3,472. 3/19/2002

“Operation Anaconda [from March 1-19, 2002] marked the end of the opening phase of the battle [in Afghanistan]. Like any war, our campaign in Afghanistan had not gone perfectly. But in six months, we had removed the Taliban from power, destroyed the al Qaeda training camps, liberated more than twenty-six million people from unspeakable brutality, allowed Afghan girls to return to school, and laid the foundation for a democratic society to emerge. There had been no famine, no outbreak of civil war, no collapse of the government in Pakistan, no global uprising by Muslims, and no retaliatory attack on our homeland.”

 – George W. Bush, Decision Points, Page 202

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