One Less Weapon Against bin Laden

The "journalists"' first question was: "If you recapture all of Afghanistan, what will be your attitude to Osama bin Laden?" They didn't wait for an answer. One of the two French-speaking North African men detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself instantly and fatally wounding the man they had journeyed across the globe to meet: Ahmad Shah Massoud, leader of the ragtag Northern Alliance that is fighting a civil war against the ruling Taliban militia. Immediately, the finger of suspicion pointed to Osama bin Laden, the Saudi terrorist sheltered by the Taliban. But two days later the explosion in the country's Amu...

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