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October 7, 2001: a coalition declares war on the Taliban in Afghanistan


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Goodmorning ladies and gentlemen. The United States and its allies have followed through on their threat. The armed response against Afghanistan has begun and it is aimed first at terrorist bases and the strike force of the Taliban regime.

A quote from Michaëlle Jean, October 7, 2001

On October 7, 2001, host Michaëlle Jean confirms the opening of a special program on RDI, The Allies strike back, that the United States and its allies have launched a massive military campaign in Afghanistan.

The operation Unchanging freedom aims to oust from power the Taliban regime which refused to deliver to American justice Osama bin Laden, head of the terrorist network Al-Qaeda.

Special program The Allies Strike Back, October 7, 2001 (excerpt)

In this excerpt from the show, Washington correspondent Patrice Roy analyzes the decision that led to the attack.

President Bush, in an address to the American people and to the world, insists that the operation against Afghanistan is not about revenge.

It is a concerted decision with some forty countries, including the United Kingdom, which plays an important role in the operation. Muslim countries are also part of this coalition.

Unchanging freedom has a dual purpose: to destroy terrorist training camps and demolish Taliban military sites and media.

Kandahar and Kabul airports are particularly targeted.

The American president specifies that the military operation also has a function of clearing the Afghan territory.

At a later stage, American soldiers will travel to Afghanistan to flush out Osama bin Laden and his accomplices in the Al-Qaeda network.

Patrice Roy emphasizes that President Bush is asking Americans to be vigilant.

The American leader does not rule out the possibility of new terrorist attacks on American soil now that the Allied military operation has begun, the correspondent reported in Washington.

Host Michaëlle Jean also speaks with TurnedNews.com’s special envoy, Céline Galipeau.

It is located in Quetta, a Pakistani town on the border with Afghanistan, very close to Kandahar.

Céline Galipeau describes to RDI viewers a very tense situation.

In the Quetta area, people are of Pashtun origin, the same as the vast majority of the Taliban, and sympathize with them.

Across Pakistan, a significant portion of the population supports Islamic fundamentalism and angrily condemns the invasion of a sister country.

The President of Pakistan, General Musharraf, adds Céline Galipeau, could impose a state of emergency throughout the country to prevent violent protests.

Canada, member of the coalition

At first, it was not known what Canada’s contribution to the military campaign in Afghanistan would be.

Téléjournal, October 8, 2001

But on October 8, 2001, the host of News Stéphan Bureau indicates the extent of this.

Planes, six ships and 2,000 Canadian troops will participate in Immutable freedom.

A report by journalist Martine Biron gives the details.

General Raymond Hénault, Chief of Staff of the Canadian Forces, confirms at a press conference that Canada will be among the five most important contributors to the coalition in Afghanistan.

A third of the Royal Canadian Navy is called upon and is given a mandate of surveillance and protection.

Part of the Air Force, for its part, will be used to transport humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

In addition, JTF-2, the Joint Counterterrorism Task Force, has been requisitioned against hostage-taking.

Minister of National Defense Arthur Eggleton also confirms that Canada must be vigilant.

Attacks could be carried out even if there is no indication that Canada is in the crosshairs of Islamic terrorists.

The start of a long campaign

Quickly, the Taliban are routed.

On November 14, 2001, Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, fell into the hands of the allies.

Then, on December 7, 2001, Kandahar, a Taliban stronghold, surrendered in turn. It is the end of the regime of the Taliban and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Téléjournal, December 7, 2001

the News from that day, hosted by Michaëlle Jean, presents a report by journalist Christine St-Pierre.

The city of Kandahar may have surrendered, the situation is far from stabilized, according to the US military.

Thousands of Taliban have fled.

In the Toha Bora region, the Americans are bombing caves in which Osama bin Laden and members of the Al-Qaeda network could have found refuge.

Rumors have it that the terrorist leader has already crossed the border and is in Pakistan. The US military admits that they do not know the whereabouts of the fugitive.

Christine St-Pierre’s report ends with images showing an American supporter of the Taliban captured by coalition soldiers.

These images, at the time, went around the world.

At the end of Christine St-Pierre’s report, a detail highlights all the difficulties that the coalition forces will encounter in pacifying Afghanistan.

The CIA agent who interrogates the American supporter of the Taliban will die a few hours later, during the insurgency of the Taliban captive in a prison.

The combat mission of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan ended in 2011.

The last Canadian soldiers, responsible for training the Afghan armed forces and police, left the country on August 26, 2021.

The US military presence in Afghanistan will last until August 30, 2021.

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