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THE United States does not know where al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is and has lacked reliable information on his whereabouts for years, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told ABC News.
Mr Gates made the revelation in an interview with ABC News' This Week program.
When asked if Pakistan was doing enough to apprehend the United States' most wanted criminal, he answered: "Well, we don't know for a fact where Osama bin Laden is. If we did, we'd go get him."
The US has had no reliable information on the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in years, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has admitted.
Mr Gates told ABC News in remarks to be broadcast on Sunday: "Well, we don't know for a fact where Osama Bin Laden is. If we did, we'd go get him."
A Taliban detainee in Pakistan told the BBC last week that he had information Bin Laden was in Afghanistan this year.
However, Mr Gates said he could not confirm that information.
THE US will launch a new effort to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding along the mountainous Afghan-Pakistani border, US national security adviser James Jones says.
Asked in an interview if the administration planned a fresh attempt to go after al-Qaeda's leader, Mr Jones said: "I think so."
The latest intelligence reports suggested Bin Laden was "somewhere inside north Waziristan, sometimes on the Pakistani side of the border, sometimes on the Afghan side of the border, hiding in very, very rough mountainous area, generally ungoverned," he told CNN's State of the Union program.
"We're going to have to get after that to make sure a very important symbol of what al-Qaeda stands for is once again on the run or captured," said Mr Jones, a retired marine general.