ISIS Just Seized Osama's Old Hideout: Tora Bora

By John Johnson

June 15, 2017

The latest territorial conquest by the Islamic State will be familiar to anyone who remembers the US hunt for Osama bin Laden: the mountainous Tora Bora region of Afghanistan. 

The New York Times reports that ISIS has gained control of the complex of caves and tunnels once used as a hiding spot for bin Laden. (One assessment calls the al-Qaeda's leader escape from there in the wake of the 9/11 attacks one of the US military's biggest military blunders.) 

The Times sees it as a "strategic and symbolic victory" for ISIS over the Taliban, adding that ISIS sought to seize control of the area after the US dropped the "mother of all bombs" on a previous underground stronghold elsewhere in Afghanistan.

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