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Public Forum Held In Fayetteville To Discuss Islam, Middle East

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Terrorism is not something Americans are used to coping with. Methodist College in Fayetteville held a forum Monday to help people understand more about the U.S. military involvement and the possible terrorist threat.

The public forum gave people the opportunity to discuss topics such as Islam, the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. The panel included history and geography professors, a Muslim priest and Dale Comstock, a former Special Operations soldiers who is now an expert on counter terrorism.

Comstock said the search for Bin Laden will be tough.

"I imagine it's going to take quite awhile unless we are fortunate enough to have someone leak information to turn him in for reward money," he said.

Many people said they came out of the forum with a greater knowledge of the Afghanistan region. Experts said the region is covered in high terrain with mountains reaching as high as 20,000 feet.

The public forum was sponsored by the History, International Studies and Political Science Club on campus.