AFGHANISTAN - Dec. 9 - Tora Bora Bombed.
Although tribesmen maintained that Bin Laden, with a $25m US bounty on his head, is hiding in Tora Bora's maze of tunnels and caverns, others in Kabul said he was more likely hiding out in the south of the country, where US officials believe Mullah Omar remains. On Dec. 10, a 15,000lb daisy-cutter bomb was dropped by parachute on the Tora Bora region from a heavy cargo aircraft. It destroyed everything within a 600-metre radius and was followed by furious exchanges of ground fire. Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Rear Admiral John Stufflebeem said the aim of dropping such a large weapon was to cause the tunnels to collapse to bury the enemy or to drive them out, and undermine morale. Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said: "We assume we have substantially degraded his [Bin Laden's] ability to communicate with elements outside Afghanistan. He doesn't have a lot of good options left. The aim is to reduce his options as far as possible".
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|Publication:||APS Diplomat Recorder|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Dec 15, 2001|
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