December 24, 2001 |
Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, said he has applied for asylum out of fear of persecution in Afghanistan. Pakistan has not yet responded to the application, submitted two weeks ago, Zaeef told Associated Press. "I'll go back to Afghanistan when the situation improves, but it is dangerous for me to go there now," he said. No immediate comment was available from Pakistan, which has said it provided a reasonable time for Zaeef and his staff to pack up and leave.
June 19, 2008 |
The U.S. military said Wednesday that four helicopter engines worth $13 million are missing in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. U.S. spokeswoman Lt. Col. Rumi Nielson-Green said the helicopters were being shipped overland from the U.S. base in Bagram, Afghanistan, to a seaport for shipment back to Ft. Bragg, N.C. Nielson-Green said the parts went missing sometime before May. She said the engines were being shipped by a Pakistani trucking company, but it is unclear where they disappeared.
June 23, 1986 |
A bomb exploded Sunday outside a police station in a busy commercial area in Peshawar, injuring 21 people--16 seriously, police said. Police said another bomb exploded Saturday outside another Peshawar police station, but no one was hurt. Peshawar is the capital of Pakistan's North-West Frontier province, which borders Afghanistan. Pakistan, a supporter of Muslim guerrillas fighting Soviet-backed Afghan government troops, has blamed Afghan secret agents for other blasts in recent months.
March 18, 2006 |
Gunmen posing as security forces killed 21 people on a highway in southeastern Iran near the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan, the chief of police said. Iranian police called the assailants rebels. But there are no well-known opposition groups in southeastern Iran, a region known for drug trafficking.
June 15, 2003 |
Iraq sits along a stretch of land once so productive that the whole region -- which included present-day Syria, Iran and Jordan -- was known as the Fertile Crescent. In ancient times, the area led the world in agriculture and technology. It's hard to reconcile that history with the reality of today, when the term "Infertile Crescent" would seem more appropriate.
March 31, 2009 |
A suicide bomber wearing a uniform blew himself up inside a police headquarters in southern Afghanistan, killing nine people and wounding eight, an official said. Five officers and four civilians died in the attack in Dund district, about 10 miles south of Kandahar city, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The attack comes as the U.S. prepares to send 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to bolster the 38,000 American forces in the country. President Obama last week announced a new strategy for the Afghanistan-Pakistan region with a goal to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
August 19, 2008 |
Six suicide bombers detonated their vests when they were surrounded after they tried unsuccessfully to storm a U.S. military base near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border today, and 13 insurgents were killed, officials said. No Americans were reported killed but fighting was continuing. The militants failed to gain entry to Camp Salerno in the city of Khowst. A Defense Ministry spokesman said Afghan and U.S. troops surrounded the insurgents. A day earlier, a suicide bomber killed 10 Afghan civilians outside the same base.
May 31, 2002 |
CENTRAL ASIA Pakistani, Afghan and Turkmen leaders agreed to resuscitate a long-standing dream of a $2-billion pipeline from gas fields in Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan's Arabian Sea coast. The leaders said the end of decades of fighting in Afghanistan meant that conditions were right. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf signed the agreement with Afghan interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai and Turkmen President Saparmurad A. Niyazov.