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  Telegraph | News | Americans meet their favourite warlord to plan Tora Bora attack
AMERICA is planning how best to attack the Tora Bora mountain cave complex where Osama bin Laden and al-Qa'eda leaders are believed to be hiding, it emerged yesterday.
Bin Laden fled to Tora Bora more than two weeks ago with his best fighters and could still be there, Afghan and western sources said.
Tora Bora, which can be seen from Jalalabad, rises from the desert, through hills and forests, into snow-capped peaks that lead to Pakistan.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/11/30/wtora30.xml&sSheet=/portal/2001/11/30/ixport.html   (537 words)

 washingtonpost.com: U.S. Concludes Bin Laden Escaped at Tora Bora Fight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Bush administration has concluded that Osama bin Laden was present during the battle for Tora Bora late last year and that failure to commit U.S. ground troops to hunt him was its gravest error in the war against al Qaeda, according to civilian and military officials with first-hand knowledge.
In the fight for Tora Bora, corrupt local militias did not live up to promises to seal off the mountain redoubt, and some colluded in the escape of fleeing al Qaeda fighters.
Another change since Tora Bora, with no immediate prospect of finding bin Laden, is that President Bush has stopped proclaiming the goal of taking him "dead or alive" and now avoids previous references to the al Qaeda founder as public enemy number one.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A62618-2002Apr16?language=printer   (1652 words)

 frontline: campaign against terror: on the ground: assault on tora bora | PBS
After the Taliban regime was defeated, the military turned its focus to mountainous region of Tora Bora, where is was believed that Osama bin Laden was holed up in fortified caves along with Taliban and Al Qaeda troops.
After the fall of Kandahar, Tora Bora emerged very quickly on the radar screen, at least from my headquarters, as there was the potential for Al Qaeda presence and possibly other personnel could be hiding.
I think it's a mistake for people to cast too glaring an indictment of that operation not understanding fully the context of what was going on with the battlefield at the time, what was available, and the urgency of when people wanted to see things happen.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/campaign/ground/torabora.html   (1777 words)

 Cox & Forkum: Tora Bore
As commander of the allied forces in the Middle East, I was responsible for the operation at Tora Bora, and I can tell you that the senator's understanding of events doesn't square with reality.
Tora Bora was teeming with Taliban and Qaeda operatives, many of whom were killed or captured, but Mr.
Kerry's criticism of the Tora Bora campaign also belies his promise to rely more on allies if he were commander-in-chief.
www.coxandforkum.com /archives/000451.html   (781 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | War | High noon at Tora Bora?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Tora Bora camps are reported to be only accessible by horseback, and the area's many caves are hidden amidst dense forests.
Russian army sources recently described the caves of Tora Bora as "the latest NATO engineering invention." In the mid-1980s, Afghan anti-Soviet resistance forces turned the caves into high-tech strongholds, allocating for this purpose some of the millions of dollars they received clandestinely from the US and Gulf countries.
Tora Bora, moreover, is within easy reach of the Pakistan border through a network of trails.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2001/563/9war1.htm   (2023 words)

 US troops block roads to Tora Bora -DAWN - Top Stories; 05 March, 2004
KABUL, March 4: US and Afghan troops have blocked all roads leading to the eastern border region of Tora Bora, where Osama bin Laden was lasted spotted, aid agency officials said on Thursday.
The mountainous Tora Bora region, 50kms south of the eastern city of Jalalabad, was the scene of a major US-led operation in Dec 2001 to capture Osama bin Laden.
Tora Bora was believed to be the last stronghold of Al Qaeda fighters and the Taliban before the capture of Kabul by US forces in 2001.
www.dawn.com /2004/03/05/top14.htm   (453 words)

 Bin Laden And Tora Bora - The Facts About The Failed Manhunt | This Is Rumor Control
The suspicion is that we have a group of al Qaeda forces in the vicinity of Tora Bora.
If Fox and CNN could arrange for their crews to cover Tora Bora it is puzzling that the US military could not put more boots on the ground to find the man who was the intellectual author of the 9/11 attacks.
And in that sense, Sen. Kerry's charge that Tora Bora was a missed opportunity to bring bin Laden to justice isn't "garbage", but an accurate reflection of the historical record.
www.thisisrumorcontrol.org /node/1919   (989 words)

 The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Government says bin Laden eluded U.S. pursuers in Tora Bora region
WASHINGTON — A terror suspect held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was a commander for Osama bin Laden during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and helped the al-Qaida leader escape his mountain hideout at Tora Bora in 2001, according to a U.S. government document.
The events at Tora Bora were a point of contention during last year's presidential race, and President Bush, as well as Vice President Dick Cheney, asserted that commanders did not know whether bin Laden was there when U.S. and allied Afghan forces attacked the area in December 2001.
Tora Bora is a mountainous area along the Pakistan border that became al-Qaida's last stand in Afghanistan.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/nationworld/2002216463_osama23.html   (529 words)

 National Lampoon Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
AFGHANISTAN - Anti-Taliban and U.S. Special Forces troops stopped scouring hundreds of mine-laden caves in the Tora Bora hills of Afghanistan after the Pentagon announced that bin Laden was actually hiding on the phonetically similar French Polynesian resort paradise, Bora Bora.
Bora Bora's navy consists of a few jetskis and a speed boat.
The Tora Bora/Bora Bora confusion is not the first instance that language foul-ups have resulted in misguided manhunts for the U.S. military.
www.nationallampoon.com /news/12_19c.asp   (533 words)

 PeterBergen.com - Articles - Tora Bora: What Really Happened?
Apologists for the US military failure at Tora Bora will no doubt provide several compelling reasons why this was the case, including a lack of airlift capabilities from the US base in neighboring Uzbekistan.
However, such explanations are hard to square with the fact that hundreds of journalists managed to find their way to Tora Bora, a battle covered on live television by the world's leading news organizations.
If Fox, CNN and NBC could arrange for their crews to cover Tora Bora it is puzzling that the US military could not put more boots on the ground to find the man who was the intellectual author of the 9/11 attacks.
www.peterbergen.com /bergen/articles/details.aspx?id=198   (758 words)

 Lost at Tora Bora - New York Times
The first time bin Laden had seen the Tora Bora caves, he had been a young mujahedeen fighter and a recent university graduate with a degree in civil engineering.
Indeed, by December 2001, when the final battle of Tora Bora took place, the cave complex had been so refined that it was said to have its own ventilation system and a power system created by a series of hydroelectric generators; bin Laden is believed to have designed the latter.
Tora Bora's walls and the floors of its hundreds of rooms were finished and smooth and extended some 350 yards into the granite mountain that enveloped them.
www.nytimes.com /2005/09/11/magazine/11TORABORA.html?ex=1284091200&en=32be68ba558e0b37&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss   (1139 words)

 Asia Times - Asia's most trusted news source for the Middle East
The earlier one, in the form of a car bomb, was staged by the Pakistani dregs of the International Islamic Front (IIF), who had escaped from Tora Bora in Afghanistan, outside the US Consulate in Karachi in June 2002, but it failed to cause any damage to the consulate or any loss of American lives.
Fallujah is an urban area different from the mountainous Tora Bora area of Afghanistan, which provided many caves and tunnels for shelter and escape routes across the mountains into Pakistan.
The air strikes and the artillery shellings in Tora Bora were ineffective against the dregs of al-Qaeda and the IIF.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/FL14Ak02.html   (1798 words)

 Bush/Cheney Lied About Bin Laden Tora Bora Escape   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The events at Tora Bora were a point of contention during last year's presidential race, and Bush as well as Vice President Dick Cheney asserted that commanders did not know whether bin Laden was there when U.S. and allied Afghan forces attacked the area in December 2001.
John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, lambasted Bush during the campaign for having missed a chance to capture or kill bin Laden at Tora Bora, a mountainous area along the Pakistan border that became al-Qaida's last stand in Afghanistan.
He was "present at Tora Bora," crossed the Afghan border into Pakistan in December 2001, and surrendered to Pakistani authorities, the document says.
www.rense.com /general63/lad.htm   (794 words)

 CIA blocks book on Tora Bora, author says - The Boston Globe - Boston.com - Washington - News
WASHINGTON -- The CIA is squelching publication of a new book detailing events leading up to Osama bin Laden's escape from his Tora Bora mountain stronghold during the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, says a former CIA officer who led much of the fighting.
In a story he says he resigned from the agency to tell, Gary Berntsen recounts the attacks he coordinated at the peak of the fighting in eastern Afghanistan in late 2001, including how US commanders knew bin Laden was in the rugged mountains near the Pakistani border and the Al Qaeda leader's much-discussed getaway.
During the 2004 election, President Bush and other senior administration officials repeatedly said commanders did not know whether bin Laden was at Tora Bora when US and allied Afghan forces attacked there in 2001.
www.boston.com /news/nation/washington/articles/2005/07/29/cia_blocks_book_on_tora_bora_author_says   (383 words)

 Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal: Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by These Fools? (Tora Bora Department)
Tora Bora was the one time after the 9/11 attacks when United States operatives were confident they knew precisely where Osama bin Laden was and could have captured or killed him....
Defending its decision not to commit forces to the Tora Bora campaign, members of the Bush administration - including the president, the vice president and Gen. Tommy Franks - have continued to insist, as recently as the last presidential campaign, that there was no definitive information that bin Laden was even in Tora Bora....
I recall not long after the Tora Bora incident, I believe, Musharraf in an interview suggested that bin Laden was probably dead, noting that he had kidney problems, etc. Now it seems more clear why he said that -- perhaps he simply wanted to stick a fork in the issue.
delong.typepad.com /sdj/2005/09/why_oh_why_are__3.html   (2495 words)

 JS Online: Final push at Tora Bora
Tora Bora, Afghanistan - Afghan forces declared Sunday that they wiped out the last pockets of al-Qaida resistance on Tora Bora mountain, but U.S. officials cautioned that some terrorists were fleeing, some were still dug in, and some could be rooted out only in a cave-by-cave search.
Franks said he is not certain whether bin Laden's voice was heard on the short-range radio picked up in the Tora Bora area.
Rumsfeld said many members of the Taliban and al-Qaida have been captured and killed in and around Tora Bora and many others were trying to escape.
www.jsonline.com /news/attack/dec01/5977.asp   (1121 words)

 SITE Institute: SITE Publications - “From Tora Bora to Iraq” — A Speech by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri on the Four Year ...
The message titled: “From Tora Bora to Iraq,” is indicated to have been recorded in November 2005, and marks the four year anniversary of the American-led bombing campaign of the Tora Bora region in Afghanistan against Taliban and al-Qaeda leadership.
These “lies” provided for the central theme of his message, stretching American actions in Tora Bora in 2001 to Iraq in 2005, and instances in between of America’s “agents” in Egypt and Jordan maintaining their power by alignment with the United States.
Zawahiri opens his speech by extending his condolences to the Muslims in Kashmir and Pakistan who were affected by the earthquake in October, reiterating his anger with his inability and that of Muslim charity organizations to assist in relief efforts as he made in a previous speech.
siteinstitute.org /bin/articles.cgi?ID=publications165606&Category=publications&Subcategory=0   (513 words)

 How Osama bin Laden got away | csmonitor.com
TORA BORA, AFGHANISTAN - All 1,000 of the regional tribal leaders rose to their feet and shouted "Zindibad, Osama!" ("Long Live Osama!").
The success of the US was dazzling, save for the fight for Tora Bora, which may have been this unconventional war's most crucial battle.
Bin Laden's talk with his followers in Tora Bora just a few days after his departure may explain why US intelligence officials said that they thought they heard his voice on Dec. 10, probably on a short-wave transmission.
www.csmonitor.com /2002/0304/p01s03-wosc.html   (4250 words)

 THE BELGRAVIA DISPATCH: Revisiting the Tora Bora Meme--and a Reaction to Andrew Sullivan's Endorsement
Tora Bora was a tactical failure that occurred within the context of a spectacular strategic victory that destroyed "the base," unseated the Taliban and drove the bin Ladenists into hiding in Pakistan -- all with[in] a few weeks.
While the leakage of al Qaeda and Taliban from Tora Bora is a supportable charge, the Kerry claim that Osama was (1) there, and (2) given opportunity to escape, is unfounded and unsupportable.
Gregory, you neeed to understand Tora Bora in the Muslim context of "The Battle of the Trench": The Prophet Mohammed retreated with his forces from an army of unbelievers and dug a deep trench which the unbelievers declined to cross.
www.belgraviadispatch.com /archives/004117.html   (10980 words)

 CNN.com - Brent Sadler: Resistance stiff at Tora Bora - December 6, 2001
SADLER: Nightfall (has arrived) in the area of the White Mountains, not far from Tora Bora -- that cave and tunnel complex where it's thought that Osama bin Laden may be hiding.
Now over the past 48 hours the T-55s have been pouring fire into suspected al Qaeda positions in the foothills of the Tora Bora area, and they've been having a degree of success.
Tora Bora is beyond the first ridge; even more inaccessible.
archives.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/central/12/06/ret.sadler.otsc   (438 words)

 Online NewsHour Update: Al-Qaida Pinned in Tora Bora -- December 14, 2001
U.S. and Afghan tribal forces intensified their attacks on al-Qaida positions in the mountainous Tora Bora region of eastern Afghanistan.
More than a week of fighting in and around the Tora Bora mountain complex in eastern Afghanistan has left al-Qaida fighters with little territory and few avenues for escape.
As the fighting intensified in Tora Bora, U.S. Marines to the south took command of the battle-damaged Kandahar airport, a scene of intense fighting before the final collapse of the Taliban.
www.pbs.org /newshour/updates/december01/afghan_12-14.html   (754 words)

 CNN.com - Sources: bin Laden wounded in Tora Bora battle - April 18, 2002
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Captured al Qaeda fighters say Osama bin Laden was wounded in Tora Bora last year and ordered his lieutenants to disperse in various directions from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, according to high-level anti-terror coalition intelligence sources.
U.S. military officials said several al Qaeda detainees who have been questioned independently each told the same story -- that bin Laden was in the Tora Bora mountains in early December, talked with his al Qaeda fighters and then slipped out of the area with the help of local sympathizers.
Rumsfeld said it was "entirely possible" that bin Laden was in Tora Bora when U.S. forces began their air assault there last December, but "in terms of any solid evidence, there wasn't any.
edition.cnn.com /2002/US/04/17/gen.osama.escape   (549 words)

 Jed Babbin on Tora Bora & Osama bin Laden on National Review Online
Kerry was quick to use bin Laden's statement as a reason to reiterate his claim that by bungling the Tora Bora campaign in December 2001, Bush allowed bin Laden to escape.
Franks and DeLong concluded, based on the preponderance of the intelligence that OBL was in Tora Bora.
One of the biggest challenges to attacking al Qaeda in Tora Bora was the tribal villages throughout the region.
www.nationalreview.com /babbin/babbin200411010743.asp   (1639 words)

 DefenseLINK News: Tora Bora Battle Continues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2001 -- The Tora Bora cave and tunnel complex south of Jalalabad is the focus of fighting between opposition groups and Al Qaeda foreign fighters, Pentagon officials said Dec. 12.
He said reports that Al Qaeda forces have been cornered in one mountain in Tora Bora are premature.
He said it is possible that some Al Qaeda or Taliban may be able to escape from the Tora Bora area.
www.defenselink.mil /news/Dec2001/n12122001_200112123.html   (427 words)

 RedOrbit - General - Ex-CIA agent sues over book detailing Tora Bora   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Gary Berntsen, who led a CIA paramilitary team code-named "Jawbreaker" during the Tora Bora attack, said in a federal lawsuit this week that the CIA is effectively denying his right to publish by allowing a pre-publication review of the 330-page manuscript to drag on for months.
Among the book's more controversial assertions is that bin Laden was at Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan during a U.S.-led assault in 2001 and managed to escape capture.
Krieger suggested Berntsen's account of the Tora Bora attack could now be in the sights of CIA censors.
www.redorbit.com /news/display?id=190375&source=r_general   (459 words)

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