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Afghanistan: U.S. Says Bin Laden Heard On Radio

Washington, 15 December 2001 (RFE/RL) -- American forces have heard Osama bin Laden giving orders over a short-range radio in the Tora Bora mountains in eastern Afghanistan over the past week. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the intercepted radio messages helped persuade U.S. Army officials that bin Laden was probably in the area.

The official said it was confirmed "with reasonable certainty" that the voice on the radio was bin Laden's, after it was compared with several videotapes.

The U.S. blames bin Laden for the 11 September attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.