December 28, 2000 |
Abu Samara was a gangling lad of 14 when he joined the jihad. He was still too much of a boy to grow the beard required of holy warriors. But he wasn't too young to master the weapons of war. Within weeks, his long, thin fingers were proficient with assault rifles, hand grenades, rocket launchers and the militants' deadliest device: remote-controlled explosives. Then he volunteered to die. Over the next decade, Abu Samara learned advanced weaponry in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan.
August 18, 2003 |
Hundreds of insurgents in a convoy of trucks attacked a police headquarters in southeastern Afghanistan, triggering a gun battle that killed 22 people, officials said Sunday. The fierce fighting in Paktika province was the latest incident in a wave of violence that has underscored how unstable Afghanistan remains after U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban in late 2001.
April 7, 1991 |
After years of providing the basic necessities of life for up to 2 1/2 million Afghan refugees, aid officials in Pakistan say it is time to count heads to see who is left to collect the mountain of relief goods. The U.N. High Commission for Refugees and other U.N. agencies fear that the total number of refugees is much lower than earlier estimates, although the agencies were never informed of the population decline in the camps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999
India and Pakistan have fought three wars against each other since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. Now they are battling again, but with a quantum difference this time: Each has nuclear weapons. That makes a compelling case for a cease-fire, now. Pakistan bears the onus in the fighting. An invasion by Pakistani-supported "freedom fighters" into a section of Kashmir claimed by India has won no international support since it began two months ago.
January 13, 1987 |
Afghan guerrilla leaders agreed Monday on a joint response to the Communist government's offer of a cease-fire and national reconciliation, but they declined to reveal their decision until later this week. Leaders of the seven groups of Muslim guerrillas that make up the Alliance of Afghan Moujahedeen met for three hours in this city near the Afghan border to discuss the Soviet-backed Kabul government's call for a six-month cease-fire beginning Thursday. The alliance said it has made a decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1985
The United States is supplying about $250 million in aid this year to the Afghan guerrillas. That is 10 times the amount of U.S. aid that was going to the anti-Sandinista contras in Nicaragua before Congress cut off funds. Unlike the Nicaragua funds, extra money for covert aid to Afghanistan's freedom fighters was virtually forced on an initially dubious Central Intelligence Agency by Congress. The time has come to take a very serious look at whether large-scale U.S.