posted July 12, 2005 at 12:47 p.m.
Massive manhunt for escaped prisoners in Afghanistan
US, Afghan soldiers search for escapees, while violence in the country increases.
By Matthew Clark | csmonitor.com
In the past few days, both Afghan and Pakistani officials have publicly stated that bin Laden and former Taliban leader Mullah Omar are not in their respective countries. The officials have studiously stopped short of actually stating that they believe bin Laden and Omar are in the other country, but the implications are clear.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that bin Laden is not in Afghanistan. His comment came three days after Pakistani Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said bin Laden is not in Pakistan, but could be in southeastern Afghanistan.