3,459. 3/15/2002

"We now know that the chase [for al Qaeda leaders] was given up in March 2002–just three months after the fall of Kandahar [Afghanistan]–when the Arabic- and Persian-speaking U.S. SOF [Special Operations Forces] teams were moved out of Afghanistan to train for Iraq and surveillance satellites were pulled from the skies over Afghanistan and redirected to Iraq." [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, lvii

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