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Afghanistan war started months before 9/11

The US government started the invasion of Afghanistan six months before September 11th. The attacks on America in 2001 were exploited as an excuse for a full scale conquest.

The war in Afghanistan officially began in March, six months before the 9/11 incidents. Yet regime change in Afghanistan was portrayed as the US response to those incidents.


BBC News, "US 'planned attack on Taleban'", 18 September 2001.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1550366.stm ]
    A former Pakistani diplomat has told the BBC that the US was planning military action against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban even before last week's attacks.
    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.
    Mr Naik said US officials told him of the plan at a UN-sponsored international contact group on Afghanistan which took place in Berlin.
    Mr Naik told the BBC that at the meeting the US representatives told him that unless Bin Laden was handed over swiftly America would take military action to kill or capture both Bin Laden and the Taleban leader, Mullah Omar.
    The wider objective, according to Mr Naik, would be to topple the Taleban regime and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place - possibly under the leadership of the former Afghan King Zahir Shah.
    Mr Naik was told that Washington would launch its operation from bases in Tajikistan, where American advisers were already in place.
    Mr Naik was told that if the military action went ahead it would take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.
    And he said it was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if Bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taleban.

Janes Intelligence Review, "India joins anti-Taliban coalition", 15 March 2001.
[ http://www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/jir/jir010315_1_n.shtml ]
    India is believed to have joined Russia, the USA and Iran in a concerted front against Afghanistan's Taliban regime.
    Military sources indicated that Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are being used as bases to launch anti-Taliban operations by India and Russia. They also hinted at the presence of a small Russian force actively assisting Massoud in the Panjsher Valley. "The situation in Afghanistan cannot be ignored as it impinges directly on the 12-year old Kashmir insurgency," an Indian military official said, adding that the Northern Alliance's elimination by the Taliban would be "disastrous" for India.

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