Bin Laden Living in Pakistani Home, NATO Source Says
October 18, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – Despite the long-standing image of Osama bin Laden crouching a in a cave giving orders to his minions, the reality is that he is living in “relative comfort” in a Northwest Pakistani home, according to a CNN report.
A senior source at NATO indicated that top al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri is staying in a separate home near bin Laden within the same Pakistani region. In addition, Taliban leader Mullah Omar is also in Pakistan, the NATO official said.
Rehman Malik, interior minister in Pakistan, contradicted the report, indicating that the al Qaeda leaders are not in Pakistan, and that anyone with information proving otherwise should alert Pakistani officials so they can make an arrest, CNN reported.
The Taliban must no longer rely on recruiting soldiers who share their extremist ideology — the NATO official noted that nearly a million “disaffected” young men who live along the Afghan-Pakistan border could be recruited by the group to perform criminal activities in exchange for cash.
The current U.S. strategy is to pressure the Taliban into negotiating with the Afghan government by increasing airstrikes and ground attacks, CNN reported, with the expectation that some insurgent leaders will eventually turn their backs on al Qaeda so they can return to Afghanistan.