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Offline waldo

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Re: Afghanistan
« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2021, 02:49:56 am »
Taken the deal when the Taliban offered to turn over bin Laden

what I read is that early bombing decimated the Taliban, but also pushed al-Qaeda into the myriad of mountainous cave systems... and, of course, at Tora Bora, it is recognized that untrustworthy Afghan 'warlords' helped bin Laden escape - notwithstanding the U.S. reluctance to put 'boots on the ground' to go into the cave systems, instead opting to rely entirely on a continued bombing campaign. It is said doubtful that the Taliban had the means to actually find & deliver bin Laden... even if the U.S. was inclined to negotiate - which it wasn't as it had supposed designs on eliminating "all" al-Qaeda leaders and the assorted terrorist networks.