US officials had planned to take military action against Afghanistan. They wanted to either kill or capture both Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader and Osama Bin Laden.
They said they would have had to start the war before the end of October because they did not want to fight in winter, so the latest date for an attack would have been soon anyway.
The diplomat who provided this information has heard it at a UN sponsored international meeting on Afghanistan.
He believes that not even Bin Laden's extradition would prevent a war.