Summary: reasons for the invasion of Afghanistan, 2001

  • The Taliban, the ruling power in Afghanistan, were accused by the US of protecting Osama bin Laden.
  • There was a lot of international pressure on the Afghan leaders to hand over Osama bin Laden.
  • The Taliban refused to hand over Osama bin Laden and as a result, the United States decided they would use their armed forces.
  • Taliban requests for negotiations with the U.S. were rejected in favour of military action.