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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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  • After reports of heavy civilian casualties from the overnight bombing north-west of Jalalabad, the Pentagon decided to spend millions to buy the rights to satellite pictures of the area, preventing western media from seeing the devastation.
    October 19, 2001 | Story
  • The British newspaper the Guardian reported yesterday that the Pentagon is spending millions of dollars to prevent the US and other western media from seeing highly accurate civilian satellite pictures of the effects of bombing in Afghanistan. The Pentagon has essentially bought the rights to commercial satellite imagery of the country, even though it has its own satellites doing the same work.
    October 18, 2001 | Story
  • Taliban troop concentrations in northern Afghanistan became a target of American air strikes for the first time yesterday in what seemed to be a shift in strategy towards the Northern Alliance, paving the way for the opposition fighters to launch a fierce assault on the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Last night Alliance forces seemed to be closing inon the town, with thousands of troops amassing just a couple miles south of the city. The city is the...
    October 18, 2001 | Story
  • For the rest of the hour, we’ll have a discussion on who actually fights and dies in the military.
    October 18, 2001 | Story
  • The US bombed Afghanistan for the tenth day today, destroying a Red Cross building and further inflaming anti-US sentiment in much of the Muslim world. US officials like Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld have said in recent days that the so-called war on terrorism may last months or even years, leading to increased anxiety and even resistance among men and women in the armed forces.
    October 17, 2001 | Story
  • This weekend tens of thousands of people around the world — from India to Indonesia demonstrated against the continued US and British attacks on Afghanistan. Saturday, October 13 was also International Stop Star Wars day, a day called by the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space to protest the militarization of space.
    October 15, 2001 | Story
  • Pre-dawn attacks on Kabul this morning ushered in a sixth day of raids against Afghanistan. US war planes attacked targets around Kabul and the Taliban’s main stronghold of Kandahar. US officials said that B-52 and B-1 bombers had targeted Taliban troops with cluster bombs.
    October 12, 2001 | Story
  • Pre-dawn attacks on Kabul this morning ushered in a sixth day of raids against Afghanistan. US war planes attacked targets around Kabul and the Taliban’s main stronghold of Kandahar. US officials said that B-52 and B-1 bombers had targeted Taliban troops with cluster bombs. The bombing is causing a flow of refugees to continue streaming toward the Pakistani border.
    October 12, 2001 | Story
  • The five major television news organizations reached a joint agreement yesterday to follow the suggestion of theWhite House and abridge any future videotaped statements from Osama bin Laden or his followers to remove language thegovernment considers inflammatory. The decision is the first time in memory that the networks had agreed to a jointarrangement to limit their prospective news coverage. It was described by one network executive as a...
    October 11, 2001 | Story
  • The five major television news organizations reached a joint agreement yesterday to follow the suggestion of theWhite House and abridge any future videotaped statements from Osama bin Laden or his followers to remove language thegovernment considers inflammatory. The decision is the first time in memory that the networks had agreed to a jointarrangement to limit their prospective news coverage. It was described by one network executive as a...
    October 11, 2001 | Story