|Date||7 October 2001 - Present|
|Description||The ongoing 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 is coming to an end. It was a US-led attack but involves 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.
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". 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. Planning continued up to the day of 9-11. 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".
Osama Bin Laden denied responsibility for the attacks 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|
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.
Charlotte Dennett suggests that the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, planned since the early 1990s provides a more credible alternative explanation. The secret intelligence services have long been interested in the large profits to be made from the global drug trade, for which
A 2007 study by the USGS noted about $1 trillion in mineral wealth in the ground in Afghanistan.
|Global Strategies Group||“Global Risk Strategies was a two-man team until the invasion of Afghanistan. Now it has over 1,000 guards in Iraq — more than many of the countries taking part in the occupation—manning the barricades of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). Last year it also won a $27m contract to distribute Iraq's new dinar.”||The Economist||March 2004|
|Document:A warring nation, united against us||Letter||19 August 2021||Craig Murray||Craig Murray's letter to The Herald from prison in Edinburgh: "As with the previous three times when UK invasions were defeated in Afghanistan, we have united a warring nation in hatred of us."|
|Document:Britain’s delusions that it could take on the Taliban alone are ludicrous - what are our empire-nostalgic MPs smoking?||Article||19 August 2021||Tom Fowdy||The UK Parliament was recalled for an emergency debate over the Afghanistan/2021 withdraw. While the BBC focused on the divide between the sides of the house with their face mask wearing, Parliament was united against the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. Most MPs are urging Boris Johnson to go back to Afghanistan, and take on the Taliban, alone if necessary.|
|Document:CIA Killings Spell Defeat In Afghanistan||article||8 January 2010||Douglas Valentine|
|Document:Gaddafi's 2009 speech: "Let's call it the UN Terror Council"||Speech||23 September 2009||Muammar Gaddafi||No one is above the UN General Assembly. All nations should be and should be seen to be on an equal footing. At present, the UN Security Council is security feudalism, political feudalism for those with permanent seats, protected by them and used against us. It should be called, not the UN Security Council, but the UN Terror Council.|
|Document:General Hamid Gul - Interview||interview||26 November 2001||Arnaud de Borchgrave|
|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.|
|Document:How British journalists are seduced by the Ministry of Defence and spooks||Article||Richard Norton-Taylor||In the world of the spooks, few in the media raised questions about the root causes of terror attacks in Britain even when Eliza Manningham-Buller, then head of MI5, warned that the invasion of Iraq would increase the terrorist threat in Britain.|
|Document:The 20-year war on Afghanistan was a mistake||Speech||18 August 2021||Zarah Sultana||Speaking outside Parliament on 18 August 2021, prior to the Afghanistan emergency debate, Zarah Sultana joined colleagues including Jeremy Corbyn to say: "The war on Afghanistan shows – once and for all – that the West cannot deliver liberal democracy at the barrel of a gun. This war – the first 'War on Terror' – must be Britain's last war of aggression."|
|Document:Truth lies and Afghanistan||report||2011||Daniel L Davis|
|Document:US Afghan exit may depend on a Syria one||article||23 June 2013||Sharmine Narwani|
|Document:We are the war criminals now||Article||29 November 2001||Robert Fisk||George W. Bush says that "you are either for us or against us" in the war for civilisation against evil. Well, I'm sure not for bin Laden. But I'm not for Bush. I'm actively against the brutal, cynical, lying "war of civilisation" that he has begun so mendaciously in our name and which has now cost as many lives as the World Trade Center mass murder.|
|File:Afghanistan - Exit vs Engagement.pdf||paper||Unknown|
|File:Dereliction of Duty II.pdf||report||27 January 2012||Daniel Davis|
|File:ISAF-Spokesperson.pdf||presentation||17 September 2012||ISAF Staff|
|File:PSR Body Count.pdf||report||15 March 2015||IPPNW||Casualty figures for the 'War on Terror' after 10 years|
|File:UN-Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict-2010.pdf||report||2010||UN|
|File:Understanding 911 and 911 wars.pdf||commentary||30 May 2004||John McMurtry||A guide to understanding the events of 9-11 and the resulting wars for which it became the casus belli|
- https://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/preplanned.html saved at Archive.org
- https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/11/afgh-n20.html saved at Archive.org