posted on Aug, 29 2002 @ 03:37 PM
US traces Bin Laden to Afghan border
August 28 2002 at 10:11AM
New York - US commanders appear to have concluded that Osama bin Laden is moving among mountain hideouts along a 402km stretch of the border between
Afghanistan and Pakistan, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The newspaper cites some American officers as saying the assumption driving the manhunt is that the al-Qaeda leader and his top lieutenant, Ayman al
Zawahiri, are alive.
The unidentified sources cited Afghan and Pakistani intelligence reports that have spoken of Bin Laden and an entourage of several dozen moving more
than once since the American bombing of the Tora Bora mountains late last year, the Times reported.
Some of those reports have suggested that the fugitives may have moved through the mountains on horseback, probably on cloudy nights to elude aerial
surveillance, the newspaper said.
'It's easier to spot a moving target'
The region being searched covers four provinces - Kunar, Nangahar, Paktika and Paktia - and the adjoining Pakistani tribal areas, where suspicions of
outsiders run high.
Lieutenant Colonel Roger King said Special Forces units in the region aimed to apply pressure on possible hideouts to keep al-Qaeda on the run.
"I'd say it's a reasonable conclusion that we feel that if Bin Laden is alive, we're providing enough pressure to make sure he keeps moving,"
King told the Times. "It's easier to spot a moving target."
In public, US officials have for months been unable to confirm or deny that the al-Qaeda leaders, blamed by the Washington for the September 11
attacks, are alive.