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article imageNATO official says Bin Laden 'living comfortably' in Pakistan

By Andrew Moran     Oct 18, 2010 in World
Kabul - A senior NATO official believes that Al-Qaeda leader Usama Bin Laden and his number two man, Ayman al-Zawahiri are "living comfortably" in northwest Pakistan. However, one Pakistan official denies that this is true.
It has been more than nine years since the United States and NATO began military operations in Afghanistan in order to capture the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack culprits, including the world’s most wanted man: Usama Bin Laden.
According to a CNN report, an unnamed senior NATO official believes Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are living in separate but close houses in northwestern Pakistan: “Nobody in al Qaeda is living in a cave.”
The NATO official explained that Bin Laden has moved around quite a lot during the past nine years; ranging from Chinese border to the Kurram Valley. Is this new information though?
According to Richard Holbrooke, special U.S. Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, the answer is no: “We hardly have a day that goes by where somebody doesn't say they know where Osama bin Laden is.” Holbrooke also thinks that it is up to Pakistan to take necessary action.
It is believed that Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri are being protected by some officials from the Pakistani government and local community members. However, Pakistan has denied accusations that they are helping al-Qaeda, reports the Hindustan Times.
Deputy information minister, Samsam Bokhari, explains that every time the government hears these stories or analysis, he provides the same answer: “He’s not here.” Nevertheless, Bokhari believes these stories will continue to surface and not actually detain Bin Laden.
“If NATO and others have any information about Osama or his deputy or other terrorists, they should share with us. If we get credible information, we will take action against them in accordance with Pakistani laws,” said Bokhari.
The last time the world saw Bin Laden was in two audiotapes published earlier this month where he called for more aid for Pakistan and urged governments around the world to fight climate change. His deputy appears much more frequently. Al-Zawahiri was in a recording four days after this year’s Sept. 11, 2001 anniversary.
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