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Karzai: bin Laden 'probably' dead
Afghan PresidentHamid Karzai toldCNN's Wolf Blitzer that Osama binLaden is 'probably'dead but Taliban leader MullahOmar is still alive
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) --Osama bin Laden is "probably" dead, but former Taliban leader MullahOmar is alive, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said.
Karzai's comments came on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan as part of thewar on terrorism.The campaign ousted the Taliban regime, which the United States said harbored bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorism network, thegroup blamed for the September 11 attacks."I would come to believe that [bin Laden] probably is dead," Karzai said on CNN's "Late Edition" on Sunday."But still, you never know. He might be alive. Five months ago, six months ago, I was thinking that he was alive."The more we don't hear of him, and the more time passes, there is the likelihood that he probably is either dead or seriouslywounded somewhere."But he said Omar is certainly alive. "We know of that," he said. "And we have come close to arresting him several times, but he'sbeen able to escape."U.S. forces also have searched for Omar.Karzai, leader of Afghanistan's interim government, said Omar is a difficult man to track down "because nobody knows him by face.Nobody can recognize him. If you came across him today, somewhere in Afghanistan or in the rest of the world, you wouldn'trecognize him. So that's part of the problem with him."I believe he is most of the time inside Afghanistan. He could go, from time to time, toward our borders, but he stays around theAfghan area, sometimes close to the borders," Karzai said.
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