3,449. 3/15/2002

"In March 2002, the largest engagement of the war [Operation Enduring Freedom] was fought, in the mountainous Shah-i-Kot area south of Gardez [Afghanistan], against a large force of al Qaeda jihadists. The three-week battle was substantially successful, and almost all remaining al Qaeda forces took refuge in Pakistan's equally mountainous and lightly governed frontier provinces." [The 15th of the month is used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – The 9/11 Commission Report, 9/11 Commission, 3/15/2002

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