The Legacy of The Bent One
CNN.com - U.S., Taliban bargained over bin Laden, documents show - Aug 19, 2005
: "During a meeting between Ahmed and Eastham on November 28, 1998, just days after the Taliban's supreme court cleared bin Laden of terrorist activities, Ahmed said one possibility 'would be for the U.S. to kill him or arrange for bin Laden to be assassinated.'
Ahmed 'said that the U.S., if it chose to do so, could arrange to have bin Laden killed by cruise missiles or other means, and there would be little the Taliban could do to prevent it,' according to the documents.
Another alternative, Ahmed said, would be for the United States to provide the Taliban with cruise missiles to have 'the situation resolved in this way.' Ahmed also noted that expelling bin Laden likely would result in the Taliban regime being overthrown, according to the documents.
And while Ahmed suggested a possible assassination of bin Laden, he also 'urged the U.S. not to bomb Afghanistan again' as Washington did in the weeks following the embassy bombings. Ahmed 'asked instead for a new U.S. proposal aimed at resolving the matter,' the documents said."