Hunt for bin Laden: The Near Misses

Saudi Arabia's ex-intelligence chief tells TIME about the failed efforts to bring in Osama

Prince Turki al Faisal knew Osama bin Laden was bad. For the last 10 of Turki's 24 years as Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, neutralizing bin Laden was one of his primary responsibilities. But the Saudi radical kept slipping through his fingers. Then came Sept. 11 and the awful realization that bin Laden was far worse than he had imagined. "Who would expect it?" Turki asks. "I think we should have been more aware. When you look back on it, you say, 'My God, they have been telling us they are going to do something like that.' And we didn't believe them."

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