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Mission 26 - Overview
Osama 1998

In June 1998, the CIA's super-secret Bin Laden Unit planned a bold and daring raid to capture the Saudi terrorist mastermind and spirit him out of the country. It revolved around a family of Agency-backed guerillas. Codenamed TRODPINT, the men were former Afghan mujahedeen who had fought the Soviets during the 1980s. About 30 total, they were organized in groups of a dozen apiece, traveling the countryside in SUVs and motorcycles, armed by the Company with assault rifles, land minds, and secret communications equipment.

The TRODPINT team planned to stage a raid on Bin Laden’s hideout, Tarnak Farm, a mud-walled complex of 80 buildings in the desert just outside Kandahar airport. To complete the mission, a main raiding party would walk through the desert in the dead of night on a path that avoided the area's minefields and dipped into deep gullies to keep them out of sight. They would then crawl through a drainage ditch in the outer wall of the complex and burst into the huts where Bin Laden and his wives slept, violently cuffing the terrorist leader and racing him toward the main gate. There, a second group of TRODPINT agents would have already shot the guards with silenced pistols and parked their getaway Land Cruiser. The agents planned to race off into the desert and stash Bin Laden in a cave 30 miles away to wait for rescue by a team of US Special Forces. Top White House and CIA officials thought the plan too risky, and it was canceled. Two months later, Bin Laden's agents launched attacks against two American embassies in Africa, killing more than 200 people and injuring 4,000.

Why didn't we capture or kill Bin Laden in the years before 9/11 and how can we defeat him now? You can watch the Kuma Minute detailing the CIA plan as it would have gone down. Then coming soon, Journalist Peter Bergen, a longtime al Qaeda expert and the man who produced the first television interview with Osama Bin Laden, will join Jacki Schechner to discuss this aborted mission and how it compares to what we're trying to do today. Then Dante Anderson, Kuma's Head of Product Development, will brief you on tricks to use to make your way into the terrorist hideout and get out alive. The time is running out. You must take action.

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Osama 1998
 


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