CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2001 |
About 150 Southern California Afghans gathered in Santa Ana on Sunday to pay tribute to an assassinated leader of the rebel Northern Alliance at a religious ceremony marking the 40th day after his burial. Many who attended the service for Ahmed Shah Masoud, who was one of the leaders in the military fight against the Taliban, said it will take more than his assassination and the execution of a second hero just three days ago, to defeat them.
October 27, 2001 |
As a soldier, Abdul Haq took risks that few others would and he came out alive each time. He understood war. It was the dirty work of peacemaking that appalled him, and it ultimately cost the war hero his life. Haq was a rare character in the cutthroat world of Afghan politics, a veteran of the moujahedeen uprising against Soviet occupation who refused to join the warlords in carving up the country after the Soviets pulled out in 1989.
October 27, 2001 |
In a major setback to the U.S. anti-terrorism campaign, Afghanistan's Taliban regime on Friday executed a prominent opposition military commander who had secretly entered the country on a mission to gain support for a new government. The Taliban's Bakhtar News Agency reported that Afghan war hero Abdul Haq had been arrested near his home village of Azra southeast of the capital, Kabul, on Thursday evening after being stalked for two days by Taliban militia units.
October 1, 2001 |
Abdul Haq's medals are his many battle scars, but after he helped win the war to liberate Afghanistan from Soviet occupation, he suffered his worst pain in the struggle for a lasting peace. Two years ago, when the former guerrilla fighter was trying to persuade Afghans to end their relentless civil war, a pair of masked gunmen scaled the wall of his home in this city near the Afghan border and killed his wife and 11-year-old son and their bodyguard.
March 15, 1989 |
A bomb went off today at the British Council Library, tearing a two-foot hole in the roof. A library official linked the blast to Muslim outrage over Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses." No one was injured. All 12 employees had left the building at the time of the explosion, which occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Abdul Haq, a library official, said the library had no warning of the attack. However, he noted that British establishments have been on alert because of threats against Rushdie.
March 10, 2009 |
Four youths were publicly whipped in the Somali capital Monday after an Islamic court found them guilty of gang rape, underscoring the government's inability to administer justice in the war-ravaged nation. Judge Abdul Haq insisted that the punishment would deter other would-be rapists, but two of the youths smiled and laughed as they were punished. The lashing was administered over the clothes of the accused and did not break their skin.