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US sets aside $1bn for ‘Operation Capture Bin Laden’

Posted by By IKE NNAMDI on 2008/06/17 | Views: 1779 |

US sets aside $1bn for ‘Operation Capture Bin Laden’


United States has set aside the princely sum $1 billion, in a last ditch attempt to capture or kill elusive terrorist leader, Osama Bin Laden before President George Bush leaves office in six months.

United States has set aside the princely sum $1 billion, in a last ditch attempt to capture or kill elusive terrorist leader, Osama Bin Laden before President George Bush leaves office in six months.

Pentagon officials said the money would be used to keep drones ( pilotless planes) in the sky, training of a special mountain unit and keeping at least an aircraft carrier on stand-by and payment for intelligence on the whereabouts of Bin Laden.

Besides, Washington has also enlisted the support of British special forces to get the job done.
"If he (Bush) can say he has killed Saddam Hussein and captured Bin Laden, he can claim to have left the world a safer place," said a US intelligence source.

The British Special Boat Service (SBS) and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment have been taking part in the US-led operations to capture Bin Laden in the wild frontier region of northern Pakistan.
The Pentagon also said all forces hunting for Bin Laden have been cleared to also use Predator and Reaper, unmanned aerial vehicles fitted with hellfire missiles that can be used to take out specific terrorist targets.

One US intelligence source compared the "growing number of clandestine reconnaissance missions" inside Pakistan with those conducted in Laos and Cambodia at the height of the Vietnam war.
United States rarely acknowledges the use of Predator and Reaper drones, but the most recent known strike was on a suspected Al-Qaeda safe house in the Pakistani province of North Waziristan earlier in this month. Villagers said the house was empty.

Intelligence on the whereabouts of Bin Laden is sketchy, but some analysts believe he is in the Bajaur tribal zone in northwest Pakistan. He has evaded capture for nearly seven years.
"Bush is swinging for the fences in the hope of scoring a home run," said an intelligence source, using a baseball metaphor.

A Pentagon source said US forces were rolling up Al-Qaeda’s network in Pakistan in the hope of pushing Bin Laden towards the Afghan border, where the US military and bombers, with guided missiles, are lying in wait.
"They are prepping for a major battle," he said.
The main operations in Pakistan are being undertaken by Delta, the US army special operations unit, and the British SBS. Special forces are being sent to capture or kill Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters based on intelligence provided by the Special Reconnaissance Regiment and its US counterpart, the Security Co-ordination Detachment.
The step-up in military activity has increased tensions between Pakistan and the US. A senior Pakistani government source said President Pervez Musharraf had given tacit support to Predator attacks on Al-Qaeda.

Robert Gates, the US defense secretary, said last week that the US would "partner (the Pakistanis) to the extent they want us to combat insurgents." Pakistan lodged a strong diplomatic protest last week over what it claimed was an air strike on a border post with Afghanistan that killed 11 of its troops. The United States declined to accept this version of events.
‘It is still not exactly clear what happened," said Stephen Hadley, the national security adviser.


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