We’ve heard this before. Our forces seem to be closing in on Mullah Omar or even Bin Laden himself, only to have them elude capture. From Reuters:
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Afghan and U.S. forces surrounded an area in Afghanistan on Thursday where senior commanders of elusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar were thought to be hiding, Afghan security officials said.
The operation, backed by U.S. helicopter gunships, followed a big U.S.-backed offensive that killed more than 100 militants in the same region of the border between Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces in the past three days, the officials said.
Those holed up in the Dai Chopan area included Mullah Dadullah, a member of the Taliban’s 10-man leadership council headed by Omar, and Mullah Brother, another commander thought close to the Taliban leader, the Defence Ministry said.
Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ishaq Paiman identified the others as Mullah Abdul Hakim, Mullah Abdul Hanan and Mullah Abdul Basir. Mullah is a title for a Muslim cleric used by many top Taliban members.
Maybe that’s because they ARE clerics AND terrorists at the same time. Is anybody in government connecting the dots? Porter? Rummy? Anyone?