deal lets US drones strike bin laden
from washington times: The United States has a standing agreement with Pakistan that CIA-operated Predator drones may strike Osama bin Laden’s hide-out without prior permission from Islamabad, according to people familiar with the arrangement.
is osama bin laden dying… again?
from time: Which is closer to dying: Osama bin Laden or the CIA’s effort to catch him? Nothing has characterized the fruitlessness of the hunt for the al-Qaeda leader so much as the recurrent – and mostly inaccurate – reports that he is seriously ailing, or even at death’s door. In 2002, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said bin Laden had kidney disease, and that he had required a dialysis machine when he lived in Afghanistan. That same year, the FBI’s top counterterrorism official, Dale Watson, said, “I personally think he is probably not with us anymore.” Since then, of course, bin Laden has appeared on multiple videos looking healthier than ever.
US blocks bin laden murder plan
from press tv: The White house has blocked a secret plan into the tribal regions of Pakistan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants. The Pentagon had drafted a secret plan to put American commandos in Pakistan’s tribal areas, along the Afghanistan border, to hunt for Bin Laden and his top aides who took refuge there. But the White House has balked at giving the mission a green light, The New York Times reported late Monday.