Osama bin Laden: The Biggest Fish of Them All

Now that terrorist mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is snagged and al-Qaeda is damaged, authorities are angling anew to land Osama bin Laden

The trail went cold sometime in December 2001, when Osama bin Laden slipped away from the caves and forests of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan into the wild White Mountains that stretch along the Afghan-Pakistani border. The precise date on which he left Tora Bora isn't known. Pakistani intelligence claims that he was gone as early as Dec. 8, when a bungled operation by American special-operations troops and their local allies to flush al-Qaeda leaders out of the mountains had only just begun. But one former Taliban fighter says bin Laden slipped away when the besieging forces were tricked into granting...

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