Pentagon: “Osama bin Laden doesn’t leads Al-Qaeda any more”

Pentagon: “Osama bin Laden doesn’t leads Al-Qaeda any more”
# 22 May 2010 08:16 (UTC +04:00)
Two questions of interest: Is Osama bin Laden still alive? Does Petraeus plan to run for president? Answers: Yes and no.

Here’s what he had to say.

Tribune: Do you think Osama bin Laden is alive, and does it matter?

Petraeus: We do think that he is still alive. He, most recently, of course, put out a statement in the wake of the would-be Detroit bomber activity. It does matter. He has considerable iconic value. He doesn’t direct operations anymore, we don’t think. We’re not sure how much he even does, again, in terms of consultation on major decisions because he’s such a remote figure. He has to be. There are so many cutouts (trusted intermediaries) to get to him. He doesn’t go anywhere, near anything, that could enable intelligence to find him. So, for example, the video, I guess it was, that he put out, or the statement he put out in the wake of the Detroit bombing, I think, took three or four weeks just to get out. Now, that’s because it probably took a while to get the news in to him, and then it takes a while to get somebody who can make the video and then get it back out through, again, numerous cutouts.


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