Inside The Manhunt: War On Terrorism: Where's Bin Laden in Afghanistan?

U.S. special forces in Afghanistan are going native in their hunt for al-Qaeda's No. 1. A TIME exclusive

The men of camp blessing know they are bait. They dangle far from the formidable, heavily fortified perimeters of other U.S. bases in Afghanistan. Instead of the hundreds or thousands of troops that are in the large encampments, there are only a dozen Green Berets from what is known as Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 936 and a smattering of Marines. But they are dangling far from safety to attract a big catch. "This is Osama bin Laden's backyard," says the team sergeant. "And part of the solution to tracking him is having guys like us out here in isolated areas."


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