Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 4: Trap - On September 9, 2001, commander Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated in Afghanistan. 9/11 occurred two days later. This was the first in attacks that Al Qaeda carried out in NY and DC, and the U.S. reacted by bombing and invading Afghanistan. When American troops arrived to secure stability and reconstruction, many Afghans hoped for peace and democracy - their expectations would soon be shattered.
After 9/11, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. Many Afghans hoped for peace and democracy.
While fighting in Afghanistan turned into a civil war, the Taliban emerged triumphantly.
In 1979, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. "Soviet Vietnam" began after a call for Jihad.
Afghanistan opened to the world in the 1960s. When communists seized power, a war began.
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