The War on Terrorism: Afghanistan and the Taliban

Map of Afghanistan

 
       
Current News Government Information
History and Background Resources The Taliban
Post-Taliban Afghanistan Human Rights
Humanitarian and Reconstruction Issues The Military Campaign: Operation Enduring Freedom
 

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Current News

 
 

Afghan News Network: (http://www.afghannews.net/).
  -Current news stories from a variety of media sources, with items archived back to March 2001, and links to other resources.

 

EurasiaNet: Afghanistan Resource Page: (http://www.eurasianet.org/resource/afghanistan/index.shtml).
  -Features news stories, background information, and resource links organized by topic.

 

Institute for War and Peace Reporting: Afghanistan: (http://www.iwpr.net/afghan_index1.html).
  -Offers weekly news reports and other special features.

 

War Report - Iraq War and Afghan Aftermath: (http://www.comw.org/warreport/index.html).
  -Index of news article links from the Project on Defense Alternatives.

 

Yahoo News: Afghanistan: (http://news.yahoo.com/fc?tmpl=fc&cid=34&in=world&cat=afghanistan).
  -Links to news stories, Web sites, and other relevant resources.

 

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Government Information

 
 

Afghanistan - A Country Study: (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/aftoc.html).
-Detailed background on Afghan history, culture, society, ethnic groups, and religion. Produced by the Library of Congress in 1997.

 

CIA World Factbook - Afghanistan: (http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/af.html).
  -Basic political and statistical information.

 

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF): (http://www.afnorth.nato.int/ISAF/index.htm).
-Official Web site of the NATO-led peacekeeping force based in Kabul. Includes news and press releases, background information, and links to relevant documents.

 

Islamic Transitional State of Afghanistan: (http://www.afghanistangov.org/).
  -Official Afghan government Web site features speeches, policy documents, international donor information, and other resources.

 

State Department Background Notes - Afghanistan: (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5380.htm).
  -Historical, political, and economic background information. Updated in August 2004.

 

U.N. News Centre: United Nations & Afghanistan: (http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusRel.asp?infocusID=16&Body=Afghanistan&Body1=).
  -News and information on UN political, relief, and recovery efforts.

 

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs: Rebuilding Afghanistan: (http://usinfo.state.gov/sa/rebuilding_afghanistan.html).
  -Official site offering the full text of US government reports, statements, and press releases.

 

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History and Background Resources

 
 

Academic Info - Afghanistan Studies: (http://www.academicinfo.net/afghan.html).
  -Excellent directory of Web resources on Afghanistan and the Taliban.

 

Air University Library: Afghanistan: (http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bibs/afgha03/afgha03.htm).
  -Annotated bibliography of books, articles, and online resources.

 

United States Institute of Peace Library: Afghanistan Web Links: (http://www.usip.org/library/regions/afghan.html).
  -Annotated directory of links, plus USIP reports.

 

U.S. Policy in Afghanistan - Challenges & Solutions: (http://web.archive.org/web/20011125160021/http://www.afghanistanfoundation.org/Docs/Whitepaper.htm).
-1999 report from the Washington-based Afghanistan Foundation discussing the then current situation and American policy options.

 

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The Taliban

 
 

Afghanistan: The Consolidation of a Rogue State: (http://www.twq.com/winter00/231Byman.pdf).
  -An account of the Taliban's rise to power from the Winter 2000 issue of the Washington Quarterly.

 

Federation of American Scientists - Taleban: (http://www.fas.org/irp/world/para/taleban.htm).
  -An introductory profile, with links to several excellent articles and reports.

 

The Foreign Policy of the Taliban: (http://web.archive.org/web/20020629003204/http://www.cfr.org/public/ForeignPolicy_Taliban_Paper.html).
  -Scholarly analysis from Afghan specialist Dr. William Maley.

 

Global Terrorism: South Asia - The New Locus: (http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS9952).
-Transcript of a hearing held before the House Committee on International Relations on July 12, 2000. Primary focus of the discussion was on Afghanistan and the Taliban. Also available as a PDF document.

 

The Islamic Taliban Movement and the Dangers of Regional Assimilation: (http://www.islam.org.au/articles/18/taliban1.htm).
  -Pro-Taliban analysis from the April/May 1997 issue of the Australian Islamist publication Nida'ul Islam.

 

Taliban and the Drug Trade: (http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/6210.pdf).
  -Congressional Research Service Report last updated on October 5, 2001.

 

The Taliban - Engagement or Confrontation?: (http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS10607).
  -Transcript of a hearing held before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 20, 2000. Also available as a PDF document.

 

The Taliban: Exporting Extremism: (http://www.indianembassy.org/policy/Terrorism/think_tank/taliban_extremism_fa_nov_99.htm).
  -Article by noted Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid from the November/December 1999 issue of Foreign Affairs.

 

The Taliban File : (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB97/index.htm).
-"Electronic Briefing Book" of declassified US government documents covering the rise of the Taliban movement during the 1990's. Part of the National Security Archive's September 11th Sourcebooks series.

 

The Taliban File: Part IV: (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB134/index.htm).
-Update containing 16 declassified US government documents discussing US diplomatic efforts to get the Taliban to expel Osama bin Laden from Afghanistan. Part of the National Security Archive's September 11th Sourcebooks series.

 

Who is Responsible for the Taliban: (http://meria.idc.ac.il/journal/2002/issue1/jv6n1a1.html).
  -Analysis from the March 2002 issue of the Middle East Review of International Affairs.

 

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Post-Taliban Afghanistan


Afghanistan: Challenges and Options for Reconstructing a Stable and Moderate State: (http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/10914.pdf).
-Congressional Research Service Report last updated on May 10, 2002.

Afghanistan: Current Issues and U.S. Policy: (http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/24047.pdf).
-Congressional Research Service Report last updated on August 27, 2003. Previous versions or new updates are available from the State Department's Foreign Press Centers.

Afghanistan: Are We Losing the Peace?: (http://www.cfr.org/publication.php?id=6055).
-June 2003 analysis from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Afghanistan: From Here to Eternity?: (http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usawc/Parameters/04spring/maloney.htm).
-Analysis arguing that the problems in post-Taliban Afghanistan have been overstated. Published in the Spring 2004 issue of the US Army War College journal Parameters.

Afghanistan: Post-War Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy: (http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/33748.pdf).
-Congressional Research Service Report last updated on June 15, 2004.

Afghanistan Reconstruction: Deteriorating Security and Limited Resources Have Impeded Progress; Improvements in U.S. Strategy Needed: (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04403.pdf).
-June 2004 report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). A one page summary is also available.

Crisisweb: Afghanistan & South Asia: (http://www.crisisweb.org/home/index.cfm?id=1266&l=1).
-Reports, articles, and other analyses on Afghan political and economic developments, from the International Crisis Group.

Defending Against Anarchy: From War to Peacekeeping in Afghanistan: (http://www.twq.com/03winter/docs/03winter_marten.pdf).
-Analysis from the Winter 2002/03 issue of the Washington Quarterly.

Establishing the Rule of Law in Afghanistan: (http://www.usip.org/pubs/specialreports/sr117.html).
-March 2004 special report from the US Institute of Peace.

Institute for Afghan Studies: (http://www.institute-for-afghan-studies.org/).
-Reports and analysis on Afghan politics, economics, and history. Includes who's who lists and bibliographies.

The Other War: (http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040412fa_fact).
-Article by journalist Seymour Hersh published in the April 12, 2004 issue of the New Yorker.

The Political Future of Afghanistan: (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_senate_hearings&docid=f:77065.wais).
-Transcript of a hearing held before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on December 6, 2001. Also available as a PDF document.

Rebuilding Afghanistan: The U.S. Role: (http://www.csis.org/isp/pcr/afghanistan.pdf).
-January 2002 assessment from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Rebuilding Afghanistan’s National Army: (http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usawc/Parameters/02autumn/jalali.htm).
-Article from the Autumn 2002 issue of the US Army War College journal Parameters.

The Reconstruction of Afghanistan: An Update: (http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS34002).
-Transcript of a hearing held before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 12, 2003. Also available as a PDF document.

Unfinished Business in Afghanistan: Warlordism, Reconstruction, and Ethnic Harmony: (http://www.usip.org/pubs/specialreports/sr105.html).
-April 2003 special report from the United States Institute of Peace.

Who's Winning the War on Terror?: (http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/display.article?id=2384).
-September 2003 article by Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid on the current status of the Afghan conflict, published in YaleGlobal Online.

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Human Rights


Amnesty International: Afghanistan: (http://web.amnesty.org/library/eng-afg/index).
-Chronological list of news items and reports.

Human Rights Watch: Afghanistan: (http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/afghanistan/index.htm).
-Lengthy index of reports, backgrounders, and press releases.

Report on the Taliban's War Against Women: (http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/c4804.htm).
-US State Department publication released on November 17, 2001.

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA): (http://rawa.false.net/index.html).
-Afghan Women's rights organization. Includes documents, reports, press releases, and news articles.

State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 2003 - Afghanistan: (http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2003/27943.htm).
-Released on February 25, 2004. The 2002 report is available here.

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Humanitarian and Reconstruction Issues


Afghanistan's Path to Reconstruction: Obstacles, Challenges, and Issues for Congress: (http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/10912.pdf).
-Congressional Research Service Report last updated on May 17, 2002.

Development Gateway: Afghanistan Reconstruction: (http://www.developmentgateway.org/node/134111/).
-Offers "the latest news, events, project information, statistics, useful web links and other knowledge resources as well give you an opportunity to engage in current discussions on the hottest issues related to post-war reconstruction and development in Afghanistan."

Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres: News from Afghanistan: (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/afghanistan.shtml).
-Information from US branch of France-based non-governmental relief organization.

ReliefWeb: Afghanistan: (http://www.reliefweb.int/w/rwb.nsf/vLCE/Afghanistan?OpenDocument&StartKey=Afghanistan&Expandview).
-Index of news releases, reports and documents on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, from a variety of relief organizations.

United Nations Development Program: Afghanistan: (http://www.undp.org/afghanistan/).
-Information on international efforts to rebuild Afghanistan's economy.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Return to Afghanistan: (http://www.unhcr.ch/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/afghan).
-News and information on the Afghan refugee situation.

UNICEF: Afghanistan - Country in Crisis: (http://www.unicef.org/noteworthy/afghanistan/).

United States Agency for International Development (USAID): Rebuilding Afghanistan: (http://www.usaid.gov/about/afghanistan/).
-Background on the crisis and on American efforts to help.

U.S. Support for Afghan Women, Children, and Refugees: (http://www.state.gov/g/wi/rls/22436.htm).
-July 16, 2003 report from the US State Department, Office for International Women's Issues.

World Food Program: World Hunger - Afghanistan: (http://www.wfp.org/country_brief/indexcountry.asp?country=004).
-Facts and background information on Afghanistan's food crisis, with links to emergency reports and other documents.

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The Military Campaign: Operation Enduring Freedom


Afghanistan: Lessons From the Last War: (http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB57/).
-"Electronic Briefing Book" of declassified documents on the military lessons of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s. Part of the National Security Archive's September 11th Sourcebooks series.

Afghanistan: The Security Outlook: (http://www.csis.org/isp/pcr/040514_barno.pdf).
-Transcript of a May 14, 2004 presentation by Lt. General David Barno, US Army, to the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

Afghanistan and the Future of Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy: (http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ssi/pdffiles/00106.pdf).
-November 2002 military analysis of Operation Enduring Freedom, arguing that it was neither revolutionary nor unique, from Dr. Stephen Biddle of the US Army War College.

Campaign Against Terror: (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/campaign/).
-Companion Web site to PBS Frontline documentary on the American campaign in Afghanistan. Includes interviews with policymakers and soldiers who were on the ground, as well as numerous articles, chronologies, maps, and other features.

Canadian Forces: Operation Apollo: (http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/operations/apollo/index_e.htm).
-Official site on Canadian military operations in Afghanistan and the surrounding region.

Center for Defense Information: Operation Enduring Freedom: (http://www.cdi.org/program/issue/index.cfm?ProgramID=39&issueid=48).
-Analysis and reports from the Center for Defense Information.

Defend America: (http://www.defendamerica.mil/index.html).
-Official source of Defense Department information on the war against terrorism. Includes articles, press releases, and transcripts of Pentagon briefings.

Disappearing the Dead: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Idea of a "New Warfare": (http://www.comw.org/pda/0402rm9.html).
-February 2004 report from the Project on Defense Alternatives, discussing perceptions of civilian casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns.

GlobalSecurity.org: Operation Enduring Freedom: (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/enduring-freedom.htm).
-Detailed information on forces deployed, weapons, and operations, including maps, imagery, and links.

The Ongoing Lessons of Afghanistan: Warfighting, Intelligence, Force Transformation, and Nation Building: (http://www.csis.org/burke/hd/reports/afghanlessons.pdf).
-Lengthy draft analysis published on May 6, 2004 by the US Army, to the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

Operation Enduring Freedom: A Bibliography: (http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bibs/freedom/endfreed.htm).
-Lists books, articles, and Internet resources. Created in July 2002 by the US Air Force's Air University Library, and updated in October 2003.

Operation Enduring Freedom: Foreign Pledges of Military & Intelligence Support: (http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/6207.pdf).
-Congressional Research Service Report last updated on October 17, 2001.

Operation Enduring Freedom: Why a Higher Rate of Civilian Bombing Casualties: (http://www.comw.org/pda/0201oef.html).
-Briefing report from the Project on Defense Alternatives.

Operation Veritas: (http://www.operations.mod.uk/veritas/index.htm).
-Official British Ministry of Defence site on operations in Afghanistan.

Special Operations Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom: Background and Issues for Congress: (http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/6208.pdf).
-Congressional Research Service Report last updated on October 15, 2001.

Strange Victory: A Critical Appraisal of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Afghanistan War: (http://www.comw.org/pda/0201strangevic.html).
-Research monograph from the Project on Defense Alternatives.

Terrorism War Update: (http://www.csis.org/features/warupdate.htm).
-Index of reports and analyses from the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

United States Central Command: (http://www.centcom.mil/).
-Official Web site for headquarters of US forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Offers briefing transcripts, news updates, images and videoclips.

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