Afghanistan/2001 Invasion

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Event.png Afghanistan/2001 Invasion (war) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Date7 October 2001 - 30 August 2021
DescriptionThe war in Afghanistan, instigated within a month of 9/11, supposedly in retaliation, with the claimed justification - for which no evidence has been presented - that the attacks were planned by Ossama bin Laden, and that he was based in Afghanistan.

The 2001 Afghanistan war lasted 19 years. It was a US-led attack, but involved military contingents from many other countries. It began on October 7, 2001, as the US military's Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) with substantial British military support, allegedly (as the official narrative has it) 'in response to the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the US'. The UK has, since 2002, led its own military operation, Operation Herrick, as part of the same war in Afghanistan. By 2015, it has cost the US government over $1,000,000,000,000.[1]

Official Narrative

The justification for the attacks we as that the 9/11 attacks of September 11, 2001 were carried out by Al-Qaeda under the leadership of Osama Bin Laden, who was taking refuge in Afghanistan, under the protection of Taliban forces. NATO's December 2009 publicity strategy states that "building on NATO’s current media operations and public diplomacy efforts in support of the operation in Afghanistan, NATO will pursue more targeted and expanded communication activities to generate broader and more comprehensive reporting on what NATO’s operation has already achieved in Afghanistan".[2] As far as opium production is concerned, predictable smoke and mirrors are used to hide that fact that production has increased since the NATO-led invasion of the country.


There were reports that indicated that the US would go to war in Afghanistan as early as March 2001.[3][4][5][6] Planning continued up to the day of 9-11.[7][8][9] The BBC reported a week after 9-11 that "Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October".[10]

Osama Bin Laden denied responsibility for the attacks[11] and no evidence has been presented of his responsibility. On 5 October, the Taliban offered to try bin Laden in an Afghan court, so long as the U.S. provided what it called "solid evidence" of his guilt. The U.S. government dismissed the request for proof as "request for delay or prevarication".


A recommended video by James Corbett

While the MICC profits from war anywhere, a range of local factors undoubtedly contributed to the selection of Afghanistan as a target. Afghan grown opium is an obvious major factor.


Sibel Edmonds links the war to Operation Gladio/B, suggesting that - drug eradication rhetoric not withstanding - a major motive for the war was control of the world's opium production. This was very low in 2000 after the crop was banned by the Taliban, but has quickly risen again and exceeded pre-invasion levels.


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Charlotte Dennett suggests that the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, planned since the early 1990s provides a more credible alternative explanation.[12] The secret intelligence agencies have long been interested in the large profits to be made from the global drug trade, for which

Mineral wealth

A 2007 study by the USGS noted about $1 trillion in mineral wealth in the ground in Afghanistan.

War crimes

Full article: The Massacre at Mazar

War propaganda

Malala Yousafzai

Full article: Malala Yousafzai


Images of NATO troops building (girls') schools in the country was a continued propaganda trope.[13][14]

“From a strictly economic perspective, if America's goal was to provide a quality education to Afghan children, it would have achieved far better social impact, at lower cost, with no suffering if the military followed these steps; Buy a used Gulfstream IV (~$4m), pack it full of Afghan children, fly them across the world to Andover, Groton, Eton, or some Swiss boarding school, and pay for their entire education (~$4.7m for 24 students, all four years, with boarding). And after everyone is off the private jet, fill two briefcases with money - $1 million, each; $2 million, in total, in brick of $100 bills - place them on the jet while it's still on the tarmac, and proceed to blow up the jet with high explosives. This is the effective cost of building a mud and cinder block shanty school in Afghanistan.”
Erik Edstrom (2020)  [15]
Former captain in the U.S. Army


Related Quotations

Seymour Hersh“But one of the things we did, ostensibly to improve the conditions of prisoners, we demanded that the American soldiers operating in Afghanistan could only hold a suspected Taliban for four days, 96 hours. If not... after four days they could not be sure that this person was not a Taliban, he must be freed. Instead of just holding them and making them Taliban, you have to actually do some, some work to make the determination in the field. Tactically, in the field. So what happens of course, is after three or four days, "bang, bang" — I'm just telling you — they turn them over to the Afghans and by the time they take three steps away the shots are fired. And that's going on. It hasn't stopped. It's not just me that's complaining about it. But the stuff that goes on in the field, is still going on in the field — the secret prisons, absolutely, oh you bet they're still running secret prisons. Most of them are in North Africa, the guys running them are mostly out of Djibouto [sic]. We have stuff in Kenya (doesn't mean they're in Kenya, but they're in that area).”Seymour HershJanuary 2011
Joint Special Operations Command“The point of the 'Special Operations’ teams (SOT) is that they do not distinguish between civilian and military oppositions, between activists and their sympathizers and the armed resistance. The SOT specialize in establishing death squads and recruiting and training paramilitary forces to terrorize communities, neighborhoods and social movements opposing US client regimes. The SOT's 'counter-terrorism' is terrorism in reverse, focusing on socio-political groups between US proxies and the armed resistance. McChrystal's SOT targeted local and national insurgent leaders in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan through commando raids and air strikes.

McChrystal was a special favorite of Rumsfeld and Cheney because he was in charge of the 'direct action' forces of the 'Special Missions Units'. 'Direct Action' operative are the death-squads and torturers and their only engagement with the local population is to terrorize, and not to propagandize. They engage in 'propaganda of the dead', assassinating local leaders to 'teach' the locals to obey and submit to the occupation.”
James Petras2009


Related Documents

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Document:General Hamid Gul - Interviewinterview26 November 2001Arnaud de Borchgrave
Hamid Gul
Just 15 days after the 9-11, an exclusive interview with former Pakistani Gen. Hamid Gul. in which he opines that Mossad, not al-Qaeda were the perpetrators of the attacks, and suggests that it USA has any evidence against Al Qaeda, it should present it to an international court.
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