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Al-Qa`ida’s Comeback in Afghanistan and its Implications | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Al-Qa`ida’s Comeback in Afghanistan and its Implications | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

In July 2015, U.S. forces discovered a large “al-Qa`ida camp” in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. The most surprising feature of the camp was its sheer size. A joint attack on the site in October 2015 lasted several days and involved 63 airstrikes and a 200-strong ground assault team. More than 160 “suspected terrorists” were reportedly killed in the attack.[1] The number of dead fighters far surpassed official estimates of the number of al-Qa`ida fighters in Afghanistan, which for years was said to be between 50 and 100.[a]

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