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.
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.
December 14, 1997 |
Hundreds of bodies dumped in wells and shallow graves in northern Afghanistan indicate mass killings by both sides in the nation's war, U.N. investigators said Saturday. The investigators are looking into claims by Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum that as many as 2,000 soldiers from the ruling Taliban militia were massacred during a failed campaign in May. Dostum's anti-Taliban alliance is fighting the religious militia, which has imposed its strict version of Islam over 85% of the country.
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.