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March 19, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The sounds of jet fighter planes screeching overhead and the resounding thud of bombs crashing to the ground echo continually through this rebel-held garrison in eastern Afghanistan. The guerrillas dive for cover, but each time the blasts claim more casualties from among the 500 or so fighters occupying the base. Government forces are also pounding the camp with rockets fired from Jalalabad, 8 miles away, and occasionally with powerful Scud missiles from Kabul, about 75 miles away.
May 31, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday that it was temporarily suspending operations in Afghanistan following an attack this week in the eastern city of Jalalabad in which a Red Cross security guard was killed and a staff member wounded. “Because of the incident in Jalalabad we suspended all our activities in Jalalabad and our offices are closed until further notice,” Robin Waudo, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Afghanistan said in a telephone interview.
May 31, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday that it has temporarily suspended operations in Afghanistan after an attack this week in the eastern city of Jalalabad in which a security guard was killed and a staff member wounded. The closure comes as aid agencies across the war-torn country grow increasingly concerned about their ability to carry out humanitarian work after the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. "Because of the incident in Jalalabad we suspended all our activities in Jalalabad and our offices are closed until further notice," Robin Waudo, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Afghanistan, said in a telephone interview.
May 29, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- In the second attack on a humanitarian organization in Afghanistan in less than a week, insurgents in Jalalabad struck the compound of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday, killing a security guard and wounding a member of the staff, police said. The attack occurred about 5:30 p.m. when two insurgents wearing explosive vests approached the compound, said Mohammad Sharif Amin, police chief of eastern Nangarhar province, where Jalalabad is located.
April 13, 1989
Afghan guerrillas fired rockets and heavy artillery into the eastern city of Jalalabad, but government troops returned fire and forced the guerrillas to retreat, a government spokesman in Kabul said. Guerrilla groups based in Pakistan have been engaged since March 6 in trying to capture Jalalabad, which they want for the seat of their exile government.
April 24, 1989
Afghan guerrillas battled government forces in four provinces and fired rockets into Kabul, the capital, the government said. In all, nearly 280 people were reported killed in the fighting, including 12 in Kabul. The government said the main fighting was around Jalalabad and Khost in eastern Afghanistan, Kandahar in the south, and Herat in the west. In neighboring Pakistan, a Foreign Ministry official denied an American newspaper report that Pakistani officials had ordered an unsuccessful rebel attack on Jalalabad that began March 6. Pakistan's military has played a key role in supporting the rebels, who have suffered heavy casualties around Jalalabad, and the fighting there appears to be a stalemate.
June 12, 1989 | From Associated Press
Muslim rebels said Sunday they ambushed and killed an Afghan army colonel and nine soldiers on the main road linking Afghanistan's capital and the besieged eastern city of Jalalabad. The Soviet news agency Tass, meanwhile, said guerrillas launched another attack on Jalalabad over the weekend with rockets and artillery, killing 10 people and injuring 16. It said considerable damage was done to the city and that the cities of Herat and Gardiz also were under fire. The Muslim resistance fighters, known as moujahedeen , are backed principally by Pakistan and the United States.
June 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Thousands of Afghan soldiers captured a strategic city near Jalalabad and killed more than 200 guerrillas in a major offensive involving artillery and air support, the government said Saturday. "Our troops are in complete control not only of Jalalabad but also of areas beyond the city, and we are pushing the enemy" toward Pakistan, Mohammed Nabi Amani, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, told reporters. Amani said the recently completed offensive by 10,000 government troops captured the city of Khushgumbad, 20 miles east of Jalalabad.
May 11, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
The moujahedeen rebels' much-ballyhooed offensive against Jalalabad has virtually ended in failure, leaving an urban nightmare of twisted metal, shattered glass, ruined streets and tens of thousands of abandoned homes. After more than two months of intensive rebel artillery attacks, most of the city's buildings are scarred by shrapnel from rockets, more than 130,000 of them. All but a few shops are closed, their owners gone. No vehicles are moving in the streets; only soldiers dare to venture out. Most of the people are gone, either killed or driven away as refugees to Pakistan or some safer region of war-torn Afghanistan.
February 20, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
It was lunchtime, and it was a Saturday, the first day of the Afghan workweek. In the city of Jalalabad, as elsewhere, plenty of people needed to make a stop at the bank. For scores of them, this quick errand turned into a nightmare. In the latest of a series of methodical and deadly strikes in Afghanistan's largest cities, gunmen and bombers stormed a busy bank branch in the main urban hub of eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 70, provincial authorities said.
August 2, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
A suicide bomber who was apparently trying to assassinate a government official instead killed six children who were on their way to school Monday in volatile Kandahar province. The blast, in the Dand district west of Kandahar city, was in keeping with a pattern of insurgent attacks against Afghan government officials and tribal elders, particularly in the south. Many such assaults kill and wound bystanders instead. The explosion took place about 9 a.m., as people were on their way to work, including the bomber's apparent target, district government chief Hamadullah Nazak.
June 15, 2010 | Sergei L. Loiko, Loiko is a Times staff writer.
A Moscow-led security organization Monday recommended offering logistical support and goods such as fuel to Kyrgyzstan rather than peacekeeping troops to help stop ethnic violence in the Central Asian country. Kyrgyzstan law enforcement organizations, with some help, can control the rioting that began Thursday in Osh, said Nikolai Bordyuzha, secretary-general of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which is made up of several former Soviet republics, including Russia and Kyrgyzstan.
January 8, 2010 | By Laura King
In a rising tide of violence in Afghanistan's east, a suicide bomber struck a crowded urban marketplace Thursday, killing at least nine people, and another blast rocked a provincial governor's compound, injuring him and several aides. In the east's main city of Jalalabad, meanwhile, about 5,000 demonstrators shouted anti-U.S. slogans while protesting the deaths of several children in a blast a day earlier. Afghan authorities said the blast was caused by a land mine that went off when a police vehicle ran over it; the NATO-led force said the cause of the explosion, which also injured nine Western troops, was under investigation.
February 16, 2009 | Tony Perry
It began with a visit by a San Diego businesswoman who volunteered at an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan after the Taliban was pushed from power in 2001. Fary Moini, the owner of two tuxedo shops, was shocked by the poverty and despair at the overcrowded site just across the border from Afghanistan, and moved by the sorrow and confusion she saw in the eyes of the children. When she returned home, she appealed to her fellow Rotary Club members to help do something -- anything -- for the Afghans.
March 5, 2007 | Shafiqullah Azimi and Laura King, Special to The Times
A suicide bombing Sunday targeting an American military convoy triggered chaotic gunfire on a busy highway in eastern Afghanistan, leaving at least eight Afghan civilians dead and about three dozen wounded, officials said. The incident outside the city of Jalalabad set off a riot in which hundreds of protesters, charging that American troops fired indiscriminately, threw stones and shouted slogans denouncing the United States and the Afghan government.
August 1, 2006 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
A car bomb apparently targeting a provincial governor leaving a funeral killed eight people Monday as NATO took command of the first ground combat mission in the alliance's 57-year history. The bomb, which was hidden in a police car, exploded outside a mosque 12 miles south of Jalalabad after Nangarhar governor Gul Agha Sherzai left a memorial service for warlord Younis Khalis, police said. "A car entered the mosque [compound] and it was full of land mines," said police chief Basir Salangi.
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