February 26, 2002 |
About 200 fighters for one of northern Afghanistan's key warlords laid down their weapons Monday in a ceremony their leader said may be the first step toward broader disarmament. "We have turned a new page," Ata Mohammed told his soldiers marshaled at the 120-year-old Baghjahanuma fort, about 50 miles southeast of the main northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. "Now is not the time for fighting, now is the time to lay down our guns." U.N.
February 19, 2002 |
Mediators shuttled between Uzbek and Tajik commanders Monday trying to hammer out a truce after a factional clash killed eight people and wounded 30 in this northern Afghan town. The fighting poked a hole in the paper-thin sense of peace here and raised tensions between the region's most powerful warlords, the same ones who had fought together as members of the Northern Alliance.
February 4, 2002 |
Afghan and U.N. mediators, joined by U.S. officials, extracted a conditional cease-fire agreement Sunday from two rival tribal warlords in this eastern Afghan town that was rocked by two days of fighting last week. With factional fighting threatening the national government's efforts to assert control throughout the country, the delegation hopes to avert more tribal clashes in Gardez, a town of about 40,000 that is the capital of Paktia, a strategic border province. U.S.
December 26, 2001 |
His pensive, bearded visage adorns virtually every wall and windshield in this capital, where the wars he waged against Soviet and Taliban oppressors seem finally to have ended in victory for his people as well as a martyr's death for himself. Ahmed Shah Masoud, the ethnic Tajik warrior who kept Afghan hopes for freedom from foreign domination alive through bloody battles for two decades, has been reborn as a national icon in the six weeks since his Northern Alliance cohorts took power in Kabul.
November 25, 2001 |
Vasudin, 25, a Taliban fighter, was the proud possessor of his dream car, a Datsun Hilux pickup truck, for not much more than one glorious hour. He took possession of the truck as a trophy of war. Asked when, he looked at his gold watch. "About an hour ago," he grinned Saturday.
November 24, 2001 |
An advance by Northern Alliance forces surrounding the last Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan came to a halt Friday after new claims that Afghans fighting for the Taliban had agreed to surrender. Although the two sides have been discussing a surrender in Kunduz for days, there were contradictory reports on whether several thousand foreign fighters, mainly from Pakistan and Arab countries, also would give up.