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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  • 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.
    Oct 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.
    Oct 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.
    Oct 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.
    Oct 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...
    Oct 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...
    Oct 11, 2001 | Story
  • While much of the US media lauds the Taliban opposition group the Northern Alliance as heroic, human rights andwomen’s groups point out that their record is anything but clean. After the crisis of September 11 Northern Allianceleader Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was killed two days before the attacks, has been presented as friend to the US. A_New York Times_ piece marveled at the very limited permission given to women in Northern...
    Oct 10, 2001 | Story
  • Huge cranes continued to dip into a mountain of smoldering rubble at the trade center disaster site, lifting several-ton sections of what were once support beams. The movement of debris released 100-foot-wide plumes of smoke from fires within the ruins. At least one body was seen being pulled from the ruins, draped in an American flag.
    Oct 09, 2001 | Story
  • As US and British forces bombed the UN de-mining office today, US Ambassador to the UN John Negroponte delivered aletter to the UN Security Council stating that the US was attacking Afghanistan in self-defense. The letter statedfurther that the US reserved the right to attack other countries as well as it prosecuted its so-called "war onterrorism."
    Oct 09, 2001 | Story
  • Afghan rescue workers dug through the rubble of the U.N.-funded de-mining office in Kabul this morning after a U.S.missile scored a direct hit, killing four people. The men killed worked for the Afghan Technical Consultants, which had an office in a village two miles east of Kabul. The building was totally destroyed, prompting the UN to issue an appeal to the international community in general the US and Britain in particular not to attack...
    Oct 09, 2001 | Story