December 1, 2000 |
The United States and Russia are joining forces to ban weapon sales to Afghanistan's Taliban regime in an effort to close terrorist training camps in that country and flush out Saudi militant Osama bin Laden. Frustrated by inaction by the Taliban since limited international sanctions were levied last year--and spurred by Bin Laden's alleged connection to the October bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole in Yemen--Washington wants to increase the pressure on the radical Islamic regime to cooperate.
August 18, 2000 |
Afghanistan's hard-line Taliban rulers reversed themselves Thursday and said the United Nations could reopen bakeries that employ widows and feed the poor in the fundamentalist Muslim country. The decision came a day after the Taliban shut 25 bakeries and told the 360 women who worked there to go home. The regime generally forbids women to work. Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Mutawakel, who was in Kabul, the capital, gave no explanation for the change of policy.
August 17, 2000 |
Saying Islam completely forbids women working, Afghanistan's hard-line Taliban regime shut down bakeries run by widows, who are among the country's poorest of the poor. The bakeries were started by the United Nations World Food Program and allowed widows to be paid salaries to make bread that was sold at a subsidized price to other widows. The order left 350 women without jobs, said Peter Goossens, country director for the WFP.
August 7, 2000 |
Gunmen shot and killed 12 people, including seven Afghans working for the United Nations' mine clearing agency, in the western province of Herat, an aid worker said in Kabul, the capital. The seven mine clearers, all employees of the Organization for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation, were killed near Kotal-e-Subzak on Saturday on the road between Badghis and Herat provinces, an official of the organization said.
July 2, 2000 |
Four years after Taliban clerics abolished most of the rights of women in Afghanistan, a fortunate few are finding solace--and survival--in baking loaves of bread. About 350 women, some with professional degrees, fan out across the ruins of this city each morning, shed their mandatory head-to-toe burkas and plunge their hands into mounds of dough.
November 14, 1999 |
The United Nations ignored last-minute pleas from Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia and imposed sanctions to demand the arrest of suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. The U.N. is insisting that Bin Laden be handed over to the United States or a third country to stand trial on charges of masterminding the August 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 people. The economic sanctions took effect at 9 p.m. Saturday PST. The U.N.
October 17, 1999 |
Afghanistan's Taliban leaders rejected a U.N. ultimatum to surrender suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden and castigated the world body Saturday for threatening sanctions. "We will never give up Osama at any price," Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, the Taliban's foreign minister, said in a statement addressed to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The U.N.
October 16, 1999 |
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to impose financial and aviation sanctions in 30 days against Afghanistan's Taliban rulers unless Saudi militant Osama bin Laden is turned over for trial on terrorism charges. The measure deplored the fact that the Taliban, a strict Islamic movement that controls most of Afghanistan, provides a haven for Bin Laden. The Saudi millionaire was charged in New York last year in the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
October 7, 1999 |
The United States asked the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to impose strict sanctions on Afghanistan's Taliban rulers until they turn over Islamic extremist Osama bin Laden, charged with plotting the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people last year.
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.