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U.S. General Downplays Hunt for Bin Laden

November 22, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A senior U.S. general said that Osama bin Laden had "taken himself out of the picture" and that his capture was not essential to winning the U.S.-led war on terrorism.

Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at military headquarters north of Kabul, the Afghan capital, that the forces hunting Al Qaeda and Taliban militants were not focusing on individuals. But he added: "That is not to say that we would not be glad to capture Osama bin Laden today or tomorrow."

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