Some of the nations surrounding Afghanistan have declared their
support to the U.S. Others are reluctant, fearing political upheaval
and safety risks. Click on the map to see bases where U.S. troops
are stationed, military air bases, refugee camps, suspected bin
Laden training bases, and the area controlled by the Northern
Click the underlined countries to learn
more about them and their role in the region.
Israelis & Palestinians
While it is an over-simplification to blame Israeli-Palestinian tensions directly for the current conflict, U.S. support for Israel is cited as a major source of Islamic ire against the West. Those historic tensions now play into a volatile new world order.
A long history | Stories of war and loss | Mideast timeline [PDF]
To foil Soviet
expansionism in Afghanistan, the U.S. funded a motley band of
Islamic fundamentalists in the '80s. From this movement grew the
Taliban, who imposed order on much of the country at the expense
of human rights and, ultimately, the security of the West. Learn
more about who they are and what they've done.
Taliban at a glance
the Taliban: How bin Laden, Afghanistan and the Taliban intersect