldier of Fortune" types would have gone after him by now. I think he is dead.


8 posted on 12/19/2006 5:29:26 PM PST by unkus
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To: JENINMO

I hear they're pretty good, as a matter of fact. Don't confuse the French government with the French military, which for the most part is very professional.


9 posted on 12/19/2006 5:29:44 PM PST by kms61
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To: oceanview

LOCATION...BANK OF FRANCE


10 posted on 12/19/2006 5:30:44 PM PST by pointsal (q)
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To: blam

Depends on what part of the world they had him sighted....think about it a second....would you want to be the commander who OK's this hit and it turns out it was the wrong guy....and the shooting takes place on the Pakistani side of the border....can you say INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT.


11 posted on 12/19/2006 5:31:10 PM PST by Dog
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To: unkus

no "soldier of fortune" types are going to be able to operate in that part of the world.


12 posted on 12/19/2006 5:31:46 PM PST by oceanview
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To: advance_copy


This smells like someone's attempt to establish an urban myth that we (non-terrorist collective) literally had Bin Laden in the crosshairs and could have killed him but President Bush managed to screw it up.

Was Richard Clarke involved in this one too?


13 posted on 12/19/2006 5:35:02 PM PST by james500
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To: oceanview

Yea,and we could end up with a defeat if we don't clarify the rules of engagement in the field.Keep the lawyers out of it.


14 posted on 12/19/2006 5:35:48 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: advance_copy

I'm just a civilian and a "recreational" shooter at best. Never been to the Middle East and have no training in fieldcraft but so help me -- if I ever could have Bin Ladin "in my sights" nobody would have to tell me to take a shot at him.


15 posted on 12/19/2006 5:37:32 PM PST by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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"A documentary says French special forces had Osama bin Laden in their sights twice about three years ago but their U.S. superiors never ordered them to fire."

Yes, we are superior.

16 posted on 12/19/2006 5:38:44 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: oceanview; blam
After a little research I think we can say this is true..

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-06/03/content_336158.htm

17 posted on 12/19/2006 5:49:16 PM PST by Dog
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To: unkus
Image hosted by Photobucket.com i know one that did, and he's STILL in an Afghan jail... and will be for a few more years.
18 posted on 12/19/2006 5:52:55 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: advance_copy

French troops gave Laden an altumatum- 'Either surrender or we will' guess which one Laden chose? http://sacredscoop.com


19 posted on 12/19/2006 5:57:54 PM PST by CottShop
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To: Chode

Poor guy-that's too bad. How much longer will he be there? At least he gave it a try. I wouldn't have the guts or ability to try something like that.


20 posted on 12/19/2006 6:01:40 PM PST by unkus
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