Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Lt. Gen. David Barno

Lt. Gen. David Barno, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says that 2,000 Taliban have defected as a result of the Afghanistan elections. He also says that OBL is probably alive, although he is not actively controling al-Qaeda.

This month's election in Afghanistan marked a "big defeat" for Taliban holdouts, with an estimated 2,000 low-level militiamen defecting, said Lt. Gen. David Barno, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

He also said all indications are that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is alive, but not controlling anti-coalition fighters in Afghanistan on a daily basis.

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