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Memo reveals Bush admin. push-back against Afghan rebuilding plans

An Oct.30, 2001 draft strategy memo (PDF), published this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, reveals that the Bush administration initially did not want to engage in rebuilding efforts in a post-Taliban Afghanistan, even as officials publicly said they would. The memo, obtained by George Washington University,…

U.S. helicopter ‘crashed in Taliban trap’

The Taliban lured US forces into an elaborate trap to shoot down their helicopter, killing 30 American troops in the deadliest such incident of the war, an Afghan official said Monday. A total of 38 people — 30 US troops, many of them special forces, plus seven Afghan commandos and…