February 4, 1993 |
Renegade guerrillas pounded Kabul with rockets Wednesday, killing 14 people, as mediators worked frantically to negotiate a peace between President Burhanuddin Rabbani and a maverick radical leader. The United Nations said it had withdrawn staff members from the eastern city of Jalalabad and Kandahar in the south and suspended road travel a day after gunmen ambushed and killed three U.N. employees and a Dutch consultant. Deputy Foreign Minister Najibullah Lafrai, in a message to U.N.
August 29, 1992 |
A temporary Afghan cease-fire was in shreds Friday after a rocket destroyed a Russian military plane sent to airlift diplomats out of Kabul. The dissident Hezb-i-Islami movement said Afghan MIG fighters and SU-22 bombers raided its bases south of Kabul after the government's 10-hour cease-fire expired Friday afternoon. The air raids took place hours after a rocket struck the airport, starting a fire that destroyed one of three Russian transport planes and injured four commandos.
August 19, 1992 |
Defense Minister Ahmed Shah Masoud has moved thousands of guerrillas to Kabul for a counterattack against a renegade fundamentalist chieftain besieging the capital, guerrilla officials said Tuesday. Masoud, a commander of the Jamaat-i-Islami guerrilla group, called up several thousand reinforcements from his stronghold in northern Afghanistan, guerrillas in the Pakistani border town of Peshawar reported.
August 15, 1992 |
The Afghan government said its troops routed dissident guerrilla fighters and inflicted heavy casualties as fundamentalist rebels offered new cease-fire terms. Government troops said they captured heavy weapons, tanks and ammunition and that the fundamentalist Hezb-i-Islami was forced to evacuate a position in a Kabul school. The report could not be independently confirmed. A Hezb-i-Islami spokesman in Pakistan disputed the report.
August 11, 1992 |
Dissident guerrillas launched their heaviest rocket bombardment yet on the capital Monday, leaving hundreds dead or wounded and others scrambling to flee the city. Defense Ministry officials said at least 1,000 people were killed or wounded before government forces were able to quell what diplomats called the worst pounding of Kabul since the Afghan civil war began 14 years ago. There was no breakdown of the dead and wounded.
May 10, 1992 |
Schools reopened in Kabul for the first time since March but few pupils attended for fear that the four-day cease-fire in the capital could break down. An official of the new Islamic government said some teachers also stayed away as hard-line guerrillas negotiated with Kabul's guerrilla rulers to try to break a deadlock preventing a permanent end to hostilities.
May 8, 1992 |
Afghan Defense Minister Ahmed Shah Masoud, a moderate guerrilla leader who is now part of the ruling coalition in Kabul, vowed to prevent guerrilla hard-liner Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from launching another bid to gain power. Masoud's harsh comments came on the eve of the end of a three-day truce agreed to by the two factions. At least 73 people were killed earlier this week when Hekmatyar's forces bombarded Kabul with rockets fired from hills south of the city.
May 7, 1992 |
The men of Maulem Shah Mohammed's lost command sat in the ruins of King Amanullah's hillside guest house, waiting for lunch: a scorched vat of rice, a spent ammunition box of tea and a 50-gallon drum down to its last half-inch of lard. The commander's hands were frostbitten from the eight-day walk he and his 30 tattered fighters had made to claim the rubble of Paghman for their Muslim guerrilla faction. They were acting on orders more than two weeks old.
May 6, 1992 |
Hundreds of shellshocked civilians began fleeing the Afghan capital in panic Tuesday as the second consecutive day of heavy shelling by dissident Muslim guerrillas killed nearly two dozen men, women and children, closed the international airport and further paralyzed the struggling new government.
May 5, 1992 |
Guerrilla commander Haidar Basir is the proud new owner of more than 50 long-range Scud missiles, identical to the Soviet-built weapons that Iraq fired into Israel last year. Basir claimed the missiles, along with tons of rocket fuel, on behalf of his pro-Iranian party when he and his men seized the fallen Afghan regime's strategic missile-launching facility in Kabul during the guerrillas' race to claim the capital April 25. But Basir hasn't seen his new missiles yet.