Taliban is seeking to continue the legacy of linkages with al Qaeda and its leader of the past Osama Bin Laden to create a history around Tora Bora, Bin Laden's hide out in the complex of caves and tunnels carved into the mountainous section of eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province.
Taliban’s official Bakhtar New Agency reportedv that Deputy Minister of Information and Culture in Publication Affairs, Hayatullah Mohajer Farahi said that the ministry is working to write the history of major jihadi centers including Tora Bora, and present it to the future generation of the country.
Mohajer Farahi, during his trip to Nangarhar province where he visited the Jihadi center of Tore Bora, said Tore Bora is historically a tourist site with natural beauty and high mountains.
“We are working to write the history of this center and other major jihadi centers and present it as a documented history to the future generation of the country,” he said. Mr. Farahi also met with residents and listened to the memories they had about this Jihadi center.
An American report indicates how Bin Laden was provided a lease of life in 2021. The Report States, cornered in some of the most forbidding terrain on earth, he and several hundred of his men, the largest concentration of Al Qaeda fighters of the war, endured relentless pounding by American aircraft, as many as 100 air strikes a day. One 15,000-pound bomb, so huge it had to be rolled out the back of a C-130 cargo plane, shook the mountains for miles.
The report states that it seemed only a matter of time before U.S. troops and their Afghan allies overran the remnants of Al Qaeda hunkered down in the thin, cold air at 14,000 feet.
But the Al Qaeda leader would live to fight another day. Fewer than 100 American commandos were on the scene with their Afghan allies, and calls for reinforcements to launch an assault were rejected.
While the Taliban have claimed that they have cut off all links to the al Qaeda, it is apparent that they are also keen to preserve their affiliation with the group by etching the same in the history of Afghanistan.