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American support for the Taliban, followed by 9/11

The respected Pakistani correspondent Ahmed Rashid reported US intelligence supported the Taliban as a vehicle of regional influence at least between 1994 and 1998.

Thus, when the Taliban conquered Kabul in 1996, a State Department spokesperson explained that the US found “nothing objectionable” in the event. One year later, a US diplomat commented: “The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis… pipelines, an emir, no parliament and lots of Sharia law. We can live with that.”

Continued US sponsorship of the al-Qaeda-Taliban nexus in Afghanistan was confirmed as late as 2000 in Congressional hearings. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on South Asia, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher declared that “the Taliban would bring stability to Afghanistan and permit the building of oil pipelines from Central Asia through Afghanistan to Pakistan”.

US officials threatened the Taliban with military action if they failed to comply with a federalization plan. Even the date of threatened military action, October 2001, was proposed. Needless to say, the Taliban rejected the plan.

So months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a war on Afghanistan was already on the table.

Jean-Charles Brisard, a former French intelligence officer, thus speculates that 9/11 may have been a pre-emptive attack by al-Qaeda to head off the declared US military invasion of Afghanistan.

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