2001 Invasion of Afghanistan

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Event.png 2001 Invasion of Afghanistan (war) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Date7 October 2001 - Present
LocationAfghanistan
PerpetratorsNATO
DescriptionThe 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 still ongoing. 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.[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.

Problems

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".[3] Osama Bin Laden denied responsibility for the attacks[4] 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".

Motives

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.

Opium

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.

Oil

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Charlotte Dennett suggests that the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, planned since the early 1990s provides a more credible alternative explanation.[5] The secret intelligence services 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.

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Lucy Morgan Edwards“Asked by Tony Gosling why she thought the US & the UK were so interested in invading Afghanistan, other than the drugs ]: Clearly, it's nothing to do with democracy or women's rights. You'd have to need a lobotomy if you still believed that - despite all the relentless propaganda about free and fair elections and everything. That's complete and utter nonsense. It's just one massive great military base now. I went back there in 2013. I found it really shocking, the military, the militarised presence in Kabul, the watchtowers, the Hesco barriers... It's nothing to do with helping Afghanistan develop, but I think it's all about being a military base for the coming wars on Iran, China, potentially Russia. It's all about where it's located. As we know Lord Curzon said obver a hundred years ago it was the center of the geopolitical chessboard of Asia.”Lucy Morgan EdwardsMarch 2018
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 EconomistMarch 2004

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:CIA Killings Spell Defeat In Afghanistanarticle8 January 2010Douglas Valentine
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.
Document:Truth lies and Afghanistanreport2011Daniel L Davis
Document:US Afghan exit may depend on a Syria onearticle23 June 2013Sharmine Narwani
File:Afghanistan - Exit vs Engagement.pdfpaperUnknown
File:Dereliction of Duty II.pdfreport27 January 2012Daniel Davis
File:ISAF-Spokesperson.pdfpresentation17 September 2012ISAF Staff
File:PSR Body Count.pdfreport15 March 2015IPPNWCasualty figures for the 'War on Terror' after 10 years
File:UN-Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict-2010.pdfreport2010UN
File:Understanding 911 and 911 wars.pdfcommentary30 May 2004John McMurtryA guide to understanding the events of 9-11 and the resulting wars for which it became the casus belli


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