February 11, 1989 |
Shouting "Long Live the moujahedeen, " 420 leaders of the deeply divided Afghan Islamic resistance gathered here Friday at a heavily guarded meeting that had been billed as a final attempt to form a unified government to take power in Afghanistan if the Soviet-backed regime there falls. Rather than unity, though, the meeting of rebel commanders, tribal leaders and Afghan intellectuals living in exile produced chaos, ending half an hour after the opening prayers and chants.
February 13, 2002 |
More than a dozen fugitive Taliban leaders--including the deposed regime's chief, Mullah Mohammed Omar--are preparing to come out of hiding and turn themselves in to Afghan and U.S. authorities, according to officials in the southern province of Kandahar. "Right now we are in contact with more than 15 senior Taliban leaders," said Khalid Pushtoon, an aide to Kandahar Gov. Gul Agha Shirzai. "We are trying to convince them that they will be treated with dignity and honor."
October 5, 2001 |
When the Virtue and Vice police caught sight of 14-year-old Farkhanda, with her naive eyes and childish face, they gave chase with their sticks and beat her. As she walked home from a family wedding in the capital, Kabul, three weeks ago, Farkhanda crossed the line dividing carefree girlhood from fearful womanhood, simply by showing her face.
September 23, 2001 |
As moves by Afghanistan's neighbors thrust it toward total diplomatic isolation, President Bush appeared to gain additional support from Russia on Saturday in building ties with anti-Taliban resistance forces. The United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations with Afghanistan, and a top Bush administration official said Saudi Arabia is soon expected to follow suit.
August 2, 1990 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze concluded two days of talks in the Siberian city of Irkutsk today by agreeing on the importance of Soviet and American cooperation in Asia. "In Asia, too, the Soviet Union and the United States do not regard each other as adversaries," Shevardnadze told reporters during a news conference after the talks. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2001 |
After all the years away, it would be so easy to stay put, comfortable in America's hulking embrace. But not for the three Farzana sisters. They won't hear of it. Smuggled out of Afghanistan by their parents in 1980 amid the rumble of occupying Soviet tanks, they landed in the United States to start over. Despite adjustments and heartaches, the sisters forged good lives. They have jobs, children, cozy homes in this Bay Area city's deeply rooted Afghan expatriate community.
February 16, 1989 |
Flanked by guards posing for the television cameras, a gray-bearded Afghan rebel leader proclaimed here Wednesday that the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan was "one of the most unprecedented events of the last few centuries" and that it "defeated communism's philosophy all over the world as a whole."
April 20, 1992 |
The leader of the Muslim rebel faction that helped drive Afghan President Najibullah from power last week pledged not to take the capital by force, as the besieged new regime said Sunday for the first time that it was considering the rebels' demand that Kabul be ceded to a government drawn from the guerrillas.
September 17, 1991 |
Rebel commanders rejected an offer from Afghan President Najibullah to directly negotiate an end to their country's civil war, vowing to fight on to topple his Communist-style government. They also accused fundamentalist rebel chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar of secretly plotting to form a coalition government with Najibullah and Gen. Shahnawaz Tanai, a former defense minister who defected in 1990.
December 14, 1987 |
By all accounts, Ismat Muslim is a violent and treacherous man, "a legalized criminal," according to a Western diplomat here. Muslim, who sometimes wears an army general's uniform and sometimes a traditional loose shirt and pajama-type pants with a knife at his waist, commands a tribe of brigands who are known to have smuggled everything from opium to English wool across the border into Pakistan.