The Taliban had been entrenched for many months in southern Afghanistan when a force that included the U.S. Army's elite 82nd Airborne paratroopers took the battle to the enemy. Airstrikes hammered the position in preparation for a night landing of coalition forces. Throughout the evening, these forces laid the groundwork for more troops, including Scots Guards, Royal commandos, and an Afghan battalion. In the blind chaos of the night, fifty-caliber bullets ripped through carloads of fleeing refugees, mistaken for suicide bombers, adding to the sad collateral damage of war. But by dawn the next morning, the task force was in the middle of an enemy nest of two thousand Taliban fighters. The crucial series of intense battles for control of the region had begun.
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Stephen Grey is a journalist based in London, best known for breaking the international exclusive story of the CIA's secret rendition program for which he won the 2005 Amnesty International Media Award and formed the basis for his book Ghost Plane. He is a former editor of the Sunday Times and continues to contribute there as well as the New York Times, Guardian, Times, Independent, and Newsweek.
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