Tora Bora, Afghanistan
In December, the war on
terrorism brought world attention to the Tora Bora
area of Afghanistan, a remote, mountainous region
being used as a fortification for several thousand
fleeing Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters — and, perhaps,
Osama bin Laden. Anti-Taliban mujahadeen soldiers
allied themselves with the U.S. military, using
American air power and Special Forces expertise to
push back the entrenched fighters. In a few weeks, all
the Taliban and Al-Qaeda soldiers had been captured,
killed, or escaped into lawless regions of Pakistan.
soldiers watch with fear after they hear
Al-Qaeda soldiers launch mortar rounds
over their heads on the front lines in
Tora Bora, Afghanistan.