ISLAMABAD - Sources in Pakistan say Osama Bin Laden has undergone
extensive cosmetic surgery in an effort to change his appearance and slip
past his pursuers.
"With a $25 million reward for his capture, he can't trust anyone. His face
is known throughout the world," said a State Department spokesperson. "What
other choice does he have?"
According to medical records found in a captured bunker at Tora Bora, a
surgeon was flown in from Kabul to perform a variety of cosmetic surgical
procedures aimed at significantly altering Bin Laden's appearance.
Witnesses said, however, that the surgeon had never actually performed these
types of surgeries, and almost completely removed Bin Laden's nose.
After a brief recovery, Bin Laden disguised himself in military garb and
fled the war-torn country. Before leaving the terrorist-controlled caves,
however, Bin Laden spoke briefly to an assembled group of Al Quaeda
recruits. He was reportedly in good spirits.
"He did this thing where he appeared to be walking forward, but he was
actually moving backward. It was really quite amusing," one witness