The pipeline through Afghanistan and the war Afghanistan war afghanistan_pipeline us_interventions_project 1995 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_1 false 1 ------ Unocal begins negotiations with Taliban over a pipeline deal through Afghanistan to Pakistan. [[ http://www.rense.com/general33/symp.htm | Rense 12/30/02 ]] ====== October 1995 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_3 false 1 ------ US energy company Unocal signs deal with Turkmenistan over development of a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan. [[ http://www.unocal.com/uclnews/96htm/081396.htm | Unocal, 8/13/96 ]] ====== March 1996 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_2 false 1 ------ US Senator Hank Brown visits several cities in Afghanistan and meets with Taliban officials. He invites them to send delegates to a Unocal-funded conference on Afghanistan in the US. [[ see | New York Times, 6/5/1997 ]] ====== October 1997 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_4 false 1 ------ Unocal and other oil companies form Central Asia Gas Pipeline, Ltd. (CentGas) in preparation for building the trans-Afghanistan pipeline. [[ http://www.unocal.com/uclnews/97news/102797a.htm | Unocal 10/27/97 ]] ====== December 1998 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_5 false 1 ------ Pipeline project delayed due to Afghanistan's continuing civil war, and Unocal withdraws from the project. [[ http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/afghan.html | US Department of Energy, 10/2002 ]] ====== May 2000 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_6 false 1 ------ The CIA begins operating in Afghanistan [[ http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A47201-2001Nov17 | The Washington Post, 11/18/2001 ]] ====== February 2001 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_7 false 1 ------ Upon taking office, the Bush administration immediately begins negotiations with the Taliban over the pipeline. [[ http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A8734-2002Jan19 | The Washington Post, 1/20/02 ]] ====== July 2001 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_8 false 1 ------ Washington tells India that US troops will be in Afghanistan "before the snow falls" - this deadline is then met thanks to the Sept. 11 attacks two months later. [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1550366.stm Telegraph, | BBC, 9/18/01 ]] [[ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/08/05/walq05.xml | 8/5/02 ]] ====== August 2001 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_9 false 1 ------ The last secret meeting between US officials and the Taliban is held, in a last ditch attempt to secure a pipeline deal. Talks break off, with the US allegedy delivering a final ultimatum of '<i>accept our carpet of gold (oil pipeline), or you will receive a carpet of bombs</i>'. While some question whether this was in fact said (see article), the point is that talks which had been talking place for months over a pipeline deal in Afghanistan finally broke down. [[ http://www.globalpolicy.org/wtc/analysis/2002/0816salon.htm | Salon, 8/16/02 ]] ====== October 2001 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_10 false 1 ------ September 11th attacks give US excuse to declare war on Afghanistan. Mainstream media attempts to quash any theories that the war might be related to desires for a pipeline in Afghanistan. [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1626889.stm | BBC 10/29/01 ]] ====== January 1, 2002 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_11 false 1 ------ Former Unocal consultant Zalmay Khalilzad appointed as new US special envoy to Afghanistan. [[ http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia_china/story.jsp?story=113662 BBC, | Independent, 1/10/02 ]] [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1736789.stm | 1/1/02 ]] ====== May 2002 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_12 false 1 ------ The leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan agree to the construction of a $2bn pipeline to bring gas from Central Asia to the sub-continent. [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2017044.stm | BBC, 5/30/02 ]] ====== December 2002 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_14 false 1 ------ Deal signed to build gas pipeline across Afghanistan. [[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2608713.stm | BBC article ]] ====== December 2002 org.ccr.persist.link.TimelineLink@6aaa6d_13 false 1 ------ White House announces 10 new bases in Afghanistan '<i>in hopes of boosting reconstruction efforts and regional security</i>', whose locations coincide with the route proposed by Unocal in 1998 for a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan. [[ http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/354/nation/US_plans_to_install_bases_in_Afghanistan+.shtml | Boston Globe 12/2002 ]] ======