A Look Back: Taliban Offered Bin Laden Trial Before 9/11

A chance to look back on another war that didn’t need to happen, we are told by the last foreign minister of pre-occupation Afghanistan that the government repeatedly offered to “resolve the Osama issue” before 9/11 by offering to arrest him and present him for trial at an international court for his role in attacks on US facilities in the 1990s. The US refused.

Former CIA official Robert Grenier confirmed the offers, but said the US was not interested because they considered the offers “a ploy.”

Click here to read more on the pre-9/11 ambivalence at al-Jazeera

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.