December 29, 1999 |
The hijacking of an Indian Airlines jet by Muslim militants is likely to have political repercussions across South Asia and could even quash President Clinton's plans to visit the region next year, senior U.S. officials say. The most serious casualty is the prospect of peace talks between India and Pakistan next year. "Whatever dim hopes there were for talks in 2000 are now down the tubes," a senior Clinton administration official said. "This is a huge blow to hopes for any kind of dialogue.
May 29, 1988 |
A French photojournalist who was captured last summer in Afghanistan while covering U.S.-backed guerrillas was released Saturday from a prison near Kabul after a pardon by Afghan President Najibullah. Alain Guillo, 45, a free-lance photographer, was pardoned after a personal appeal by French President Francois Mitterrand. He arrived Saturday at the French Embassy in New Delhi and later departed for Paris aboard an Air France flight accompanied by French officials. Guillo was captured Aug.
September 15, 1989
Afghan insurgents said they stopped two government supply convoys that tried to run a guerrilla blockade on the Salang Highway, which links Kabul with the Soviet Union. Rebels under Ahmed Shah Masoud also captured a string of government posts, according to reports reaching Pakistan. There was no independent confirmation. In Kabul, the government released Henri-Xavier Lemire, 33, a French aid worker captured Aug. 14 while traveling with a guerrilla convoy 95 miles west of Kandahar.
January 19, 2002 |
An Alabama man who said he was kidnapped by a tribal warlord in Afghanistan and held for $25,000 ransom has been released after 10 days of frequent torture, his wife said Friday. Clark Russell Bowers' wife, Amanda, said he called Friday morning from Pakistan and told her of being tortured by his captors. She didn't say if any ransom had been paid. "He did suffer some torture, and that has taken some of the joy," she told reporters at her home in Harvest, Ala.. "But he is in a safe location.
December 27, 1999 |
The hijackers who commandeered an Indian Airlines jet threatened today to start killing more hostages if a deadline was not met to fulfill their demands. As the drama involving more than 150 hostages entered a fourth day, talks between the hijackers and an emissary sent by the United Nations failed to get anywhere. The hijackers are demanding the release of a religious leader who is jailed for allegedly fomenting violence in India's only Muslim-majority state.
November 6, 2004 |
Militants claiming to hold three United Nations hostages in Afghanistan moved back a deadline for carrying out their threat to kill the trio, giving U.N. and Afghan officials until tonight to open negotiations. Taliban splinter group Jaish al Muslimeen has demanded the withdrawal of the U.N. from Afghanistan and the release of Taliban prisoners held in Afghanistan and at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.