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U.S. planned attack on Taleban before
A former Pakistani diplomat has told the
BBC that the US was planning military action against Osama Bin Laden and
the Taleban even before 11/09 attacks.
Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior
American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan
would go ahead by the middle of October.
Mr Naik said US officials told him of the plan at a UN-sponsored
international contact group on Afghanistan which took place in Berlin.
Mr Naik told the BBC that at the meeting the US representatives told him
that unless Bin Laden was handed over swiftly America would take military
action to kill or capture both Bin Laden and the Taleban leader, Mullah
The wider objective, according to Mr Naik, would be to topple the Taleban
regime and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its
place - possibly under the leadership of the former Afghan King Zahir
Mr Naik was told that Washington would launch its operation from bases in
Tajikistan, where American advisers were already in place.
He was told that Uzbekistan would also participate in the operation and
that 17,000 Russian troops were on standby.
Mr Naik was told that if the military action went ahead it would take
place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of
October at the latest.
He said that he was in no doubt that after the World Trade Center bombings
this pre-existing US plan had been built upon and would be implemented
within two or three weeks.
And he said it was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if
Bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taleban.
Source : BBC -
Tuesday, 18 September, 2001
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