Like said GWOT Afghanistan lasted from October till end of December 2001 when there were estimated some 80 AQ folks in Afghanistan rest was a big grift for taxpayer money , nothing to do with fighting terrorism .
Last i remember 9/11 crew were Saudi nationals on Student visas ,Bin laden was Saudi national and Islamic terror is pretty much cornered by Saudi Arabia (No1 US ally in the region)or their Wahabis, most of the Afghan and Pakistani madrasas were/are funded by CGG Kingdoms .
If GWOT target was Islamic terrorism the aim was on the level of ANA troops, hitting everything but the bull, the Islamic terror'R'us HQ also known as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia .
Mean while the situation on the ground is way worse than it was at the time of Soviet withdrawal, ANA is a joke compared to DRA .
I defer to the memory of those that were there but if truth of the Tora Bora fighting is what was reported, US took the perimeter in order to give the friendly mujahidin the final victory, than it just shows that Afghanistan was intended to be a drawn out money maker....
Pretty sure they would have never left those caves unless we wanted them to.
There are still Japanese bones sitting patiently in the Pacific islands because we intended them to stay there.
Everything that followed after the caves were sealed could be myth.
A people that spent that much in lives and treasure deserved proof of Bin Ladins death.
The burial at sea with full honors strikes me as an unserious way to handle that.