Saturday, September 04, 2004

Close to capturing OBL?

The latest from the Jerusalem Post (excerpted below):

The United States and its allies are moving closer to capturing Osama bin Laden, a top US counterterrorism official was quoted as saying by Pakistani newspapers Saturday.

"Are we closer to getting Osama bin Laden? Yes," Joseph Cofer Black, the US State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, was quoted as saying by Dawn and The Nation, two English-language dailies...

It "could happen tomorrow, could happen a day after, a week from now, or a month from now. The thing is everything is in place. A little bit is needed to localize these people and to catch them," he said, according to Dawn.

UPDATE: More info from the AP wire here:

"If he has a watch, he should be looking at it because the clock is ticking. He will be caught," Joseph Cofer Black, the U.S. State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, told private Geo television network.

Asked if concrete progress had been made during the last two months — when Pakistan has arrested dozens of terror suspects including some key al-Qaida operatives — Black said, "Yes, I would say this."

Black, who briefed a group of Pakistani journalists after talks with officials here Friday, said he could not predict exactly when bin Laden and other top al-Qaida fugitives would be nabbed.

"What I tell people, I would be surprised but not necessarily shocked if we wake up tomorrow and he's been caught along with all his lieutenants. That can happen because of the programs and infrastructure in place," he told Geo.

Prepare for rabid conspiracy theorists' screeching if this occurs before 11/2.

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