American troops in Afghanistan have uncovered another pocket of al-Qaida fighters, detaining two members of the terrorist group who are providing intelligence while the hunt for Osama bin Laden continues. But there is still no word on the whereabouts of the world's most wanted man.
At the Pentagon, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Richard Myers told reporters the two al-Qaida fighters were seized along with small arms, laptop computers, cell phones and some training documents.
All have been moved to a detention center in Kandahar where more than 300 members of al-Qaida and the ousted Taleban are being detained, some of whom are providing what he calls "fruitful" information.
"We are getting some intelligence on this," said General Myers. "We think we have thwarted some attacks."
Some detainees are expected to be flown soon to a high security prison under construction at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
But while U.S. forces continue to bomb targets in eastern Afghanistan, the search for Osama bin Laden appears to have grown cold.
"This is very, very difficult work," General Myers said. "As somebody reminded me how difficult it was in Panama to go after the Panamanian leader when we had been in the country for how many years? So this is difficult, difficult work. I think we're getting better at it, by the way."
Despite reports that Osama bin Laden and ousted Afghan leader Mullah Mohammad Omar might have slipped into neighboring Pakistan, interim Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah believes both are probably still in hiding in Afghanistan, but says he has no idea where.