15th March 2001 - allies invade Afghanistan. The British-based Jane’s International Security reported March 15, 2001 that the new American administration was working with India, Iran and Russia “in a concerted front against Afghanistan’s Taliban regime.” India was supplying the Northern Alliance with military equipment, advisers and helicopter technicians, the magazine said, and both India and Russia were using bases in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for their operations.
(Janes International Security News, "India joins anti-Taliban coalition", 15 March 2001.)
11th September 2001 - the war comes home to America. Immediately after the attacks on September 11, 2001, U.S. officials accused Osama bin Laden. Since the man would reside in Afghanistan, it provided a pretext for George W. Bush to attack and invade Afghanistan.
16th September 2001 - Bush prepares America to wage war overseas. “I want to remind the American people that the prime suspect's [Osama Bin Laden] organisation is in a lot of countries,” Bush told reporters on the White House lawn. ( BBC News, "America widens 'crusade' on terror", 16 September 2001.)
18th September 2001 - diplomat reveals 9/11 “response” began before 9/11. A former Pakistani diplomat has told the BBC that the US was planning military action against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban even before last week's attacks. ( BBC News, "US 'planned attack on Taleban'", 18 September 2001.)