Search for Osama Bin Laden – a chance for success ?

Posted in Terrorism | 23-Feb-04 | Author: Dieter Farwick

There are promising signals that the search for Osama Bin Ladin might come to a successful end.

The recent reports seem to have more substance than previous ones.

In our newsletter on Afghanistan from Febr 20 we have already reported that the Taliban and Al Quaida are under heavy pressure.

Already in the newsletter from July 29, 2003 WSN brought the information that Osama Bin Laden’s hide-out is supposed to be in the border area of Pakistan and Afghanistan – most probably on the Pakistan side. WSN also pointed to information that parts of Pakistan Secret Service are blamed to support Osama Bin Laden based upon the connections built during the former Taliban fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

If Pakistan forces were really engaged in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden that would enhance the chances for success.
In the light of the present well orchestrated border crossing operation the announcement of the Bush administration to get Osama Bin Laden within the next 12 months gets more weight.

It goes without saying that the capture of Osama Bin Laden would hit the world wide terrorism in spite of the fact that the decentralised organisation of Al Quaida would remain operational and dangerous without him.