It took years to lock them up. Hundreds of enemy fighters captured during some of the fiercest combat of the war. But then, one night last spring, as American troops surged into Taliban territory, all of those prisoners, all of that progress, disappeared. Poof. Luke Mogelson ventures down the rabbit hole to find them

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  • This picture taken on April 27, 2011 shows a general view of Kandahar jail (top centre) and the house (bottom right) from which Taliban militiamen dug a tunnel to the prison in Kandahar. (Mamoon Durrani/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A US army soldier stands guard at the gate of a house which Taliban fighters used for the exit point of an escape tunnel for an audacious jailbreak from Kandahar prison in southern Kandahar city on April 25, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Afghan policemen takes a look at the opening of tunnel at the main prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan which prisoners escaped through on Monday, April 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)