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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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  • Bush will address the nation tonight about the US military response to last week’s terrorist attacks. Analysts say the US response is likely to be a series of air strikes and relatively small-scale raids by special forces. The military deployments ordered today involved about two dozen bombers, tankers and support aircraft. In addition today,the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and its accompanying battle group left Virginia and...
    September 20, 2001 | Story
  • Today, the leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement appealed to the United States for patience in its call for Osama bin Laden to be handed over as a prime suspect in attacks on New York and Washington last week, and asked to see proof in the case. The United States has warned Afghanistan to surrender the Saudi exile, whom Washington believes is behind the attacks that left nearly 6,000 people dead and missing.
    September 19, 2001 | Story
  • Officials from Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban movement have started to flee the capital, Kabul, amid growing expectations of U.S. attacks. Fear of reprisal has triggered a rush to get families out of the cities. Thousands of people have flooded over the eastern border to the already overflowing refugee camps of Pakistan. These who couldn’t leave were bracing for war, stocking up on food, as prices soared and the Afghan currency slid....
    September 17, 2001 | Story
  • A team of senior Pakistan officials is to fly to Kandahar today to press the ruling Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden and help prevent a potential catastrophe in the region. The Taliban, however, continue to insist neither they nor bin Laden had the capacity to organize an international plot that saw trained pilots hijack large passenger jets and Boston in Washington. [includes rush transcript]
    September 17, 2001 | Story
  • Along with Arab Americans, Indian and Pakistani Americans, Afghan Americans have become the targets of threats and harassment in the wake of Tuesday’s terror attacks against the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Many fear devastating military attacks against Afghanistan, already one of the world’s poorest countries. International aid workers and U.N. staff have evacuated from the country.
    September 14, 2001 | Story
  • Bush administration officials yesterday officially named millionaire extremist Osama bin Laden as the person they say is behind the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. High-level officials say the U.S. is prepared to engage in wide-ranging military operations that could involve an invasion of Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden is widely suspected of hiding. [includes rush transcript]
    September 14, 2001 | Story
  • In the midst of the rising tide of congressional and Bush administration calls for a harsh military response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, there is a remarkable, hawkish unity in the views being expressed in the mainstream media. [includes rush transcript]
    September 13, 2001 | Story
  • In the immediate wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, U.S. officials immediately speculated that Osama bin Laden was likely to be found responsible. A CNN anchor said, "Whenever something like this happens, you have to look to the Middle East." Amidst this climate of official and media speculation, Muslim and Arab-American organizations have immediately reported harassing and threatening emails and phone calls...
    September 12, 2001 | Story
  • Reaction on Capitol Hill and from Bush administration officials was swift and angry, as government officials fairly fell over themselves to vow military retaliation against those responsible for Tuesday’s attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. [includes rush transcript]
    September 12, 2001 | Story
  • This is a special one-hour live report on the WTC and Pentagon attacks.

    [includes rush transcript]

    September 11, 2001 | Story