A chronological summary of why Americans entered into the war in Afghanistan.
Created by sberger on May 28, 2008
Last updated: 03/06/10 at 09:27 AM
it is reported that in addition to U.S. military forces, French, British, Australian, Russian and German special forces are also on the ground in Afghanistan.
it is reported that in addition to U.S. military forces, british, australian, french, russian and german special forces are also on the ground in Afghansitan.
After a Pakistani border guard shot a U.S. soldier in the head, the U.S. executed an airstrike on a Pakistani building claiming that it was on the Afghan side of the border. The United States said it reserved the right to cross into Pakistan in hot pursuit of enemy fighters fleeing from Afghanistan. the pakistani guard was taken into U.S. custody.
U.N. reports that more than 6,000 small arms and 30 tanks were collected in northeast Afghanistan since disarmament plan went into effect on november 10, 2002.
Pakistan turned over 25 suspected Al-Qaeda members to the U.S. bringing the total of suspected terrorist members in U.S. custody to over 200.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the top U.N. envoy in Afghanistan told the U.N. Security Council that Hamid Karzai's new Afghan gov't did not have the power or the means to protect the country from security threats.
United States helps in creation of first units of Afghan Army while Hamid Karzai and Iranian President agree to stay out of each other's affairs.
The Pentagon ordered two bombing raids against Afghan militias who were opposed to Hamid Karzai's new administration. Before this all U.S. military operation had only focused on Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces.
Afghanistan's Deputy Defense minister Abdul Rashid Dostum flew to New Delhi to hold a meeting with India's defense minister George Fernandes to try and form an ally.
it is reported that in addition to U.S. military forces british, french, australian, russian and german special forces are also on the ground in afghanistan.
Kunduz, the last Taliban stronghold was taken over by the Northern Alliance. This was not as large as a victory as it may have seemed however, because before the northern Alliance took control, Pakistani aircrafts rescued thousands of Taliban and Al-Qaeda members. Later Bin Laden loyalists attacked Northern Alliance members with weapons that they had snuck into the jail where they were being held. Many of the prisoners were killed and in addition 40 alliance fighters are killed.
Strategic Afghan city of Mazari Sharif was taken by the Northern Alliance fighters.
Three Japanese warships left for the Indian Ocean to help aid the U.S. with non-combat military support. In addition to gaining support from Japan the U.S. also gains support from Wim Kok, prime minister of the netherlands, who announces that 1000 soldiers from the netherlands would help fight the war on terror.
President George W. Bush holds a presidential news conference in which he says to the Taliban; "If you cough him up and his people today that we'll reconsider what we're doing to your country. You still have a second chance. Just bring him in, and bring his leaders and lieutenants and other thugs and criminals with him."
The U.S. military issues its second round of attacks, cutting off electricity in the capital, Kabul. It is reported that the allies hit 31 targets by midnight of October 8, 2001. Several protests take place on the Khyber Pass near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The United States along with the support of Great Britain begins its attack on Afghanistan. Later in the day President George W. Bush makes a televised speech to the American public stating that under his advisement the U.S. military has begun attacking Afghanistan in the hopes of getting rid of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. At the end of the day first reports of casualties surface.
President George W. Bush informs congress about the upcoming attack in Afghanistan
U.S. sent a combat aircraft to military bases on the persian gulf
Al-Quaeda executes terrorist plan to crash planes into the world trade centers and the pentagon.