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- Abdul Haq (Afghan leader) : A Northern Alliance leader who was killed in 2001 trying to lead an uprising against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
- Abdul Haq (disambiguation) : Add brief definition or description
- Abdul Rashid Dostum : Afghan Uzbek warlord who had been the dominant figure in the north, although he may have gone into exile in Turkey
- Afghanistan War (2001-), major combat phase : During the Afghanistan War (2001-), the period of combat by Afghan ground forces, with U.S. and British air & special operations support, which drove the Taliban and al-Qaeda from their bases, in October through December 2001
- Afghanistan War (2001-) : Beginning on October 7, 2001, in response to the 9-11 attacks, military operations against the Taliban and al-Qaeda by United States and NATO forces
- Ahmad Shah Massoud : Tajik Military leader of the Northern Alliance against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and a noted fighter against the Soviet-supported government as well as the Soviets; assassinated by al-Qaeda on 9/9/2001; known as the Lion of the Panjshir
- Bagram Airport : A large airport, near Kabul, Afghanistan, with extensive military facilities.
- Battle of Kunduz : A battle in northern Afghanistan in November 2001, the climax of the northern campaign, which involved numerous Taliban prisoner deaths, in a possible atrocity and in a prison revolt
- Battle of Tora Bora : A battle of the Afghanistan War (2001-), in which allied special operations forces, principally using Afghan troops, attempted to kill or capture an escaping Osama bin Laden
- Burhanuddin Rabbani : President of Afghanistan during the post-Communist period, 1992-1996; a Tajik affiliated with the Northern Alliance
- Clandestine human-source intelligence : clandestine operations by people who secretly collect intelligence, and their support by couriers, forgers, radio operators, and other operational personnel.
- Gulbuddin Hekmatyar : Afghan radical jihadist leader, not affiliated with the Taliban, at large in Afghanistan or Pakistan
- Hamid Karzai : President of Afghanistan, who took interim office in 2002, was reelected to a full five-year term in 2004, and gained another term after a disputed election in August 2009; Pashtun of the Durrani tribe
- Hazara : A Mongol-descended people of Afghanistan, speaking a dialect of Persian with Mongol words, and primarily following Shi'a Islam
- Herat : Capital of Herat Province in western Afghanistan, bordering Iran and Turkmenistan; often considered the cultural capital of Afghanistan
- Intelligence analysis : Techniques, independent of the subject matter, for correlating multiple kinds of information, hypothesizing meaning from the set of data available, and, with incomplete information, validating the hypotheses
- Ismail Khan : A Hazara warlord of western Afghanistan, whose base is in Herat, with good ties to but not under the control of Iran; he has been on both sides of warfare
- Jalaluddin Haqqani : Commander of Taliban armed forces but also a Pashtun Ghilzai with independent affiliations with Pakistan, both Inter-Service Intelligence and tribal, as well as his home area of Afghanistan
- Joint Special Operations Command : A major subordinate unit of the United States Special Operations Command, which takes on the most sensitive covert military operations, usually working unacknowledged within the geographic area of a Unified Combatant Command
- Kabul : Capital of Afghanistan.
- Kunduz : Capital city of Kunduz Province in northern Afghanistan
- Mazar-e-Sharif : Afghanistan's second-largest city, in its north
- Operational Preparation of the Battlespace : Non-intelligence activities conducted prior to D-Day, H-Hour, in likely or potential areas of employment, to train and prepare for follow-on military operations (United States Special Operations Command)
- Osama bin Laden : Radical jihadist who, with Ayman al-Zawahiri, founded a group known as al-Qaeda, which is credited with a series of terrorist attacks.
- Panshjir Valley : Surrounded by mountains in north-central Afghanistan, the traditional stronghold of the Tajiks of the Northern Alliance
- Pashtun people : An Eastern Iranian ethnic group primarily located in Southern Afghanistan in the Northwest Frontier Province, Federally Administered Tribal Area and Balochistan Province of western Pakistan; language is Pashto
- Salafism : A strict branch of Sunni Islam, dedicated to the restoration of the Caliphate, often by means of armed jihad
- Shomali Plain : A plateau north of Kabul in Afghanistan, once fertile, devastated by war, and now being restored as farmland; it provides access to the only relatively safe north-south route in the country
- Special reconnaissance : Also known as SR, missions deep in denied areas, conducted by special operations personnel. They may be in or out of uniform. While SR units may direct air, missile, or artillery strikes, they strive to stay undetected.
- Tajik : An ethnic group of Central Asia, culturally Persian and speaking the Dari dialect of Farsi; they are the dominant group of Tajikistan and the second largest ethnic group of Afghanistan
- Taliban : Salafist Islamic militia, governing Afghanistan 1996–2001; still fighting in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- U.S. intelligence and transnational crime and drugs : Activities of the United States intelligence community that are concerned with transnational crime and the drug trade, beyond the jurisdiction of domestic law enforcement
- Unconventional warfare (United States doctrine) : The United States' doctrinal term for the way the Department of Defense sees its forces operating in the more global context of insurgency.
- United Nations : An international organization that was founded in 1945 with the mission of preventing international war, protecting human rights, supporting social progress and justice, and helping with economic progress.
- United States Army Special Forces : United States Army organization originally created to train and lead guerrillas, highly qualified to work with other cultures; acquired additional missions including foreign internal defense, direct action (military), special reconnaissance, counterterrorism, etc.
- Uzbekistan : Previously part of the Soviet Union, a landlocked, predominantly Muslim nation of Central Asia, with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as neighbors
- Uzbek : An ethnic group of Central Asia, speaking a Turkic language
- Wakil Muttawakil : Former Taliban foreign minister and aide to Mullah Omar before the 9-11 attacks; now in Afghanistan in house arrest and considered a possible moderate Taliban for negotiations
- Yunis Khalis : An early leader of the mujahideen (1919-2006), whose stronghold was Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province.