" Former Pakistani foreign secretary, Niaz Naik, said that he
was told by
senior American officials in MID-JULY that military action
against Osama Bin
Laden and the Taliban was planned before mid-October. The wider
Naik said he was told, was to topple the Taliban regime and
transitional government of Afghans in its place - possibly under
leadership of the former Afghan King Zahir Shah." - story
posted on this
site, September 19th.
"The former king of Afghanistan, Mohammad Zahir Shah, received a firm pledge of support from senior U.S. politicians on Sunday as he moved closer to forging a broad alliance against the Taliban regime in Kabul. 'We came away very much impressed,' said Republican Congressman Curt Weldon, 'We think that perhaps he is the person that can rally those against the Taliban most effectively, so he's a critical person.'" - news report, September 30th.
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