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Sunday, March 05, 2006  
OSAMA: He's Welcome In Pakistan

By Ahmed Rashid
Washington Post
February 26, 2006; B01

Blog editor's note: If you're still interested in where Osama bin Laden might be and what we're doing to find him, this piece by Rashid is probably a good place to start. In my judgment, Rashid is one of the top journalistic authorities in the world on al Qaeda, the Taliban, Afghanistan and so on.

LAHORE When President Bush lands in Islamabad later this week, it may be the closest he ever comes to being in the same neighborhood as Osama bin Laden. His nemesis is probably only a few hours drive away in Pakistan's Pashtun belt, now considered to be al Qaeda Central and one of the world's most dangerous regions.

During the past 12 months or so, CIA and Pentagon officials have quietly modified the line they employed for three years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- that bin Laden was hiding out "in the tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border." Now the same officials say with some confidence that he is "not based in Afghanistan." Whatever ambiguity there was in the past is gone: Bin Laden is in Pakistan.

What's left is the question: What are the United States and its ally, Pakistan, doing about it?

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