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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-01-08 06:34 AM
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Former Delta officers book to shed light on Tora Bora
By Sean D. Naylor - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 1, 2008 5:34:38 EST

The Delta Force officer who commanded U.S. ground forces hunting Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora in late 2001 will publish a book in October that he promises will explain how the al-Qaida leader managed to slip through the grasp of the United States.

But the authors plans have put him on a collision course with U.S. Special Operations Command, which he says is threatening to take him to court for revealing classified information.

The author, who spoke on the condition his identity not be revealed, wrote the book under the pseudonym Dalton Fury. At the time of the hunt for bin Laden in the mountainous region of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan, Fury was a major commanding a Delta Force troop, and was placed in charge of an additional Delta troop (for a total of about 40 Delta operators) plus assorted other special operations elements at Tora Bora.

It is now generally accepted that bin Laden was present at Tora Bora after fleeing Jalalabad ahead of the allied advance that toppled the Taliban government, but escaped the assault on his mountain stronghold, despite a massive bombing campaign and attacks from allied Afghan militias and U.S. and British special operators. The failure to capture or kill bin Laden at Tora Bora later became a focus for critics of the Bush administrations handling of the war against al-Qaida.

Fury, who had prior enlisted service as an infantryman, retired in 2005 as a major and decided to write a book about Tora Bora, motivated by a desire to honor the troops who served with him there and to tell the truth.

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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-01-08 07:41 AM
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1. you all remember the mountain 'stronghold' diagrams that
were just as bogus as the diagrams Colin Powell showed to the UN detailing Saddam's chemical weapons factories. This mountain stronghold was, allegedly, were something right out of a James Bond movie. Massively developed systems of finished tunnels complete with everything a subversive organization would need to hold off the US military. Thing is, though, they didn't really exists. Not in the least. What they found, in fact, where a few rough-hewn caves and nothing more.
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