facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

CIA director: Bin Laden alive

Nov. 13, 2008 at 6:12 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Terror leader Osama bin Laden is alive, CIA Director Michael Hayden said Thursday in a speech in Washington.

ABC News reported that Hayden said the al-Qaida leader is "putting a lot of energy into his own security."

Without elaborating, he also said the U.S. intelligence community thwarted an attack "that would have rivaled the destruction of 9/11," the network reported.

"America and its friends have taken the fight to the enemy," Hayden said. "Al-Qaida has suffered serious setbacks, but it is a determined, adaptive enemy unlike any our nation has ever faced."

The failure to kill or capture bin Laden seven years since the Sept., 11, 2001, attacks is partly because of the "rugged and inaccessible" terrain of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area.

"The truth is, we simply don't know what would happen if bin Laden is killed or captured, but I'm willing to bet that it would work in our favor," Hayden said.

Hayden did say the deaths of at least six top al-Qaida commanders in Pakistan had kept the terror group "off balance."

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
2
Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay' Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay'
3
Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances
4
Gazprom: Hungary ready for South Stream Gazprom: Hungary ready for South Stream
5
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback