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A Loyal Spy

Facts behind the fiction

There was a missed opportunity to deal with Bin Laden in early 1999

‘Missing is their way of saying Bin Laden is not under their protection. It means he’s on the move. They’re giving him to you, Jonah.’ A Loyal Spy
There are strong indications that a rift developed between Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden during the winter of 1998-99. Agence France Presse reported that Bin Laden had been made to wait out in the cold by Mullah Omar at a feast to celebrate the festival of Eid. At the time Bin Laden had a five million dollar bounty on his head and it had been made clear to Mullah Omar by the Americans that diplomatic recognition of the Taliban regime would depend on them handing over their troublesome guest. According to Reuters, the Taliban confiscated Bin Laden's satellite phone in early 1999 and there was a shoot out between Bin Laden's bodyguards and the Taliban squad assigned to watch over them.At about the same time Mullah Omar gave an interview with Newsweek in which he said of Bin Laden that 'contact with him has been broken.'
It was the Observer journalist Jason Burke who confirmed that Bin Laden was spotted driving in a convoy on the road to Farm Hadda, the site of an abandoned Soviet-era processing plant.
It was the New York Times that divulged the reason why the Clinton administration did not take the opportunity provided to mount a snatch operation. 'Capturing Bin Laden alive,' the New York Times reported on 13 April 1999, 'could deepen complications. American officials say that, so far, first hand evidence that could be used in court to prove that he commanded the bombings has proven difficult to obtain.'
Fear of embarassment may also have been behind the administration's reluctance to act. In July 1999, Congresswoman Dana Rohrbacher of Orange County, California wrote 'the Clinton administration, despite statements to the contrary, has conducted a secret policy with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to tolerate the creation, rise to power and ongoing tyranny of the Taliban.'
In such circumstances it is possible to believe that an assasination attempt might have been approved.
See recent photos of the Kabul River Gorge