Musharraf: We Zeroed In on Osama, Then 'Lost Track'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2009 3:21 PM CDT
A 1998 file photo of Osama bin Laden.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The US and Pakistan were this close to catching Osama bin Laden about 5 years ago, says former President Pervez Musharraf. "Then, suddenly, we lost track." In a question-and-answer forum following a speech in South Dakota, Musharraf said intelligence closed in on the al-Qaeda leader in a "broad location" before fizzling, notes USA Today. "I don't know whether he's dead or alive," he added. "It was a failure of Pakistan and a failure of US intelligence also."