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Sunday, 16 December, 2001, 12:11 GMT
Al-Qaeda stronghold 'falls'
Tribal fighters in Afghanistan say they have taken the last al-Qaeda positions in the caves and tunnels of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan.

"We cleared al-Qaeda from our land. We did the job," senior commander Haji Mohammad Zaman told reporters.

He added that he had no information on the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.

Between 300 and 1,000 of Osama Bin Laden's followers were reported to be in the Tora Bora area, pursued by US and anti-Taleban Afghan forces.

The reported victory, which has not been independently confirmed, comes after US warplanes continued to pound suspected al-Qaeda positions, dropping hundreds of bombs in the past couple of days alone.

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"There is a mopping up operation going on now"
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16 Dec 01 | Media reports
Al-Qaeda 'planned attack on London'
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