Taliban Special Forces: Secrets Of Brigade 055

To understand why the Taliban is so tenacious, consider this: some of its frontline troops are the same sort of men who steered planes into buildings on Sept. 11. The key to the regime's resistance is a shadowy band of Arab holy warriors trained by Osama bin Laden--a fundamentalist foreign legion known as Brigade 055.

While hundreds of inexperienced Pakistani, Sudanese and other Muslim faithful enter Afghanistan every week to join the Taliban army, the estimated 1,000 Arabs of Brigade 055 have been in the country for years. Trained in bin Laden's terror camps, they are the Taliban's most dedicated and...

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