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May 4, 2011

Loyalty bin Laden inspired leaves lasting risk

LONDON (Reuters) – One day in Afghanistan in the late 1990s Osama bin Laden gathered several of his sons and told them he had pinned up a note at a mosque seeking volunteers to be suicide bombers.

With anticipation “shining in his eyes,” one of the sons later wrote, he seemed to be suggesting his children should add their own names to the list of the willing.

May 3, 2011

Core Qaeda priority is survival, not succession

LONDON (Reuters) – Evading capture will be the overwhelming priority for al Qaeda’s central leadership in the Afghan-Pakistan border area after the U.S. seized potentially vital intelligence during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The delicate task of agreeing a replacement for the group’s founder and inspirational figurehead, let alone avenging his death, are challenges that may have to wait.

May 3, 2011

Analysis: Core Qaeda priority is survival, not succession

LONDON (Reuters) – Evading capture will be the overwhelming priority for al Qaeda’s central leadership in the Afghan-Pakistan border area after the U.S. seized potentially vital intelligence during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The delicate task of agreeing a replacement for the group’s founder and inspirational figurehead, let alone avenging his death, are challenges that may have to wait.

May 3, 2011

After 10 years, what gave Osama bin Laden away?

LONDON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s decade on the run after 9/11 may have come to its end in part because his large hideout reportedly lacked a phone and Internet connection — an unusual absence likely to have drawn investigators’ curiosity.

For a decade, his presumed choice of Pakistan as a hideout from history’s biggest manhunt worked well enough. Experts speculated that he had sought protection from local militants in their remote mountain bastions, repaying the hospitality by helping their bloody effort to make Pakistan ungovernable.

May 2, 2011

Analysis: After 10 years, what gave bin Laden away?

LONDON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s decade on the run after 9/11 may have come to its end in part because his large hideout reportedly lacked a phone and Internet connection — an unusual absence likely to have drawn investigators’ curiosity.

For a decade, his presumed choice of Pakistan as a hideout from history’s biggest manhunt worked well enough. Experts speculated that he had sought protection from local militants in their remote mountain bastions, repaying the hospitality by helping their bloody effort to make Pakistan ungovernable.

May 2, 2011

Analysis: After 10 years, what helped give bin Laden away?

LONDON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s decade on the run after 9/11 may have come to its end in part because his large hideout reportedly lacked a phone and Internet connection — an unusual absence likely to have drawn investigators’ curiosity.

For a decade, his presumed choice of Pakistan as a hideout from history’s biggest manhunt worked well enough. Experts speculated that he had sought protection from local militants in their remote mountain bastions, repaying the hospitality by helping their bloody effort to make Pakistan ungovernable.

May 2, 2011

After 10 years, what helped give Osama bin Laden away?

LONDON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s decade on the run after 9/11 may have come to its end in part because his large hideout reportedly lacked a phone and Internet connection — an unusual absence likely to have drawn investigators’ curiosity.

For a decade, his presumed choice of Pakistan as a hideout from history’s biggest manhunt worked well enough. Experts speculated that he had sought protection from local militants in their remote mountain bastions, repaying the hospitality by helping their bloody effort to make Pakistan ungovernable.

May 2, 2011

Analysis: bin Laden leaves a scattered, diffuse al Qaeda

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – The killing of Osama bin Laden will deal a big psychological blow to al Qaeda but may have little practical impact on an increasingly decentralized group that has operated tactically without him for years.

Nearly a decade after the September 11, 2001 attacks, al Qaeda has fragmented into a globally-scattered network of autonomous groups in which bin Laden served as an inspirational figure from the core group’s traditional Pakistan-Afghanistan base.

Apr 15, 2011

Western powers dig in for long war in Libya

LONDON (Reuters) – Western powers spearheading air strikes against Libya have vowed to oust Muammar Gaddafi come what may, but it is far from clear the wider coalition can stomach a long war or even that his rule is under mortal threat.

A joint article by leaders of the United States, France and Britain on Friday said they would strike loyalist forces until Gaddafi quits, lending support to a widely held view that the time for peace talks is not yet and more bloodshed lies ahead.

Apr 15, 2011

Analysis: Western powers dig in for long war in Libya

LONDON (Reuters) – Western powers spearheading air strikes against Libya have vowed to oust Muammar Gaddafi come what may, but it is far from clear the wider coalition can stomach a long war or even that his rule is under mortal threat.

A joint article by leaders of the United States, France and Britain on Friday said they would strike loyalist forces until Gaddafi quits, lending support to a widely held view that the time for peace talks is not yet and more bloodshed lies ahead.