October 7, 2001 (B): The US begins bombing Afghanistan. [MSNBC, 11/01] At least five key ISI operatives - some retired, some active - stay on to help the Taliban prepare defenses in Kandahar. None are later punished for this. At least halfway through the US campaign in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials still supply military and nonlethal supplies across the border to the Taliban. [Time, 5/6/02] Note that shortly after 9/11 former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik claimed that in July 2001 he was told by senior US officials that a military action to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan would "take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest" (see July 21, 2001). Was it coincidence that the attacks began exactly when the US said they would, months before 9/11?