“On November 25 [2001] the first U.S. Marines landed in Afghanistan, deployed from U.S. battleships off the coast of Pakistan. They established forward operating base Camp Rhino, sixty miles southwest of Kandahar, in order to trap fleeing Taliban.”

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, “U.S. Inaction Seen After Taliban P.O.W.’s Died,” Page 95