Key US Aim 'Will Be to Take Prisoners' 5british Airways Make Deep Cuts in Its Services

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Key US Aim 'Will Be to Take Prisoners' 5british Airways Make Deep Cuts in Its Services


Byline: Hugh Dougherty

AMERICAN commandos are planning secret missions to capture hundreds of Osama bin Laden's henchmen, it was reported yesterday.

The special forces are preparing to mount raids on caves and tunnels in Afghanistan where bin Laden's associates can be found after fleeing their training camps.

And the American forces gathering around Afghanistan are preparing to use the latest precision weapons which use a hi-tech network of satellites to find their targets.

The smart weapons are the latest upgrade to technology first employed in the Gulf War.

It uses the global positioning system (GPS) to find and destroy targets.

The commando forces being deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom will be used to take prisoners in Afghanistan to gain vital intelligence about where to find bin Laden, the New York Post claimed.

Bin Laden's terror camps are believed to be empty and hundreds of his followers are scattered across a network of caves and tunnels in the mountains south of Afghanistan.

The leader himself disappeared on September 11, the day his suspected followers launched suicide attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

The first phase of the war being planned by the Pentagon will be a wave of air strikes using bombs and cruise missiles against the Taliban's military targets, including the handful of bases from where its tiny air force operates.

American planes and helicopters can then patrol the skies above the war-torn country.

After the air strikes, small groups of special forces soldiers will move in from bases in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan to hunt down bin Laden and his associates, it is reported.

An American official said: "This is not Baghdad or Belgrade, where we had fixed targets. …

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