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  • Bulgarian press names bomber: Mehdi Ghezali (former Gitmo detainee)

    07/19/2012 1:59:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 19, 2012
    Bulgarian media on Thursday named the suicide bomber who blew up a bus full of Israeli tourists, killing five Israelis and a local bus driver, in the Black Sea resort of Burgas on Wednesday as 36-year-old Mehdi Ghezali. Ghezali reportedly arrived in Bulgaria five weeks before the bombing and arrived at the airport via taxi, Channel 2 reported. He was also reportedly given the bomb by someone else, but no further details were provided. [Snip] Ghezali has a Wikipedia page, which describes him as a Swedish citizen, with Algerian and Finnish origins. He had been held at the US’s...
  • Bin Laden lived 9 years undetected in Pakistan, fathered 4 children, wife says

    03/30/2012 4:36:31 AM PDT · by Doogle · 13 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 03/30/12 | NewsCore via FOX
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Former Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden entered Pakistan across the Afghan border during the early months of U.S. attacks on Afghanistan, then spent nine years on the run in Pakistan living in several safe houses and fathering four children. Testimony from bin Laden's youngest wife -- the 29-year-old Yemenite Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah -- before a joint investigation team in Pakistan reveals the Al Qaeda kingpin fled over the border into Pakistan early in 2002, just after the U.S. launched attacks on Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan.
  • Ex-Spy Is a Long Shot to Oust Schumer

    07/02/2010 5:55:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 1, 2010 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER
    The last time Gary Berntsen went after such a formidable adversary in hostile territory, he was commanding a small band of fellow spies and commandos in pursuit of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan after 9/11. After helping drive the Taliban from power, they tracked him to the mountains of Tora Bora, only to see him slip away. His current assignment could make that one look easy. Mr. Berntsen, a Long Island-bred C.I.A. operative who retired in 2005, decided earlier this year to try to serve his country in a new, and not exactly clandestine, way: by running for office. While...
  • John Kerry's Tora Bora Campaign--The Senator is now in favor of more troops after he was against..

    12/01/2009 1:15:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 886+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 1, 2009 | Editorial
    President Obama unveils his new Afghanistan strategy today, and in the nick of time Senator John Kerry has arrived with a report claiming that none of this would be necessary if former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had only deployed more troops eight years ago. Yes, he really said more troops. In a 43-page report issued yesterday by his Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Kerry says bin Laden and deputy Ayman Zawahiri were poised for capture at the Tora Bora cave complex in late 2001. But because of the "unwillingness" of Mr. Rumsfeld and his generals "to deploy the troops required...
  • Time to Retire Congressman Hinchey: His Brain Is Leaking.

    12/01/2009 9:08:54 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 663+ views
    MSNBC/The Lid/Hot Air ^ | 12/1/09 | The Lid
    I have been avoiding writing about the Senate report that the United States Military let Bin Laden slip through their fingers at Tora Bora for a few reasons. First of all its old news, we have been hearing this story for at least two years. Additionally elections (and wars) have their consequences, the winners get to write history. While it is accepted that we could have gotten Bin Laden in his Tora Bora cave eight years ago, this report was written by the staffers of highly partisan Senator John "why the long face" Kerry, so the details/reasons surrounding the incident...
  • Report Blasts 2001 Battle To Get Bin Laden (Bush's Fault!)

    11/29/2009 5:40:23 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies · 1,442+ views
    All Headline News ^ | November 29, 2009 | David Goodhue
    Washington, DC (AHN) - A new Senate report blasts the Bush administration's December 2001 effort to capture or kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the Afghanistan mountains of Tora Bora. The report, written by the Senate Foreign Relations, says bin Laden was within reach on Dec. 16, but he and his "entourage of bodyguards walked unmolested out of Tora Bora and disappeared into Pakistan's unregulated tribal area." The report says most analysts believe he is still there. The report, requested by the committee's chairman, Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, blames the failure to catch or kill bin Laden on...
  • Senate report: Bin Laden was ‘within our grasp’

    11/29/2009 5:54:33 AM PST · by CommieCutter · 61 replies · 2,944+ views
    Meth-NBC ^ | 11-29-09 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora when American military leaders made the crucial and costly decision not to pursue the terrorist leader with massive force, a Senate report says.
  • Senate Report Explores 2001 Escape by bin Laden From Afghan Mountains

    11/28/2009 10:06:09 AM PST · by BGHater · 18 replies · 981+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Nov 2009 | Scott Shane
    As President Obama vows to “finish the job” in Afghanistan by sending more troops, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has completed a detailed look back at a crucial failure early in the battle against Al Qaeda: the escape of Osama bin Laden from American forces in the Afghan mountains of Tora Bora in December 2001. “Removing the Al Qaeda leader from the battlefield eight years ago would not have eliminated the worldwide extremist threat,” the committee’s report concludes. “But the decisions that opened the door for his escape to Pakistan allowed bin Laden to emerge as a potent symbolic figure...
  • Uighur terrorist leader threatens attacks against Chinese interests across the globe

    08/03/2009 12:47:12 AM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 1,293+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | August 2, 2009 12:22 PM | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "The leader of the al Qaeda-linked Chinese terror group has threatened to attack Chinese interests around the world to avenge the death of Uighurs in the eastern province of Xianjiang. Abdul Haq al Turkistani, the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party, threatened to attack Chinese embassies worldwide as well as targets within the country. Haq made his threats on a video that was released on an Islamist Internet site." SNIPPET: "Haq, who is also known as Maimaitiming Maimaiti, became the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party in late 2003 after Hassan Mahsum, the group’s previous leader, was...
  • DC court finds Gitmo detainee properly held

    04/07/2009 4:44:19 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 776+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | April 6, 2009 10:52 AM | By THOMAS JOSCELYN
    SNIPPET: "On Thursday, April 2, a federal judge ruled that Guantánamo detainee Hedi Hammamy is being held for good reasons. Judge Richard Leon of the DC District Court found the US government’s evidence was sufficient to show that Hammamy supported al Qaeda and the Taliban. Hammamy, who is also known as Abdul Haddi bin Hadiddi in the US government’s unclassified Guantánamo files, was arrested by Pakistani authorities in April 2002 and transferred to Guantánamo months later. Government prosecutors demonstrated that Hammamy’s passport was recovered in a cave in the Tora Bora Mountains, which were the main fallback zone for fleeing...
  • Judge orders Guantanamo detainee released (Closed hearing, classified info)

    03/31/2009 2:30:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 2,419+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2009 | NEDRA PICKLER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the United States to release a prisoner from the Guantanamo detention center.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle issued a one-page judgment ordering the release of Yasin Muhammed Basardh, a 33-year-old from Yemen.</p>
  • U.S. judge orders Chad citizen freed from Guantanamo

    01/14/2009 6:49:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies · 478+ views
    al Reuters ^ | 1/15/2009 | Deborah Charles
    A 21-year-old citizen of Chad who has been held for seven years at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba must be released, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the government had not proven that Mohammed el Gharani was an enemy combatant and the detainee must be freed and sent home soon either to Saudi Arabia, where he was raised and his family lives, or Chad. Leon's ruling comes just before President-elect Barack Obama, who has vowed to close the prison camp, takes office on Tuesday. Since Obama's election in November, federal...
  • Threat Matrix: October 2008

    10/06/2008 7:27:37 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 756 replies · 17,403+ views
    FBI Warns of Potential Terror Attacks The FBI and Department of Homeland Security today issued an analytical "note" to U.S. law-enforcement officials cautioning that al-Qaida terrorists have in the past expressed interest in attacking public buildings using a dozen suicide bombers each carrying 20 kilograms of explosives. Authors with the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis added that they have "no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States." The FBI and DHS analysts said they were releasing the note because "it is important for local authorities and building owners and...
  • Delta Force Commander Says The Best Plan To Kill The Al Qaeda Leader In 2001 Was Nixed

    10/06/2008 12:55:00 AM PDT · by Gator_that_eats_Dems · 46 replies · 3,319+ views
    CBS Online via The Spartan Truth ^ | Gator_that_eats_dems
    CBS) Shortly after 9/11, the Pentagon ordered a top secret team of American commandos into Afghanistan with a single, simple order: kill Osama bin Laden. It was America's best chance to eliminate the leader of al Qaeda. The inside story of exactly what happened in that mission, and how close it came to its objective has never been told until now. The man you are about to meet was the officer in command, leading a team from the U.S. Army's mysterious Delta Force - a unit so secret, it's often said Delta doesn't exist. But you are about to see...
  • Delta Force Officer Clears The Air On Tora Bora

    10/05/2008 6:14:29 PM PDT · by TheNewPundit · 18 replies · 2,253+ views
    I'm A Pundit Too ^ | 10/05/2008 | Doug Ragan
    Despite the lies told by the press and by John Kerry, special forces did in fact try to kill Bin Laden at Tora Bora. The biggest challenge in the operation was in fact the terrain. Afghan fighters who were to actually lead the charge ended up turning on the US forces during a cease fire they had with al Qaeda. Then there is the big issue as told by the officer,
  • Bin Laden ESCAPES Tora Bora

    12/16/2001 3:42:31 AM PST · by kari · 138 replies · 1,298+ views
    FOX TV NEWS | 12/16/01 | Geraldo
    Geraldo reports that the cave camplex at tora bora has been over run by allied fores but Ben Laden is gone. In an interview with the commander of our allied afghan troops thinks BenLaden slipped out during the truce three days ago. Unknown if he is still in country or has escaped into Pakistan
  • GOTTA SEE THIS -- OP.ENDURING FREEDOM 12/16/01 Tora Bora Taken, Afghan Freedom, Food Maldistribution

    12/16/2001 5:27:19 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 77 replies · 1,245+ views
    DOD; AP; Reuters; Yahoo; Many brave photographers ^ | 12/16/01 | Pres. Bush and the brave US military after the 911 Atrocity
    GOTTA SEE THIS -- OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 12/16/01 Taking of Tora Bora, End of Main Afghan Land War, Afghan Freedom, Food Maldistribution REPORT FROM THEATRE 1 - AFGHANISTAN WAR FOR ENDURING FREEDOM 12/16/01 Eastern and Northern Alliances and Special Forces takeTora Bora Usama missing as Al Qaida fighters killed or taken prisoner in the White Mountains. Aboard the USS Antietam, near India, radar watches the perimeter including the rest of the USS aircraft carrier Carl Vinson's battle group. USS Antietam and USS Okane are two destroyers of the USS aircraft carrier Carl Vinson's battle group. USS Okane, left, USS Antietam, ...
  • Bin Laden bodyguard held at Guantanamo: report

    06/13/2004 1:00:03 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 18 replies · 252+ views
    US military officials are holding a bodyguard of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at the naval base prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Washington Post reports. The report cites Defence Department memos and sources familiar with base captives. The Post says the bodyguard is Moroccan Abdallah Tabarak, who enabled bin Laden to escape from the battle of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in late 2001 by making calls on his leader's personal satellite telephone. The information is contained in memos documenting meetings between military personnel and inspectors from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). ICRC officials, who keep...
  • Threat Matrix: July 2008

    07/02/2008 7:02:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,101 replies · 9,633+ views
    Al-Qaeda Draws New Recruits Via Internet Al-Qaeda is using the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people to its terrorist network, according to a programme aired on Saudi Arabian TV late on Tuesday. Umm Osama, the founder of al-Qaeda's first women-only website, al-Khansa, joined several others on the programme to discuss how they renounced jihadist ideology. Among those who sought a response to this question was an imam from the Medina mosque, Saleh Ibn Awad al-Mudamsi, and the father of a young al-Qaeda suspect held in an Iraqi prison. Read More Qaeda Targets U.S. Oil Interests in North Africa U.S....
  • Arab Liberal: The Palestinians Have Chosen the Model Of Tora Bora Over That of Singapore

    06/09/2008 4:37:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 126+ views
    Al-Sharq Al-Awsat/MEMRI ^ | 6-9-08 | Dr. Mamoun Fandy
    Arab Liberal Dr. Mamoun Fandy: The Palestinians Have Chosen the Model Of Tora Bora Over That of Singapore In an article published April 21, 2008 in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, well-known researcher, writer, author, and columnist Dr. Mamoun Fandy wrote that the Palestinians must proceed from revolution to state-building, demonstrating that they are capable of building a prosperous state which will contribute to the stability of the region. [1] The following are excerpts from the article: "When Will the Palestinians Advance From the 'Adolescence' of Revolution to the 'Maturity' of Statehood?... [Will the] Palestinian State... Strengthen, Rather Than Weaken,...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS -- OP.ENDURING FREEDOM 12/13/01 Strike Videos, Milawa Valley, Tora Bora, Freedom

    12/13/2001 4:38:14 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 49 replies · 5,607+ views
    DOD; Reuters; AP; Yahoo; Many many brave photographers ^ | 12/13/01 | Pres. Bush and the brave US military after the 911 Atrocity
    GOTTA SEE THIS -- OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 12/13/01 Strike Videos, Milawa Valley, Tora Bora, Freedom, Continued Food Maldistribution, Brave Military REPORT FROM THEATRE 1 - AFGHANISTAN WAR FOR ENDURING FREEDOM 12/13/01 Multiprong final attack on Usama - The War at Tora Bora Strike Videos, Tora Bora Bombed and Taken by Cave by Cave, Usama's Horses Taken, Food Maldistribution Looms Briefing: Latest DOD info (click here) STRIKE VIDEOSreleased after the DoD News Briefing 12/12/01 &nbsp; VIDEO TITLE &nbsp; &nbsp;MPG version rm (REAL VIDEO) version &nbsp;#1: An Al Qaeda vehicle mpg #1 &nbsp; rm #1 &nbsp;#2: Al Qaeda soldiers mpg #2 rm ...
  • McCain Blames Bush For Osama's Escape

    01/08/2008 8:15:30 AM PST · by kellynla · 104 replies · 1,295+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | January 7, 2008 | staff
    GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain knocked President Bush for failing to capture Osama bin Laden despite "opportunities over the past six years, and vowed to "get" the terrorist kingpin if voters put him in the White House. "I will get Osama bin Laden," McCain told a crowd of supporters at a New Hampshire town hall meeting Saturday – even if it takes following him "to the gates of hell." "I want to assure you of that as president of the United States," he said. On Sunday, McCain repeated the promise in an interview with NBC News anchor Tim Russert....
  • Two B-52 bombers strike simultaneously on Tora Bora

    12/09/2001 7:59:18 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 40 replies · 865+ views
    AFP via Bablefish ^ | Monday December 10, 2001 - 3h35 GMT
    Raid of two B-52 on Tora-Bora TORA BORA (Afghanistan), 10 déc (AFP) - Two American bombers B-52 simultaneously rammed Monday towards 7H00 local (2H30 GMT), the mountainous zone of Tora Bora (is), den of group Al-Qaïda, Ossama Ben Laden, noted a journalist of the AFP. The two heavy bombers, shifted approximately km, carried out a passage to the top of Tora Bora and released each one a series of bombs which exploded in a thunderous noise. It was the first raid of B-52 of Monday. Previously, during all the night of Sunday to Monday, of the raids of American ...
  • A Quiet Triumph May be Brewing

    09/30/2007 7:41:08 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 34 replies · 641+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2007 | Ray Robison
    September 28, 2007A Quiet Triumph May be BrewingBy Ray Robison There are signs that the global Islamic jihad movement is splitting apart, in what would be a tremendous achievement for American strategy. The center of the action is in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the very territory which is thought to harbor Usama, and from which Al Qaeda was able to launch 9/11. Capitalizing on existing splits, a trap was set and closed, and the benefits have only begun to be evident. There were already signs of a split, but recent events strengthen that trend. In March and again in May of...
  • A Quiet Triumph May be Brewing

    09/29/2007 9:55:34 AM PDT · by afortiori · 5 replies · 126+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2007 | Ray Robison
    So the US left the terrorists an escape route into Tora Bora. Once they had detected a large group of al Qaeda at the fortress and the likelihood of High Value Targets as determined by large scale security detachments, the US dropped the curtain on the escape routes back into Pakistan. We have been pounding the hell out of them for weeks in near complete secrecy. But an observer may wonder why, if al Qaeda had to vacate the camps, didn't they just go to other hideouts in Pakistan? According to this article in the Telegraph: The Uzbeks are a...
  • A Quiet Triumph May be Brewing

    09/28/2007 1:21:03 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 77 replies · 259+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2007 | Ray Robison
    There are signs that the global Islamic jihad movement is splitting apart, in what would be a tremendous achievement for American strategy. The center of the action is in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the very territory which is thought to harbor Usama, and from which Al Qaeda was able to launch 9/11. Capitalizing on existing splits, a trap was set and closed, and the benefist have only begun to be evident. There were already signs of a split, but recent events strengthen the that trend. In March and again in May of this year I reviewed relevant South Asian media reporting to...
  • Bin Laden may have just escaped U.S. forces

    09/27/2007 6:09:14 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 47 replies · 372+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9-26-2007 | Justin Balding, Adam Ciralsky, and Robert Windrem
    A little more than a month ago...some U.S. intelligence and military analysts thought they had found one of the world’s two most wanted men just where they last saw them six years ago. For three days and nights — between Aug. 14 and 16 — U.S. and Afghanistan forces pounded the mountain caves in Tora Bora... (snip) The military operation included "several hundred" U.S. and Afghan ground forces... Elements from the 82nd Airborne blocked off escape routes through the mountains on the Afghanistan side of the border, while helicopters inserted U.S. Navy Seals at night. The Seals pinpointed enemy positions...
  • Bin Laden may have just escaped U.S. forces

    09/26/2007 6:15:15 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 108 replies · 812+ views
    msnbc ^ | 9-26-07
    Bin Laden may have just escaped U.S. forces August mission in Tora Bora almost snared 'high value target' A little more than a month ago, with the anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching and fears of a new al Qaeda attack rising, some U.S. intelligence and military analysts thought they had found one of the world’s two most wanted men just where they last saw them six years ago. For three days and nights — between Aug. 14 and 16 — U.S. and Afghanistan forces pounded the mountain caves in Tora Bora, the same caves where Osama Bin Laden had hidden...
  • Soldiers Glimpse Children Hiding Up In Caves

    12/06/2001 2:54:38 PM PST · by blam · 62 replies · 276+ views
    The Independent (UK) ^ | 12-07-2001 | Lloyd Parry
    Soldiers glimpse children hiding up in the caves War on terrorism By Richard Lloyd Parry at Tora Bora 07 December 2001 In the Tora Bora valley of the White Mountains, pick-up trucks, Land Rovers and mortars abound, but the last thing you would expect to find is a bicycle. However, when the mujahedin soldiers got within sight of caves in the valley yesterday morning, that is what they saw. It was a dangerous moment, at the start of the second day of the battle against al-Qa'ida guerrillas, but the soldiers of Halim Shah, the front-line commander, agreed: they saw bicycles, ...
  • SAS to assault Bin Laden cave

    12/01/2001 3:17:58 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 32 replies · 112+ views
    The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 12/02/2001 | JAMES CLARK, DAVID CRACKNELL AND MATTHEW CAMPBELL
    BRITAIN'S SAS is poised to lead an attack on the underground fortress in the White Mountains of eastern Afghanistan where Osama Bin Laden is thought to be preparing for a last stand.The 60-strong SAS Sabre squadron that captured a cave complex near the southern city of Kandahar last month has been told to prepare for the even tougher mission of hunting down Bin Laden in his Tora Bora stronghold.A senior British defence source said yesterday that the SAS soldiers had "honed and developed unique skills and experience" during the raid, in which 18 Afghans were killed and four Britons injured. ...
  • Tribal fighters attack caves around Tora Bora

    12/07/2001 5:53:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies · 22+ views
    AP ^ | 12-7-01 | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    <p>TORA BORA, Afghanistan (AP) -- Osama bin Laden loyalists rained mortar shells, rockets and bullets from high in the mountains Friday as tribal fighters attacked them from below and American warplanes bombed them from above.</p> <p>Jets made constant runs over the forested mountains of eastern Afghanistan, dropping bombs every two or three minutes. The valley was filled with smoke and dust from the explosions.</p>
  • Who is right about Tora Bora? Geraldo or the rest of the media?

    12/07/2001 5:18:30 AM PST · by Libertarian_4_eva · 40 replies · 326+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 12-07-01 | me/vanity
    Who do you think is right? From 11:30 pm lastnight the media has been reporting the capture of Tora Bora while Geraldo has been stating that the fighters in the area clame to have just started doing work on figureing out what area to target. He has been wrong in the past but considering that he is on the frontlines while the rest of the media is reporting at their desks in NYC and D.C. who are we to believe?
  • Anti-Taliban forces capture Tora-Bora, but no sign of OBL

    12/06/2001 8:31:14 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 33 replies · 165+ views
    FOXNEWS/Reuters | Friday, December 7, 2001
    Nothing follows..
  • Mullah Omar flees; fierce fighting at Tora Bora

    12/06/2001 11:46:54 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 58 replies · 44+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, December 7, 2001 - Pearl Harbor Day | By KATHY GANNON
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec 07, 2001 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Taliban forces were surrendering in the southern city of Kandahar and nearby towns on Friday. In Afghanistan's mountainous east, fierce fighting and heavy bombing raged around al-Qaida's cave hide-out.A senior Taliban defector said Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, who is wanted by the United States for sheltering Osama bin Laden, fled Kandahar sometime before the surrender to an unknown location. Other Taliban leaders had also left the city, which had been their last stronghold.Low-ranked Taliban fighters were returning to their homes after being granted a general amnesty, said ...
  • Tora Bora Said Captured, No Sign of Bin Laden

    12/07/2001 7:28:45 AM PST · by ex-Texan · 33 replies · 161+ views
    Yahoo/ Reuters via Drudge ^ | 12/7/2001 | Reuters
    Tora Bora Said Captured, No Sign of Osama Bin Laden KABUL (Reuters) - Anti-Taliban forces have captured the main base of Osama bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains of eastern Afghanistan, but failed to find the Saudi-born militant, a military spokesman said on Friday. ``The last and main base of Osama in Tora Bora was captured last night,'' Mohammad Habeel, a spokesman for the militarily dominant Northern Alliance, told Reuters, adding that there had been fierce resistance as the assault was pressed home. ``Our troops led by commander Hazrat Ali said that we have taken almost all of Tora ...
  • The eastern Afghanistan offensive ( Return to Tora Bora )

    08/25/2007 12:22:43 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 591+ views
    The Fourth Rail ^ | August 24, 2007 12:55 AM | Bill Roggio
    Senior al Qaeda leader may have been wounded in the ongoing battle at Tora Bora The battle at the Tora Bora mountains in Nangarhar province has completed its first week, the fighting has intensified as Afghan Army and US forces hunt Taliban and al Qaeda fighters who have infiltrated the region. Scores of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives are reported to have been captured after upwards of 50 terrorists were killed in the initial fighting. A senior al Qaeda leader was also reported to have been wounded in the attack. Dr. Amin al Haq, who serves as Osama bin Laden's...
  • Afghanistan: Return to the lair of bin Laden(Bin Laden's security co-ordinator wounded)

    08/23/2007 6:44:43 PM PDT · by Dog · 19 replies · 1,829+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Tom Coghlan in Tora Bora
    Osama bin Laden's cement-lined swimming pool fed by a mountain stream still lies, half destroyed, at the entrance to his cave complex at Tora Bora. Close to the caves, which have been dynamited shut, is a rusting 1980s vintage Soviet tank; bullets and scraps of camouflage clothing litter the ground. An air of brooding gloom hangs about the cloud-wreathed mountains. But six years after US special forces failed to capture the al-Qa'eda leader in his mountain stronghold, the place where the September 11 attacks were hatched, American troops are again scouring the mountains of Tora Bora. A week ago American...
  • Pakistan deploys "thousands" of forces on Afghanistan border

    08/16/2007 2:09:50 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 770+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | August 16 2007 | The News website
    Text of report by Mushtaq Yusufzai headlined "More Pakistan troops deployed along Tora Bora" published by Pakistani newspaper The News website on 16 August Peshawar [North-West Frontier Province]: Pakistan deployed thousands of security forces on the border areas of Kurram tribal agency with Afghanistan's Tora Bora where a major operation has reportedly been launched by the US and NATO forces against Taleban and Al-Qa'idah. Tribal sources told The News from the border villages that heavy contingents of the Pakistan army and the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) reached there and strengthened security on the border with Afghanistan. This new and rather...
  • Tora Bora, Afghanistan: Coalition launches fierce new anti-Taliban offensive

    08/16/2007 1:21:17 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 1,223+ views
    Afgha.com ^ | August 15, 007 | Matt Dupree
    US and Afghan forces have launched a blistering anti-Taliban campaign in the mountains of southern Nangarhar province, home of the infamous Tora Bora mountain fortress. The offensive began shortly after a massive IED blast ripped through a US Humvee on Sunday, killing 3 US soldiers and their interpreter. A local security official told Pajhwok News that up to 50 militants have been killed in the offensive and at least 40 others are ‘under siege.’ Qari Sajad, a purported spokesman for the local Taliban splinter faction, The Tora Bora Military Front, denied his group sustained any casualties saying the 34...
  • Afghanistan - Tora Bora cave complex bombed, assaulted by Coalition forces

    07/05/2007 10:51:21 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 1,631+ views
    Afgha.com ^ | July 4, 2007
    The Tora Bora cave complex, an entrenched network of caves and tunnels carved into the Safed Koh mountain range on the Nangarhar-Pakistan border, sustained a withering barrage of Coalition air strikes over the last 24 hours. A band of ‘Arab, Chechen and Pakistani’ militants numbering close to 300 allegedly reoccupied the infamous mountain redoubt earlier last month. The group is thought to be loyal to the late Yonuis Kahlis’s son, Anwar ul-Haq Mujahid who leads a Taliban splinter group called Tora Bora Nizami Mahaz, or the Tora Bora Military Front (TBMF). The fortified positions and close proximity to Pakistan’s...
  • Taliban fighters back in caves of Tora Bora

    06/19/2007 8:55:10 AM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 29 replies · 1,068+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 6-19-07 | Tom Coghlan
    Insurgents backed by al-Qa'eda have opened a new "front" on the eastern border of Afghanistan, re-occupying the Tora Bora cave complex from which Osama bin Laden escaped the closing net of US forces in 2001. The "Tora Bora Front", as Taliban propaganda calls it, borders the province of Nangahar and has been active for about three weeks. The complex of deep caves, which proved impervious to US bombing in 2001, sits on an infiltration route from the Spin Ghar mountains between Nangahar province and Pakistan's lawless Tribal Areas, where bin Laden is still thought to be hiding. Western officials and...
  • Afghan Warlord Says He Helped Bin Laden Escape Tora Bora

    01/12/2007 9:13:58 PM PST · by do the dhue · 29 replies · 1,157+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, January 11, 2007 | Associated Press
    Afghan Warlord Says He Helped Bin Laden Escape Tora Bora Thursday, January 11, 2007 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Afghan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a television interview broadcast Thursday that his fighters helped Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden escape intense U.S. bombing in the Tora Bora mountains in 2001. Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister and leader of the Hezb-e-Islami militant group, told Pakistan's private Geo TV network that when the United States began its assault on the rugged Afghan mountains five years ago, some of his fighters moved bin Laden, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri and other associates to...
  • BBC: Afghan warlord 'aided Bin Laden' ~ from American assault at Tora Bora...

    01/11/2007 10:54:48 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 965+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 11 January 2007, 15:51 GMT | BBC Staff
    Afghan warlord 'aided Bin Laden' The interview was conducted in Afghanistan nearly three weeks ago Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says his fighters helped al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden escape a US offensive five years ago.Bin Laden was moved to "a safe place" when the US assault on the Tora Bora mountains began in late 2001, the Hezb-e-Islami leader told Pakistani TV. Mr Hekmatyar said Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's second-in-command, was also taken to the undisclosed location. The rare interview was broadcast on Thursday by the private Geo TV network. The authenticity of the interview could not be independently confirmed, but...
  • London Airline Plot - ‘Son-in-law of Zawahiri was mastermind’

    08/19/2006 1:29:22 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 971+ views
    DAWN.com (Pakistan) ^ | August 19, 2006 | Ismail Khan
    PESHAWAR, Aug 18: A son-in-law of Al Qaeda No 2 Dr Ayman Al-Zawahiri is believed to be the mastermind of the plot to blow up transatlantic flights and he met one or some of the plotters at a place close to the Pakistan-Afghan border, credible sources told Dawn. “The mastermind in the planes bombing plot is Zawahiri’s son-in-law,” said the sources who did not want to be named. “He is the guy being looked for,” they added. Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenant is known to have several sons-in-law. One of them was reported to have been killed in a...
  • Osama alive, well, armed with nukes (Paul Williams and Hamid Mir Alert)

    04/20/2006 10:33:27 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 58 replies · 3,314+ views
    Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin (by way of WorldNetDaily.com) ^ | April 21, 2006 | G2 Bulletin/WorldNetDaily.com
    Rumors of Osama bin Laden's death are greatly exaggerated and the al-Qaida leader is preparing his next video broadcast to be aired on al-Jazeera, reports an acclaimed Pakistani journalist who has interviewed him. In an exclusive interview with Paul L. Williams, author of the new book, “The Dunces of Doomsday,” and David Dastych in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, Hamid Mir says bin Laden is not only alive and well but in the process of preparing a video-taped appearance for al-Jazeera, the Qatari Arabian news network.
  • Lost at Tora Bora

    03/23/2006 6:14:42 AM PST · by robowombat · 31 replies · 1,378+ views
    Sabawoon Online ^ | September 10, 2005 | MARY ANNE WEAVER
    Lost at Tora Bora by MARY ANNE WEAVER Well past midnight one morning in early December 2001, according to American intelligence officials, Osama bin Laden sat with a group of top aides - including members of his elite international 055 Brigade - in the mountainous redoubt of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan. Outside, it was blustery and bitterly cold; many of the passes of the White Mountains, of which Tora Bora forms a part, were already blocked by snow. But inside the cave complex, where bin Laden had sought his final refuge from the American war in Afghanistan - a...
  • BIN LADEN: HOW CLOSE HAVE WE COME? (good read)

    03/09/2006 5:18:44 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 54 replies · 3,018+ views
    Posted on Thu, Mar. 09, 2006 Michael Smerconish | BIN LADEN: HOW CLOSE HAVE WE COME? RAFTER 9/11, IT WAS Gary Berntsen's job to get Osama bin Laden. Picture a real-life Jack Bauer. Strong. Focused. Committed. A guy who probably knows how to kill you with his car keys. More than 23 years as an officer in the clandestine service of the CIA. In his new book, "Jawbreaker," he says he stopped dozens of bombings and assassinations. He'd learned about al Qaeda when investigating the East African embassy bombings in 1998. In 2000, he was sent to Afghanistan to try...
  • Al Qaeda Detainee Mysteriously Released; Moroccan Spoke of Aiding bin Laden During 2001 Escape

    01/30/2006 1:58:22 AM PST · by John W · 7 replies · 828+ views
    Washington Post via MSNBC ^ | January 30, 2006 | Craig Whitlock
    RABAT, Morocco - For more than a decade, Osama bin Laden had few soldiers more devoted than Abdallah Tabarak. A former Moroccan transit worker, Tabarak served as a bodyguard for the al Qaeda leader, worked on his farm in Sudan and helped run a gemstone smuggling racket in Afghanistan, court records here show. During the battle of Tora Bora in December 2001, when al Qaeda leaders were pinned down by U.S. forces, Tabarak sacrificed himself to engineer their escape. He headed toward the Pakistani border while making calls on Osama bin Laden's satellite phone as bin Laden and the others...
  • Bin Laden had a bullet ready in case he was caught

    12/06/2005 11:30:14 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 22 replies · 882+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 7, 2005
    Osama bin Laden has vowed never to be taken alive and once gave his bodyguard a pistol with two bullets to shoot him if it appeared that he might be caught, according to a new book of interviews with people who know the al Qaeda leader. The book excerpted in the new issue of Vanity Fair, "The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History" by CNN security expert Peter Bergen, also says bin Laden intensely dislikes deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. After the 2001 attacks on the United States carried out by al Qaeda the Bush administration made much...
  • Where is bin Laden?

    08/06/2005 2:23:46 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 71 replies · 2,226+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | August 6, 2005 | By Paul L. Williams
    Where in the world is Osama bin Laden? Let's face it. He shouldn't be hard to find, especially from a Predator, an aerial reconnaissance vehicle that can read the minute hand of a wristwatch from an altitude of 26,000 feet. Bin Laden is very tall – slightly over 6'6" – and incredibly thin, less than 150 pounds. He wears shalwart kameez – the loose-fitting tunics and baggy pants of al-Qaida and Taliban soldiers – and, when the weather is cold, he dons a camouflage jacket. Although he was born in 1957 and far from retirement age, the al-Qaida chieftain appears...