September 12, 2008
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NPR NEWS EXCLUSIVE:

BUSH ADMINISTRATION AMPLIFYING EFFORTS TO TARGET OSAMA BIN LADEN
BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATION LEAVES OFFICE

MILITARY OPERATION IN FIRST PHASE ALONG AFGHANISTAN / PAKISTAN BORDER

INTERVIEW AIRING ON ALL THINGS CONSIDERED;
COMPLETE STORY AT www.NPR.org




September 12, 2008; Washington, D.C. In an exclusive report on www.NPR.org and airing tonight on All Things Considered, NPR News correspondents Tom Gjelten and Tom Bowman report that the raid by helicopter-borne U.S. Special Operations forces in Pakistan last week was not an isolated incident, but part of a three-phase plan approved by President Bush. Government officials tell NPR that the attack was an effort by the Bush Administration to strike at Osama bin Laden and the top al Qaeda leadership before the administration leaves office.

The entire report is airing tonight on All Things Considered and a web story is available at www.NPR.org

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