The pipeline through Afghanistan and the warAfghanistan war
Unocal begins negotiations with Taliban over a pipeline deal
through Afghanistan to Pakistan.
[[ http://www.rense.com/general33/symp.htm | Rense 12/30/02 ]]
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 ]]
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 ]]
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 ]]
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 ]]
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 ]]
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 ]]
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.
Telegraph, | BBC, 9/18/01 ]]
[[ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/08/05/walq05.xml | 8/5/02 ]]
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 ]]
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
[[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1626889.stm | BBC 10/29/01 ]]
January 1, 2002
Former Unocal consultant
Zalmay Khalilzad appointed as new US special envoy to Afghanistan.
BBC, | Independent, 1/10/02 ]]
[[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1736789.stm | 1/1/02 ]]
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 ]]
Deal signed to build gas pipeline across Afghanistan.
[[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2608713.stm | BBC article ]]
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 ]]