Inside Tora Bora


Wary Alliance fighters enter an al-Quaeda cave near Tora Bora

The 12 bearded soldiers making their way up a pass in the White Mountains of Tora Bora were decked out in flat-topped Afghan caps and flowing shalwar kameezes. From a distance only one detail gave them away as Americans. Afghan alliance fightersódedicated but largely untrainedówalk upright, making themselves easy targets for enemy fire. The Americans were shimmying up the hill on their bellies.

It's no secret that American special-operations forces have been in Afghanistan, but late last week they quietly made their way to Tora Bora, to the very front of the front lines. The...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!