Asia Times has reported that spy agencies are “stunned” by Osama bin Laden’s recent forays back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan:
Asia Times Online has learned that decision-makers have put a lot of weight on the information on Bin Laden’s movements as it has come from multiple intelligence agencies, in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. For at least two years, little credible news has emerged of Bin Laden’s movements and motives. Now, intelligence officials believe they have top-grade accounts as they come from the inner circles of militant camps.
There has been speculation his alleged travels telegraph an impending strike against a Western target. But intelligence analysts suggest it means bin Laden is busy recrafting al Qaeda’s strategy to deal with the turmoil sweeping north Africa and the Middle East. The CIA is said to be stepping up the hunt.