- May 2018
Yeah, the Taliban had the upper hand by 2001, and the loss of Massoud was critical to the Northern Alliance. However, in no way was the invasion of Afghanistan unjustified: they openly supported Al Quaeda and refused to surrender bin-Laden. Unlike Iraq, the Taliban was operationally collaborating with an organization which murdered thousands of Americans. This is apart from moral consideration of the Taliban's tyrannical Islamic regime.Afghanistan was on the verge of being stable under the Taliban since the Taliban almost completely won the Afghan civil war when 9/11 occurred. The Northern Alliance was reduced to only something like 5% of Afghanistan's territory and suffered an extremely huge blow when Massoud was assassinated two days before 9/11. Without 9/11 and the subsequent US aid to them, the Northern Alliance might have quickly collapsed.