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Afghanistan Cave Complexes 1979-2004: Mountain strongholds by Mir Bahmanyar

By Mir Bahmanyar

Following the Soviet invasion in 1979, the Mujahideen defenders of Afghanistan constructed and strengthened many typical cave structures to take advantage of as offer bases and protecting positions. The Taliban and Al Qaeda additional bolstered those positions within the Nineties. Following the occasions of September eleven, 2001, those cave structures have once again come to prominence and websites comparable to Tora Bora and Zhawar Kili have featured in information headlines worldwide. This name presents an research of those caves and underground structures, and discusses the U.S.-led Coalition's tactical method of dislodging the enemy from those fortified positions.

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The commandos landed without opposition, but the ground assault ran into immediate, heavy resistance from Mujahideen defending the Dawri Gar Mountain. The ground advance was forced to halt. The commandos had landed some 3 miles (5km) inside Pakistan, beyond the base at Zhawar. As the command post informed them of this circumstance, the insertion group commander quietly answered, “I understand. ” But after an hour he reported that he was surrounded and locked in combat. The air assault was botched and consequently made the situation much worse.

Sgt. 1st Class Scott Neil was one of the team members there with Pryor that night at the second compound. A Special Forces weapons sergeant, he fought on Pryor’s team as a cell leader and found himself momentarily pinned down by the sudden hail of bullets after the team’s position was compromised. qxd 11/3/09 12:35 Page 35 Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 505th PIR, move to a weapon cache site in the mountains of Afghanistan, March 28, 2003. Soldiers assigned to this unit were given the mission of conducting searches for weapons caches in the mountains of Afghanistan near Kohe Sofi.

By April 9, the divisions that attempted to link up with the already destroyed commando unit had pulled back to their start points. The DRA continued to fight for the possession of the Manay Kandow Pass for some ten days following the air landing. The Mujahideen attacked the DRA lines of communication and the airfield at Khost, while the Mujahideen holding the Manay Kandow Pass checked their advance. A plan was formed to reinforce the effort with three DRA regiments, a DRA spetsnaz battalion and six Soviet battalions.

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