March 01, 2002

US and coalition partners launch Operation Anaconda, part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in eastern Afghanistan. USAF A-10s, AC-130s, B-1Bs, B-52s, and F-15s support Anaconda to stop Taliban and al Qaeda forces regrouping south of Gardez. USAF aircraft drop laser-guided thermo- baric bombs, designed to suck out all the air from cave complexes and kill the enemy inside.