Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Lieutenant General David Barno Admits President Bush's Failure to Catch Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden assumed still alive: US general : "Osama bin Laden assumed still alive: US general
Agence France-Presse
Kabul, October 13
Terror mastermind Osama bin Laden is assumed to be alive but his whereabouts are unknown, the commander of US-led forces in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.

"We have no evidence to suggest that Osama Bin Laden is dead so we have to assume based on that he still is alive," Lieutenant General David Barno told a news conference in Kabul days after the country's landmark presidential elections.

"And we don't know where he is so we can't speculate that he may be in Afghanistan or Pakistan or where he could be because we don't have any pinpoint information about his whereabouts or he would be in our custody," he pointed out.

Bin Laden's presence in Afghanistan was the reason for the US-led invasion after the September 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington, but he escaped the onslaught that toppled the hardline Taliban regime, which had protected him."