KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military has announced a big new operation across southern and eastern Afghanistan, with the aim of destroying al Qaeda and Taliban infrastructure.
The operation, dubbed "Mountain Storm" comes as U.S. forces intensify their hunt for Osama bin Laden and his top deputies, who are believed hiding in the mountainous border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The operation, however, is "about more than one person," according to U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty.
He said American forces are confident they will eventually catch the al Qaeda leader, but not necessarily during the new operation.
"Mountain Storm" officially begins Sunday and is open-ended, Hilferty said.