The Afghanistan War

This was the first place American troops were sent. It's often referred to as the "forgotten war" because the media barely covers it anymore.

The objective of the invasion? To hunt down and kill Osama Bin Laden. Instead, we let him escape through Tora Bora.

The Taliban has resurfaced, and is coming on strong. The country now provides 92% of the world's opium.

The murders that took place on 9/11, were a crime. As Donna Marsh O'Connor said, committed by men. Not a country. By men.

I think it's important we found out who those men were, and not hold an entire country accountable for the actions of a few.

Bush, Karzai Sign Pact For Long-Term U.S. Military Presence In Afghanistan

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U.S. Acknowledges Torture At Guantanamo; In Iraq, Afghanistan - U.N.

Afghanistan Produced Heroin Seized In Iraq

Study Proposes Opium Licensing For Afghanistan

Taliban Still 'Alive And Kicking' In Afghanistan

Afghanistan: The War With No End

U.N. Finds Afghanistan Opium Declined 2.5%, Still Producing 87% Of World's Crop

Taliban Leader Vows More Attacks In Afghanistan

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Bush Faces "Tough" Questions In Afghanistan

President Had Invasion Plans For Afghanistan On His Desk 9/9/2001

Afghanistan Gripped By Worst Fighting Since 2001

Britain Is The Fall Guy For The U.S. Retreat From Afghanistan

U.S. Back At Full War Footing In Afghanistan

Afghanistan Close To Anarchy, Warns General

NATO Takes Over In Afghanistan

Marines To Recall Troops On Involuntary Basis For Iraq, Afghanistan

Afghanistan Now Supplies "A Staggering 92%" Of The World's Opium

U.S. Nato Envoy Calls For More Troops In Afghanistan

Afghanistan Five Years Later: Poverty, Violence, Misery

The Bush/Cheney Drug Empire

White House/U.S. Gov't Presiding Over 'Narcotics State'

Scores Died In U.S. Custody In War Zones

'Troubled' Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran Triangle May Deepen US Presence

While Closing Bases At Home, U.S. Considers Offers From Foreign Governments

Citizens Find Bush Guilty Of Afghan War Crimes

US Scatters Bases To Control Eurasia

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Afghans Angry That We Flushed Quran Down The Toilet

Karzai Slams Anti-US Protesters

Afghan Clerics Threaten Muslim Holy War Over Quran

Newsweek Apologizes For Quran Story

Afghans Give U.S. 3 Days To Explain Report On Quran

Muslims Skeptical On Quran Apology

White House Says Newsweek Report Damaged U.S. Image

White House, Media In Struggle For Credibility

John Conyers BLASTS White House About Newsweek

Afghan Riots NOT Tied To Report On Quran Handling, General Says

Red Cross Warned U.S. Over Quran

Flames Of Hate

Karzai Rejects Criticism Over Opium Trade

Amnesty's Human Rights Report Blasts U.S.

Pentagon: Inmate Retracts Quran Abuse Charge

Pentagon Spokesman Lied Repeatedly Over Claim Quran Abuse Hadn't Been Confirmed

White House: Quran Abuse Isolated

Qazi Says 9/11 Was A Planned Conspiracy To Crush Muslims

U.S. 'Planned Attack On Taleban'

U.K. Under Fire Over Afghan Opium

Pakistan Supporting Terrorism: Afghan Minister

9/11 In Historical Perspective: Flawed Assumptions - By Peter Dale Scott

CIA Commander: We Let Bin Laden Slip Away

July 21, 2001: US Official Threatens Possible Military Action Against Taliban by October if Pipeline Is Not Pursued Niaz Naik. [Source: Calcutta Telegraph]
Three former American officials, Tom Simons (former US Ambassador to Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth (former Deputy Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs), and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on South Asia) meet with Pakistani and Russian intelligence officers in a Berlin hotel. [Salon, 9/16/2002] This is the third of a series of back-channel conferences called “brainstorming on Afghanistan.” Taliban representatives sat in on previous meetings, but boycotted this one due to worsening tensions. However, the Pakistani ISI relays information from the meeting to the Taliban. [Guardian, 10/22/2001] At the meeting, Coldren passes on a message from Bush officials. He later says, “I think there was some discussion of the fact that the United States was so disgusted with the Taliban that they might be considering some military action.” [Guardian, 10/26/2001] Accounts vary, but former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik later says he is told by senior American officials at the meeting that military action to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan is planned to “take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.” The goal is to kill or capture both bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar, topple the Taliban regime, and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place. Uzbekistan and Russia would also participate. Naik also says, “It was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taliban.” [BBC, 10/18/2001] One specific threat made at this meeting is that the Taliban can choose between “carpets of bombs” —an invasion—or “carpets of gold” —the pipeline. [Brisard and Dasquie, 2002] Naik contends that Tom Simons made the “carpets” statement. Simons claims, “It’s possible that a mischievous American participant, after several drinks, may have thought it smart to evoke gold carpets and carpet bombs. Even Americans can’t resist the temptation to be mischievous.” Naik and the other American participants deny that the pipeline was an issue at the meeting. [Salon, 9/16/2002]

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Dodgy dossier 1

It's so important that you bring up and remind everyone about Afghanistan Jon, and from the UK's point of view this really was Iraq 1.

There were some really quite important criticisms of Blair's Osama Bin Laden dossier/white paper (the one the US said they were going to write themselves and in the end the job went to Blair) out there from the time, I think they were on the Guardian's site or maybe the BBC's site although I was struggling to find them recently....there's quite a good summary on 9/11 review, basically describing how thin on the facts it actually was and as you know it was incredibly thin on the facts:

"This document does not purport to provide a prosecutable case against Usama Bin Laden in a court of law"

yet that and some 'secret intelligence' managed to persuade the opposition politicians here in the UK at the time.

As for what is happening now in Afghanistan, as you point out reports keep appearing that the Taliban are making a come back, amid reports of new troop deployments.

I feel ashamed....

That I don't have more links.

"It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying ‘Go find me a way to do this."