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In order to give everyone some background, here is a short, abbreviated timeline of America and our involvement with Afghanistan.

 

  1. Groups of mujahideen (holy warriors) rebel against the pro-Soviet government during the Cold War. The Soviet Union responds by invading Afghanistan in 1979
  2. The CIA begins to funnel weapons to the mujahideenfighting the Soviets via the Pakistani intelligence agency.
  3. The war last 10 years, and with the help of U.S. aid, the Soviets are defeated. The war takes a massive toll on the USSR, and shortly thereafter, the Soviet nation collapses.
  4. With the Soviets defeated, the U.S. turns its attention elsewhere in the world, leaving Afghanistan with large groups of mujahideen fighters looking for a cause, and with lots of weapons and resources.
  5. During the war with the Soviets, and young rich businessman from Saudi Arabia, Osama Bin Laden, comes to fight with the mujahideen. While he was not lauded as a great soldier, he managed to gain a reputation and eventually establishes his terrorist network using the mujahideen cells created during the Soviet War.
  6. The attacks of September 11, 2001 occur
  7. In retaliation the U.S. invades Afghanistan in Octbober, 2001

 

If you are interested in learning a more detailed historical account I would recommend these two books:

  1. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
  2. Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile

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