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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 2, 2001
WASHINGTON - It is called Tora Bora, or "black dust," a series of caves and redoubts carved into the remote White Mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, hard up against the border with Pakistan. U.S. and Pakistani officials believe it is the likely lair of Osama bin Laden and hundreds of his most ardent followers. It is a perfect place to make a last stand, they say, or perhaps try to slip across the border to safety. U.S. military officials and Northern Alliance forces are increasingly focusing on this mountainous cave complex southwest of Jalalabad that is accessible only by foot or mule over narrow, stony trails.
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February 8, 2009
JAMES WHITMORE, 87 Veteran character actor James Whitmore, the veteran Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor who brought American icons Will Rogers, Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt to life in one-man shows, died Friday. He was 87. Mr. Whitmore died of lung cancer at his home in Malibu, said his son, Steve. He was diagnosed with the disease a week before Thanksgiving. In 1948, he won a Tony Award for outstanding performance by a newcomer in the Broadway production of Command Decision.
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By BOSTON GLOBE | December 7, 2001
JALALABAD, Afghanistan - A place called Milawa on the backside of the Tora Bora hill may be the last theater of war left in Afghanistan. With a cease-fire set for today in the southern city of Kandahar, the focus of the U.S. hunt for Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network will largely narrow to the high-elevation woods about 30 miles south of Jalalabad. About 200 U.S. troops are in the vicinity of Milawa and Jalalabad - up from earlier estimates of about 20 Special Forces - and U.S. cargo planes and helicopters have landed at the Jalalabad Airport in recent days and left logistical supplies, said Jalalabad Mayor Engineer Ghafar.
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December 6, 2006
KEN TAYLOR, 86 Decorated World War II pilot Ken Taylor, a decorated World War II fighter pilot whose heroism was depicted in the film Tora! Tora! Tora!, died Nov. 25 in an assisted-living home in Tucson, Ariz. Mr. Taylor earned the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He and fellow pilot George Welch were two of the first decorated heroes of the war. The Oklahoma native was on his first assignment, at Wheeler Field near Honolulu, and awakened to the sounds of Japanese plane attacking.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 30, 2001
WASHINGTON - The U.S.-backed effort to comb the caves of Tora Bora for signs of Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaida fighters and intelligence on terrorist attacks that might be in the works has made little progress and seems to be fading as a top priority, U.S. and Afghan officials said yesterday. More than 50 U.S. troops remain in the region, but they are not searching any caves themselves, military officials said. The Afghan militia members carrying out that task are relatively few in number, poorly clothed for scouring the rugged terrain in increasingly harsh winter weather and unenthusiastic about the mission.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 18, 2001
TORA BORA, Afghanistan - The hunt for Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida loyalists who were flushed from the bombed caves and captured tunnels of Tora Bora evolved yesterday into a desperate chase through snow-capped mountains. American, British and Afghan fighters scoured pine forests and mountain gorges. U.S. warplanes joined the pursuit, their bombs illuminating the cloud-shrouded peaks between al-Qaida's lost refuge in Tora Bora and the reinforced border with Pakistan. "We get all kinds of reports - that he's in a cave, that he's not in a cave," said President Bush.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 20, 2001
TORA BORA, AFGHANISTAN - Frustrated by the failure to capture Osama bin Laden and others, the American commander for Afghanistan has proposed that U.S. Marines be deployed to comb the wild terrain of Tora Bora and dig their way into blown-up caves to try to determine the fate of al-Qaida leaders, officials said yesterday in Washington. The proposal, presented to the Pentagon by Gen. Tom- my R. Franks, head of the U.S. Central Command, stems from the recognition that the Afghan allies may not have the ability or the will to establish control over Tora Bora, an untamed and dangerous region that borders Pakistan.
NEWS
December 6, 2006
KEN TAYLOR, 86 Decorated World War II pilot Ken Taylor, a decorated World War II fighter pilot whose heroism was depicted in the film Tora! Tora! Tora!, died Nov. 25 in an assisted-living home in Tucson, Ariz. Mr. Taylor earned the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He and fellow pilot George Welch were two of the first decorated heroes of the war. The Oklahoma native was on his first assignment, at Wheeler Field near Honolulu, and awakened to the sounds of Japanese plane attacking.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 25, 2001
JALALABAD, Afghanistan - Osama bin Laden was seen last week at a large and well-fortified encampment 35 miles southwest of this city, a minister of the self-proclaimed government here said yesterday. The official, Hazarat Ali, the law and order minister for the Eastern Shura, which claims dominion over three major provinces in eastern Afghanistan, said trusted informants had told him that bin Laden was spotted near Tora Bora, a village where two valleys meet in deep mountains in Nangarhar province.
NEWS
February 8, 2009
JAMES WHITMORE, 87 Veteran character actor James Whitmore, the veteran Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor who brought American icons Will Rogers, Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt to life in one-man shows, died Friday. He was 87. Mr. Whitmore died of lung cancer at his home in Malibu, said his son, Steve. He was diagnosed with the disease a week before Thanksgiving. In 1948, he won a Tony Award for outstanding performance by a newcomer in the Broadway production of Command Decision.
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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 7, 2005
HOLLYWOOD - "It's big news," Tom Hanks is proclaiming in jest. "This is massive!" Kidding aside, the decade-old movie to which Hanks refers is the Oscar-winning Apollo 13, just out in a special two-disc anniversary edition DVD (Universal, $23). The discs feature the original widescreen and Imax versions of the box-office hit about the near-fatal 1970 space mission, commentary with director Ron Howard and Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell and his wife, Marilyn, and three documentaries. "There is an awful lot of stuff on the DVD, both the movie and the history" of the space missions, he says.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 31, 2004
WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden, who has thrust himself into the American presidential race in its waning days, is probably still hiding in the rugged border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to the U.S. military. It was through the snow-capped mountains in that region that bin Laden narrowly escaped three years ago, frustrating a military operation that has been a campaign issue for months. Democratic candidate John Kerry repeated charges yesterday that the Bush administration bungled the raid in the Tora Bora mountains to capture bin Laden in December 2001.
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December 25, 2003
George E. Elliott Jr., 85, whose unheeded warning about aircraft approaching Pearl Harbor was depicted in history books and movies like Tora, Tora, Tora, died of stroke complications Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. As an Army radar operator, he detected the incoming Japanese aircraft Dec. 7, 1941; he issued a warning, which was brushed aside. Nearly an hour later, the enemy planes reached the Navy fleet in the harbor. A 50-year anniversary story by the Associated Press told how Mr. Elliott and another private, Joseph L. Lockard, had been on duty since 4 a.m. at Kahuku Point on the northern tip of Oahu, Hawaii, familiarizing themselves with a new marvel that could "see" 130 miles to sea -- radar.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 8, 2002
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Canadian troops and U.S. criminal investigators working at a grave site in the Tora Bora Mountains have exhumed 23 bodies that they suspect are those of al-Qaida fighters, perhaps a security contingent for Osama bin Laden. The bodies, buried in graves near the village of Al-e-Khel, might be those of senior lieutenants or security guards of bin Laden who were killed in an airstrike Dec. 15, said Lt. Col. Patrick Stogran, who conducted the search. "I am hopeful that it was bin Laden himself, but the chances are he wasn't there," Stogran said.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 7, 2002
WASHINGTON - American airstrikes in Afghanistan have slowed to a trickle. Searches of caves around Tora Bora are nearing the end. A new and improved cave-busting bomb slated for the front two weeks ago is now being held in reserve. Those developments and similar ones provide ample evidence that Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. military campaign against the Taliban and the al-Qaida terrorists, has entered a new phase, one that is more dogged, potentially hazardous and diplomatically sensitive.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 2, 2002
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Backed by helicopter gunships and Harrier jets, a convoy carrying about 200 U.S. Marines rumbled out of Kandahar before dawn yesterday to secure an abandoned Taliban compound in what amounted to the most extensive U.S. ground operation in the war. The Marines headed west of Kandahar, the former Taliban stronghold, into neighboring Helmand province, which has become the focus of U.S. military activity in recent days. Until now, the Marines had been largely restricted to Kandahar's airport and a desert base southwest of here, reflecting U.S. concerns that ground operations would increase the possibility of casualties.
SPORTS
May 30, 1999
Auto racingSociety of Automotive Engineers: Presented Louis Schwitzer Award, for innovation and engineering excellence in race car design, to Gian Paolo Dallara.BaseballBlue Jays: Optioned P Peter Munro to Triple-A Syracuse.Brewers: Optioned IF Lou Collier to Triple-A Louisville. Recalled P Rafael Roque from Louisville.Marlins: Optioned 1B Derrek Lee, who had lowest batting average of any regular in major leagues (.190) to Triple-A Calgary.Twins: Placed SS Cristian Guzman on 15-day DL. Recalled IF Cleatus Davidson from Double-A New Britain.
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By Tom Bowman and By Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 22, 2001
The U.S.-led effort in Afghanistan has just entered a more difficult and dangerous phase, as American soldiers in the mountainous region of Tora Bora have begun combing the web of cave complexes, searching for intelligence information and any lingering al-Qaida fighters. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said for the first time yesterday that U.S. and British soldiers have begun searching the caves, a mission previously left solely to Afghan forces. Hundreds more U.S. troops, including Marines stationed outside the city of Kandahar, are expected to join the effort soon, defense officials said.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 30, 2001
WASHINGTON - The U.S.-backed effort to comb the caves of Tora Bora for signs of Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaida fighters and intelligence on terrorist attacks that might be in the works has made little progress and seems to be fading as a top priority, U.S. and Afghan officials said yesterday. More than 50 U.S. troops remain in the region, but they are not searching any caves themselves, military officials said. The Afghan militia members carrying out that task are relatively few in number, poorly clothed for scouring the rugged terrain in increasingly harsh winter weather and unenthusiastic about the mission.
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