March 13, 1999 |
The United Nations is returning some of its international staff to Afghanistan after a seven-month absence sparked by the killings of three U.N. staffers in July and August. The top U.N. humanitarian coordinator, Sergio Vieira de Mello, cited progress by Afghanistan's Taliban militia in investigating the killings, as well as evidence of Taliban efforts to address U.N. security concerns.
October 10, 1998 |
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia on Friday rejected an invitation from a U.N. envoy to negotiate an end to its border standoff with neighboring Iran. U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi issued the offer in neighboring Pakistan in an attempt to ease tensions created by a massive troop deployment along the border that separates Iran and Afghanistan.
October 7, 1998 |
The Taliban offered to stop growing poppies--which help make Afghanistan the world's second-largest opium producer after the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia--in exchange for recognition by the United Nations as the government of the country. Mullah Mohammed Omar, the supreme leader of the Islamic militia, made the offer in remarks that were broadcast by the Taliban over the radio. Only Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates recognize the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan.
February 17, 1998 |
Bad weather blocked relief flights to quake-stricken northeastern Afghanistan again Monday, frustrating aid workers who had managed to get only one flight through in four days. An estimated 30,000 people in the remote mountains of the northeast are cold, hungry and badly in need of shelter and food after a powerful Feb. 4 quake that crumbled villages and killed an estimated 4,500 people. On Monday, two U.N.
November 25, 1997 |
U.N. and Taliban officials have agreed on a plan designed to virtually eradicate cultivation of the opium poppy in Afghanistan, the world's leading producer of the raw material for heroin. The agreement, struck between Pino Arlacchi, head of the United Nations' International Drug Control Program, and the Taliban, the fundamentalist Muslims who control two-thirds of Afghanistan, would take five years and several hundred million dollars to carry out. The U.N.
September 30, 1996 |
The Taliban militia captured the stronghold of former government military chief Ahmed Shah Masoud and was pushing into the Panjsher valley, aid workers said today. They said the guerrillas had captured the town of Jabal os Saraj, about 45 miles north of the Afghan capital, early today after a three-hour battle. The aid workers said the Taliban fighters were searching for former government leaders in the town, but it appeared most of them had escaped.
September 26, 1996 |
Security Council members called Wednesday for an immediate end to the fighting in Afghanistan and for peace talks as the government denied that the capital was about to fall to the Taliban militia. The appeal was announced after a meeting of the 15-nation Security Council in New York, following a string of military successes by the radical Islamic Taliban that has brought the conflict to the gates of Kabul.
March 21, 1995 |
Retreating as quickly as it advanced, Afghanistan's Taliban militia of Muslim students has been routed from its stronghold near Kabul, ensuring that President Burhanuddin Rabbani will not resign today as required by a U.N. peace plan. As a result of the most decisive victory by pro-Rabbani forces in Afghanistan's 3-year-old civil war, the president now controls all of Kabul and its outskirts for the first time since the Communist government was overthrown in 1992. When Mahmoud Mestiri, the U.N.
February 20, 1995 |
After enduring a Kremlin-sponsored putsch, a Muslim jihad and a civil war among Islamic rivals, the people of Kabul on Sunday experienced a new kind of conflict--a sitzkrieg, or sitting war, with a U.N.-sponsored peace plan dangling in the balance. The arrival of a new fighting force on the outskirts of this battered capital and the ensuing shift in the military balance have endangered a plan for the transfer of power in Afghanistan that had been brokered over the past two months by U.N.
August 17, 1992 |
U.N. aid agencies have evacuated all but about half a dozen foreign employees from Kabul, where nearly two weeks of rocket attacks have left more than 1,000 people dead, sources said Sunday. The United Nations thus became the first foreign agency to withdraw its forces from the capital since the latest wave of fighting broke out. The U.N.