3,225. 12/15/2001

U.S. military Commander Dalton Fury (pseudonym) spoke about his pursuit of Osama bin Laden in December 2001 at Tora Bora, Afghanistan. “[A] Delta force named Jackal radioed they had Bin Laden in sight. He wrote: ‘The operation Jackal team observed 50 men moving into a cave that they hadn’t seen before. The mujahideen said they saw an individual, a taller fellow, wearing a camouflage jacket. Everybody put two and two together, ‘okay, that’s got to be Osama bin Laden egressing from the battlefield. They called up every available bomb in the air, took control of the airspace. And they dropped several hours of bombs on the cave he went into. We believe, it was our opinion at the time, that he died inside that cave.’ Later, however, he was proven wrong, when American forces were unable to find Bin Laden’s body and the Al Qaeda leader began releasing radio and video footage again.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – David Gardner, “Shot in the Left Eye After he Refused to Surrender: Dramatic Reconstruction of How U.S. Hit Squad Took Out Bin Laden,” Daily Mail, May 2, 2011

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