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Although bin Laden and al-Qaeda were the primary perpetrators for the 9/11 attacks, Bush clearly stated that the goal of the United States was to look beyond bin Laden to eliminate terrorism worldwide. He declared, “Our war on terror begins with al-Qaeda, but it does not end there. ”8 Bush also used this speech to announce that the US Government had given the Taliban an ultimatum demanding that they hand over all members of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and close all terrorist camps on Afghan territory.

Rashid, Taliban, 87. 46. , Afghanistan, 46. 47. Rashid, Taliban, 87. 48. M. Nazif Shahrani, “The Taliban Enigma: Person-Centered Politics and Extremism in Afghanistan,” International Institute for the Study of Islam (ISIM) Newsletter, June 2000, 20–21. nl (accessed 5 February 2007). 49. Shahrani, “The Taliban Enigma,” 20–21. 50. Rashid, Taliban, 61–63. 51. Rashid, Taliban, 63–64. 52. Rashid, Taliban, 73. 53. Rashid, Taliban, 74. 54. , Afghanistan, 104. 55. , Afghanistan, 106–108. 56. , Afghanistan, 108.

Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001), 82. 21. Louis Dupree, Afghanistan (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973), 104. 22. Goodson, Afghanistan’s Endless War, 18. 23. Rashid, Taliban, 84–85. 24. For an excellent overview of the Great Game, see Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (New York, NY: Kodansha, 1992). 25. J. Gohari, The Taliban Ascent to Power (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2000), 7.

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