I am currently watching a french documentary about Bin Laden in Afghanistan on the french Planète TV channel. A french special forces soldier confirmed - anonymously - that french commandos reported in 2001 having Bin Laden "in line of fire" to the US headquarters in Bagram. They were waiting for a shot order that never came and they could only watch Bin Laden flee safey. They have no idea why the order never came, but they call it a political mistake...