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A greater effort and focus on Afghanistan.
Where the threat to the United States is most significant commanders in Afghanistan and asked for about 5000 more new troops that would bring the total to around 40000 personnel don't have enough troops there.
The fight in Afghanistan will be a big challenge for president elect Barack Obama America's next commander in chief who inherits wars and -- We know there are brave Americans waking up dozens of Iran in the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives -- we've really got to focus on Afghanistan.
And applying them more to the situations in Afghanistan.
We got had a commander in chief who understands where to take a bite.
It's been called the forgotten war but for the 30000 US troops and their coalition partners here it's anything but.
I'm Oliver North that this is a special episode of war stories.
Coming to you from Afghanistan.
For over 2000 years this rugged country has been the crossroads of empires.
From Alexander the Great.
The imperial expansion of old Europe.
The Soviet invasion of 1979.
Foreign armies have marched across this for -- and and forgiving -- -- 9/11 01 Afghanistan was ruled by Islamic Jihad lists ruthless Taliban.
This was that -- From which al-Qaeda struck America today.
A coalition of nations led by the United States is fighting to give the Afghan people -- hope of freedom and a secure future.
Join us for this special look.
That they're heroic battle for a new Afghanistan.
19 October 2001.
Undercover of darkness US army Rangers parachute into southern Afghanistan to secure airfield for operation enduring three.
US and British bombs and missiles that already begun to soften up -- -- -- targets.
As clandestine special operators were inserted to advise support opponents of the brutal Taliban regime.
Through Google -- issue welcome to tell him to -- in a way to only be described as medieval.
Stephen Taylor is author of the book Afghanistan a military history from Alexander the Great to the fall of the Taliban and their sense of justice -- the if out of -- -- Chopping off hands that's.
Where are allowed to be outside of listen property by -- man.
After seizing power in 1996 to tell.
Have been ruled Afghanistan with an iron fist.
And also befriended the international terrorist organization al-Qaeda -- Under the leadership of Osama bin Laden and Egyptian Ayman Al zawahiri.
Okay -- is set up operations in Afghanistan.
And I think it's -- -- resorts Anderson was the brains behind.
Bob -- served 21 years in the Middle East is a CIA officer.
He chronicles the rise of radical Islam and his books blow the house down and the devil we know.
His -- he said listen.
Terrorism and agents not gonna do us any good terrorism the United States will -- -- he had been lined -- together and focused on the African bombings.
So -- August 1998.
US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya for bombs simultaneously.
Seventeen sailors were killed when the destroyer was attacked and 12 October 2000 during a port call in Yemen.
They vaulted to the top of the terrorism latter weeks or so violent randomness of the bin Laden type violence was just violence for violence -- He is a mass murder.
Within days of launching operation enduring freedom the Taliban and al-Qaeda that were on the -- There were no match for the northern alliance backed by CIA operatives special forces US Marines and American air well.
It for a couple weeks there's a -- Essentially that couldn't maintain -- -- position it was just over -- Look at the cities and -- -- And then 12 November the Taliban fled Kabul the capital -- a great many of them you just go back to their villages -- that the population.
It was a true tremendously successful effort partly -- to go and bring -- outlook.
Jack DeVine spent 32 years in the CIA -- worked on Covert operations as part of the Afghan task force.
Most of those stories are an old servers.
Are still in.
Combat zone and that's.
Working tribal leaders looking dressing.
I'm 45 of them Taliban prisoners including war -- America.
John Walker Lindh revolted in the city of Mazar.
In the crossfire.
CIA officer Mike Spann was struck he was the first American killed in action and operation enduring freedom.
It it -- numbers very fine officers.
Support our efforts to combat terrorism -- answer.
As the Taliban disintegrated US forces pressed the hunt for Osama bin Laden we'll -- you look at little region of the Pakistani border.
In places like world war.
Nine look forward conscious effort to locate but.
Despite all of this been laden remains -- and now we're facing sustained presence in Afghanistan all the problems.
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