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September 11 News.com - December 2001 Daily Timeline - Timeline & chronology of events since the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on America.
September 11 News.com - December 2001 Daily Timeline - Timeline & chronology of events since the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on America.
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December 2001 Daily Timeline & Daily Images.
A Daily Chronology and Timeline of Events
From December 1, 2001 to December 31, 2001.

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September 11 News.com - December 2001 Daily Timeline - Timeline & chronology of events since the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on America.
John Walker Lindh

Dec. 1
: Canadian PM Jean Chrétien, and over 8,000 Canadians, arrived in New York City
to show their affection and support for New York. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani proclaimed the day
Canada Loves New York Day. Palestinian suicide bombers kill at least 10 Israelis and injure
over 170, in a series of blasts in Jerusalem. Israeli PM Sharon says he plans to return home
from New York a day earlier due to the terrorist attacks. Canadian journalist Ken Hechtman is
released by the Taliban after seven days in jail. U.S. warplanes continue bombing Taliban
positions around Kandahar as anti-Taliban forces launch ground offensives around the city.
Diplomats and Afghan leaders inch closer to an agreement during lengthy meetings in Bonn.
John Walker, an American citizen who identified himself as Abdul Hamid, emerged from the
siege of the prison in Mazar-e-Sharif with 85 other Taliban fighters. Walker said he converted
to Islam, and traveled to Afghanistan six months ago "to help the Islamic government." After
talking to reporters Walker was reportedly taken away by U.S. Special Forces.
Click on the December 1st photo of Jerusalem attacked for a larger image.
Jerusalem Attacked
Click on the December 1st photo of US Marines in southern Afghanistan for a larger image.
US Nears Kandahar
Dec. 2: U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that the Canada-U.S.A. border will be
be patrolled by the U.S. National Guard to allow overworked U.S. customs agents to return
to regular duties. Another suicide bomber kills at least 15 people and injures over 40, in a
powerful bus explosion in the Israeli port city of Haifa. Israeli PM Ariel Sharon meets with U.S.
President George W. Bush, and departs for Israel to deal with the dramatic escalation of terror
against Israel. After the latest attacks on Israel, President Bush said, "This is a moment where
the advocates for peace in the Middle East must rise up and fight terror." The body of Johnny
(Mike) Spann, the first known U.S. combat casualty, arrives at Andrews Air Force Base with a
Marine honor guard. Many high-ranking Taliban figures are reportedly on the verge of
surrendering Kandahar, as opposition forces close in, and U.S. bombers continue to pound the
city. U.S. government officials say that they have begun dispatching diplomatic, military, and
intelligence agents to Asia and Africa to lay the groundwork for future war on terrorism efforts.
Click on the December 2nd photo of Bush and Sharon for a larger image.
PM Sharon & Bush
Click on the December 2nd photo of the Haifa bus attack for a larger image.
Haifa Bus Explodes
Dec. 3: Palestinian leaders accuse Israel of "declaring war" after Israeli gunships and F-16
fighter bombers destroy Yasser Arafat's helicopters in Gaza and a police station on the West
Bank. In a rare live televised address Israeli PM Sharon said, "Those who rise up to kill us are
responsible for their own destruction." Sharon described PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat as "the
biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East." U.S. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said,
"Obviously Israel has the right to defend herself." Arafat declared a state of emergency, and
rounded up 150 militants connected to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. U.S. Homeland Security
Director Tom Ridge tells Americans to brace for fresh terrorist attacks, and put the nation on a
high state of alert. Ridge said, "We are a nation at war. There are shadowy soldiers. This is a
shadowy enemy." This is the third warning issued by the U.S. government. The FBI issued
previous high alert warnings on October 11th and 29th. U.S. B-52 bombers strike targets
around Kandahar and Osama bin Laden's suspected hideout near Jalalabad. Rival Afghan
leaders edged toward a UN-brokered deal to form a post-Taliban government. After seven
days of talks in Bonn, the group is down to selecting the 29 names for a transitional cabinet.
Click on the December 3rd photo of Arafat's blazing helicopter for a larger image.
Arafat Chopper Hit
Click on the December 3rd photo of Tom Ridge for a larger image.
Ridge - New Threats
Dec. 4: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to worsen as Israel brands Yasser Arafat's
Palestinian Authority a "supporter of terrorism." Israeli warplanes strike at eight Palestinian
facilities in the West Bank and Gaza, and Israeli bulldozers destroy the runway at Gaza
International Airport. Arafat is reportedly seeking refuge from the Israeli air strikes in an
underground facility in Ramallah. Afghan militiamen begin massing near Jalalabad for an
assault on the Tora Bora mountain fortress thought to be a likely Osama bin Laden hideout.
Pakistan gives U.S. intelligence officials access to arrested members of Osama bin Laden's
al-Qaeda network including two retired nuclear scientists who were detained for ties to bin
Laden. In Bonn, Germany the leaders of Afghanistan's four main ethnic groups agree in
principle to a new interim government. The Bonn delegates broke into applause and
handshakes after the deal was announced. Speaking from Kabul, Northern Alliance Foreign
Minister Abdullah Abdullah said, "The transition of war to peace is taking place in a very
smooth manner." Abdullah added, "Nobody expected, after 23 years of war, in a matter
of days, that we will agree upon every detail."
Click on the December 4th photo of UN Bonn talks for a larger image.
UN Afghan Talks
Click on the December 4th photo of US Marines base in Afghanistan for a larger image.
Afghan Marine Base
Dec. 5: Afghan tanks supported by American bombers begin an offensive strike on Osama bin
Laden's suspected mountaintop stronghold in Tora Bora. Friendly fire from the strikes near the
Tora Bora caves kills three U.S. soldiers and five Pashtun tribal fighters. U.S. President Bush
said, "I, along with the rest of America, grieve for the loss of life in Afghanistan. I want the
families to know that they died for a noble and just cause." The U.N. announces from Bonn that
Hamid Karzai, a western-educated Pashtun who is leading 4,0000 troops in the assault on
Kandahar, will assume control of the provisional Afghan government on December 22nd. Karzai
said, "My priority will be peace and stability." Karzai also disclosed the Taliban's supreme leader
Mullah Muhammad Omar, has agreed to surrender Kandahar if he and other senior leaders are
granted amnesty. Canadian Defence Department officials announce that members of the
Canadian army's secretive anti-terrorist unit JTF2 are heading to an undisclosed location to join
U.S. and British special forces. Canadian officials also said the Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto
will depart for the Arabian Sea and join five other Canadian warships and 2,000 Canadian
troops already committed to the war on terror.
Click on the December 5th photo of Afghan leaders in Bonn for a larger image.
Afghan Cabinet Deal
Click on the December 5th photo of Taliban prisoners in Mazar-e-Sharif for a larger image.
Taliban Prisoners
Dec. 6: Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai announces the surrender of Taliban forces in the
southern stronghold of Kandahar. In return for surrendering and giving up weapons the Taliban
were offered amnesty, although Karzai said some 650 al-Qaeda fighters "would be brought to
justice." U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld quickly spoke out against amnesty for
Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, saying, "Would an arrangement with Omar ...
be consistent with what I've said? The answer is no." If amnesty was granted to Omar, Rumsfeld
said "co-operation and assistance" with opposition forces "would clearly take a turn south."
Rumsfeld orders an investigation into the friendly fire death of three American Green Beret
soldiers who died near Kandahar on December 5th after a B-52 bomber dropped a 900-kilogram
bomb near front line U.S. troops. Secretary of State Colin Powell met with NATO allies in
Brussels to discuss the makeup of a peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. U.S. Attorney General
John Ashcroft appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend the U.S. administration
plans to implement anti-terrorism measures for "war criminals." Senior U.S. officials say they
are providing air support for Alliance troops fighting the al-Qaeda forces near cave complexes
in Tora Bora, south of Jalalabad.
Click on the December 6th Cave War Graphic for a larger image.
Afghan Cave War
Click on the December 6th outline of the Ashcroft hearing for a larger image.
Ashcroft Hearings
Dec. 7: The Times of London reports that Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Muhammad Omar is
being held captive in a "friendly environment" near the city of Kandahar. Amid reports of the fall
of Kandahar, other reports indicate Omar was still in Kandahar or had fled. Afghanistan's interim
leader Hamid Karzai toughened his stance on Omar describing him as a "fugitive" who should be
brought to "international justice." In a significant shift in American policy a State Department
official said Omar and other top Taliban leaders should be tried by Afghans for "crimes against
the Afghan people" rather than necessarily facing American justice. Chaos in the Kandahar area
reigns with indications that thousands of Taliban troops reneged on their promise to surrender,
and slipped out of Kandahar. Eleven escaping Taliban fighters are killed in the first operational
clash with U.S. forces in the region. U.S. Marines skirmish with enemy forces who are "perimeter
probing" outside the U.S. compound dubbed Camp Rhino. American B-52 bombers continue to
pound the caves around Tora Bora as opposition forces drive the remaining al-Qaeda forces
deeper into the surrounding mountains. Speaking aboard the USS Enterprise docked in Norfolk,
Virginia U.S. President George W. Bush says the military is "succeeding" in the liberation of
Afghanistan. Bush added, "We are a long way from finishing. Much difficult and dangerous work
is to be done." Bush was on the carrier for a ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. American ships in the Arabian Sea board cargo ships in
the area searching for fleeing Al-Qaeda commanders. Israeli F-16 jets destroy PLO leader
Yasser Arafat's police headquarters in Gaza City. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, firefighters, rescue
workers, and relief workers hold a ceremony in New York, where a Christmas tree trucked from
Canada, is lit near the site of the World Trade Center's Ground Zero.
Click on the December 7th photo of the WTC Christmas Tree for a larger image.
WTC Christmas Tree
Click on the December 7th photo of President Bush aboard the USS Enterprise for a larger image.
Pearl Harbor's 60th
Dec. 8: The allies tighten the dragnet around the fortified mountain hideouts of the al-Qaeda,
as U.S. bombers continue to pound the Malawa mountains near Tora Bora. Afghan commander
Haji Zahir said the al-Qaeda forces near Tora Bora were told they were surrounded and had no
more than five days to surrender. U.S. marines in southern Afghanistan seal the escape routes
out of Kandahar, and show photographs of the key al-Qaeda leaders to local Afghans. Pakistan
deploys helicopter gunships and troops along the Afghan border to prevent al-Qaeda's escape.
The Washington Post reports that the United States has obtained a videotape of Osama bin
laden describing the damage to the world Trade Center as being much greater than he had
expected. According to senior U.S. government officials, the tape was obtained in Afghanistan
during the search of a private home in Jalalabad. In the tape bin Laden praises Allah for success
and he uses language that indicates he was familiar with the planning of the attacks. Bin Laden
explains on the tape how he expected only the top of the World Trade Center to collapse, and
bin Laden also indicates that more destruction is coming. Go to Washington Post videotape story.
Click on the December 8th Camp Rhino sunset photo for a larger image.
Camp Rhino Sunset
Click on the December 8th photo of a Taliban soldier jokingly aiming for a larger image.
Taliban Soldier Aims
Dec. 9: U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney confirms that the U.S. has an incriminating video of
Osama bin Laden, and indicates President Bush is considering release of the tape to further
prove Osama bin Laden's responsibility for the September 11th attacks. American warplanes
unleash wave after wave of air strikes on the snow-capped Tora Bora mountain complex where
Osama bin Laden and 1,000 al-Qaeda fighters are believed to be dug in. U.S. military leaders
express confidence in bin Laden's whereabouts saying, "Our latest information is ... that he is
in this area, the so-called Tora Bora are." Eighteen Northern Alliance soldiers including several
commanders are killed in a helicopter crash in northern Afghanistan. The United Nations begins
a massive wheat distribution relief effort in Kabul. The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the
Space Shuttle Endeavor and the International Space Station pay tribute to those who died on
Sept. 11 and those who are fighting terrorism. Endeavor is carrying thousands of small flags to
be distributed to relatives of the victims. Also sent to space was a U.S. flag that was flying at the
World Trade Center on the morning of the attacks. North Korea accuses the U.S. of making it
a target after Afghanistan, saying the country is "in full combat preparedness to lay down their
lives for the country ... things will be different in the case of the second Korean War."
Click on the December 9th photo of US Marines at Camp Rhino for a larger image.
Camp Rhino Marines
Click on the December 9th photo of US Marines at Camp Rhino for a larger image.
Sunday Service
Dec. 10: Kofi Annan accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Norway. Annan said, "We have
entered the third millennium through a gate of fire. If today, after the horror of 11 September,
we see the better, and we see further - we will realize that humanity is indivisible." Hundreds of
Afghan tribal fighters storm the valley below the Tora Bora cave complex while Eastern Alliance
tanks and U.S. bombers pound the Taliban positions on the mountains above them. U.S. Marines
move into the capital city of Kabul and secure the grounds of the American embassy more than
12 years after it was abandoned in the wake of the Soviet withdrawal. U.S. Marines close in on
Kandahar and deploy "hunter-killer" teams around the city to intercept escaping al-Qaeda or
Taliban fighters. U.S. officials say President Bush is leaning towards the release of the Osama
bin Laden videotape found in a Jalalabad apartment about 10 days ago. Bush said, "For those
who see this tape, they realize that not only is he guilty of incredible murder, he has no
conscience and no soul. He represents the worst of civilization." The Telegraph in London reports
that five American officers have secretly entered Somalia to search for terrorist camps. A U.S.
State Department delegation arrives in northern Iraq to pull Kurdish and other anti-government
forces together. U.S. Secretary of Defense Powell meets with Russian President Putin in Moscow.
Click on the December 10th image of Kofi Annan and the Nobel Peace Prize for a larger image.
Annan Nobel Prize
Click on the December 10th photo of Powell and Putin in Moscow for a larger image.
Powell and Putin
Dec. 11: U.S. aircraft resume bombing of the last stronghold of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda
forces after a "surrender or die" deadline passed without any sign of compliance. Afghan tribal
troops capture many of the caves and tunnels in the mountainous Tora Bora cave sanctuary.
Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker, becomes the first person charged in connection
with the planning of the September 11 attacks. Investigators believe Moussaoui, who was
arrested in Minnesota in August, may have been the fifth member of the team of hijackers on
Flight 93. U.S. President Bush speaks at a White House ceremony commemorating the 3-month
anniversary of the September attacks, and later speaks at The Citadel military college in South
Carolina, where he warns "rogue nations" that "They have been warned. They are being
watched and they will be held to account." U.S. officials confirm that about 100 U.S. special
forces are operating in Somalia, carrying out reconnaissance, looking for al-Qaeda members,
and liaising with opposition groups. The 3-month anniversary of the September 11 attacks is
remembered across America at 8:46 A.M. EDT, with services at Ground Zero, the White House,
the Pentagon, and near the crash site of Flight 93. Go to December 11, 2001 memorial images.
Click on the December 11th photo of President Bush at The Citadel for a larger image.
Bush / The Citadel
Click on the December 11th photo of Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon for a larger image.
Rumsfeld / Pentagon
Dec. 12: American warplanes continue to blast al-Qaeda holdouts near Tora Bora as reports
from news correspondents hint that Osama bin Laden has escaped from Afghanistan. American
and Afghan officials expressed concern that key al-Qaeda leaders may have escaped into the
tribal areas of northern Pakistan. The Christian Science Monitor reports that bin Laden might
have fled to Pakistan 10 days ago with the help of local tribesmen. U.S. government officials
decide to delay the release of an incriminating bin Laden videotape to ensure accuracy in the
translation "before anything is released to the world." All four crew members are rescued from
the Indian Ocean after a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber malfunctions and crashes. U.S. Homeland
Security Director Tom Ridge and Canadian Foreign Minister John Manley sign a 30-point
"smart border" action plan in Ottawa. Palestinian gunmen ambush a bus outside the Jewish
settlement of Emmanuel, killing ten passengers. Soon after the attack Israel cuts contact with
Yasser Arafat and the Israeli government indicates their military would commence widespread
operations to disarm militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Shortly after the attacks Arafat
issues a late-night order that all offices and institutions of Hamas and Islamic Jihad be closed.
Click on the December 12th photo of Israeli police and military at the scene of a bus ambush for a larger image.
Israel Bus Ambush
Click on the December 12th photo of a marine returning to Camp Rhino for a larger image.
Camp Rhino Return
Dec. 13: U.S. warplanes continue to pound the caves near Tora Bora amid reports of massive
explosions in the mountains. U.S. officials say that the al-Qaeda leaders in the Tora Bora caves
are surrounded, and putting up strong opposition, indicating the possibility Osama bin Laden is
among them. .U.S. President Bush announces that he is pulling out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic
Missile Treaty with Russia, starting a six-month timetable for withdrawal and clearing the way
for creation of an anti-missile defense system. From the White House Bush said, "I have
concluded the ABM treaty hinders our government's ability to develop ways to protect our
people from future terrorist or rogue state missile attacks." Russian President Putin goes on
national TV and calls the decision "a mistake." India is put on a full state of alert after gunmen
storm India's parliament in a 30-minute shootout that leaves twelve dead. Israeli forces attack
positions in Gaza and the West Bank and say Arafat is "irrelevant." The Pentagon releases a
videotape, found in Jalalabad in November, clearly showing Osama bin Laden's full knowledge
of the September 11 attack details. After days of translation the tape is broadcast worldwide.
Go to the text and images of the Osama bin Laden videotape released by the Pentagon.
Click on the December 13th photo of President Bush for a larger image.
Bush Cancels ABM
Click on the December 13th photo of the Pentagon videotape of Osama bin Laden for a larger image.
Pentagon Videotape
Dec. 14: India accuses a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group of carrying out the suicide
attack on Parliament and demands that Pakistan arrest the group's leaders. Israel launches
night incursions into villages, killing six Palestinians, and arresting 40 "terrorist suspects."
Israel confirms for the first it was looking for a successor to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
An Arafat aid called the Israeli raids "a new massacre by the Israeli forces." British officials say
they will send a 12-member team to Kabul to gather information on the preparation of a United
Nations force that will arrive later in the month to protect the capital of Kabul. Afghan fighters
supported by American aerial bombardment say they have routed the remnants of the al-Qaeda
forces in the positions they held in the Tora Bora caves, and only a small pocket of fighters now
remain on a snow-capped mountain ridge in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan.
U.S. President Bush urges patience in the hunt for Osama bin Laden saying, ""I don't know
whether we're going to get him tomorrow, or a month from now, or a year from now, but we're
going to get him." Captured American Taliban fighter John Walker is moved from Camp Rhino
in southern Afghanistan to a U.S. navy ship in the Arabian Sea. A U.S. Defense Department
official characterizes Walker's disposition as a "battlefield detainee." Hundreds of U.S. marines
from camp Rhino begin the occupation of the strategic Kandahar airport. Many newspapers in
the Arab world play down the significance of the videotape of Osama bin Laden who discusses
the September 11 attack. Some Arabic news agencies question the authenticity of the video,
which brings a strong response from President Bush who said, "This is bin Laden unedited. It's
preposterous for anybody to think that this tape is doctored. That's just a feeble excuse to
provide weak support for an incredibly evil man." The last remaining large piece of the World
Trade Center is prepared for removal from Ground Zero and NYC officials say the piece will be
stored and later used as part of a future memorial. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said an
interagency task force will review ways to prevent leaks of classified information.
Click on the December 14th photo of B-52 contrails over Tora Bora for a larger image.
B-52 Sky Contrails
Click on the December 14th photo of U.S. marines in a convoy to Kandahar for a larger image.
Convoy to Kandahar
Dec. 15: The remaining al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in the Tora Bora area are reportedly
closer to surrender as U.S. bombs continue to rain on them, and the cornered soldiers are
running short of ammunition and supplies. U.S. officials say that Osama bin Laden was recently
heard giving orders on intercepted short-wave radio transmissions near Tora Bora. Alliance
commander Haji Zaher said, "I believe bin Laden is not here." India and Pakistan continue to
exchange warnings in the aftermath of the suicide attacks on India's parliament. Palestinian
officials report 13 people are killed in the second straight day of lightning raids by Israeli forces.
Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and prepare for
the start of the Islamic feast of Eid-al-Fitr. The anthrax spores mailed to Capitol Hill are traced
back to U.S. Army stocks after genetic matches are found at five U.S. laboratories. The final
standing facade of the World Trade Center's Tower One is toppled and removed for storage. 
Go to sequence images of the take down of the WTC Tower One facade.
Click on the December 15th photo of Tora Bora bombing for a larger image.
Tora Bora Pounded
Dec. 16: Afghan forces declare they have wiped out the last pockets of al-Qaeda resistance in
the Tora Bora mountains. Afghan commanders estimate about 200 al-Qaeda fighters were killed
and another 35 were captured. Osama bin Laden continues to elude his pursuers with scattered
conflicting reports of his whereabouts.  U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stops briefly at
the Bagram airbase near Kabul, and spoke to soldiers of the army's 10th Mountain Division.
Rumsfeld becomes the first senior Bush administration official to step foot in Afghanistan. After
a tour of the base, Rumsfeld held a town meeting with U.S. forces saying "The President of the
United States, the commander-in-chief, is determined to let the world know that our country
cannot be attacked without consequences, and you are bringing the consequences." Three U.S.
marines are injured, one seriously, after a soldier stepped on an explosive device during a
search for mines and booby traps at Kandahar airport. India says it has evidence linking the
suicide attack on its parliament to Pakistani intelligence. The Pakistani government denied any
involvement in the attack. Palestine Leader Yasser Arafat broadcasts a rare live TV and radio
address calling for an end to the suicide bombings in Israel. U.S. officials say they are still trying
to identify the person sitting with Osama bin Laden in the November 9 Kandahar home movie.
Click on the December 16th photo of Donald Rumsfeld in Afghanistan for a larger image.
Rumsfeld in Bagram
Click on the December 16th photo of injured U.S. marine for a larger image.
Kandahar Injuries
Dec. 17: After pounding the Tora Bora mountains for days, U.S. military officials say the trail
has gone cold in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Rear-Admiral John Stufflebeem said it is
"anybody's guess" on bin Laden's location. Stufflebeem, who is the deputy director of operations
for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, added, "A few days ago we believed he was in that (Tora Bora)
area, and now we're not as sure." As bitter rhetoric continues between India and Pakistan, U.S.
Secretary of State Colin Powell says the situation "has the potential of becoming very
dangerous." Saudi officials say the man in the bin Laden video is Khaled al-Harbi, a Muslim
guerilla fighter. The U.S. embassy is officially re-opened in Kabul with a flag raising ceremony.
Click on the December 17th photo of the ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for a larger image.
U.S. Embassy Kabul
Dec. 18: Afghan refugees stream past the Pakistani border to return to their homes in war-torn
Afghanistan. Afghan tribal warriors prepare to attack the last remnants of the Taliban in the
areas around Kandahar. FBI agents arrive in Afghanistan to interrogate al-Qaeda prisoners on
the movements and whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. Twelve people are killed when Yemeni
forces storm a village to capture al-Qaeda members operating in Yemen. Speaking from NATO
headquarters in Brussels, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells the NATO alliance, "We
need to face the reality that the attacks of September 11, horrific as they were, may in fact be
a dim preview of what is to come if we do not prepare today to defend our people from
adversaries with weapons of increasing power and range." Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai
meets with Afghanistan's exiled king in Rome, and asks the former king to return home. U.S.
President George W. Bush signs legislation designating September 11 as Patriot Day in honor
of those killed in the September 11 attacks. A flag from the wreckage of the WTC, and signed
by firemen, police, NYC officials, and victim's families, is raised over the Kandahar airport. A fire
at the 100 year-old Cathedral of St. John the Divine, is fought by over 200 NYC firemen.
Click on the December 18th photo of Donald Rumsfeld at NATO HQ for a larger image.
Rumsfeld NATO HQ
click on the December 18th NYC Cathedral fire photo for a larger image.
Fire NYC Cathedral
Dec. 19: Israel agrees to resume talks with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.
Dozens of al-Qaeda fighters, who were captured in Pakistan after fleeing Tora Bora, revolt
against their Pakistani guards and escape into the hills. At least six al-Qaeda fighters and six
Pakistani police were killed. New York City officials said the people killed or missing in the
World Trade Center attacks has fallen to less than 3,000. New York's Liberty Island opens for
the first time since Sept. 11th. After 99 days the WTC fires are extinguished, and become the
longest burning commercial fire fire in U.S. history. Go to December 19th WTC images.
Click on the December 19th photo of a NYC fireman for a larger image.
Fireman NYC Ferry
Dec. 20: British Royal Marine commandos arrive in Kabul in advance of the arrival of a United
Nations multinational security force expected to number about 3,000 peacekeeping soldiers. An
Iraqi civil engineer who defected in August claims that Sadam Hussein has accelerated work on
biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. The Pentagon says they might dispatch U.S. Marines
to the Tora Bora region in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Pakistani troops kill an al-Qaeda
fighter and recapture about a dozen others, one day after fugitives overpowered border guards.
The last remaining building at the WTC is taken down. Go to December 20th WTC images.
Click on the December 20th photo of a U.S. Marine in Kandahar for a larger image.
Marine in Kandahar
Dec. 21: Palestinian supporters of militant Islamic groups battle with Yasser Arafat's security
forces in the Gaza Strip leaving at least six dead. Under heavy pressure from Arafat, the Islamic
Resistance Movement, known as Hamas, issues a formal declaration that suspends suicide
attacks and mortar attacks against Israel. India recalls its ambassador from Pakistan and
announces a shut down of rail and bus links to Pakistan effective January 1st. American jets
attack a convoy killing 65 people near Khost, about 160 km. south of Kabul. The Pentagon says
they are confident it was a convoy of Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters, but locals and some Arabic
news agencies say the convoy was a group of tribal elders heading to Kabul for the December
22nd inauguration of the new Afghan government. U.S. President George W. Bush tells reporters
that Osama bin Laden "may have tried to slither out into neighboring Pakistan." The Pentagon
says it is sending "thermobaric" bombs to remove the al-Qaeda from caves around Tora Bora.
NY firefighters arrive in Kabul on a mission of remembrance and to bring aid to Afghan orphans.
Click on the December 21st photo of the FDNY fireman at Bagram air base for a larger image.
FDNY Afghanistan
Dec. 22: A passenger on American Airlines Flight 63 bound from Paris to Miami tries to ignite
an "improvised explosive" in his shoes, but flight attendants and passengers subdue him. The
AA plane was diverted to Boston's Logan airport under the escort of U.S. fighter jets. Following
reports of an armada of at least 20 ships linked to Osama bin Laden, British anti-terrorist police
escort a suspicious Indian cargo ship to the Isle of Wight for inspection. After a six-hour pursuit
of a North Korean fishing boat suspected of spying, a Japanese Coast Guard patrol boat sinks
the fleeing vessel after a fierce gun battle ensued between the two crews. Indian and Pakistani
troops exchange gun fire along their border in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. The
Pentagon says it has sent a team to investigate whether U.S. warplanes mistakenly killed a
convoy of Afghan tribal leaders who were thought to be fleeing Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders. 
An Afghan diplomat says the existing photographs of Mullah Mohammed Omar are not correct.
Hamid Karzai takes the oath of office as Afghanistan's interim prime minister in a ceremony in
the Afghan capital of Kabul. Karzai pledges to "fulfill my mission to bring peace to Afghanistan."
Click on the December 22nd photo of Afghan interim PM Hamid Karzai for a larger image.
Afghan PM  Karzai 
Dec. 23: The man with explosive devices aboard Miami bound Flight 63 is identified as Richard
C. Reid, the name on his British passport. French authorities identify the bomb suspect as Tariq
Raja from Sri Lanka. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat says he will defy an Israeli travel ban and
go to Bethlehem for midnight mass in the Church of the Nativity. India and Pakistan rush troops
to the Kashmir border after four people are killed in gun battles in the Samba sector of Kashmir.
India asks the U.S. to declare Pakistan as a "terrorist state." Abdul Salam Zaeef, the former
Afghan Taliban ambassador to Pakistan applies for asylum in Pakistan, saying "it is dangerous
for me to go" to Afghanistan. The London Telegraph reports that uranium was found in an
al-Qaeda tunnel complex near Kandahar airport, raising fears that Osama bin Laden may have
obtained materials for a nuclear "dirty bomb". Osama bin Laden's mother is quoted in the
London Mail doubting her son's guilt, saying, "I don't believe that he did the terrible deeds they
say he did." Time magazine names New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as Person of the Year in 2001.
Click on the December 23, 2001Time magazine Person of the Year cover for a larger image.
Person of the Year 
Dec. 24: A senior Afghan official said Osama bin Laden was seen in a remote village in Pakistan
near the Afghanistan border.  Afghan soldiers continue to comb the Tora Bora caves in search of
the top al-Qaeda leaders. Flight 63 shoe bomb suspect Richard Reid made his first court
appearance in a Boston court. Yasser Arafat is denied access to Christmas Eve celebrations in
Bethlehem. Arafat's trademark black-and-white keffiya headdress was draped on an empty
chair in St. Catherine's church in Bethlehem.
Click on the December 24th photo of George Bush at Camp David for a larger image.
Bush at Camp David 
Dec. 25: A rare gun battle near the Jordanian border leaves an Israeli soldier and two attackers
dead. India and Pakistan moved warplanes, troops, and missiles to their border as the talk of
war between the countries intensified. Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said, "We do
not want war, but war is being thrust on us and we will have to face it." General Tommy Franks,
aboard the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt said that U.S. coalition forces will continue to search
the Tora Bora caves for Osama bin Laden "until we satisfy ourselves that he is there and dead."
Click on the December 25th photo of U.S. Marines in Kandahar for a larger image.
Kandahar Christmas
Dec. 26: Al-Jazeera TV broadcasts a five-minute excerpt of a videotape of Osama bin Laden,
indicating bin Laden was alive as of late November or early December. Osama bin Laden refers,
in the tape received in the mail by al-Jazeera, that the WTC attacks occurred "three months
ago." The video shows Bin Laden as noticeably weaker in appearance, looking gaunt and gray.
U.S. commandos and anti-Taliban forces continue to search Tora Bora caves for clues to the
whereabouts of key al-Qaeda leaders. For the third straight day no bombs were dropped by
American warplanes who continue to fly over Afghanistan. Afghan PM Hamid Karzai believes the
Taliban are defeated, saying "Some may still be here, but I don't think they are in large
numbers. I think that terrorism is largely defeated in Afghanistan." India and Pakistan move
guided missiles to the border, in the biggest military buildup in the region in over 20 years. Shoe
bomb suspect Richard Reid is confirmed as a British citizen born in London, and Reid is said to
be linked to Muslim extremists. Airports worldwide put in new security measures to check shoes
for explosives. Read excerpts from Osama bin Laden's Dec. video broadcast on al-Jazeera TV.
Click on the Dec 26th al-Jazeera TV image of Osama bin Laden for a larger image.
Bin Laden Videotape
Click on the December 26th Karachi port photo for a larger image.
Karachi Camouflage
Dec. 27: The White House dismisses the latest Osama bin Laden tape as "terrorist propaganda"
after al -Jazeera TV plays the 34-minute video in its entirety. In the tape bin Laden says, "Those
blessed strikes have inflicted on America, by its own admission ... more than $1 trillion in
losses." Bin Laden continues to show his involvement in the September 11th attacks when he
said on the video, "Hurricanes blew to strike their castle and tell them: We won't stop the attacks
until you leave our lands." U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the U.S. plans to turn
its navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into a detention center for al-Qaeda and Taliban
prisoners. India and Pakistan inch closer to the brink of war as both countries levy sanctions to
diplomatic staff, and India announces it is banning Pakistani aircraft from its airspace.
Click on the December 27th Kashmir graphic for a larger image.
Kashmir Fighting
Dec. 28: Pakistan and India move closer to all-out war as border troops shell each other in the
disputed Jammu-Kashmir region. The Indian army also ordered the evacuation of border towns.
Pakistan warns the U.S. they may no longer provide logistic support in the search for al-Qaeda
leaders, saying the Pakistani troops are required for support in the looming conflict with India.
General Tommy Franks meets with U.S. President Bush at Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch where
Bush tells reporters, Osama bin Laden "is a guy who three months ago was in control of a
country. Now he's maybe in control of a cave. He's on the run."
Click on the December 28th photo of President Bush for a larger image.
Osama "On the Run"
Dec. 29: American bombers attack a suspected Taliban leadership compound near Gardez,
south of Kabul. U.S. defense officials say there are 125 Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners at a
detention facility near Kandahar. The Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain pledges its best
warship to the coalition against terrorism.  A senior Afghan intelligence chief claims to have
received "reliable information" that Osama bin Laden paid a "large amount" of money to an
Afghan commander to be taken across the border to Pakistan. U.S. officials are reportedly
offering cash "incentives" to Afghan militia commanders to assist in the hunt for bin Laden.
Click on the December 29th photo of Ground Zero for a larger image.
Ground Zero Cranes
Dec. 30: The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says that Osama bin laden has
likely survived the American military campaign and may have escaped to Pakistan. Afghan and
British negotiators reach an agreement opening the way for a multinational peacekeeping force
to be deployed around Afghanistan. Afghan officials say they will restore the two giant sandstone
Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban in March, 2001. An observation platform with an unobstructed
view of the World Trade Center's Ground Zero opens with long line-ups in New York City.
Click on the December 30th photo of a Kandahar 'hard crash' for a larger image.
Chopper Hard Crash
Dec. 31: The war rhetoric and tensions between India and Pakistan appear to ease after
Pakistan arrests over 30 Islamic militant leaders. India's foreign minister called the arrests "a
step in the correct direction." Anti-Taliban forces move towards Baghran, 118 miles (190 km)
northwest of Kandahar, in search of Mullah Mohammed Omar. U.S. officials say they have
"credible" evidence senior Taliban and al Qaeda leaders are in the Baghran region. Michael
Bloomberg is sworn in as the new Mayor of New York City taking effect at midnight. Rudy
Giuliani closes the NYSE and celebrates New Years Eve with New Yorkers in Time Square.
Click on the December 31st photo of New Year's Eve in Time Square for a larger image.
NY New Years Eve
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