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US War on Terror

In October 2001, the US began bombing Afghanistan, targeting Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda fighters as well as the Taliban. The US Government deployed US soldiers to Afghanistan with the aim of dismantling al-Qaeda and denying the organization a safe base of operations by removing the Taliban from power.

US War on Terror

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The Taliban declined to extradite Bin Laden unless they were given what they deemed to be “convincing evidence” of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks, ignoring demands to shut down terrorist bases and hand over other terrorist suspects. And so, the long US war in Afghanistan began.