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.
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.
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