Afghanistan Topics

Democracy Now! has regularly covered the Afghanistan War since it was launched Oct. 7, 2001. Over the years, we have interviewed dozens of independent journalists, civilians living in the conflict zones, scholars, veterans, and antiwar activists.

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  • Officials in Kabul say that Afghan fighters, backed by U.S. forces, have taken up positions around a village where Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is believed to have taken refuge. There are reports that U.S. forces are making house-to-house searches for him.
    January 04, 2002 | Story
  • A state prosecutor is accusing an actor in the movie "Kandahar" of assassinating an Iranian dissident on US soil in1980 and then fleeing to Iran.
    January 04, 2002 | Story
  • The movie Kandahar who’s star is accused of assassinating an Iranian dissident on U.S. soil in 1980 is afictional story about an Afghan-Canadian who travels to Afghanistan in search of her suicidal sister.
    January 04, 2002 | Story
  • Afghanistan’s rulers said today they were negotiating the surrender of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar as American paratroopers flew into the country to search for remnants of Osama bin Laden’s networks. And as the Bush administration increases US troop presence in Afghanistan, it maintains that less than 10 American soldiers have died inside the country. But a recent report from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting...
    January 03, 2002 | Story
  • For more than 50 years, India and Pakistan have been at bitter odds over several disputed territories along their common border. By far the most intractable of these conflicts, however, has been the dispute over Kashmir. The countries have fought two wars over the region, first in 1947-8 and then again in 1965, and ongoing skirmishes along the cease-fire line have left thousands dead each year.
    December 26, 2001 | Story
  • Just as the Afghanistan’s new provisional government was preparing to take power last week, offering a possible end to decades of violence, President Bush announced that, 2002 would still be a "War Year" for the United States. Echoing a statement he made at the beginning of his campaign against Al Qaeda, the President warned that the "war on terrorism" had only just begun and was likely to spread to other corners of...
    December 26, 2001 | Story
  • In the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan yesterday the surviving remnants of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qa’eda fled across frozen mountain tops in a bloody rout by U.S. backed forces that left hundreds of Al Qa’eda dead.
    December 17, 2001 | Story
  • U.S. planes are continuing to bomb the mountain hideouts of trapped Al-Qaeda fighters after the expiration of a surrender-or-die ultimatum from the U.S.-backed Afghan forces besieging them. Al Queda forces had previously offered to surrender in the presence of UN troops and diplomats from their own countries. Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters inthe southern part of Afghanistan needed only to look north for a glimpse of their possible fate. In one...
    December 14, 2001 | Story
  • The Pentagon released a translated videotape of Osama bin Laden yesterday. US intelligence officers claim they found the tape in a residence in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.
    December 14, 2001 | Story
  • In the last three months, as the US-led war in Afghanistan has escalated, the situation of Muslim women has taken theworld’s center stage. With many Afghan men killed in fighting, women now make up 54 percent of Afghanistan’spopulation. Many Afghan women have led lives constrained by both ancient customs and poverty: the female literacyrate is less than 5 percent. But before the country was devoured by violence, Afghan women were...
    December 13, 2001 | Story