ancient focal point of trade and migration populated with a mosaic of ethnic
groups, exists at the
junction of the crossroads between the East and West in the center of the
"world island" - Asia.
Afghanistan has suffered almost continuous
conflict being repeatedly invaded throughout recorded history.
6th century BC The Median invasion comes from the region south
of the Caspian Sea.
516 BC Darius I creates the Achaemenid
which reaches to the Indus river.
Zoroastrianism appears along with a
Mithraic Median prototype and its Zurvanist Sassanid successor serves as the
state religion of pre-Islamic Iranian empires from around 600 BC to 650
4th century BC The
Scythian empire reached
its greatest extent during the reign of Ateas and includes Bactria (present-day
BC Alexander III of
Macedonia enters the territory of present-day Afghanistan to capture
Bactria and finally conquers a region reaching to the Indus river.
Alexander III of Macedonia brings leprosy
to Europe from India.
to 232 BC The Indian Hindu warrior and general
Ashoka Maurya, grandson of
Chandragupta Maurya, reigns
as the emperor of the Mauryan empire.
The brutality of the conquests
led Ashoka Maurya later in life to adopt
Buddhism under the
guidance of the Brahma Buddhist sages Radhaswami and Manjushris.
2nd century BC The Bactrian Hellenistic Greek king Euthydemus
and his son Demetrius cross the Hindu Kush and began the conquest of Northern
Afghanistan and the Indus valley creating the Indo-Greek empire.
1st century AD The Kushan empire
wrestled control of the
area from the Bactrian's including the Kabul valley, part of Qandahar and
established the twin capitals near present-day Kabul and Peshawar then known as
Kapisa and Pushklavati respectively.
The Kushans adopted elements of
the Hellenistic culture of
Bactria including a writing system that used the Greek alphabet.
the Kushana empire rule, Afghanistan and Gandhara become major centers of
425 White Huns
of the Hephthalite empire, an agricultural
people with a developed set of laws, displace the Kushan and conquer
Sogdiana and Khorasan before 425.
They cross the Syr Darya (Jaxartes)
River and invaded Persia
Held off at first by Bahram Gur, they later succeed in making
Persia a tributary in 485.
After a series of wars they are driven out of Persia, permanently loss
the offensive, and are finally defeated by Khosru I in 557 .
Huns invade India and succeed in extending their empire to include the Ganges
552 The Göktürks or
Kök-Türks - a Türkic people of ancient North and Central Asia,
Eastern Europe and northwestern China - under the leadership of Bumin/Tuman
Khan/Khaghan and his sons, establish the first known Türkic empire around
in the general area of territory that had earlier been occupied by the White
Huns, and expand rapidly to rule wide territories in Central Asia.
Göktürks originate from the Ashina tribe, an Altaic people who lived
in the northern corner of the area presently called the Xinjiang Uyghur
Autonomus Region of China.
Known in medieval Chinese sources as Tujue.
They were the first Türkic tribe to use the name "Türk" as a
552 - 642 The Sassanid empire, Sassanian empire, second
Persian empire, the fourth Iranian dynasty, and other powers rule the rest of
The Sassanid empire's territory encompassed all of today's
Iran, Iraq, Armenia, Afghanistan, eastern parts of Türkey, and parts of
Syria, Pakistan, Caucasia,
Central Asia and Arabia.
643 Arab Muslims invade the entire region and introduce
Tang Chinese has
extended its influence all the way to Kabul.
875-999 The Samanids reign over a rebuilt Persian empire in
Central Asia and eastern Iran, named after its founder Saman Khoda.
is the first native Iranian dynasty in Iran and Central Asia after the Arab
conquest and the collapse of the Sassanid Persian empire.
999 Mahmud of Ghazni and Bughra Khan invade.
Khan occupies Bukhara, the capital of the Persian Samanids empire.
Samanid domains are split up between the Ghaznavids, who gained Khorasan and
Afghanistan, and the Karakhanids, who receive Transoxania; the Oxus River
becomes the boundary between the two rival empires.
At this time the
Karakhanid, Kara-Khanid Khanate, converts to Islam.
962 to 1187 Mahmud of Ghazni,
founder of the Ghaznavid empire, a Sunni Muslim state in Khorasan in
modern day Afghanistan, consolidates the conquests of his predecessors and
turns Ghazna, Ghazni, into a great cultural center as well as a base for
frequent forays into India.
to 1041 Khwarezm is a province of the Ghaznavid empire.
Seljuk Türks gain control of
1092 The Seljuk Türks, a
Muslim dynasty originally of Oghuz Türkic descent, is at its zenith under
The Seljuk empire stretches from Anatolia to Pakistan.
Malik Shah I dies and the Seljuk empire is split as his brother and
four sons quarrel over the apportioning of the empire among themselves.
They become the target of the First Crusade.
1124 The Khitan empire, Kara-Khitan Khanate, is founded by
Yelü Dashi, who led the remnants of the Liao dynasty to Central Asia after
fleeing from the Jurchen conquest of their homeland in
Muhammad 'Ayn ad-Dawlah takes over administration of the
western branch of the Kara-Khanid Khanate, centred at Bukhara.
unity of the Karakhanid empire is fractured by constant internal warfare and
later serves the dual suzerainty of both the Kara-Khitan empire to the north
and the Seljuk empire to the south.
Khwārezms expanded their territories south.
Seljuk Sultan Ahmed
Sanjar is defeated by the Kara-Khitan Khanate and the Great Seljuk empire falls
Anu-sh Tigin's grandson Ala ad-Din Aziz is forced to
submit as a vassal to the
Khitan empire as is the the Kara-Khanid Khanate.
1146 The Ghaznavid empire is defeated by
Muhammad of Ghor, who founds the Ghori empire.
The Ghaznavid Khans
continue to live in Ghazni as the 'Nasher' until the early 20th century.
They regain power in 1709 when the Ghilzai Pashtuns's defeat the
Safavid Persians in Kandahar.
1175 The Ghurid
empire under the leadership of Muhammad of Ghor, stretches over a vast area
including parts of Iran, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, India, Türkistan, Iraq and parts of
other Arab countries.
Muhammad of Ghor occupies Uch, Multan, Peshawar,
Lahore, and Delhi.
1194 Last Sultan of Great
Seljuk empire is defeated by the Khwārezms ruler Ala ad-Din Tekish.
1200 Ala ad-Din Tekish dies and is succeeded by
his son, Ala ad-Din Muhammad, who in 1205 declares himself Shah, Persian for
He becomes known as the Khwārezmshah, the ruler of the
empire of Khwārezm.
1204 Uthman briefly
reestablishes the independence of the Karakhanids empire.
1206 Qutb-ud-din Aybak, a Ghurid general, conquers Delhi and
founds the Delhi Sultanate which lasted from 1206-1526.
1211 Karakhanids are defeated by the Khwārezm-Shah 'Ala'
ad-Din Muhammad and the dynasty is extinguished.
1212 Ala ad-Din Muhammad defeats the Ghurid empire and
conquers the lands of the Kutluk, the Gur-Khan of the Kara-Khitan Khanate,
expanding the empire of Khwārezm, ruling a territory from the Syr Darya
nearly to Baghdad, and from the Indus River to the Caspian Sea.
empire of Khwārezm has now conquered both Khitan and
Continuous warfare between these empires has drained the life
from them making them vulnerable to hostilities.
1219 According to the Persian historian Minhaj-i-Siraj,
Temüjin, Chingiz Khan, sent the ruler of
the Khwārezmian Empire, Muhammad II, a message seeking trade and greeted
him as his neighbor: "I am Khan of the lands of the rising sun while you are
sultan of those of the setting sun: Let us conclude a firm agreement of
friendship and peace."
2020 Conflict between the
Mongols and the Khwarazmian Empire start less than a year later, when a Mongol
caravan and its envoys are massacred in the Khwarazmian city of Otrar.
In the ensuing conflict, lasting less than two years, the Khwarazmian
dynasty is destroyed and the Khwarazmian Empire is conquered.
Temüjin slaughter resisters, salts fertile agricultural areas and
destroys cities including Herat, Ghazni, and Balkh.
Khwārezm falls only
to rise eight centuries later in the USA.
To enhance the heinous
legends of his conquests Temüjin leaves
mountains of the skulls of the defenders of those cities that do not submit
throughout Central Asia.
"The Mongols took no prisoners and allowed no
torture. They executed swiftly and efficiently, including all the soldiers of
the defeated army who, they believed, would be a constant source of future
problems if allowed to live. The first several months of a Mongol invasion were
bloody, but once the takeover ended, the bloodshed ended." - Jack
How Climate Change Drove the Rise of Chingiz Khan
1227 After Temüjin died a
succession of petty chiefs and princes struggle for supremacy until Timur Lang,
Tamerlane or Tamburlaine, incorporates what is today Afghanistan into the
There are two factions within the
men of the pen, Wazirs in
Persian, of Persian descent, chancellors, merchants, artists and
Warriors, men of the sword, a combination of
Türk and Mongol
Babur, a descendant of Tamburlaine, establishes the Mughal Empire by defeating
Ibrahim Lodi, the last of the Delhi Sultans, in the First Battle of Panipat.
The Mughal Empire's capital is based in Kabul.
At its greatest
territorial extent the Mughal Empire includes most of the Indian subcontinent,
then known as Hindustan, and parts of what is now Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Persian word for Mongol is Mughal, generally used to refer to Central
Asian nomads who claimed descent from the Mongol warriors of Temüjin.
The Mughal rulers are
adherents of Islam.
whole the indigenous Pashtun tribes, Afghans living in the Kandahar area pitted
foreigner against foreigner, Persian against Arab against Türk against
Mongol, siding sometimes with the Persians, sometimes with the Türks,
sometimes with the Mughals.
Afghanistan is divided in many parts in the
16th, 17th and early 18th century.
North were the Türkisk Uzbeks,
west was Persian Safavid's rule and east is the Mongol or Mughal rule and local
1501 to 1736
The Persian Safavid are the Azeri speaking Iranian dynasty which establishes
Shi'a Islam as the official
15th century Pashtun Sher Shah Suri,
Sher Khan, the Lion King, conquers much of Central Asia and founds the Sur
empire of northern Indian during the time of Moghul Humayun.
empire grows considerably Akbar the Great and now includes all of Hindustan.
Mughal empire expands until its defeat under Aurangzeb's rule.
16051627 Jahangir, the son of Moghul Akbar and Rajput
princess Mariam-uz-Zamani, rule the Mughal empire.
1627 Shah Jahan, the son of Jahangir and Mariam-uz-Zamani,
succeeds to the throne and inherits the
greatest empire on Earth.
Shah Jahan commissiones the Taj Mahal in Agra as a tomb for his wife Mumtaz
Mahal who dies giving birth to their 14th child.
1709 Pashtuns rise against the Persian Safavids in Kandahar.
The Persians are defeated.
Afghans conquer and hold Isfahan, Iran.
1729 Nadir Shah pushes back the Afghans in the
Battle of Damghan.
1738 Nadir Shah conquers
Kandahar and occupies Ghazni, Kabul and Lahore.
1747 Ahmad Shah Durrani, a Pashtun, is elected King in a loya
jirga after the assassination of Nadir Shah.
With the death of Nadir
Shah the Durrani Pashtuns became the principal rulers of Afghanistan.
Pashtun martial prowess has been renowned since
Alexander III of Macedonia
The Pashtuns are one of the few groups that manage to
impede British imperialism during the 19th century.
The Pashtuns are
the world's largest patriarchal lineage
population of the group is estimated to be at least 45 million, but an accurate
count remains elusive because there has not been
an official census in
Afghanistan since the 1970s, and because of the migratory nature of many
Pashtun tribes and the practice of secluding women in Pakistan.
The area that is drone
targeted by the US is Pashtun.
Ahmad Shah Durrani consolidates
chieftains, petty principalities, and fragmented provinces into one
Ahmad Shah Durrani's rule extended from Mashad in the west to
Kashmir and Delhi in the
east, and from the Amu Darya (Oxus) River in the north to the Arabian Sea in
From 1747 until the 1978 Marxist coup, all of Afghanistan's
rulers, with the exception of a 9-month period in 1929, are from Durrani's
Pashtun tribal confederation, and all are members of that tribe's Mohammadzai
19th century Afghanistan becomes a
battleground in the rivalry between
Imperial Britain and
Tsarist Russia for control of Central
1809 "Imperial planners
saw themselves playing a "Great Game."
They sacrificed an entire British army of twelve thousand men in
the wilderness of Afghanistan." - Peter
1893 Britain establishes an
unofficial border, the Durand Line, separating Afghanistan from British
Three Anglo-Afghan wars (1839-1842, 1878-1880, 1919) end with London granting
Emir Amanullah foundes an Afghan monarchy in 1926.
King Amanullah moves to end Afghanistan's
traditional isolation in
the years following the Third Anglo-Afghan war.
established diplomatic relations with most major countries and introduces
reforms intended to modernize Afghanistan.
Some of these reforms, the
abolition of the hijab for women and the opening of a number of co-educational
schools, alienate tribal and religious leaders.
Faced with overwhelming
armed opposition, King Amanullah abdicates in January 1929 after Kabul falls to
forces led by Bacha-i-Saqao, a Tajik.
Mohammed Nadir Khan, a cousin of Amanullah, kills Bacha-i-Saqao and with
considerable Pashtun tribal support is declared King Nadir Shah.
Nadir Shah began consolidating power and regenerating Afghanistan.
Nadir Shah is assassinated in a
Mohammad Zahir Shah succeeds and reigns from 1933
At this time a handful of families including the Karzais and
the Kalilzidads own nearly all arable land, while most Afghans
Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad
is instrumental in pushing the US covert action and later the US invasion of
Afghanistan in hopes of regaining lost power.
Shah rules with the assistance of his uncle Prime Minister Sardar Mohammad
Hashim Khan, who continues the policies of Nadir Shah.
1953 Sardar Shah Mahmud Khan is replaced as Prime Minister by
Mohammed Daoud Khan, the king's cousin and brother-in-law.
1963 Mohammed Daoud Khan, seeking a
closer relationship with the Soviet Union and a more
hostile one towards Pakistan, creates a dispute with Pakistan which leads to
an economic crisis and Mohammed Daoud
Khan is forced to resign.
Sultan Hussein changed his name to Babrak
Karmal, which means "Comrade of the Workers" in Pashtun, to disassociate
himself from his bourgeois background.
Zahir Shah promulgates a liberal
constitution providing for a bicameral legislature to which the king
appointes one-third of the deputies.
The people elect another third,
and the remainder are selected indirectly by provincial tribal assemblies.
King Zahir Shah's "experiment in democracy" produces few lasting
reforms and it permits the growth of extremist parties on both the left and the
These included the communist People's Democratic Party of
Afghanistan which had close ideological ties to the
Zahir Shah takes a more active role.
The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan is established in January in Nur
Muhammad Taraki's home.
Factionalism within the PDPA quickly becomes a
problem; the party splits into the Khalq led by Taraki alongside Hafizullah
Amin, and the Parcham led by Karmal.
People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan splits into two major rival
factions: the Khalq (Masses) faction headed by Nur Muhammad Taraki and
Hafizullah Amin supported by elements within the military, and the Parcham
(Banner) faction led by Babrak Karmal.
The split reflects ethnic,
class, and ideological divisions within Afghanstan.
Most of the
following heads of state are Ghilzai (Taraki, Amin, Najib, Mullah
1973 Mohammad Sardar Daoud Khan seizes
power in a military coup.
King Zahir Shah flees.
Daoud Khan attempts to carry out reforms.
Iranian intelligence agency (SAVAK) and CIA-supported Islamist agents arrive
from Iran with bulging bankrolls in an attempt to create a clamp-down on the
People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan by purging left-wing officers
from the Afghan army.
April 27, 1978 People's
Democratic Party of Afghanistan initiates a bloody coup, which resulted in
the overthrow and murder of Mohammad Sardar Daoud Khan and most of his family.
Nur Muhammad Taraki, Secretary General of the People's Democratic
Party of Afghanistan, becomes President of the Revolutionary Council and
Prime Minister of the newly established Democratic Republic of
Afghanistan, strongly supported by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan implementes a
socialist agenda which includes:
banning of forced marriages;
recognition of women's rights to vote;
replacing religious and
traditional laws with secular and Marxist ones;
banning tribal courts;
men are obliged to cut their beards and women
couldn't wear a burka.
Taraki embarks upon an ambitious land reform
program to help poor Afghan sharecroppers build schools for women and open
Afghan universities to the poor while introducing
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics sends
contractors to build roads, hospitals, schools and dig water wells.
They also train and equip the Afghan army.
Adolph "Spike" Dubs
Pro-Taraki militants assassinate CIA Kabul Chief of Station "Spike"
Taraki appoints Tabizullah Amin in charge of land reform.
Amin launched a brutal campaign of terror against political
KGB Chief Yuri Andropov claims that Amin is an agent
provocateur working with the CIA to infiltrate the Kabul government, intent on
discrediting its progressive agenda.
groups are formed in an attempt to reverse the dependence on the Union of
Soviet Socialist Republics, some resorting to violent means and sabotage of
Afghanistan's industry and infrastructure.
government respondes with heavy handed military intervention and arrests,
exiles and executes many mujahideen.
play a pivotal role in the Soviet war in Afghanistan as
many join the ranks of the
1979 Operation Cyclone the largest covert operation in
history is launched in Afghanistan shortly after James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr.
signs the first executive order for secret
Usamah bin Mohammad bin
Laden, is recruited to organize and
Under this secret presidential directive
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter,
Jr. gives the CIA the authority to
arm the mujahideen through bin Laden.
This secret aid lays
the foundations of al-Qa`ida.
"With the active encouragement of the
CIA and Pakistan Inter-Service
Intelligence, who wanted to turn the Afghan Jihad into
a global war waged by all
Muslim states against the Soviet Union, some 35,000 Muslim radicals from 40
Islamic countries joined Afghanistan's fight between 1982 and
Tens of thousands more
came to study in Pakistani madrasahs.
Eventually, more than 100,000
foreign Muslim radicals were directly influenced by the Afghan jihad." - Ahmed
This kicks start what will later be named
the government of the US who supported Pakistani dictator General Zia-ul Haq in
creating thousands of madrasahs, from which the germs of the Taliban emerged."
- Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
Pakistani-operated institution with connections to the Pakistani Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI) agency, is used by US intelligence agents to funnel money to
Usamah bin Laden and
the mujahideen in
England is the financial regulator for BCCI.
BCCI collapses leaving its
legitimate creditors some $11 billion in losses.
"According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the
began on 24 December 1979.
On July 3, 1979, President Carter signed the
first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in
And that very day, I wrote a note to the President in which I
explained to him that in my opinion, this aid was going to induce a Soviet
military intervention." -
The secret operation was an
It drew the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want
me to regret it?
On the day that the Soviets
officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, saying, in essence:
' We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its
Vietnam War.'" -
Brzezinski, co-founded the Trilateral
Commission with David
Rockefeller, conceptualizes modern geopolitics as a New Great Game of
competition in Central Eurasia between the
US, the UK and other
NATO countries against Russia, the
People's Republic of China and other
Shanghai Coöperation Organization countries for "influence, power,
hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Transcaucasus".
Saudi Arabia's richest construction family, builds military bases.
During the 1980s and early 1990s,
an estimated $500 million is split between
Usamah bin Laden training
bases and the Hezb-e Islami faction of the mujahideen led by
Gulbeddin Hekmatyar who receives
American weapons including
Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.
American officials estimated that from
1985 to 1992, some 12,500 people are trained in bomb making,
sabotage, and urban
Afghan army is overwhelmed by the number of
December 25 The Soviet Union sends troops which
enter Kabul five months after the CIA hires
Usamah bin Mohammad bin
Laden and al-Qa`ida, to crush the insurrection and install another
Sultan Hussein to Babrak Karmal, which means
"Comrade of the Workers'" in Pashtun, to disassociate himself from his
"Relations between the CIA (US - CIA) and the
Inter-Services Intelligence (Pakistan - ISI) had grown increasingly warm
following Zia's ouster of Bhutto and the advent of the military regime.
During the Afghan war Pakistan is aggressively anti-Soviet.
Soon after the Soviet military invaded Afghanistan in 1980, Zia sent
his ISI chief to destabilize the Soviet Central Asian states." - Diego
Cordovez and Selig Harrison
Prior to the Soviet-Afghan war, opium production in Afghanistan
and Pakistan is directed to small regional markets.
There is no local
production of Heroin.
Researcher Alfred McCoy' study confirms that within two years of the
beginning of the CIA operation in Afghanistan, "the Pakistan-Afghanistan
borderlands became the world's top
supplying 60 per cent of US demand."
Gulbeddin Hekmatyar, a preferred
client of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, builds a sophisticated
Heroin supply network in
Afghanistan's Kunar and Nuristan provinces.
Heroin from the
Golden Crescent, negligible before 1979, amounts to 60% of the American market
Golden Crescent is suppling
70% of the high-grade Heroin.
tons of Afghan-Pakistani morphine base from a single Pakistani source supply
the Sicilian mafia "Pizza Connection" in New York - 80% of the Heroin
reaching the US between 1978 and 1984.
Witness' confirmed that opium
was shipped out of the area on the same Pakistan Army trucks which shipped in
"covert" US military aid.
At the same time the the CIA and ISI together
encouraged the mujahedin to get Soviet troops addicted to Heroin,
cocaine from Latin
America in Operation Mosquito.
"Half of Taliban manpower and
equipment originate in Pakistan under the ISI." - Jane's Defence Weekly
The CIA, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia
assisted in the financing the résistance.
House of Saud made
a deal with Abdul Aziz
to share the oil revenues which will be spent to support of Wahhabi
For over nine years the Soviet Army occupies Afghanistan
while conducting military operations against the Afghan mujahideen
"At first, everyone thought, there's no way to beat the Soviets.
So what we have to do is throw the worst crazies at them that we can
find, and there was a lot of collateral damage.
We knew exactly who
these people were, and what their organizations were like, and we didn't care.
Then, we allowed them to get rid of, just kill all the moderate
The reason we don't have moderate leaders in Afghanistan today
is because we let the nuts kill them all.
They killed the leftists, the
moderates, the middle-of-the-roaders.
They were just eliminated, during
the 1980s and afterward." - Cheryl Benard
Cheryl Benard's 'white saviour' attitude
Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad, an
ethnic Pashtun, was mentored by Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski, the
Carter Administration's architect of the policy supporting the mujahideen
résistance to the invasion of Afghanistan by the
Soviet Union .
Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad was given Council on Foreign Relations fellowship
were he was mentored by Paul
Dundes Wolfowitz Director of Policy Planning at the
Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad served
Ronald Reagan as a
Department official advising on the Soviet war in Afghanistan and the
During this time he
was the State
Department Special Advisor on Afghanistan to Undersecretary of State
Michael H. Armacost.
In this role he developed and guided the
international program to promote the merits of a
Mujahideen-led Afghanistan to oust the Soviet occupation.
Khalilzad served under President George H. W. Bush in the Defense Department as
Deputy Undersecretary for Policy Planning.
Between 1993 and 2000,
Khalilzad was the Director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Force Structure at
During this time, he helped found RAND's Center for
Middle Eastern Studies as well as "Strategic Appraisal," a periodic RAND
Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad consulted for Cambridge Energy
Research Associates, which at the time was conducting a risk analysis for
Unocal, later a part of
Chevron, for a proposed 1,400 km (890 mile), $2-billion, 622 m³/s (22,000
ft³/s) Trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline project extending from
Türkmenistan to Afghanistan and further proceeding to Pakistan.
Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad acted as a special liaison between UNOCAL and
the Taliban regime.
As one of the original members of Project for the New American Century,
Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad was a signatory of the letter to
William Jefferson Clinton sent on
January 26, 1998, which called for him to accept the aim of "removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power"
using "a full complement of diplomatic, political and military
Pipelines to 9/11
in Afghanistan and Oil Pipeline Politics
Soviet Union withdraw troops but continues
to aid Mohammed Najibullah.
|"In the oil
and gas business, distribution is key. Whoever controls the pipe servicing a
field controls the product. By securing an energy supply corridor from the
fields of the Caspian Sea region to Europe, the West would provide for a
significant supply of oil and gas to Central and Western Europe by pipeline.
The only trick would be to "maintain stability" along the pipeline from the
Caspian through the Caucasus and the Balkans to Western Europe; the chosen
solution was to create individual UN-NATO protectorates from the six republics
and two autonomous regions that made up Yugoslavia before 1989. Moscow had
always controlled the pipes that carried the former Soviet Union's oil and gas
to Western markets. Much better, the Americans reasoned, that the Central Asian
republics should owe their future wealth, transit payments, and security to an
imperial Washington." - Anne Williamson
government is overthrown when Abdul Rashid Dostum mutinies, and allies himself
with Ahmed Shah Massoud, to take control of Kabul and declare the Islamic State
mid 1990s Caspian
oil reserves are of top strategic
importance in the quest to control the earth's remaining oil supply.
The US develops a policy called "The Strategy of the Silk Route."
The strategy is designed to lock out Russia, China, and
corporations are to construct an oil pipeline through Afghanistan.
James Baker former Treasury Secretary,
Secretary of State and Chief of Staff during
BCCI reign, is a leading player in developing the "Strategy of the Silk
Consortium of US oil companies led by Unocal, later
Chevron, pursue this goal.
The plan is to build a Trans-Afghanistan
Pipeline from Türkmenistan's natural gas fields to Pakistan.
Unocal partnered with Saudi Delta Oil, which was owned by al-Qa`ida
funders Khalid bin Mahfouz and Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi form Central Asia Gas
Pipeline, Ltd. (CentGas).
A feasibility study for the Central Asian
pipeline project is performed by
study concludes that as long as the country is split among fighting warlords
the pipeline could not be built.
Stability is necessary for the $4.5
The US believes the Taliban will impose the necessary
US intelligence and ISI continue the close relationship
established through BCCI while funneling arms and funding to the Taliban to
William Barr, the Bush clique, and their friends at Dope,
US taxpayers pay the
annual salary of every
show up in someone's office, offer our thanks, and we would leave behind a
briefcase full of $100 bills, sometimes totaling more than a million in a
single transaction." - CIA
Director George Tenet
2000 In reaction
to the lack of Pashtun representation in the Kabul government, the
Taliban, a movement of religious
scholars and former mujahideen, emerge from the southern province of
"The Taliban conducted simultaneous negotiations with two
potential oil companies: Argentinean Bridas and Unocal/CentGas.
George Walker Bush was selected president, Unocal and BP-Amoco, which had in
the meantime bought Bridas, the Argentinean rival resumed consortium
negotiations with the Taliban.
Unocal lobbyist Under Secretary of State
Laila Helms, niece of
Richard Helms, former
director of the CIA and former US ambassador to Iran, is the Taliban PR officer
in the US.
In March 2001, Richard Helms brings Rahmatullah
Hashami, adviser to Mulla
Muḥammad 'Umar, to Washington.
Throughout the 1990's Hamid
Karzai, a top adviser and lobbyist for Unocal, is involved in negotiations with
the Taliban regime for the construction of a Central Asian gas pipeline from
Türkmenistan through western Afghanistan to Pakistan.
At the same
time, Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad, who was also working for Unocal, lobbied the
to 'engage' with the Taliban." - Loretta Napoleoni
Taliban's Ban On Poppy A Success, U.S. Aides
2001 American oil interests take control of
the White House by
selecting George Walker Bush.
Lay, a Bush family friend and Bush's biggest
campaign contributor, is eager.
Donald Henry Rumsfeld, the Secretary of
Defense, is a large
stockholder in Enron.
Thomas White, former
vice-chairman of Enron, is appointed
Secretary of the Army.
Condoleezza Rice, a former Chevron
board member, becomes National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State.
A major benefactor of the CentGas deal is going to be
Richard Bruce Cheney is Halliburton's CEO.
Richard Armitage, a
lobbyist for Unocal, is Under Secretary of State.
Hamid Karzai, later
Afghanistan's Prime Minister, is a Unocal adviser.
James Baker and the Council on
Foreign Relations demand immediate action and publicly release a Task Force
Report labeled, "Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st
Century," by the James A. Baker III Institute.
urgency of the pipeline project and openly call for the Bush Administration to
"quickly facilitate higher exports of oil from the Caspian Basin region
They reiterate the basic premise of the "Strategy of the Silk
Route," stating, "the exports from oil discoveries in the
Caspian Basin could be hastened if a
secure, economical export route could be identified swiftly."
"export route" would run through Afghanistan into Pakistan.
Chairman of the 911 Commission investigation was Thomas Kean, director of Hess
Corp., which was in a joint venture called Delta Oil, with Khalid Bin Mahfouz
and Mohammed Hussein al Amoudi.
It is also important to mention that
James Baker, who had a lead
role in developing the "Strategy of the Silk Route" and BCCI operations,
was hired by these same BCCI/Saudi/ al-Qa`ida oil interests to defend them
against lawsuits brought by families of 911 victims." - David
Afghan Northern Alliance, led by Ahmed Shah Massoud, receives
diplomatic recognition in the United Nations as the government of
Ahmed Shah Massoud leads the United Islamic Front for the
Salvation of Afghanistan.
Ahmed Shah Massoud, an ethnic Tajik, is
assassinated in late September.
October 7, 2001
- Invasion of
Under the auspices of a response to the September
11, 2001 attacks, US and its coalition allies launch an invasion of Afghanistan
to oust the Taliban
Sponsored by the United Nations, Afghan factions met in
Bonn, Germany and choose a 30 member interim authority led by
Hamid Karzai, a Pashtun from
"The CIA has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to
Pakistan's intelligence service since the Sept. 11 attacks, accounting
for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency's annual budget.
Inter-Services Intelligence agency also has collected tens of millions of
dollars through a classified CIA program that pays for the capture or killing
of wanted militants.
The ISI has used the covert CIA money for a
variety of purposes, including the construction of a new headquarters in
Islamabad, the capital.
The CIA has routinely brought ISI operatives to
a secret training facility in North Carolina.
The CIA also directs
millions of dollars to other foreign spy services. But the magnitude of the
payments to the ISI reflect Pakistan's central role.
The CIA depends on
Pakistan's coöperation to carry out missile strikes by
Predator drones that have
killed dozens of suspected
extremists in Pakistani border areas.
CIA payments to the ISI can
be traced to the 1980s, when the Pakistani agency managed the flow of money and
weapons to the Afghan mujahedin.
In addition to bankrolling the ISI's
budget, the CIA created a clandestine reward program that paid bounties for
The first check, for $10 million, was for the
capture of Abu Zubaydah, a top Al Qaeda figure.
ISI got $25 million
more for the capture of Khalid
Shaikh Mohammed. " - Greg Miller November 15, 2009
Massacre: the Convoy of Death
Karzai is selected as president of Afghanistan.
2007 DoD contracts for up to $300 million with AEY
Incorporated to became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan's army and
AEY Incorporated provides
ammunition that is more
than 40 years old in decomposing packaging manufactured in China.
US government contributes $2 million to destroy excess small-caliber weapons
and 2,000 tons of ammunition in
Albania, according to the State Department through 2007
which included 104 million 7.62 millimeter cartridges.
AEY bought more
than 100 million cartridges manufactured in China from Albania for the Pentagon
AEY also provided ammunition or equipment in 2004 to the
Department of Energy, the EPA, the Transportation Security Administration and
the State Department.
AEY is operated by Efraim E. Diveroli, president,
and David M. Packouz, vice president, (son of rabbi Kalman Packouz) both in
their early 20's.
Yoav Botach, an Israeli citizen and "entrepreneur"
who "co-owns" 144 commercial and other properties in Los Angeles through Botach
Tactical, incorporated AEY and is the father of rabbi Shmuley Boteach and
grandfather of Efraim E. Diveroli.
AEY won the contract primarily
because the US government
declared Hasidic Jews to be a disadvantaged minority for purposes of
minority business encouragement in 1984.
"The chief effect of military operations in Afghanistan so far has been to push
radical Islamists across the Pakistani border. As a result, efforts to
stabilize Afghanistan are contributing to the destabilization of Pakistan, with
potentially devastating implications." - Andrew Bacevich
a warrior culture.
If you walk around looking scared, they are not going to respect you." - Army
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal 2009 "Hell's Angels" of the Taliban engineer a revolt in the
Swat valley of Pakistan by exploiting profound fissures between a small group
of wealthy landlords and their landless tenant
Taliban close a major supply route ferrying some 80%
of NATO supplies into Afghanistan by blowing up a 30-yard-long iron highway
bridge in the Khyber Pass.
Barack Obama orders
17,000 American troops to Afghanistan "to stabilize a deteriorating
4000 newly arrived Marines and 650 Afghan troops pour into
Taliban controlled villages of southern Afghanistan with armor and helicopters
in the first major operation under a new Pentagon strategy to clear
insurgents from the hotly contested region
before the presidential election.
Southern Afghanistan, a Taliban
stronghold, is a region where Afghan president Hamid Karzai is seeking votes
from fellow Pashtun tribesmen.
Hamid Karzai is reelected August 20 in a
August 27 a
suicide bomber hits a Pakistani border security
checkpoint killing at least 18 border guards at the Torkham checkpoint, the
main border crossing from the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan.
the Chaman border crossing has been closed for two days due to a dispute
between Afghan and Pakistani customs officers.
1,000 trucks are backed
up along the road waiting to cross the border.
An explosion sets
several NATO vehicles on fire: three oil tankers, two container trucks and two
NATO troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan get about
75% of their supplies from Pakistan through the Chaman and Torkham border
140 Afghan peasants are killed in rural Farah province by
American airstrikes according to the Red
Relatives receive $2,000 for family members killed and
$1,000 for injuries.
"As of March 2009, there were 68,197
DoD contractors in
Afghanistan, compared to 52,300 uniformed personnel.
made up 57% of DoD's workforce in
This apparently represented the highest recorded
percentage of contractors used by DoD in any conflict in the history of the US.
Poor contract management has also played a role in abuses and crimes
committed by certain contractors against local nationals, which likely has
undermined US counterinsurgency efforts in
Iraq and Afghanistan." - Congressional Research Service,
American troops set up bases along a
dirt track that a Chinese firm is paving as part of a $3 billion project to
gain access to the Aynak copper reserves.
American troops provide
security to enable China to exploit one of the world's largest unexploited
deposits of copper, earn tens of billions of dollars and feed its voracious
appetite for raw materials.
American forces expand their presence in
neighboring Logar province, where the Aynak deposit is.
Chinese company and Taliban battle over Afghanistan's
China gets an all-clear from the Taliban to mine for copper in
"The Afghan war is the center of a Western military
operation that is broadening into wider and wider circles throughout Eurasia
and in varying degrees taking in dozens of nations from the Chinese border to
the Indian Ocean to the Black Sea to the Adriatic Sea.
absorbed into this military transit, overflight,
troop recruitment, training
network include all those in Central Asia (Kazakhstan,
Uzbekistan) and the South
Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia), the Black Sea region (Georgia, Türkey, Bulgaria,
Ukraine) and the Southern
Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia,
Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) in addition to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
With the exception of the Central Asian states (so far), all of those
nations mentioned above have sent troops to the war theater or soon will, Serbia alone
possibly excepted." - Rick Rozoff 09/09
"Contrary to the official portrayal of the Afghan
National Army (ANA) as ethnically balanced, the
latest data from US sources reveal that the Tajik minority now accounts for far
more of its troops than the Pashtuns, the country's largest ethnic group.
Tajik domination of the ANA feeds Pashtun
resentment over the
control of the country's security institutions by their ethnic rivals, while
Tajiks increasingly regard the Pashtun population as aligned with the Taliban."
- Gareth Porter
The Campaign for a US-Afghanistan
Partnership is a nonprofit pro-war front group established by Washington's
most monied lobbying firm Patton Boggs LLP.
One of Patton
Boggs LLP clients is NCL Holdings, a US firm headed by Hamed Wardak,
the Afghan-American son of Afghanistan's defense minister, General Abdul Rahim
NCL Holdings runs supply lines in Afghanistan for the
DoD paying protection money to the Taliban to leave supply lines alone.
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