Holder: US still hopes to capture bin Laden
Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:23 pm
By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. would like to capture and interrogate Osama bin Laden, but he still expects the al-Qaida leader won’t be taken alive.
The attorney general is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Last month, he told other lawmakers that bin Laden likely will never face trial because he would be killed first.
Following those comments, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said it remains the goal of U.S. troops to capture Osama bin Laden alive and “bring him to justice.”
Holder is telling lawmakers the goal of the U.S. is to capture bin Laden and extract intelligence from him, but past reports suggest bin Laden’s security guards have orders not to let him be captured alive.
Published in The Messenger 4.14.10