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3 In support of any future US airstrike against Osama bin Laden, CENTCOM and other US military agencies maintained a list of al-Qaeda targets at all times. This set of targets, and the preparations that had been made to strike them, were the only “plans” available to the CENTCOM commander on the morning of 11 September 2001. 28 Chapter 2 This lack of a fully manifested plan for a campaign in Afghanistan should not be surprising. In the three decades that preceded the events of 9/11, a period replete with terrorist attacks against American military targets and other interests, no US administration had chosen to direct large-scale military operations against any nation that either directly conducted the attacks or harbored the groups responsible for terrorist incidents.

40. Rashid, Taliban, 29. 41. Rashid, Taliban, 29–30. 42. Rashid, Taliban, 34–35. 43. Rashid, Taliban, 48–50. 44. Rashid, Taliban, 86. 45. 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.

Furthermore, most believed that this new war would not resemble past armed conflicts. This imminent military effort was focused against a secretive supranational terrorist organization and because of that distinction, would likely not rely on conventional combat operations against an enemy state and its armed forces. This difference 30 Chapter 2 in the nature of the conflict forced American leaders to consider how they might harness all the elements of national power in the new war. Beginning in September 2001, planners for the GWOT employed a variety of means including interrupting financial networks, conducting widespread information operations, and asserting diplomatic influence in conjunction with military action.

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