posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 05:25 PM
General Henri Bentegeat, France's Chief of Defence is saying that Osama Bin Laden was nearly caught and has closely escaped capture in Afghanistan.
He did not provide a timeline, but suggested that that they were very closed on several occasions to net him. General Bentegeat said that Bin Laden
is somehow connected to the Madrid bombing and even if he is caught, another leader will appear for Al-Qaeda. He also worries about the spread of
radical islam in Africa.
France says Bin Laden was nearly caught
"In Afghanistan, the terrain is extremely favourable to escapes, there are underground networks everywhere," he said.
The general said it was essential that bin Laden be caught.
"He symbolises September 11 and is certainly not completely innocent in what happened in Madrid," he said, making a link between the 2001 attacks in
New York and Washington and the Spanish train bombings last Thursday.
But he added that arresting bin Laden "would not change things directly. (Al Qaeda) is a hydra with many heads. If we catch one head, there will be
[Edited on 3-15-2004 by worldwatcher]
[Edited on 15-3-2004 by Banshee]