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No intelligence on Bin Laden, US says

The US has not had good intelligence on Osama bin Laden's whereabouts for years, and al-Qa'ida is finding smarter ways to try to attack America, the CIA director said yesterday.

Leon Panetta told ABC television that Bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan's rough terrain with "tremendous security around him". "If we keep ... pressure on, we think ultimately we can flush out Bin Laden" and other al-Qa'ida leaders, he said.

Intelligence on Bin Laden "almost goes back, you know, to the early 2000s... Since then, it's been very difficult to get any intelligence on his exact location".