Taleban wanted bin Laden proof

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It has become widely accepted now that President George Bush started the Afghanistan war in October 2001 after the Taleban refused to hand over Osama bin Laden.

That is a simplified and misleading account of what actually happened. The Taleban were asking for proof of bin Laden’s guilt.

They were talking about handing him over to a third country. Bush said ‘no negotiations’.

There are serious doubts about whether there was any justification for that war.

Brendan O’Brien, London