The Falcon & the Viper

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Part 4 Chapter 32

The western alliance’s fight against terrorism continued in Afghanistan with the hunt for Osama bin Laden culminating in a fierce battle in the Tora Bora mountains, when Allied forces overran Taliban and al-Qaeda positions. They heard bin Laden’s voice over intercepted radio transmissions during the fighting, but did not capture or kill him and he slipped over the border into Pakistan with his entourage of guards. The al-Qaida fighters left in Afghanistan were mainly Arabs, Chechens and Uzbeks, who did not speak Pashto and the ordinary Afghans hated them. With nowhere to go, they could only fight to the death or surrender and nearly all died. The Viper and Kazim Khan had been brought up as true Afghans while living in the UK, and speaking the native tongue helped them integrate with the locals and slip away among villages.

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