Our People Were Shot At

Army General Tommy R. Franks, commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command, is the Pentagon's beat cop in the world's toughest neighborhood, a slice of potential trouble that includes Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Last week, in his office at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.--decorated with colorful grooms' gowns from Central Asia--Franks sat down with TIME correspondent Mark Thompson. Excerpts:

TIME: Where is Osama?

FRANKS: Every time I talk to my 4 1/2-year-old granddaughter on the telephone she asks me, "Pooh"--'cuz that's what she calls me--"Pooh, where is Osama bin Laden?" You will be pleased to know that...

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