How bin Laden got away



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    mr teamr tea Posts: 4member
    Another slant on things:

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    Here's an excerpt:

    In fact, it is not just the American Army?s airborne divisions that are angry at the calls made as the Taliban/al-Qaida rout began. According to a report in an influential British magazine, The Spectator, officers and men of Britain?s elite SAS special forces feel they could have killed bin Laden in November except for the squeamishness of American generals under whom they fought. The magazine?s account described a January meeting between Henry Kissinger and the men of the SAS, the most storied and highly regarded special-forces units in the world, bar none. ?Some of Dr. Kissinger?s audience had just come back from Afghanistan,? the story reads. ?They had taken part in the attack on the cave complex at Tora Bora, where two squadrons of SAS went into action.? The SAS, or Special Air Service, were fighting in a coordinated action alongside troops of the larger American Delta Force. A call to Kissinger?s office requesting comment brought no answer.

    ?By the end of the battle,?the Spectator account continues, ?the SAS was certain it knew where bin Laden was: in a mountain valley, where he could have been trapped. The men of theS AS would have been happyto move in for the kill, dividing themselves into beaters and guns. ?It did not get the chance,?the magazine continued. ?The SAS was under overall U.S.command, and the American generals faltered. Understandably enough, they wanted Delta Force to be in atthe death; they would have preferred it if bin Laden had fallen to an American bullet. So would the Delta Force; every bit as much as the SAS, its men were raring to go. It was their commanders who held them back.?
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