July 27, 1997 |
Soldiers in the Islamic Taliban army tried to stave off a looming battle over the Afghan capital Saturday, firing antiaircraft guns and multiple rocket launchers at opposition forces north of Kabul. Anti-Taliban forces have made stunning gains in recent days and are aiming to retake the capital lost to the army in September. Led by former military chief Ahmed Shah Masoud and Uzbek warrior Malik Pahlawan, they claimed to have advanced to within three miles of the northern limits of Kabul.
July 29, 1997 |
Fierce fighting north of the Afghan capital sent waves of villagers fleeing Monday, but the Taliban Islamic army held fast at its positions outside Kabul. In the last week, opposition forces punched through Taliban defense lines north of Kabul, taking strategic cities and the Baghram air base until finally coming within rocket range of the capital.
March 1, 1993 |
Rockets slammed into a crowded market, a mosque and an apartment complex Sunday, shattering two weeks of relative calm in the capital. Witnesses said at least 31 people died and 60 were wounded. The Islamic government blamed the attack on Hezb-i-Islami, a dissident guerrilla faction. But the group's leader, radical fundamentalist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, denied responsibility.
October 1, 1996 |
Afghanistan's Islamic Taliban militia came up against the forces of a powerful warlord Monday after sweeping northward in relentless pursuit of former government troops. The rebel forces claimed victory over key northern towns and a province and said they had entered the strategic Panjsher valley, where they had bottled up former Defense Minister Ahmed Shah Masoud after a two-pronged advance overnight from Kabul.
September 8, 2002 |
After praying at the grave of legendary anti-Taliban commander Ahmed Shah Masoud, who was slain by a suicide bomber last year, President Hamid Karzai vowed Saturday to fight terrorism despite an attempt on his life two days earlier. "We will continue to fight. We will continue to go and fulfill the objectives and desires of the man who is lying buried under the ground here," Karzai said from the Panjshir Valley in northern Afghanistan.
August 22, 1997 |
A plane carrying leaders of the alliance fighting Afghanistan's Taliban Islamic army crashed Thursday, killing everyone on board, a spokesman for the opposition said. The coalition's new prime minister was among seven top officials aboard the transport plane that crashed at an airfield in Bamian, about 80 miles northwest of Kabul, the capital. "It was a short runway and the plane skidded off the end.
August 30, 1997 |
Leaders of Afghanistan's Islamic regime raised the possibility Friday of talks with the opposition. In a radio broadcast, the ruling Taliban militia offered to begin negotiations with two of the opposition factions and allow a third faction to join in the talks if it frees its Taliban prisoners. That faction, led by ethnic Uzbek warlord Malik Pahlawan, has refused to hand over its estimated 2,000 prisoners.
October 11, 1996 |
The woes of the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban militia ruling most of Afghanistan deepened Thursday as their foes signed a military alliance against them. Already suffering the worst military reverses in their two-year existence, the Taliban were hit by an alliance among Uzbek chief Abdul Rashid Dostum, ousted government military head Ahmed Shah Masoud and Karim Khalili of the Shiite Muslim Hezb-i-Wahdat faction.
January 17, 2002 |
French police have arrested two men on suspicion of providing support to the assassins of Afghan resistance leader Ahmed Shah Masoud, judicial officials said Wednesday. The arrests are part of an intensive manhunt for those responsible for killing Masoud just days before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The suicide attackers apparently posed as journalists and detonated a rigged TV camera, mortally wounding Masoud.