‘Bring me his head’ – the spy sent to get Bin Laden

Gary Schroen, one of the first Americans on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11, has died aged 80. …

Within days, Schroen and a motley crew of paramilitary officers became the first Americans on the ground in Afghanistan, armed with little more than satellite phones – but also millions of dollars in cash to curry favour with potential allies. Weeks later, on 7 October, the US begins its attack on Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, sparking a nearly 20 year-long war that ended in August 2021.


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