Using radio intercepts and other intelligence, he said, the CIA pinpointed bin Laden's location in the Tora Bora mountains near Pakistan.
And a second plan to drop hundreds of landmines over any escape route into Pakistan was also vetoed, with Fury claiming he had no idea why. Fury said he had 50 men in Delta force up against bin Laden's 1,000 - support from the Afghan forces was needed.
But, he claimed, many of the Afghan soldiers were not on board - seeing Osama bin Laden as a hero.
"It was almost like it was an agreement, an understanding between the two forces (al Qaeda and the Afghans) fighting each other," he said.
"Almost put on a good show and then leave." One night - alone without his Afghan allies - Fury said he was told bin Laden was a mere two kilometres away.
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The commander, calling himself Dalton Fury, expressed his frustration at having known where bin Laden was, but feeling he was powerless to do anything.
military force so secret that many believe it does not exist has told American television how soldiers under his command found Osama bin Laden - but let him slip through their fingers.
At one point, he said, his forces were closing in on bin Laden's men - but he decided to abort the mission because he did not have support from Afghan troops.
And in another incident Delta soldiers actually saw a tall man dressed in camouflage that they believed was bin Laden - only to have the Al Qaeda leader escape their bombing campagin in the mountains.
Speaking to CBS'S television news magazine 60 Minutes, Fury - who was disguised - talked about a book he has written entitled 'Kill Bin Laden', detailing his memories of the campaign in Tora Bora in 2001."Our job was to go find him, capture or kill him, and we knew the writing on the wall was to kill him because nobody wanted to bring Osama bin Laden back to stand trial in the United States somewhere," the mission commander told his interviewer.