3,116. 11/25/2001

“Not until November 25 [2001], seven weeks after starting the operation, did the United States insert a ground force unit (Marines) to take and hold a former al Qaeda and Taliban facility near Kandahar [Afghanistan]. The Taliban kept control of the city, however, until December 7. The late-November operation did not include any effort by U.S. forces to seal the border with Pakistan, snatch the al Qaeda leadership, or cut off the al Qaeda escape.”

 – Richard Clarke, Against All Enemies, Page 275

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