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Zahedan, bin Laden and Lashkar Gah, July 2009

Today, the US Marines launch operations into the south of Afghanistan.

Marines exchange fire with Taliban in searing heat
By JASON STRAZIUSO, AP
Transport helicopters carried hundreds of Marines into the village of Nawa, some 20 miles south of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, in a region where no U.S. or other NATO troops have operated in large numbers…

Pakistan’s army said it had moved troops from elsewhere on its side of the Afghan border to the stretch opposite Helmand to try to stop any militants from fleeing the offensive. It gave no more details…

"We are kind of forging new ground here. We are going to a place nobody has been before," said Schoenmaker, 31, who commands Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment…

A month ago I made a visual conjecture that bin Laden might be holed up in the south of Afghanistan, between Kandahar and the Iranian frontier at Zabol, viz.

Zahedan, Iran, with a few other rumored locations for UBL, Zabol, Iran, Quetta, Pakistan, and the Taliban stronghold Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Click for large version.)

Zahedan, Iran, with a few other rumored locations for UBL, Zabol, Iran, Quetta, Pakistan, and the Taliban stronghold Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Click for large version.)

Not an especially new conjecture – many folks figured bin Laden was hiding in that part of the world.

But let’s review some recent events:

  1. About a month ago, there were strange al Quaeda events in Zahedan, Iran that smelled like a rat.
  2. Before the election, Pres. Obama contacts Grand Ayatollah Khameini.
  3. Then there were elections in Iran and massive street protests for freedom in Tehran and other cities.
  4. Pres. Obama strangely keeps his mouth shut even during the most dangerous days of the freedom movement in Iran.
  5. The street protests have calmed down a bit now — quiet but not disappeared.
  6. Pakistan positions troops opposite the border with Helmand Province.
  7. Today, the US Marines launch operations into the south of Afghanistan, south of Lashkar Gah.

They say the operation is about poppies and the coming Afghan election. Good.

But is this also the squeeze on bin Laden?

Are the Marines about to flush bin Laden and snap him up?

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