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.
November 27, 2001 |
Police detained 14 people in Belgium and France on Monday in connection with the slaying of Ahmed Shah Masoud, the military leader of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance, officials said. The suspects were reportedly believed to be connected to a group that issued false identification papers to members of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.
November 29, 2001 |
Belgian authorities arrested an Algerian on Wednesday after a series of raids on a suspected false passport ring believed linked to the assassination of Afghan opposition leader Ahmed Shah Masoud. The arrest came after authorities released 12 people who had been detained in house raids Monday, said Jos Colpin, spokesman for the prosecutor's office. The raids are believed part of an investigation into whether two suicide bombers who fatally wounded Masoud on Sept.
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.
September 11, 2004 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld mixed up Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden with deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein twice in a speech Friday. Among other things, Rumsfeld talked about the world just before the Sept. 11 attacks, whose third anniversary is today. In Afghanistan, he told the National Press Club, "the leader of the opposition Northern Alliance, Masoud, lay dead, his murder ordered by Saddam Hussein, by Osama bin Laden, Taliban's co-conspirator."
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 8, 1993 |
Afghanistan's rival leaders signed a peace pact Sunday and agreed on a power-sharing plan aimed at ending fighting that has killed an estimated 5,000 people. More than half a dozen cease-fires have been signed since Muslim factions ousted the Communists in April and began warring among themselves in a struggle for power. Fighting continued Sunday in the Afghan capital, Kabul, but it was not clear if the combatants had been told there was a new peace agreement.
January 1, 1990 |
Several fundamentalist Afghan guerrilla leaders were hanged at a public gathering inside Afghanistan for murdering about 30 moderate moujahedeen rebels last summer, a spokesman for the Jamaat-i-Islami guerrilla group said Sunday. Fundamentalist Hizb-i-Islami commander Syed Jamal Agha was hanged along with several other of the group's commanders in Taloqan on Dec. 23, Jamaat-i-Islami spokesman Umar Sherdil said, confirming reports published Sunday in local newspapers.