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Where in the world is Osama bin Laden?

“They seek him here, they seek him there … the drones they bomb from everywhere. Is he in Ghazni? Or in Baden-Baden? That damned elusive Osama bin Laden.”

Once again the whereabouts of that modern Pimpernel, Osama, are in the news. First, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, needing to justify increasing Britain’s troop presence in Afghanistan to his voters, demands the Pakistani government do more to apprehend bin Laden. Pakistan’s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, said Osama bin Laden was not in his country any longer.

BBC’s Orla Guerin reports from Islamabad that a member of the Taliban, detained in Pakistan, has told his interrogators that a contact he trusts claims to have seen the Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan early this year. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates responded, “We don’t know for a fact where Osama bin Laden is.” He added: “It’s been years since we had good intelligence” about the Al Qaeda leader’s whereabouts.

Whatever the reason for the latest round of where’s Osama, how is it possible that eight years after 9/11, with billions of dollars spent using the most sophisticated spying equipment in the world, not to mention drones and special forces scouring his likely hiding places, does nobody have the remotest idea of how to find him?

The best educated guess is he is in Pashtun territory, living under the code of protection — pashtunwali — that is the bedrock of their tribal culture.

Though no one is able to say with any degree of certainty whether the man is even alive.

Or, is he allowed to stay on the loose because limbo is the place where all the governments concerned prefer him to remain?

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