Islamic State say they have captured Afghanistan’s Tora Bora caves



Tora Bora was the site of a major US offensive in 2001, when Al-Qaeda chief bin Laden was hiding there before he crossed into neighbouring Pakistan. (Photo: AFP/ROMEO Gacad)

JALALABAD, Afghanistan: Islamic State militants, under pressure from Afghan and U.S. forces, have seized a new stronghold in Tora Bora, a mountainous area dotted with caves along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan, officials said on Thursday.

The remote region in Nangarhar province was most famously used by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in late 2001, in a bid to hold out against the U.S. troops and Afghan allies who toppled the Taliban regime.

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