Senate Report Lays Blame on Osama bin Laden Escape from Afghanistan

November 29, 2009

(ChattahBox) — According to a new Senate Foreign Relations Committee report Osama bin Laden was within reach of US troops in Afghanistan but military leaders were doubtful and made the decision not to pursue the terrorist leader with massive force. The Senate report examines Osama bin Laden’s escape through the mountains of Tora Bora in December 2001, laying the blame for the terrorist leader’s getaway at the feet of Gen. Tommy Franks and then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for the lack of troops in the area. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic majority’s report, commissioned at the request of the chairman, Sen John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign criticized the Bush administration for failing to capture bin Laden, holds that the al Qaeda chief’s flight “allowed bin Laden to emerge as a potent symbolic figure,” and laid the foundation for the reinvigorated Afghan insurgency and inflamed the internal strife now endangering Pakistan. Bin Laden and his second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, were in a Tora Bora cave complex the men had frequented earlier, the report concludes, despite Gen. Franks’ continuing uncertainty as to his location at the time.

The report based in part on a mostly ignored 2007 history of the Tora Bora episode study, categorically states, that bin Laden was hiding in Tora Bora when the U.S. had the means to mount a rapid assault with several thousand troops at least.

It says that a review of existing literature, unclassified government records and interviews with central participants “removes any lingering doubts and makes it clear that Osama bin Laden was within our grasp at Tora Bora.”

The report concludes, on or about Dec 16, 2001, Bin Laden and bodyguards “walked unmolested out of Tora Bora and disappeared into Pakistan’s unregulated tribal area,” where he is still believed to be based.

Sourced via NY Times


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One Response to “Senate Report Lays Blame on Osama bin Laden Escape from Afghanistan”

  1. Harcourt Stebbins on November 29th, 2009 5:10 pm

    If memory serves me, President Clinton was given the opportunity–twice? thrice?–to have Bin Laden “given” to him. The concern was legal ramifications, and Mr. Clinton refused the offer/s. I would like to have us think as American first, then Liberal, Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Independent, Green Party and ETC.
    Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this. Harcourt Stebbins

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