September 5, 2004 in Nation/World

Official: U.S., allies edging closer to nabbing bin Laden

Associated Press
 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The United States and its allies have moved closer to capturing Osama bin Laden in the last two months, a top U.S. counterterrorism official said in a television interview broadcast Saturday.

“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 Qaeda 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 Qaeda fugitives would be nabbed.

Bin Laden and his top associate, Ayman al-Zawahri, are believed to be hiding someplace along the rugged border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Officials have divulged no solid intelligence about bin Laden’s precise whereabouts, and it’s not clear if they have any.

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