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Mission 31 - Chronology
Osama 2001

October 7, 2001:
U.S. and Britain begin air strikes against Taliban government installations and al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan

November 9, 2001:
Bin Laden rallies his forces in Jalalabad. Amid bombs exploding all over the city, bin Laden makes a final appeal, telling followers al Qaeda has the weapons and technology to beat the Americans.

November 15, 2001:
Bin Laden is last seen heading out of the Afghan city of Jalalabad toward Tora Bora in a convoy.

November 16, 2001:
Local war lords are recruited to aid the US in the fight to rout out al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

November 20, 2001:
Using radio broadcasts and leaflets dropped from planes, the US tells the Afghans about a $25 million reward for the capture of Osama bin Laden.

November 26, 2001:
An eyewitness says bin Laden met Yemeni al Qaeda fighters for tea in a Tora Bora cave.

November 30, 2001:
Witnesses say bin Laden leaves Tora Bora on foot, headed into Pakistan

December 5, 2001:
The ground attack on Tora Bora begins. Afghan forces trek into the mountains toward the cave fortification.

December 10, 2001:
Thousands of Pakistani troops fan out along the border near Tora Bora to prevent the escape of Taliban and al Qaeda forces.

December 14, 2001:
Pentagon officials say they think they have bin Laden cornered at Tora Bora as fighting in the region continues.

December 17, 2001
Afghan forces capture a small group of al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, but bin Laden is nowhere to be found. Commander Haji Zahir announces the battle is over.


Osama 2001

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