Clearing the caves in Afghanistan was a very dangerous phase in the war on terrorism — entering the underground fortresses of the al Qaeda. Most high-tech weaponry such as night-vision goggles won’t work in the total darkness of the caves. Instead, small groups of soldiers will have to go room to room with gun-mounted flashlights to hunt out the enemy. via

Animation: Caves of Afghanistan 

During a Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) mission, U.S. Navy SEALs (SEa, Air, Land) explore the entrance to one of 70 caves they discovered in Zhawar Kili area. Used by Al Qaeda and Taliban forces, the caves and other above-ground complexes were subsequently destroyed either by Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel or through air strikes called in by the SEALs. Navy special operations forces are conducting missions in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.    

Credit photo to Official U.S. Navy photo. FOR THIS PHOTO DO NOT CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER. Photo cleared for public release by LCDR Darryn James, USN, Naval Special Warfare Command, Public Affairs Officer. Date 14 January 2002 Source Transferred from en.wikipedia (Original text :