Berntsen had been serving in Latin America on September 11 when he was yanked to run the CIA’s fast-moving ground operations in Afghanistan.
By November 14, Berntsen was receiving a stream of intelligence reports from the Northern Alliance that the Al Qaeda leader was in Jalalabad, giving pep talks to an ever-growing caravan of fighters.
Berntsen dispatched an eight-man CIA team to the city. team into Jalalabad, which was now crawling with fleeing Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. Following the fall of Kabul, Jalalabad descended into chaos; no one was in charge for at least a week.
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To provide them with local guides, he made contact with Hazarat Ali—an Afghan commander, longtime opponent of the Taliban, and nose-picking semi-illiterate. Abdullah Tabarak, a Moroccan who is alleged to be one of bin Laden’s bodyguards, reportedly told interrogators that, during the month of Ramadan, which began on November 17, bin Laden and his top deputy, Egyptian surgeon Ayman Al Zawahiri, left Jalalabad and headed about 30 miles south.
Their destination was Tora Bora, a series of mountain caves near the Pakistani border.
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