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Bush: Hunt for Bin Laden Making Progress


President Bush says the United States is committed to rebuilding Afghanistan and is confident terrorist Osama bin Laden will be brought to justice.

During a surprise visit to Kabul Wednesday, Mr. Bush said the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan are working together as partners in an alliance to fight terrorism.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference in the Afghan capital, with President Hamid Karzai at his side, Mr. Bush said the three countries' forces are "on the hunt" for Osama bin Laden and other members of the al-Qaida terror network.

The U.S. president said firmly that bin Laden, whom this country holds responsible for the September 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington in 2001, will be captured.

Mr. Bush's visit to Afghanistan - a five-hour detour on his trip to India and Pakistan - was kept secret until he arrived safely in Kabul Wednesday. He is flying onward to New Delhi shortly.

Mr. Bush said he intends to raise the issue of cross-border infiltration by militants during meetings later this week with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

In India, Mr. Bush is expected to focus on sealing a civilian nuclear technology deal with New Delhi. The pact has not yet been finalized, he says, and it may not be signed this week.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.