August 29, 2003

U.S. Made Deal to NOT Get Bin Laden?

Never can tell..but it's certainlly plausible that this kind of thing happened. After all...part of the Administration's strategic goal in taking down the Taliban to the East and Hussein to the West was to put Iran in the crosshairs of two U.S.-led governments (not to mention putting the squeeze on Syria as well). But all of that stragic logic falls apart if killing Bin Laden causes Musharraf to lose power in Pakistan. Then, suddenly, you have U.S. forces in Afghanistan sandwiched between the Mullahs in Tehran and the Mullahs in Islamabad. Not exactly friendly confines if you're a secular nation buidler. Here' an excerpt from the article if you don't want to follow the link. (By the way, anything that appears blue within the text of a post is a link to the source of the information or a site of interest that pertains to the article I've written.) UK newspaper The Guardian reports that Mansoor Ijaz, chairman of Crescent Investment Management and insider in the shadow world of international affairs, is making the sensational claim that the U.S. and Pakistan have made a deal not to arrest Osama bin Laden -- for now. Ijaz also says he knows where bin Laden is hiding. Excerpts: Bin Laden fled the [Tora Bora] mountains and spent the next six or seven months trying to re-establish his network, according to Mansoor Ijaz, a financier who has spent years tracking his movements and operations. In the small world of international terrorism analysts, Mr Ijaz, an American of Pakistani origin, knows al-Qaida better than most. Mr Ijaz argues that the flight from Tora Bora badly disrupted al-Qaida's access to electronic communications: satellite phones, radios and email. "Initial communications were stopped and it took them a while to transplant and regroup," he said in an interview. "It was in a place where it was impossible for them to get communications across to anybody." He suggests Bin Laden is hiding in the "northern tribal areas", part of the long belt of seven deeply conservative tribal agencies which stretches down the length of the mountain ranges that mark Pakistan's 1,500-mile border with Afghanistan. Mr Ijaz, who has recently visited Pakistan, believes Bin Laden is protected by an elaborate security cordon of three concentric circles, in which he is guarded first by a ring around 120 miles in diameter of tribesmen, whose duty is to reportany approach by Pakistani troops or US special forces. Inside them is a tighter ring, around 12 miles in diameter, made up of tribal elders who would warn if the outer ring were breached. At the centre of the circles is Bin Laden himself, protected by one or two of his closest relatives and advisers. Bin Laden has agreed with the elders that he will use no electronic communications and will move only at night and between specified places within a limited radius.


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