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CIA Misses Opportunity to Nab Bin Laden in 1998

Video Game Company Reveals Story in Playable Re-Creation
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New York (Nov. 5, 2004) - Kuma Reality Games, the company that blends news coverage with interactive game technology to allow players to experience re-creations of real military events, has released its latest Kuma\War mission Osama 1998, a re-creation of a planned 1998 CIA operation to capture Osama Bin Laden that was called off at the last minute.

In June 1998, with Osama in their sites, the CIA devised a plan to capture the Saudi terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden and spirit him out of Afghanistan. The CIA authorized a family of agency-backed guerillas, (former Afghan Mujahedeen), codenamed TRODPINT agents to stage a raid on Bin Laden's hideout, Tarnak Farm, a mud-walled complex of 80 buildings in the desert just outside Kandahar airport. After sharp criticism from top CIA and White House officials, the mission was scrapped due to severe risk.

In Osama 1998, players take on the role of CIA-sponsored agents tasked with finding and capturing Osama Bin Laden. Players will raid Bin Laden's hideout, Tarnak Farm, by walking through the desert in the dead of night, crawling through a drainage ditch in the outer wall of the complex, and bursting into the huts where Bin Laden sleeps. The mission culminates with the capture of Osama Bin Laden.

As with all Kuma\War missions, Osama 1998 also includes a video news show exploring the real event. In this episode, CNN terrorism analyst and journalist Peter Bergen, a longtime al Qaeda expert who produced the first television interview with Osama Bin Laden and author of the book 'Holy War, Inc.: Inside The Secret World of Osama Bin Laden', joins Jacki Schechner to discuss the aborted mission and how it compares to what U.S. forces are presently trying to do. Dante Anderson, Kuma's Head of Product Development, also discusses how the mission is re-created in gameplay and provides tips to help players get out of the terrorist hideout alive.

Kuma has also published a short video created using advanced game tools that re-creates the cancelled 1998 mission. The video is available on the Kuma\War website.

ABOUT KUMA REALITY GAMES

Kuma Reality Games builds re-creations of real-world events using advanced gaming tools. Kuma\War is available online to subscribers for free trial and download at www.kumawar.com and is also available at retail nationwide at $19.99 MSRP. Owners of the retail product will also receive a free month of the Kuma\War online subscription service (a $9.99 value). Each month Kuma\War online subscribers receive 3 new playable missions, video news shows, extensive intelligence gathered from news sources around the world, and insight from a decorated team of military veterans. Kuma\War is a first and third-person tactical squad-based military PC game that provides multiple updates monthly to the player's computer to reflect unfolding events in the real war. As of today, there are 26 playable missions online available for download, including 'John Kerry's Silver Star', the first-ever realistic re-enactment of the controversial events surrounding John Kerry's Silver Star and Vietnam service. Kuma Reality Games, headquartered in New York, New York is a privately held company.

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