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Bin Laden in Afghanistan?

Al-Qaeda leader is reportedly alive and well

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A Taliban prisoner claims Osama bin Laden is hiding in Afghanistan—not Pakistan, as U.S. intelligence believes. The detainee, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says in January or February, a “trusted contact” told him he had met the fugitive al-Qaeda leader two weeks earlier in Afghanistan. “He said he had come from meeting Sheikh Osama, and he could arrange for me to meet him,” the prisoner said. “He helps al-Qaeda people coming from other countries to get to the sheikh, so he can advise them on whatever they are planning for Europe or other places.” According to the prisoner, al-Qaeda members are avoiding Pakistan “because a lot of our senior people are being martyred in drone attacks”—a fate bin Laden is anxious to avoid.

BBC News

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