CIA releases never before seen pics of America’s bloody revenge assault on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan just days after 9/11

CIA releases never before seen pics of America’s bloody revenge assault on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan just days after 9/11

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THE CIA has lifted the lid on its invasion of Afghanistan and hunt for Al Qaeda in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

It has released a series of images that lay bare intense operation by the agency’s operatives in 2001.

CIA officers are seen on board a flight guarding millions in cash in three cardboard boxes
CIA officers are seen on board a flight guarding millions in cash in three cardboard boxes
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September 20 2001 was the first full day of travel for the operatives executing JAWBREAKER
September 20 2001 was the first full day of travel for the operatives executing JAWBREAKER
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A CIA pilot wearing night-vision goggles which was essential piece of kit
A CIA pilot wearing night-vision goggles which was essential piece of kit
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The evocative images posted to the CIA Twitter account over 15 days following the 18th anniversary of the tragedy. 

Called the #15Days project looks at how a team of seven CIA paramilitary operatives and a three-man flight crew — code-named JAWBREAKER — were the first on the ground in the battle against Al-Qaeda and its Taliban supporters.

By September 26, just 15 days after the attacks, JAWBREAKER was on the ground and operating in Afghanistan. 

This was just days after 2,977 people were killed when Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Virginia and into a field in Pennsylvania.

In one image taken eight days after the attack heavily armed CIA officers are seen on board a Mi-17 Hip helicopter guarding $3 million (£2.4m) in cash in three cardboard boxes.

The money was to help the Northern Alliance (NA) commanders to pay their troops and to convince other tribes to come on side.

Another essential tool was the satellite phone
Another essential tool was the satellite phone
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Finding secure hideouts to operate from was a key goal
Finding secure hideouts to operate from was a key goal
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The JAWBREAKER team brought with them 40 pounds of onions and 40 pounds of potatoes for their journey
The JAWBREAKER team brought with them 40 pounds of onions and 40 pounds of potatoes for their journey
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A note book detailing supply requests
A note book detailing supply requests
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CIA Director George Tenet, in a call with President Bush and various national security advisors, confirms our assessment that the attack was committed by Bin Ladin and al-Qa’ida
The controller… CIA Director George Tenet, in a call with President Bush and various national security advisers
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CIA officers on team JAWBREAKER had to acquire equipment in Afghanistan upon arrival to cope with the rugged terrain and dated modes of transportation
CIA officers on team JAWBREAKER had to acquire equipment in Afghanistan upon arrival to cope with the rugged terrain and dated modes of transportation
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This saddle, needed for cavalry charges that were commonplace, was obtained by a CIA officer from an Afghan ally
This saddle, needed for cavalry charges that were commonplace, was obtained by a CIA officer from an Afghan ally
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One officer wore the New York baseball cap as a reminder of the importance of the team's mission
One officer wore the New York baseball cap as a reminder of the importance of the team’s mission
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Timing… This clock was originally in a Mi-17 helicopter cockpit
Timing… This clock was originally in a Mi-17 helicopter cockpit
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