Obama administration to hunt down bin Laden more fervently than Bush administration

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- According to his national security advisors, President-elect…

WASHINGTON (CNN) — According to his national security advisors, President-elect Barack Obama wants to renew the U.S. commitment to finding al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, a priority he announced during the October 7 presidential debate.

“We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority,” Obama stated during the debate. But according to dozens of CIA agents, tracking down bin Laden won’t be an easy task. Half of the CIA agents who’ve been on the hunt for the FBI’s most-wanted terrorist assumed he was dead, while the other half believes he may still be alive despite the fact that they haven’t had a solid lead on the terrorists whereabouts since he was nearly captured in battle near Tora Bora, Afghanistan in late 2001.

Intelligence officials believe bin Laden is hiding in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, a region surrounded by mountain peaks as tall as 14,000 feet, making the terrain difficult to navigate and bin Laden even more difficult to find.

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