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International: March 3, 2007

A High Value Target

As reported by the Blotter via HotAir:

According to eyewitnesses and local reporters in Kunar province, Coalition forces launched a fierce attack on a small enclave in the village of Mandaghel, approximately 17 miles from the border with Pakistan, on Friday afternoon. Warplanes pounded the positions ; U.S. special forces and Afghan National Army soldiers moved in shortly afterwards.

The assault appeared to meet stiff resistance from militants at the compound. Heavy artillery and gunfire could be heard for hours, local witnesses said . A handful of civilians were reportedly wounded in the strike. Though sealed off from outside access, the area now appears to be under coalition control.

U.S. officials declined to identify who the operation was targeting, but indicated they were after a "High Value Target" (HVT) . Official sources would not rule out that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden himself was the intended victim. Afghan officials said the target could be another senior ranking al Qaeda leader.

Interestingly, the report has yet to be picked up by other major news sources. Verum Serum notes the confidence displayed by the CIA in a recent report of Osama's whereabouts:
In the most definitive statement in years, America's top intelligence official said Tuesday Osama bin laden is in Pakistan actively re-establishing al Qaeda training camps.
Although I'm skeptical that Bin Laden is the intended target, the story is one to follow over the next several days.

HT: Hyscience.

Update: it'll be interesting to track this graph over the next 24 hours:

Posts that contain Osama Bin Laden per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart
Get your own chart!

Posted by tim at March 3, 2007 7:46 PM

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