2005 Jan 3, In eastern
Afghanistan a US was killed and three others wounded in a clash with
2005 Jan 12, In southern
Afghanistan gunmen kidnapped six government soldiers in a former
Taliban stronghold and dumped their bullet-ridden bodies in a canal.
2005 Jan 16, The US military
freed 81 Afghan prisoners, and the Afghan government was negotiating
the release of hundreds more from American custody.
(AP, 1/16/05)(WSJ, 1/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai started a two-day visit to Iran mainly focused on
boosting economic relations and inaugurating a new cross-border
2005 Jan 27, An Afghan soldier
opened fire inside a US base and killed 5 of his comrades.
(SFC, 1/28/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 29, Nine Afghan
soldiers died and another was seriously injured when a mine exploded
near their vehicle as they traveled close to the Pakistani border.
2005 Jan, A 220-page UN report
on atrocities in Afghanistan was scheduled for release but kept
under wraps for the next 18 months. Publication was expected in
(SFC, 6/17/06, p.A1)
2005 Feb 3, An Afghan passenger
jet carrying 104 people disappeared from radar screens during a
snowstorm near the mountain-ringed capital. NATO helicopters found
the wreckage of 2 days later. There were no survivors.
(AP, 2/4/05)(AP, 2/5/05)
2005 Feb 11, In Afghanistan US
troops killed two unarmed men after they entered an exclusion zone
around near Shindand Air Base in Herat province. An investigation
2005 Feb 17, In Afghanistan a
cold snap over the past month has claimed at least 267 lives and
thousands more people were thought to be stranded in remote areas.
Winter blizzards left over 1,000 children dead.
(AFP, 2/17/05)(SFC, 3/3/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 24, In southeastern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents launched 3 separate attacks, killing
9 Afghan troops and wounding an American soldier while sustaining
heavy casualties themselves.
2005 Mar 2, In Afghanistan
Pres. Karzai appointed Habiba Sarobi as governor of Bamiyan
province, making her Afghanistan’s 1st female governor.
(SFC, 3/3/05, p.A10)
2005 Mar 2, In eastern
Afghanistan a gunbattle between U.S.-led coalition forces and
militants left three militants and two civilians dead.
2005 Mar 8, Afghan gunmen
killed a British advisor in Kabul.
(WSJ, 3/9/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 17, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded near a taxi carrying women and children in the
southern city of Kandahar, killing at least five people and
2005 Mar 20, Severe flooding
caused by snowmelt and torrential rains across Afghanistan left
nearly 20 dead and thousands homeless.
2005 Mar 22, In Afghanistan US
warplanes killed five suspected Taliban or al-Qaida militants near
the Pakistani border after guerrillas launched an overnight rocket
and gun attack on American and Afghan military positions.
2005 Mar 22, In Afghanistan
US-led forces trying to capture a suspected Taliban militant got
into a firefight that left seven people dead, including two children
and a woman.
2005 Mar 26, In Afghanistan 4
US soldiers died when their vehicle struck a land mine.
2005 Mar 30, Under heavy
protection, First Lady Laura Bush visited the capital of
Afghanistan, where she talked with Afghan women freed from Taliban
repression and urged greater rights.
2005 Mar 31, It was reported
that Shirin Gul (39), an Afghan housewife, stood accused with her
lover and son (18) of murdering 27 men over the last 4 years in
order to sell their cars across the border in Pakistan.
(SFC, 3/31/05, p.A3)
2005 Apr 1, Suspected Taliban
gunmen ambushed a convoy of civilian trucks carrying vehicles to the
US military in southern Afghanistan, killing three drivers. A bomb
planted on a tractor trolley killed two people and injured five in
the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif while a roadside bomb blast in
southern Kandahar province killed two teenagers.
2005 Apr 2, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants stormed a government building in Deshu
district and killed 3 Afghan soldiers in a two-hour gunbattle before
fleeing. A Western security source in Kandahar linked the attack to
an ongoing counter-narcotics drive in Helmand province and said
security was deteriorating there.
(AFP, 4/3/05)(SSFC, 4/3/05, p.A9)
2005 Apr 5, Zalmay Khalilzad, a
former White House official who has served as US ambassador in his
native Afghanistan, was named to take over the post in Iraq.
2005 Apr 6, In southeast
Afghanistan a US military helicopter crashed in bad weather. 15 US
service members and 3 American civilians were killed when their
Chinook helicopter crashed.
2005 Apr 11, In Afghanistan at
least 12 suspected Taliban rebels were killed and two American
soldiers wounded in a battle that began with a botched rebel attack.
2005 Apr 19, US forces killed
more than 12 insurgents in a clash in southeastern Afghanistan.
2005 Apr 20, In Afghanistan 2
former Taliban leaders joined a reconciliation drive that American
commanders hope will undermine a three-year-old insurgency.
2005 Apr 21, US and Afghan
soldiers backed by warplanes and artillery battled suspected
insurgents in clashes near the border with Pakistan. 4 fighters and
1 Afghan soldier were killed.
2005 Apr 25, Bashir Noorzai
(44), alleged Afghan heroin dealer, was arrested while traveling to
(SFC, 4/26/05, p.A3)
2005 Apr 26, A US soldier and
four Afghan police officers were killed in separate rebel attacks,
while at least two Afghan civilians were injured by gunfire
following the bombing of an American patrol in the east of the
2005 Apr 29, Afghan security
forces opened fire during a celebration in a western city, killing a
mother and her daughter. In central Afghanistan an airstrike on a
suspected insurgent camp killed three civilians and four militants.
A bomb tore through a jeep carrying Afghan anti-drug police in
eastern Afghanistan, killing 3 officers and injuring two more, in
the first deadly attack on the country's new counter-narcotics
(AP, 4/30/05)(AP, 5/1/05)
2005 May 1, The bodies of 3
Afghan women were found raped, hanged and dumped on a roadside in
Baglan province with a warning not to work for foreign relief
(SFC, 5/6/05, p.A15)
2005 May 2, In Afghanistan an
arms cache, hidden under the house of a warlord and former
government militia commander named Jalal Bashgah, exploded in a
bunker beneath his home killing 34 people, injuring 16 and
devastating surrounding buildings.
(AP, 5/2/05)(SFC, 5/3/05, p.A5)
2005 May 3, From May 3 to 4
American troops and Afghan police killed 64 rebels and captured six
during a battle in the mountains of southern Afghanistan. 9 Afghan
troops and one policeman were also killed in the clashes in the
southern provinces of Zabul and Kandahar.
2005 May 7, In Afghanistan a UN
worker from Myanmar was among three people killed in a suicide
attack at an Internet cafe in Kabul.
2005 May 8, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents trying to escape US Marines took refuge in a
cave and killed 2 Americans during a 5-hour battle that left an
estimated 23 rebels dead.
2005 May 11, In Afghanistan
demonstrators angry over the alleged desecration of the Quran at
Guantanamo Bay smashed car and shop windows and stoned a passing
convoy of US soldiers. Police opened fire on the protesters, killing
four and injuring at least 71.
2005 May 12, Police clashed
with anti-U.S. demonstrators in two Afghan towns, killing at least
three people, and Afghan students burned an American flag in Kabul
as protests spread over reported abuse of Islam's holy book at the
U.S. jail in Guantanamo Bay.
2005 May 13, Afghan police and
demonstrators clashed, killing at least 4 people, as protests over
allegations that interrogators at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay
desecrated Islam's holy book spread to more cities.
2005 May 16, In Afghanistan 4
armed men kidnapped Clementina Cantoni (32), an Italian relief
worker, from her car in Kabul. Authorities described the group as
2005 May 18, In Afghanistan
Shaima Rezayee (24), a host on an MTV-style music show, was shot
dead in the head at her Kabul home.
2005 May 18-2005 May 19,
Suspected Taliban militants ambushed and killed 11 Afghans working
on a US-funded project to end opium farming in Helmand province.
Chemonics, which employed 14,000 people, suspended operations.
(AP, 5/18/05)(AP, 5/19/05)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.40)
2005 May 21, In eastern
Afghanistan fighting between insurgents and US-led coalition and
Afghan forces left 12 rebels dead and one U.S. soldier slightly
wounded. In southern Afghanistan a bomb exploded near a U.S.
military patrol, killing one American soldier and wounding two
(AP, 5/21/05)(AP, 5/22/05)
2005 May 22, The UN condemned
as "utterly unacceptable" the alleged abuse of detainees at the main
US base in Afghanistan and called on the American military to allow
an investigation by Afghan human rights officials.
2005 May 23, President Bush
said that US troops in Afghanistan will remain under US control
despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai's request for more authority
2005 May 23, Afghan and
coalition forces killed two insurgents in a firefight in central
Afghanistan, while US aircraft bombed and destroyed a cave where
about six other rebels were believed hiding.
2005 May 29, In southern
Afghanistan's Kandahar province gunmen shot and killed Mullah Abdul
Fayaz, the top Muslim leader.
2005 May 30, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants claimed responsibility for a bicycle bomb aimed at
a NATO-led vehicle which wounded at least 7 Afghans and a rocket
which slammed into the peacekeeping force's base in Kabul.
2005 May 30, US-led warplanes
and troops killed up to 9 suspected Taliban rebels after the
militants launched 3 attacks in quick succession on Afghan and
US-led coalition forces.
2005 May 31, NATO troops took
command of security and reconstruction efforts in western
Afghanistan from US forces under a plan that will likely soon put
NATO forces into insurgent hot spots.
2005 Jun 1, In Afghanistan a
bomb from a suicide attacker tore through a mosque during a funeral
in Kandahar for a Muslim cleric opposed to the Taliban, killing at
least 20 people. The local governor said an al-Qaida-linked militant
2005 Jun 3, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb exploded next to a US military convoy, killing
two American soldiers and wounding a third.
2005 Jun 4, In Afghanistan Haji
Sultan, division commander for the Taliban, was arrested with Mullah
Mohammad Rahim, another senior Taliban official, in the western
2005 Jun 8, In eastern
Afghanistan rebel rockets struck US troops unloading supplies from a
helicopter, killing two and wounding 8.
2005 Jun 10, In eastern
Afghanistan an American soldier was killed and three US troops were
wounded when insurgents ambushed a patrol.
2005 Jun 11, In southern
Afghanistan an Afghan army truck collided with a bus, killing three
villagers and wounding seven. A US soldier was killed by small-arms
fire in Orgun-e.
(AP, 6/11/05)(SFC, 6/14/05, p.B3)
2005 Jun 14, A health expert
warned that Kabul is on the verge of a cholera epidemic, with more
than 2,000 cases of the disease and at least eight deaths reported
in recent weeks.
2005 Jun 14, Fighting between
about 90 suspected Taliban rebels and hundreds of Afghan soldiers
and U.S.-led coalition troops left seven insurgents dead and 10
wounded, while a rebel attack on a medical clinic killed a doctor
and six others.
2005 Jun 15, In Afghanistan 4
people, including 2 boys, were killed by mines.
2005 Jun 16, Taliban rebels
ambushed a police convoy in southern Afghanistan, taking at least 10
officers and a district police chief captive.
2005 Jun 19, In southern
Afghanistan US warplanes and helicopters opened fire on a group of
suspected rebels after the ambush of a coalition convoy, killing as
many as 20 militants.
2005 Jun 20, Fierce fighting
between Taliban rebels and Afghan security forces left 18 insurgents
and three others dead.
2005 Jun 21, American warplanes
pounded a suspected Taliban safe haven in southern Afghanistan in an
assault that left up to 76 insurgents and five policeman dead and
five U.S. soldiers wounded.
(AP, 6/22/05)(SFC, 6/23/05, p.A10)
2005 Jun 22, US military said a
US Air Force U-2 spy plane involved in a mission in Afghanistan
crashed while returning to its base in the United Arab Emirates,
killing the pilot.
2005 Jun 23, Afghan and
U.S.-led coalition forces surrounded a rebel hide-out in southern
Afghanistan, and the number of insurgents killed from three days of
fighting rose to 102.
2005 Jun 24, In Afghanistan 4
days of fighting left 114 people dead, including 102 insurgents.
2005 Jun 24, Russia, whose last
border guard left the Tajik-Afghan border last week, said
Afghanistan's heroin output was growing at breakneck speed and
presented a threat to the world community.
2005 Jun 25, Afghan forces
found the bodies of 76 suspected militants killed during a barrage
of their camps by Afghan and US forces. In all, a total of 178
militants were killed and 56 suspected insurgents have been captured
since Jun 21.
2005 Jun 25, In northern
Afghanistan a massive explosion at a weapons dump near an airfield
killed five Afghans and two German soldiers.
2005 Jun 28, In Kunar province,
Afghanistan, 4 US Navy SEAL commandos radioed for help during a
reconnaissance mission for Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters, that was
part of Operation Red Wing. A US Chinook helicopter with 16 men
responded to the call and was shot down. Marcus Luttrell was rescued
by US forces on July 2. In 2007 Luttrell, the only survivor,
authored “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing
and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10." Michael Murphy, a Navy Seal
who gave his life to call for help for his unit, was awarded the
Medal of Honor in 2007.
(AP, 6/29/05)(SFC, 7/7/05, p.A14)(WSJ, 10/23/07,
p.A1)(WSJ, 10/27/07, p.A9)
2005 Jun 29, In central
Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked police checkpoints and a
village, and the fighting left 25 people dead, including tribal
elders who were taken hostage.
2005 Jul 1, In eastern
Afghanistan a US airstrike in Kunar province resulted in casualties;
Afghan officials said 48 people were killed, including 25 members of
an extended family attending a wedding celebration; US officials
later confirmed 34 dead. Hundreds of Afghan troops raided a Taliban
hide-out in the mountains of central Afghanistan and 18 rebels and
two soldiers were killed in fierce fighting.
(SFC, 7/7/05, p.A14)(AP, 7/2/05)(AP, 7/1/06)
2005 Jul 4, A senior US defense
official confirmed the deaths of two Navy SEALS that were missing in
action in Afghanistan's northeast.
2005 Jul 4, In Afghanistan a
provincial governor said a 2nd member of a missing elite US military
team has been located in the rugged mountains near the Pakistan
2005 Jul 5, An alliance of
Russia, China and central Asian nations called for the US and
coalition members in Afghanistan to set a date for withdrawing from
member states, reflecting growing unease over America's regional
military presence. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization includes
China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
2005 Jul 7, A Human Rights
Watch report said numerous officials in Afghan President Hamid
Karzai's government are implicated in war crimes that took place at
the start of the country's bloody civil war in the early 1990s.
2005 Jul 9, The US military
released another batch of 76 Afghan prisoners as part of ongoing
efforts to promote national reconciliation. A purported Taliban
spokesman said that the group has beheaded a missing American
commando, but he offered no proof.
2005 Jul 9, Suspected Taliban
gunmen ambushed an Afghani government border patrol in the desert
near the frontier with Pakistan, killing 10 soldiers and beheading
2005 Jul 10, In eastern
Afghanistan the body of a missing US commando was located in Kunar
province. The location and disposition of the service member's
remains indicate he died while fighting off enemy terrorists on or
about June 28.
2005 Jul 11, In Afghanistan 4
suspected terrorists escaped from the main US base, the first time
anyone has broken out of the heavily guarded detention facility.
Omar al-Farouq was one of the four suspected Arab terrorists to
escape from the detention facility at Bagram. Born in Kuwait to
Iraqi parents, he was considered one of Osama bin Laden's top
lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured
him in 2002 and turned him over to the US. On Nov 2 Indonesian
anti-terrorism official, Maj. Gen. Ansyaad Mbai, sharply criticized
the US government for failing to inform him that al-Farouq was no
longer behind bars.
(AP, 7/11/05)(AP, 11/2/05)
2005 Jul 11-2005 Jul 12,
Fighting between rebels and Afghan and American forces in Zabul
province left 17 insurgents dead.
2005 Jul 14, US and Afghan
soldiers fought Taliban insurgent near the Pakistan border inside
Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Rehmatullah Raufi, the top army commander in
Paktia, said the Afghan base was attacked in the Lwara area. The
next day Pakistani troops found the bodies of 24 suspected Taliban
militants. Pakistan protested the US cross-border raid.
(AP, 7/15/05)(WSJ, 7/18/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 15, Suspected Taliban
gunmen kidnapped and hanged a pro-government tribal leader in
southern Afghanistan. Agha Jan was kidnapped the previous day with
his two sons, brother and two nephews from his home in southern
Zabul province. The relatives were released unharmed. Suspected
Taliban fighters raided a police post in southern Afghanistan,
killing 7 policemen and losing 5 of their own men.
(AP, 7/15/05)(AP, 7/16/05)
2005 Jul 17, The 168-page
Afghanistan Justice Project report was issued and covered human
rights abuses since the late 1970s. It holds several top officials
and candidates in national elections, scheduled for September, among
those responsible for mass arrests, tortures and executions.
2005 Jul 18, A British jury
convicted Faryadi Sarwar Zardad, a former Afghan warlord, of torture
and hostage-taking (1991-1996). It was the first trial in Britain of
a foreigner for crimes committed in his homeland. The next day
Zardad was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
(AP, 7/19/05)(AP, 7/20/05)
2005 Jul 20, Two Afghans
released from Guantanamo Bay claimed about 180 Afghans at the U.S.
detention facility were on a hunger strike to protest alleged
mistreatment and to push for freedom.
2005 Jul 21, Suspected Taliban
rebels ambushed a car carrying a local administrator in southern
Afghanistan. Gul Mohammed, an acting deputy district chief, and his
unidentified driver were killed when militants opened fire on their
car in Helmand province.
2005 Jul 23, In southern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants fatally shot a district
2005 Jul 24, In southern
Afghanistan more than a dozen suspected militants attacked a US
patrol, and the resulting firefight left one American soldier dead
and another wounded. A roadside bomb exploded in eastern
Afghanistan, striking a US military convoy and wounding six American
(AP, 7/24/05)(AP, 7/25/05)
2005 Jul 25, Fighting between
Taliban rebels and U.S. and Afghan forces in Uruzgan province killed
about 50 suspected militants, in the deadliest clashes in weeks
ahead of crucial legislative elections. The fighting killed one US
and one Afghan soldier.
(AP, 7/26/05)(SFC, 7/26/05, p.A3)
2005 Jul 26, In Afghanistan
more than 1,000 stone-throwing protesters tried to break into
Bagram, the main U.S. base to free eight detained villagers, and
Afghan troops fired warning shots and used clubs to beat the mob
back. U.S. troops also fired into the air.
2005 Jul 26, In Afghanistan US
military officials moved to defuse tension after a riot outside
their main base by handing 6 villagers, accused of being bomb
makers, over to local authorities.
2005 Jul 28, The main body of
Canadian soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan has begun arriving
in the treacherous Kandahar region. They're part of what will be a
250-strong provincial reconstruction team, the first such team
Canada has sent to Afghanistan.
2005 Jul 28, A team of
anti-drug investigators, lawyers and judges will start prosecuting
major narcotics cases in Afghanistan, the world's largest opium and
heroin producer, as part of a new UN program.
2005 Jul 30, In central
Afghanistan thousands of rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft
ammunition have been seized in the largest cache of militant weapons
discovered in months.
2005 Jul, In Afghanistan 2 US
soldiers punched detainees at a forward operating base in Uruzgan
province. In 2006 Army Spc. James Hayes was reduced to private and
forfeited all pay and allowances for 4 months. Army Sgt. Kevin
Myricks received a reduction in rank and was sentenced to 6 months
(SSFC, 1/29/06, p.A3)(AP, 1/30/06)
2005 Aug 3, Some 2,000 Afghan
security forces rushed to an eastern province after dozens of
suspected Taliban rebels wearing army uniforms killed 8 police and
soldiers in an attack on a region that has been largely peaceful in
2005 Aug 4, A roadside bomb
exploded near a US military vehicle near the Afghan border with
Pakistan, killing an American service member and wounding another. 2
US service members drowned after their Humvee slid into a river
during an operation targeting insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.
2005 Aug 8, In southern
Afghanistan one US service member and at least 16 suspected Taliban
rebels were killed in fighting.
2005 Aug 8-2005 Aug 9, In
Afghanistan US airstrikes during operations against militants killed
civilians and wounded others, including an infant according to local
2005 Aug 9, A roadside bomb
attack in eastern Afghanistan killed a US service member, the fifth
American casualty in a week. Suspected Taliban rebels gunned down an
Afghan woman accused of spying for the coalition.
2005 Aug 9, Qari Amadullah, a
suspected Taliban rebel leader, died in heavy fighting in eastern
Afghanistan. 5 other militants were killed and 3 US soldiers were
wounded during the clash.
2005 Aug 11, In Afghanistan a
US service member was killed in Paktika province, the sixth American
fatality in a week. An American soldier was killed and two others
were wounded in an explosives training accident in central Uruzgan
(AP, 8/11/05)(AP, 8/12/05)
2005 Aug 12, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban guerrillas ambushed a vehicle carrying police in
southern Zabul province's Arghandab district, sparking a gunbattle
that killed 3 militants.
2005 Aug 13, Khosraw Basheri
(23) claimed a historic title of Mr. Afghanistan in the country’s
first-ever national competition to select a top bodybuilder.
2005 Aug 13, US Marines and
Afghan troops launched an offensive to take a remote mountain valley
from insurgents tied to the deadliest blow on American forces since
the Taliban regime was ousted nearly four years ago.
2005 Aug 14, Fighting across
southern Afghanistan left 28 suspected Taliban rebels dead. In Zabul
province Afghan forces attacked a group of suspected militants,
killing 16 of them and arresting one. In neighboring Uruzgan
province's Dehrawud district, a gunbattle between Afghan soldiers
and insurgents left five militants dead.
2005 Aug 16, Two helicopters
carrying NATO-led forces to prepare for next month's elections
crashed in the desert in western Afghanistan, killing at least 17
2005 Aug 18, In Afghanistan a
US Marine and an Afghan soldier were killed during battles with
militants in eastern Kunar province ahead of next month's landmark
elections. 2 American soldiers were killed in the south.
2005 Aug 20, In southern
Afghanistan at least 20 people were killed and 28 others injured
when two buses collided on a highway.
2005 Aug 21, Afghan forces and
US Marines killed more than 40 suspected militants in an operation
against insurgents in the Koregnal Valley, believed responsible for
twin attacks that killed 19 troops in June.
2005 Aug 21, A roadside bomb
killed four US soldiers and wounded three others as they patrolled
2005 Aug 24, In Afghanistan’s
Uruzgan province coalition aircraft killed 5 alleged insurgents
after a firefight with troops on the ground.
2005 Aug 24, The US-led
coalition and Afghan forces killed Payenda Mohammed, a suspected
Taliban commander and three of his fighters in the country's south.
2005 Aug 25, A joint
U.S.-Afghan patrol spotted a rebel observation post and A-10
warplanes and attack helicopters were called in, killing five
2005 Aug 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb killed a US service member and wounded four when
it exploded near their armored vehicle in Paktika province.
2005 Aug 28, India’s PM
Manmohan Singh, the first Indian premier to visit Afghanistan in
nearly 3 decades, pledged with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to
battle terrorism amid rising violence in the war-battered country.
2005 Aug 28, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban rebels killed a candidate running in next month's
2005 Aug 28, In Afghanistan 6
rebels died in a clash with Afghan police.
2005 Aug 28, Militants attacked
a joint patrol by Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces near Kabul,
and an ensuing firefight left one suspected rebel dead and two
2005 Aug 30, Afghan and U.S.
ground troops, backed by attack helicopters, raided a Taliban camp
in the mountains of southern Afghanistan, killing nine suspected
2005 Aug 31, Militants
kidnapped David Addison, a British engineer, and his interpreter
after an attack in western Afghanistan that left at least three
policemen dead. Addison’s body was found Sep 3.
(AP, 9/1/05)(Reuters, 9/3/05)
2005 Aug, A report, only made
public in 2008, marked confidential and bearing the official seal of
Spain's Defense Ministry charged that Pakistan's spy service was
helping arm Taliban insurgents for assassination plots against the
2005 Sep 1, In Afghanistan the
bodies of 2 Japanese tourists were found. The two Japanese teachers,
technical arts teacher Jun Fukusho (44), and female English teacher
Shinobu Hasegawa (30), had been missing for 3 weeks.
2005 Sep 1, in Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents stabbed to death Mullah Amir Akhund, a
pro-government Islamic cleric, in Helmand province.
2005 Sep 2, Suspected Taliban
gunmen kidnapped a district government chief, a candidate for
legislature and three other people after ambushing their vehicle in
2005 Sep 4, In southern
Afghanistan 13 suspected Taliban fighters were killed in fighting
with US and Afghan forces in Kandahar province. More than 40
suspected militants were arrested.
2005 Sep 6, Pakistan said it
has sent 9,500 more troops to the border with Afghanistan to prevent
infiltration by militants intent on disrupting Afghan elections
later this month.
2005 Sep 7, Hundreds of Afghan
refugees attacked a UN refugee agency office in northwest Pakistan
in protest at delays in repatriating them. Pakistan has ordered the
closure of all refugee camps in its semi-autonomous tribal regions
because of security concerns. It originally gave an August 31
deadline but it has since given them until September 15.
2005 Sep 9, Afghan and
coalition forces killed 30 enemies and captured 60 others during an
operation in Grishk district of Helmand.
2005 Sep 10, Afghan soldiers
reportedly tried to assassinate Rahim Wardak, the country's defense
minister, by shooting at his convoy at Kabul's main airport. Wardak
had already left his vehicle and was unhurt. Nine suspects, all
soldiers, were arrested in the attack. The next day Afghanistan said
the shootout was not an assassination attempt, but an internecine
battle between groups of soldiers.
(AP, 9/10/05)(WSJ, 9/12/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 13, In Afghanistan the
bodies of 7 men, killed by suspected Taliban rebels, were found in
the central Afghan province of Uruzgan, along with the cards that
entitled them to vote in upcoming parliamentary and provincial
2005 Sep 14, In Afghanistan
about 40 gunmen attacked a police post in the mountainous Char-Chilo
district of Uruzgan province. Police killed three of the attackers
and arrested one after a two-hour gunbattle. A bomb exploded along a
road frequently traveled by U.S.-led and Afghan army forces near
Tirin Kot, the provincial capital, blowing up a civilian vehicle and
killing three passengers.
2005 Sep 15, Suspected Taliban
gunmen in Helmand province shot and killed Abdul Hadi, a candidate
in Afghanistan's legislative elections after dragging him from his
2005 Sep 17, The UN urged
Afghans to defy rebel violence and turn out in large numbers to vote
in landmark legislative elections. Fierce battles near the capital
and elsewhere killed nine militants and three policemen.
2005 Sep 17, A French special
forces soldier was killed and one was seriously wounded when their
vehicle struck a mine while patrolling in southern Afghanistan.
2005 Sep 18, Afghans chose a
legislature for the first time in decades, embracing their newly
recovered democratic rights and braving threats of Taliban attacks
to cast votes in schools, tents and mosques. The turnout was
reported to be a disappointing 50%. 19 polling stations were
attacked by Taliban insurgents and a dozen people were killed. Women
won seats in 13 of the 34 provinces. The Hazara underclass claimed
43 seats out of 249, despite being 9-13% of the population.
(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A1)(Econ, 9/24/05, p.17)(Econ,
10/22/05, p.46)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.45)
2005 Sep 18, In Afghanistan
Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, former Saudi Arabian-backed jihadist leader and
presidential advisor to Hamid Karzai, stood as a parliamentary
(Econ, 9/17/05, p.40)
2005 Sep 20, President Hamid
Karzai challenged the need for major foreign military operations in
Afghanistan, saying air strikes are no longer effective and that
U.S.-led coalition forces should focus on rooting out terror bases
and support networks.
2005 Sep 22, In southern
Afghanistan 10 insurgents and an Afghan soldier were killed in an
operation to arrest a top Taliban commander.
2005 Sep 25, A US Chinook
helicopter crashed in remote mountains of southern Afghanistan,
killing all five crew members on board.
2005 Sep 26, A drug policy
group said Afghanistan could reduce its destabilizing heroin trade
by licensing an opium crop to produce medical morphine for export,
but the UN dismissed the idea as unlikely to work and the government
called it premature.
2005 Sep 26, In Afghanistan 2
US troops were killed in separate militant attacks.
2005 Sep 27, In Afghanistan Ali
Ahmad Jalali, the Interior Minister, resigned and said some senior
officials were involved in drugs and corruption.
(SFC, 9/28/05, p.A14)
2005 Sep 27, An American
supervisor for USPI, a Houston-based security firm, allegedly shot
to death his Afghan interpreter after a quarrel. Officials said Noor
Ahmad (37) was shot in the head at a compound of his employer, U.S.
Protection and Investigations, at Tut village in Farah province's
Gulistan district in western Afghanistan.
2005 Sep 28, Afghan and US
forces arrested Gafar, a Taliban commander suspected in bomb attacks
against coalition forces, during a raid in the Andar district of
Ghazni province, where he tried to conceal his identity by dressing
as a woman.
2005 Sep 28, A suspected
suicide attacker detonated a bomb outside an Afghan military
training center in Kabul, killing nine people and wounding 28.
2005 Sep 28, Germany's outgoing
parliament voted overwhelmingly to keep its troops in Afghanistan
for another year.
2005 Sep 29, In southern
Afghanistan an attack killed one US and one Afghan soldier.
(SSFC, 10/2/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 1, A freelance
journalist shot video of US soldiers burning the bodies of the
suspected Taliban fighters in the hills outside the southern village
of Gonbaz, near the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar and
taunted other Islamic militants. On Oct 20 the US military and
the Afghan government said they will investigate the TV report. The
US military said such abuse would be "repugnant."
2005 Oct 2, Afghan government
forces killed 31 suspected Taliban militants near the eastern border
with Pakistan. In a separate clash militants attacked a truck
carrying supplies for U.S.-led coalition forces in Surobi district
of eastern Paktia province, killing the truck driver. In fighting
that followed, three more militants were killed and two arrested.
Two Afghan army officers were wounded.
2005 Oct 2, Afghan election
officials said ballot boxes from about 4% of the country’s 26,000
polling stations were set aside for investigation on suspicion of
(SFC, 10/3/05, p.A8)
2005 Oct 4, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded near a key crossing point on the Afghan-Pakistan
border, killing three people and wounding 20. Authorities blamed
2005 Oct 4, Japan's Cabinet
endorsed a one-year extension of the country's naval mission to
support U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, citing renewed concerns
about terrorism after the recent bombings in Indonesia.
2005 Oct 4, Pakistani security
forces arrested Abdul Latif Hakimi, the chief spokesman of
Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime, describing his capture as a
major blow to the Islamic militia.
2005 Oct 6, Coalition forces
who were engaged in combat with militants opened fire on a vehicle
carrying Afghan police, killing four and wounding one.
2005 Oct 8, A 7.6-magnitude
earthquake hit Kashmir near the Pakistan-India border reaching to
Afghanistan. It reduced villages to rubble, triggered landslides and
flattened an apartment building, killing thousands of people in
India and Pakistan. Pakistani officials said the death toll ranged
between nearly 20,000 and 30,000. The newly reopened "Peace Bridge"
linking the Indian and Pakistani portions of disputed Kashmir nearly
collapsed during the earthquake. The death toll from the quake
reached 87,350. The UN estimated that 3 million people were left
homeless by the earthquake.
(AP, 10/9/05)(SSFC, 10/9/05, p.A1)(AP,
11/8/05)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.44)
2005 Oct 9, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker rammed a car laden with explosives
into an armored vehicle carrying British government officials,
wounding four of them.
2005 Oct 9, Interfax news
reported that Russia will supply Afghanistan's fledgling army with
helicopters and equipment worth $30 million, more than 15 years
after Moscow withdrew after a nearly decade-long war.
2005 Oct 10, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed a former militia commander and two others in
Kandahar. Police later thwarted a second such attack in the same
city when a man blew himself up as he fled the officers.
2005 Oct 10, In southern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels ambushed a police convoy
traveling on a mountain road in Helmand province, killing 19
officers in the deadliest attack ever on the fledgling police force.
2 suicide bombers, one of whom was identified as an Arab, killed
three people and wounded eight in Kandahar.
2005 Oct 10, In Afghanistan US
warplanes killed 10 suspected rebels in Uruzgan province.
2005 Oct 11, In Zabul province
US-led coalition and Afghan forces killed two Chechens and a
Pakistani who were fighting alongside Taliban rebels.
2005 Oct 11,
In Afghanistan suspected Taliban ambushed a convoy and killed
2005 Oct 12, In Afghanistan 5
medical workers were killed by gunmen near Kandahar. Pres. Karzai
said he believes insurgents are receiving support from the nation's
booming drug trade.
2005 Oct 13, In Afghanistan
Sargon Heinrich (40) of Rio Vista, Ca., head of a building company,
was hauled from his boardinghouse in Kabul as Afghan agents arrested
patrons there. He refused to pay a bribe for release and was charged
on Nov 23 for gun-running, forged ID and refusal to cooperate with
authorities. 2 Britons and an Indian faced the same plight. All 4
were released Dec 8.
(SFC, 12/6/05, p.A8)(SFC, 12/10/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 16, Afghanistan's
election authority announced final results for two of the country's
34 provinces as hundreds of protestors blocked roads in two key
cities alleging fraud in the count. Officials said election
authorities have fired about 50 employees for suspected fraud in
last month's legislative polls. About 3% of votes, have been taken
out of the counting process because of suspicions that they were
(AP, 10/16/05)(AFP, 10/16/05)
2005 Oct 17, In southern
Afghanistan US-led coalition forces killed four police officers
after mistaking them for militants during an operation in the
Maywand district of Kandahar province. Elsewhere militants shot dead
a police intelligence officer as he was walking in Zabul province.
2005 Oct 18, A former regional
governor who oversaw the destruction of two massive 1,500-year-old
Buddha statues during the Taliban's reign was elected to the Afghan
parliament last month, officials said as results from two provinces
2005 Oct 20, In southern
Afghanistan a car bomb exploded near a mosque killing Nafus Khan,
the deputy police chief of Nimroz province, and one of his
2005 Oct 21, A Taliban ambush
touched off fierce fighting in southern Afghan mountains that left
eight police and four rebels dead. A cultural reporter 922) with a
local radio station, was killed in a bomb blast in the eastern
province of Khost.
(AP, 10/22/05)(AFP, 10/22/05)
2005 Oct 22, In Afghanistan Ali
Mohaqiq Nasab was convicted after his magazine Haqooq-i-Zan, or
Women's Rights, published a series of articles about Islam. One
challenged a belief that Muslims who convert to other religions
should be stoned to death, as sanctioned by some interpretations of
Islamic Shariah law, while another criticized the practice of
punishing adultery with 100 lashes. On Oct 24 the UN criticized his
two-year jail sentence.
2005 Oct 23, An earthquake
destroyed homes and killed five people near Afghanistan's eastern
border with Pakistan.
2005 Oct 24, In Afghanistan
rebels fired rockets at a US-led coalition convoy 10 miles south of
Kabul. The rockets missed their target and instead hit 3 civilian
cars, killing six Afghans.
2005 Oct 25, In Afghanistan
militants opened fire on a police vehicle near Kabul, killing two
senior police officers who were teachers at a police academy.
2005 Oct 25, American and
British warplanes pounded a southern Afghan mountain, killing
suspected Taliban rebels. A provincial governor said at least 6
rebels were killed and 4 wounded.
2005 Oct 27, Afghan officials
welcomed the extradition of 14 suspected Taliban members from
neighboring Pakistan, saying they hoped the move would mark a new
era of cooperation.
2005 Oct 29, In Afghanistan a
US paratrooper was killed after his patrol came under fire in a
volatile province near the eastern border with Pakistan and a
British soldier was shot to death in northern Afghanistan. Officials
said at least 21 other people were killed in fighting last week.
2005 Oct 30, The US military
said 2 American soldiers have been charged with allegedly assaulting
two detainees at a US-led coalition base in southern Afghanistan.
2005 Nov 1, Japanese artist
Hiro Yamagata announced plans to recreate Afghanistan's destroyed
Bamiyan Buddhas using as many as 240 laser beam images, a giant
project that could also bring electricity to local people.
2005 Nov 1, Militants ambushed
police on a southern Afghan mountain and killed five officers.
2005 Nov 2, An e-mail statement
purportedly by Taliban commander Mullah Omar, urged the insurgents
in Afghanistan not to end their armed struggle.
2005 Nov 4, Mullah Omar, the
fugitive leader of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, called on
people to unite and join his ousted guerrillas in a "jihad" or holy
war against US forces in the country.
2005 Nov 4, In Afghanistan poet
Nadia Anjuman (25) died in Herat. She was beaten to death, and her
husband and mother were arrested. On Nov 8 the UN condemned the
killing as symptom of continuing violence against Afghan women four
years after the fall of the Taliban.
2005 Nov 8, The first five-star
hotel opened in Kabul, Afghanistan, part of a construction boom that
is changing the face of the capital nearly 4 years after the ouster
of the Taliban.
2005 Nov 9, Rebels killed seven
police officers and abducted two after ambushing them on a road in
southern Afghanistan. The bodies of two villagers, abducted 2 days
earlier, were found beheaded.
2005 Nov 11, In
Afghanistan a Pakistani-owned plane carrying cargo for the US-led
coalition crashed into mountains near Kabul, killing at least eight
2005 Nov 11, In Afghanistan
militants pulled Namatullah Yusuf Zai, a deputy provincial governor,
from his car and shot him dead. Militants also killed a former
district chief while he prayed in a mosque in Helmand province.
2005 Nov 12, The results of
Afghanistan's landmark legislative elections in September were
finalized after eight weeks of counting slowed by allegations of
fraud, and observers said supporters of President Hamid Karzai
appeared to be in the majority.
2005 Nov 12, In Dhaka,
Bangladesh, a 2-day summit aimed to alleviate poverty and boost
trade and cooperation among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives,
Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders called for greater cooperation
within the region to deal with the aftermath of disasters like the
Kashmir earthquake and last year's devastating tsunami. SAARC agreed
to accept Afghanistan as its 8th member.
(AFP, 11/12/05)(Econ, 11/19/05, p.44)
2005 Nov 13, In Bangladesh
Indian PM Manmohan Singh told the closing session of the 13th South
Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit that Afghanistan
is to join SAARC.
2005 Nov 14, In Afghanistan 2
separate suicide attackers rammed cars laden with explosives into
vehicles belonging to NATO-led peacekeepers in Kabul, killing at
least one German soldier, 7 Afghans and wounding 11 other people.
(AP, 11/14/05)(WSJ, 11/16/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 15, A bomb exploded
near US and Afghan troops as they patrolled in volatile eastern
Afghanistan, killing a U.S. soldier and wounding another.
2005 Nov 15, In Afghanistan air
strikes killed three al-Qaida suspects in Kunar province.
2005 Nov 16, Afghan Defense
Minister Rahim Wardak said Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network has
increased its activities in Afghanistan, smuggling in explosives,
high-tech weapons and millions of dollars in cash for a resurgent
2005 Nov 16, A suicide bomber
rammed a car laden with explosives into a convoy carrying Westerners
in the main southern city of Kandahar, killing three Afghan
civilians and wounding four others.
2005 Nov 18, In Afghanistan a
Portuguese soldier was killed and three others were wounded when an
explosion struck their vehicles outside Kabul.
2005 Nov 22, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through an American armored
vehicle, killing a U.S. soldier and an Afghan interpreter. Militants
near Kabul shot and killed an Afghan working as the head of security
for a Turkish construction company. Villagers found the body of
Maniappan Raman Kutty, a kidnapped Indian, who had almost been
decapitated, in Nimroz province's Dilaram district.
2005 Nov 23, Suspected Taliban
militants shot to death three Afghan police, a day after a roadside
bombing killed a US service member in the same Uruzgan province.
2005 Nov 23, A UN report said
cultivation of opium poppies decreased in Afghanistan this year for
the first time since 2001, a success that saw one in every five
farmers abandon the drug-producing plant for legal crops.
2005 Nov 23, A NATO official
said Uzbekistan has told NATO allies they can no longer use its
territory or airspace to support peacekeeping missions in
2005 Nov 25, In Afghanistan a
Swedish soldier died from wounds suffered in a roadside bomb blast.
He was one of 4 wounded by the blast in Mazar-e-Sharif.
2005 Nov 26, The US military
said 4 US soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies
of two Taliban rebels, but they will not be charged with crimes
because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns.
2005 Nov 26, Afghanistan’s
defense ministry said troops foiled a bomb attack in Kabul with the
arrest of six suspected militants and their explosives-packed
2005 Nov 26, Suspected Taliban
militants burned down a district police headquarters and abducted
2005 Dec 1, The US government
signed an agreement in Kabul committing itself to grants over five
years for development in war-ravaged Afghanistan that could amount
to about five billion dollars.
2005 Dec 1, Hamza Rabia, one of
al-Qaida's top five leaders, a key associate of Ayman al-Zawahri,
was tracked down with U.S. help and killed by Pakistani security
forces in a rocket attack near the Afghan border.
2005 Dec 2, In southern
Afghanistan a remote-controlled bomb ripped through a vehicle
killing a district government chief and two police officers and
wounding three others.
2005 Dec 4, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber detonated explosives on a street in the southern city
of Kandahar, killing himself and a civilian and wounding two
2005 Dec 6, Afghan government
forces killed nine Taliban insurgents and arrested six others in a
raid on a rebel camp in a volatile southern province.
2005 Dec 7, An Afghan court
cleared an American, but convicted two Britons and an Indian of
gun-smuggling charges and gave them two-year suspended sentences,
following a one-day trial that one of them called a "circus." Sargon
Heinrich of Rio Vista, Cal., Naveen Joshi of India and Peter Eaton
and Mike Shaw, both of Britain, had been jailed since their Oct. 13
2005 Dec 8, In Afghanistan the
election board certified Pres. Karzai’s 34 appointees for the upper
house of parliament. The 1st meeting of parliament was scheduled for
(SFC, 12/9/05, p.A17)
2005 Dec 8, NATO foreign
ministers approved plans to send up to 6,000 troops into southern
Afghanistan, a major expansion of the alliance's peacekeeping
mission into some of the most dangerous parts of the country.
2005 Dec 9, Afghanistan
welcomed NATO's decision to expand its peacekeeping mission, saying
it would boost security, while the Taliban said more alliance troops
would only increase opportunities for guerrillas to attack them.
2005 Dec 9-2005 Dec 10, In
southern Afghanistan Taliban fighters attacked two police posts,
with eight policemen and six attackers killed in the ensuing
2005 Dec 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber set off explosives near a US and Afghan military
convoy in the southern city of Kandahar, killing himself and
wounding three civilians.
2005 Dec 14, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up near Mazar-e-Sharif,
the capital of Balkh province. In Faizabad a donkey carrying a land
mine exploded near a foreign aid agency's car.
2005 Dec 15, In southern
Afghanistan a US soldier was killed and another wounded in a
firefight with insurgents.
2005 Dec 15, NATO's top
operational commander said drugs are a greater security threat in
Afghanistan than a Taliban resurgence, despite a rise in attacks
blamed on remnants of the hard-line Islamic regime and their
2005 Dec 17, In southern
Afghanistan men on a motorcycle opened fire on students leaving
school in Lashkargah, killing a pupil and a janitor.
2005 Dec 17, In southern
Afghanistan 4 policemen and 3 suspected Taliban fighters were killed
and an Afghan interpreter were wounded in attacks.
2005 Dec 19, Afghanistan
inaugurated its first popularly elected parliament in more than
three decades, a major step toward democracy following the ouster of
the hardline Taliban.
2005 Dec 20, The Pentagon said
US troop levels in Afghanistan will be reduced by about 3,500 next
spring, thanks to increased NATO forces and a growing Afghan army.
2005 Dec 21, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said the coming reduction in US troop levels should
have no harmful effect on Afghanistan's security.
2005 Dec 22, The Dutch
government said it planned to send up to 1,400 additional troops to
Afghanistan for expanded NATO peacekeeping.
2005 Dec 24, A land mine
exploded on a highway in southern Afghanistan, killing four
suspected Taliban insurgents as they tried to plant the explosive on
2005 Dec 26, The US military
gave details of its planned troop reduction in Afghanistan, saying
the total number would shrink by some 2,500 from the current 19,000
under a routine troop rotation due very soon.
2005 Dec 28, A remote-control
bomb exploded on a mountainous road in eastern Afghanistan, killing
one US service member and wounding two.
2005 Dec 29, Two suspected
Taliban suicide bombers died when explosives they were strapping to
their bodies exploded prematurely in southern Afghanistan.
2005 Dec 29, Suspected Taliban
rebels detonated a mine near a police checkpoint in southern
Afghanistan, killing four Afghan police officers and wounding seven.
2005 Dec, The government of
Afghanistan suspended the so-called “assassination clause," a decree
that said MPs who die in office should be replaced by the candidate
who came in 2nd on the original ballot.
(Econ, 1/7/06, p.39)
2005 Said Hyder Akbar and Susan
Burton authored “Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager’s
(SSFC, 11/13/05, p.M1)
2005 Kathy Gannon, Canadian
journalist, authored “I Is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy
Terror: 18 Years Inside Afghanistan."
(SSFC, 9/11/05, p.F1)
2005 Nelofer Pazira authored “A
Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan." Her memoir covered
the Afghan resistance from 1979 to 1992.
(SSFC, 9/11/05, p.F1)
2005 Afghanistan earned $2.7
billion from opium exports, 52% of its GDP of $5.2 billion.
Government revenues stood at $260 million.
(WSJ, 1/18/06, p.A1)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.38)
2006 Jan 2, The Afghan
government said it has ordered the US Embassy, the UN and other
organizations to remove security barriers that are blocking streets
in Afghanistan's capital and causing traffic jams.
2006 Jan 2, In Afghanistan a
suspected suicide bomber detonated explosives in a car near a US
military convoy in the southern city of Kandahar, killing himself
and wounding an American soldier and two passers-by. Suspected
Taliban gunmen killed an Afghan aid worker who was praying in a
mosque in southern Afghanistan. A policeman was killed in a separate
firefight with militants.
(AP, 1/2/06)(AFP, 1/3/06)
2006 Jan 3, Armed men beheaded
a teacher in the central Afghan town of Qalat, the latest in a
string of attacks against educators at schools where girls study.
Officials blamed Taliban militants.
2006 Jan 5, In Afghanistan a
suicide attacker in Kandahar detonated explosives strapped to his
body during a visit by the US ambassador, killing 10 Afghans and
2006 Jan 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb blew up as a van packed with police cadets and
trainers was driving through the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing
a passer-by and wounding a police colonel and driver.
2006 Jan 7, Cross border firing
at a Pakistani village near the Afghan border killed eight people in
Saidgi village. Pakistan protested the incident to the US military.
2006 Jan 8, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban gunmen burned down a primary school in the
southern city of Kandahar, the latest in a spate of attacks against
teachers and institutions that educate girls.
2006 Jan 9, Taliban leader
Mullah Omar purportedly warned of a coming surge in violence,
clearly rejecting the Afghan president's proposal a day earlier to
"get in touch" if he wants to talk peace.
2006 Jan 10, Australia said it
will send an extra 110 troops to Afghanistan to bolster the fight
against Islamist militants, increasing its presence in the country
to about 300.
2006 Jan 14, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed Mohammed Khaksar, a former Taliban leader. He had
renounced the hard-line Islamic regime after it was ousted in late
2001 and had since supported Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
2006 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb hit a Canadian military convoy,
killing three civilians, including a Canadian diplomat.
2006 Jan 16, A suicide bomber
on a motorbike drove up to a crowd watching a wrestling match in
Spin Boldak, an Afghan border town, killing 23 people and wounding
at least 30 others. A bomb hit a convoy of Afghan army trucks loaded
with troops as they were driving through Kandahar, killing four
people and wounding 16.
(AP, 1/16/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A18)
2006 Jan 21, Afghanistan
formally approved a five-year development plan, the Afghanistan
Compact, to be presented to its international supporters at a key
conference in London at the end of this month.
2006 Jan 21, In Afghanistan a
local police chief was killed in a suspected Taliban ambush in
2006 Jan 22, An Afghan boy and
four men, including staff of a US security firm, were freed after
being briefly kidnapped by Taliban rebels.
2006 Jan 22, In Afghanistan 7
Taliban rebels escaped from Policharki Prison, the main
high-security prison outside Kabul. 10 prison guards suspected of
aiding the escape were arrested.
2006 Jan 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a rocket killed two police officers during a battle with
Taliban rebels in Paktika province.
2006 Jan 26, Britain said it
will send at least another 4,000 troops, four times its current
deployment, to Afghanistan in coming months as a NATO mission
expands into a dangerous region rife with Taliban and al-Qaida
2006 Jan 31, Envoys from nearly
70 nations and international bodies vowed to maintain their
financial support for Afghanistan, which is still plagued by
violence and poverty more than four years after the fall of the
2006 Feb 1, A provincial
governor said avalanches in northeast Afghanistan have killed at
least 18 people and destroyed dozens of homes in the past week.
2006 Feb 1, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up at
an army checkpoint, killing five Afghans and wounding four.
2006 Feb 3, In southern
Afghanistan fierce fighting involving US warplanes and Afghan troops
left at least 16 Taliban rebels and three police dead.
2006 Feb 4, About 250 Afghan
forces fought more than 200 rebels in the area's fiercest fighting
in months. At least 19 people were killed in Afghanistan and
2006 Feb 4, In Afghanistan a
land mine ripped through a police vehicle, killing six officers and
wounding four in Kandahar.
2006 Feb 5, In Afghanistan 172
Taliban and other Islamist fighters surrendered as part of a
government amnesty scheme, vowing to lay down arms and work to
rebuild the country.
2006 Feb 6, Afghan security
forces opened fire on demonstrators, leaving at least four dead, as
increasingly violent protests erupted around the world over
published caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. European and
Muslim politicians pleaded for calm.
2006 Feb 6, A US soldier was
killed when his patrol came under attack in central Afghanistan
while a militant was killed in a separate incident in the east.
2006 Feb 7, In southern
Afghanistan a suspected suicide bomber blew up a guard post outside
police headquarters in Kandahar, killing 13 people and wounded 11.
2006 Feb 7, In western
Afghanistan a Turkish engineer, an Indian national and their driver
were killed when a bomb struck their vehicle.
2006 Feb 7, NATO peacekeepers
exchanged fire with protesters who attacked their base in the second
straight day of violent demonstrations in Afghanistan over the
publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. One demonstrator
was killed and dozens wounded.
2006 Feb 8, Afghanistan lauded
a decision by the United States, Russia and Germany to cancel its
debts to the three countries, totaling more than $10 billion.
2006 Feb 8, In Afghan police
shot four protesters to death to stop hundreds from marching on a
southern US military base, as Islamic organizations called for an
end to deadly rioting across the Muslim world over drawings of the
2006 Feb 9, In Afghanistan
hundreds of Shiite Muslims and Sunnis clashed in Herat during an
important Shiite festival, exchanging fire, hurling grenades and
burning mosques. At least five people were killed and 51 injured.
2006 Feb 10, In Afghanistan 8
soldiers were killed in an area NATO peacekeepers were set to enter.
(WSJ, 2/11/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 13, A bomb hit a US
military vehicle in central Afghanistan, killing four American
2006 Feb 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai pressed his Pakistani counterpart on to root out
militants Afghanistan claims have launched a spate of recent
cross-border suicide bombings.
2006 Feb 15, The beheaded
bodies of two Afghan intelligence agents were found dumped in
western Afghanistan as the first of thousands of British troop
reinforcements arrived in the south. The intelligence agents had
been captured in Farah province two days ago by suspected remnants
of the Taliban.
2006 Feb 15, Pakistan deported
nearly 600 Afghans who had been jailed in the southern city of
Karachi for up to six months on charges of illegal immigration.
2006 Feb 16, In Afghanistan the
bodies of two Italian aid workers were found in a guarded compound
in Kabul. The Italian news agency ANSA said the two could have died
from carbon monoxide poisoning from a defective stove in the
2006 Feb 19, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban rebels attacked a police checkpost in
insurgency-hit, killing three policemen.
2006 Feb 22, In northern
Afghanistan a bomb exploded near a NATO peacekeeping convoy, killing
one Afghan civilian and wounding 12 people.
2006 Feb 24, In Afghanistan
Canadian troops officially took over the fight on the front lines of
Kandahar province from their American allies.
2006 Feb 25, An Afghan court
found Asadullah Sarwari (64), a communist-era intelligence chief,
guilty of ordering hundreds of killings and sentenced him to death.
2006 Feb 25, In Afghanistan
hundreds of inmates, including convicted al-Qaida and Taliban
militants, waving knives and wielding clubs made from furniture
overpowered guards and took control of parts of Policharki Prison, a
high-security prison in Kabul.
2006 Feb 26, Sixty former
Taliban, including 5 high-ranking figures, surrendered as part of a
government amnesty scheme and vowed to lay down arms and work to
2006 Feb 27, In Afghanistan
security forces backed by tanks and heavy guns surrounded Kabul's
notorious Policharki Prison as authorities negotiated with rioting
prisoners controlling most of the facility. A government negotiator
said four inmates were killed during the rebellion blamed on
al-Qaida and Taliban militants. Officials had forced prisoners to
wear uniforms following the escape of 7 Taliban inmates. This
sparked a four-day riot that left six inmates dead and 40 injured.
In April 2 of the escapees were captured in Bulgaria and 2 in
(AP, 2/27/06)(AP, 5/15/06)
2006 Feb 27, In Afghanistan
kidnappers freed one of two Nepalese abducted earlier this month
outside Kabul. The second died of an illness in captivity, and his
body was released.
2006 Feb 28, In Afghan police
fired at inmates trying to push down a gate at Kabul's main jail as
about 2,000 prisoners resumed rioting after a 24-hour pause in
violence. One inmate died and three were wounded in the renewed
fighting. A US soldier was killed by an IED.
(AP, 2/28/06)(WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 1, President Bush, on
an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, vowed to stand by this emerging
democracy and "not cut and run" in the face of rising violence. He
also predicted Osama bin Laden would be captured despite a futile
2006 Mar 1, A senior official
said authorities have regained control of Afghanistan's Policharki
prison after four days of rioting allegedly sparked by al-Qaida and
Taliban convicts. 6 inmates were killed in the revolt.
2006 Mar 4, A bomb killed four
Afghan intelligence agents when it blew up under their vehicle as
they were driving near the southern provincial capital of Lashkargah
in Helmand province.
2006 Mar 4, In Afghanistan
Taliban militia fatally shot Mohammad Hashim, a UN engineer, in the
Bala Buluk district of Farah province, where he was doing rural
2006 Mar 4, The French the
defense ministry said a French special forces officer was killed in
clashes with Taliban forces in southern Afghanistan. This was the
second French soldier to be killed in action in Afghanistan.
2006 Mar 6, In comments aimed
at Afghanistan's leader, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said
that the "bad-mouthing" of his country must stop and that Pakistani
officials have caught terrorists "and will continue to do so."
2006 Mar 8, In eastern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels hiding in a walled compound
battled with security forces, and a militant and a woman were
2006 Mar 9, In Afghanistan’s
Helmand province a roadside bomb killed two Afghan soldiers when it
hit their convoy.
2006 Mar 11, In Afghanistan’s
Helmand province the bodies of 2 policemen, kidnapped from their
homes a day earlier, were found beheaded and dumped in the desert. A
roadside bomb hit a police patrol in Helmand's Nad Ali district,
killing a policeman and wounding five others.
2006 Mar 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb exploded as a US armored vehicle drove
by, killing four American service members. In Kabul a suicide car
bomb exploded into the convoy of an Afghan politician leading
reconciliation efforts with the Taliban militia, injuring him and
killing four other people.
2006 Mar 13, Abdul Rahim
Wardak, Afghanistan's defense minister, said the national army will
be fully operational within four to five years and ready to take
over more responsibility for security from international troops.
2006 Mar 13, A UN agency said
bird flu has been found at two sites in Afghanistan and there's a
high risk that tests could prove it to be the deadly H5N1 strain.
2006 Mar 14, Afghanistan's
president demanded greater cooperation from Pakistan in the fight
against terrorism following claims the neighboring country has been
supporting militant attacks here. Islamabad criticized the remarks
and said Afghanistan must do more to battle terrorism.
2006 Mar 14, A spokesman said
NATO peacekeepers in northern Afghanistan had found the biggest
weapons cache in recent years including 80 tons of TNT and 25,000
landmines. The weapons were stored underground in old Soviet
2006 Mar 15, Afghan authorities
said preliminary test results from a U.N. lab left them "99 percent
certain" that the country's first bird flu outbreak was the deadly
2006 Mar 16, The Afghanistan
government said lab tests have confirmed the first outbreak of the
deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
2006 Mar 16, In Afghanistan the
trial of Abdul Rahman (41) began. He was arrested last month after
his family accused him of becoming a Christian. Judge Ansarullah
Mawlavezada said Rahman was charged with rejecting Islam and could
be sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, a
crime under the country's Islamic laws.
2006 Mar 17, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying the bodies of four
men believed to be kidnapped Macedonians, a day after the remains
were recovered. Five police were killed and three wounded.
2006 Mar 18, In Afghanistan at
least nine policemen, a former governor, his four companions and a
security guard were killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan blamed
on the Taliban.
2006 Mar 19, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber was killed when he rammed his
vehicle into a coalition convoy.
2006 Mar 21, Afghan security
forces attacked a group of suspected Taliban rebels after they
crossed the border into Kandahar from neighboring Pakistan, killing
at least 17 of them. 4 suspected Taliban rebels were killed by
Afghan military forces in neighboring Uruzgan province.
(AFP, 3/22/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A18)
2006 Mar 23, In southern
Afghanistan a police chief was killed by his own guard. Coalition
forces announced the killing of six Taliban members in Oruzgan
2006 Mar 23, In central
Afghanistan a huge explosion ripped through a depot of confiscated
munitions in a depot in the Jabalussaraj district of Parwan
province, killing two people and injuring 45, and damaging scores of
houses. Initial investigations indicated the blast was caused by a
spark from an electric cable.
2006 Mar 25, Afghan and US
troops backed by American aircraft fought suspected Taliban in
southern Afghanistan, leaving one US service member and seven
2006 Mar 26, An Afghan court
dismissed a case against Abdul Rahman, who converted from Islam to
Christianity because of a lack of evidence. Officials said he will
be released soon.
2006 Mar 27, Abdul Rahman, an
Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam
to Christianity, quickly vanished after he was released from prison,
apparently out of fear for his life with Muslim clerics still
demanding his death.
2006 Mar 27, Officials said a
roadside bombing killed three villagers and wounded two when it blew
up their car in southern Afghanistan.
2006 Mar 28, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb blew up a vehicle carrying Afghan army
soldiers, killing six of them.
2006 Mar 29, Afghanistan's
parliament demanded that the government prevent a man who faced the
death penalty for abandoning Islam for Christianity from being able
to flee the country. Italy granted asylum to Abdul Rahman (41) and
the Foreign Ministry said he would arrive there "soon," maybe within
2006 Mar 29, In southern
Afghanistan militants attacked a coalition forces base, sparking a
battle that killed 32 suspected Taliban militants. Friendly fire was
later suspected in the deaths of one American and one Canadian
(AP, 3/29/06)(WSJ, 4/5/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 30, In eastern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants killed a district chief and
three of his staff in an ambush. In the south rebels killed a police
commander and his brother.
2006 Mar 31, A provincial
governor said Afghan authorities have detained a border police
commander from the Achakzai tribe accused in the killings of 17
Pakistanis on March 21. Taliban insurgents raided several police
posts in Helmand province and six of the attackers were killed. A
suicide car-bomber was killed when he blew himself up as he tried to
ram his vehicle into an Afghan army convoy in Kandahar province.
(AP, 3/31/06)(Reuters, 3/31/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06,
2006 Apr 1, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb wounded five US troops when it hit their
vehicle. A suicide attack on a US-led coalition convoy in the
country's south killed the bomber but hurt no one else. In southern
Afghanistan a Taliban rebel posing as a traveler shot dead four
policemen at a remote checkpoint after eating dinner with them and
sleeping in their quarters. A fifth officer shot the rebel dead.
(AP, 4/1/06)(AP, 4/2/06)
2006 Apr 2, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban militants shot dead 9 policemen and wounded three
others. Insurgents fatally shot a Turkish road engineer and burned
his body in Nimroz province.
(AP, 4/2/06)(WSJ, 4/3/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 5, In Afghanistan
coalition forces killed an insurgent and dropped 2,000-pound bombs
on a band of Taliban.
2006 Apr 6, A mortar blast near
the main US military base in Afghanistan left a civilian dead.
2006 Apr 8, In western
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb outside a NATO military base in Herat
city killed two Afghans and wounded seven others.
2006 Apr 9, In Afghan 2 bombs
exploded within minutes of each other in Kandahar, wounding 11
2006 Apr 10, In northwestern
Afghanistan gunmen killed five medical workers, while two policemen
and a truck driver transporting food for US-led coalition troops
were slain in bombings and shootings in a southern Taliban
2006 Apr 11, In eastern
Afghanistan a rocket slammed into a packed school yard near a US-led
coalition base, killing seven children and wounding 34 other people.
Police blamed Taliban militants for the explosion at the Salabagh
School in Asadabad, Kunar province.
2006 Apr 14, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber rammed a British military convoy
and 3 soldiers were wounded. More than 3,000 British troops had
moved into Helmand province as part of a NATO mission to expand its
presence there. They planned to train Afghan forces, operating from
a new $80 million army barracks, to hunt druglords and destroy opium
stockpiles. A bomb planted by Taliban militants hit a government
convoy in the east of the country near the town of Khost, killing
three policemen and injuring two others.
(AFP, 4/14/06)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.38)
2006 Apr 14, Afghan security
forces backed by coalition helicopters attacked a suspected Taliban
hideout in southern Afghanistan, setting off an intense gunbattle
that killed 41 rebels. It was later reported that Afghan police may
have been killed by the US-led coalition forces.
(AP, 4/15/06)(AP, 4/17/06)
2006 Apr 15, Taliban fighters
simultaneously attacked two police checkpoints on a southern Afghan
highway, and up to 14 militants were killed or wounded in the
ensuing gunbattle. Suspected Taliban attacked coalition and Afghan
army troops with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades in central
Uruzgan province, sparking a gunbattle that killed three attackers.
Suspected Taliban shot and killed a district administrator in
Helmand province. US-led coalition forces using warplanes and
artillery clashed with a small band of militants holed up in a house
and a cave complex in Kunar province in fighting that killed seven
Afghan civilians and wounded three. The US airstrike aimed at
militants in eastern Kunar province mistakenly killed seven
(AP, 4/16/06)(AP, 4/15/07)
2006 Apr 17, Afghan and US
soldiers killed five militants during Operation Mountain Lion
targeting Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in a volatile eastern region
near Pakistan. Some 6,000 mainly British, Canadian and Dutch troops
have started moving into the rebellious southern provinces.
2006 Apr 20, Suspected Taliban
militants killed six Afghan policemen in Afghanistan's volatile
south and burned four of their bodies. US military said a soldier
was killed in a clash while inspecting a weapons cache in the
central Uruzgan province's district of Dihrawud.
2006 Apr 22, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb exploded as a Canadian armored vehicle drove by,
killing four soldiers.
2006 Apr 23, Afghan security
forces surrounded Taliban fighters hiding in a village in southern
Ghazni province, launching a gunbattle that killed at least three
militants and a police officer. Another policeman was killed and two
others were wounded in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar
province when suspected Taliban militants attacked a road
2006 Apr 24, In Afghanistan a
US-leased Antonov-32 plane carrying counternarcotics officials
crashed into a nomad settlement while trying to avoid a truck on a
runway during landing. 2 Ukrainian crewmen were killed along with 3
people on the ground, including 2 girls sleeping in their homes. In
southern Afghanistan US-led coalition warplanes bombed a suspected
Taliban camp in Helmand province, killing 3 insurgents. 5 more
militants and one policeman died in a gunbattle in the Miana Shien
(AFP, 4/24/06)(AP, 4/25/06)(WSJ, 4/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 28, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai urged Taliban militants to end the violence raging
across the country and join forces with the new government to help
Afghanistan's reconstruction. NATO foreign ministers reaffirmed the
alliance's readiness to nearly double its peacekeeping operations in
Afghanistan, where violence is increasing.
2006 Apr 29, Afghan security
forces clashed with Taliban militants hiding in a cave complex in
the southern Helmand province, killing 11 insurgents after militants
killed three policemen and wounded another in an ambush. An Afghan
cell phone company confirmed that an Indian contractor was being
held hostage by the Taliban. Afghan soldiers and police attacked a
Taliban camp co miles north of Lashkar Gah and killed at least 2
(AP, 4/30/06)(SSFC, 4/30/06, p.A3)
2006 Apr 30, In Afghanistan
Edward Caraballo (44), an American jailed for two years in Kabul on
charges of torturing alleged terrorists in a makeshift jail, was
freed two months early after a government decree. Police found an
Indian hostage's beheaded body in southern Afghanistan. Taliban
militants said they shot the hostage dead as he tried to escape.
2006 Apr, In Afghanistan
delegates gathered in Kabul for a discussion on new information and
communications technology. Invitations to the conference were sent
on a Morse telegraph system.
(Econ, 5/20/06, p.45)
2006 May 2, A suspected suicide
attacker set off a car bomb on a road between the Afghan capital
Kabul and a main US military base, killing himself and a civilian.
2006 May 3, In western
Afghanistan suspected Taliban gunmen killed a judge.
2006 May 4, Britain took
command of NATO's Afghan peacekeeping force as a tide of violence
raised apprehension about the alliance's planned takeover of
security duties across the country from US forces.
2006 May 4, Afghan warlord
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar pledged fealty to al Qaeda. He controlled a
large network in eastern Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 5/5/06, p.A1)
2006 May 5, In eastern
Afghanistan a US-led coalition military transport helicopter crashed
while conducting combat operations, killing all 10 American soldiers
on board. The CH-47 Chinook crashed while on a mission in support of
Operation Mountain Lion, an offensive to root out Taliban and
al-Qaida militants near the border with Pakistan.
2006 May 5, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed two Italian soldiers and wounded four as they
were traveling to help Afghan police hurt in an attack near Kabul.
2006 May 7, Taliban militia
fighters ambushed a police patrol in southern Afghanistan, sparking
an hour-long gunbattle that killed two policemen and one attacker.
2006 May 8, In Afghanistan US
airstrikes on a cave complex near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan
killed four Taliban militants and destroyed a truck loaded with
2006 May 12, In western
Afghanistan militants fired a rocket at a car carrying Unicef
workers killing 2 Afghans and wounding a third.
(WSJ, 5/13/06, p.A1)
2006 May 16, Militants attacked
a police post and a government office near Afghanistan's rugged
eastern border with Pakistan and a gunbattle killed four people and
2006 May 17-2006 May 18, Some
of the fiercest violence since the Taliban's 2001 ouster erupted
across Afghanistan, with coalition forces engaging in multiple
firefights, two suicide car bombs and a massive rebel assault on a
small village. Up to 105 people were killed. An attack on a police
and government headquarters in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand
province sparked eight hours of clashes with security forces. Mullah
Dadullah, the Taliban’s operational commander, claimed control of 20
districts in southern Afghanistan with 12,000 fighters.
(AP, 5/18/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.22)
2006 May 18, In western
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber rammed into two vehicles carrying
foreigners, killing an American working on a counter-narcotics
project and wounding two other people. A female Canadian soldier,
army Captain Nichola Goddard, was killed in Kandahar.
(AP, 5/18/06)(AFP, 5/19/06)(WSJ, 5/19/06, p.A1)
2006 May 19, Gunbattles in
Helmand province killed at least 6 militants and one Afghan soldier.
A US soldier was killed in Uruzgan province.
2006 May 19, In southern Turkey
a truck carrying illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Bangladesh
crashed into a parked transport truck, killing at least 40 people.
2006 May 20, In southern
Afghanistan one French and 16 Afghan soldiers were killed and about
40 other troops were wounded in two firefights as rebels ambushed
two Afghan army convoys and US forces. At least 9 Taliban militants
were killed in the battle in Sangin district. 2 French special
forces troops were killed in neighboring Kandahar province.
2006 May 20, Irish police
removed Afghan hunger-strikers from a Dublin cathedral, where some
40 protesters gathered on May 15 demanding asylum and warning they
would kill themselves if officers came near.
2006 May 21, In Afghanistan a
car bomb exploded on a busy road in Kabul, killing the driver of the
car and two civilians.
2006 May 22, A US-led coalition
said nighttime airstrike against Taliban rebels in a southern Afghan
village killed up to 80 suspected militants. The local governor said
16 civilians were killed and 16 wounded in Azizi in Kandahar
2006 May 23, In Afghanistan
Pres. Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation into US airstrikes on a
village that killed at least 16 civilians and asked to meet with the
US commander of forces. A land mine blew up under a vehicle carrying
a team of Afghan health workers, killing a doctor, two nurses and
2006 May 24, In Afghanistan
clashes left at least 24 militants and 5 Afghan soldiers dead. 13
insurgents and two police died in a battle in southern Helmand
province's Sangin district.
(WSJ, 5/25/06, p.A1)(AP, 5/27/06)
2006 May 26, A US-led coalition
strike on a militant training facility in Afghanistan's borderlands
with Pakistan killed five suspected extremists. Nearly a dozen
people were killed in fresh clashes between police and Taliban
2006 May 28, Afghanistan and
Iran pledged to crack down on drugs passing over their shared border
as Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Tehran. Officials also
signed seven agreements dealing with the reconstruction of
2006 May 29, In Afghanistan 5
Canadian soldiers were hurt and up to six militants killed in a
gunbattle west of Kandahar, while US-led coalition aircraft bombed
Taliban militants meeting in remote Helmand province, reportedly
2006 May 29, A deadly traffic
accident involving US troops left 5 people dead and sparked the
worst rioting in the Afghan capital since the fall of the Taliban
regime, with hundreds of protesters looting shops and shouting
"Death to America!" Some 25 people were killed and 107 injured in
the riots. The unrest started after three US Humvee vehicles coming
into the city from the outskirts rammed into a rush-hour traffic
jam, hitting several civilian cars. On July 20 the US military said
it was paying $112,000 in compensation to victims of the traffic
accident involving an American cargo truck.
(AP, 5/29/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.23)(AP, 7/21/06)
2006 May 30, Afghanistan's
parliament approved a nonbinding motion calling on the government to
prosecute the US soldiers responsible for a deadly road crash that
sparked the worst riots in Kabul in years.
2006 May 31, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban fighters fired a grenade at a police vehicle in
southeastern Zabul province, killing the provincial deputy police
chief and wounding three officers. In Uruzgan province hundreds of
suspected Taliban fighters attacked the town of Chora and briefly
occupied its police headquarters after driving out security forces.
2006 Jun 1, In western
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb blew up near a convoy of Afghan and
US-led coalition troops, killing the attacker but hurting no one
2006 Jun 2, In Afghanistan
dozens of troops were dropped from coalition aircraft into a remote,
mountainous district of Uruzgan province and recaptured the area
which had been overrun by Taliban nearly three days earlier. Nearly
35 Taliban rebels were killed in the latest strikes as Afghan and
coalition troops took back a district that had been in rebel hands
2006 Jun 3, Afghanistan's
government announced plans to replace dozens of police commanders,
including the police chief in Kabul. In southern Afghanistan
suspected Taliban rebels attacked a police station in Miana Shien,
but police repulsed them after a bloody battle that lasted several
hours. Witnesses said 12 rebels were killed and at least as many
wounded. 4 policemen and 18 Taliban were killed in a battle that
erupted after rebels attacked a police post in Kandahar province.
2006 Jun 4, A suicide car bomb
exploded in Kandahar city near a convoy carrying the governor of
Afghanistan's Kandahar province, missing the apparent target but
killing 3 civilians and injuring a dozen. In Farah province 4
policemen were killed. In Zabul province Afghan troops on a joint
mission with soldiers from the US-led coalition killed around five
Taliban fighters and arrested three more. In Helmand province troops
with the US-led coalition and Afghan army clashed with a group of
rebel fighters, five of whom were killed.
(AP, 6/4/06)(AFP, 6/5/06)
2006 Jun 4-2006 Jun 5, In
Afghanistan 17 suspected militants were killed in three operations.
Two coalition soldiers were wounded in one of those battles.
2006 Jun 5, In southern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels stormed a highway police
checkpost and killed five policemen, abducted four others and stole
2006 Jun 6, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 people were killed when a motorbike being rigged up as
a bomb exploded. A suspected suicide car bomb hit a US-led coalition
convoy, injuring 3 American soldiers. A roadside bomb killed three
Afghan soldiers in Kunar province. 2 American soldiers were killed
by a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province. 5 suspected
militants were killed as Afghan and allied troops raided an area
near the southern town of Tirin Kot.
(AFP, 6/6/06)(AP, 6/7/06)
2006 Jun 7, In Afghanistan a
suspected suicide bomber also was killed when explosives he was
carrying into the offices of a Turkish construction company exploded
2006 Jun 8, Afghan troops
killed 13 suspected Taliban rebels including two Pakistani nationals
in an operation in southern Afghanistan. The US military released 33
Afghans from a prison at Bagram Air Base. Violence killed nine
people around Afghanistan, including a regional security director
and two Afghan aid workers.
(AFP, 6/9/06)(AP, 6/9/06)
2006 Jun 10, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying the intelligence chief of Kabul,
missing him but killing three others. 2 suspected Taliban rebels
were killed in fighting with Afghan soldiers in Zabul province. In
Kandahar province a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying a district
police chief and government head, missing them but killing two of
their police guards. Gunmen killed four Afghan laborers working for
an Indian road construction company as they were driving in Kandahar
province. They stole $8,000 before killing them. The US-led
coalition said the worst three weeks of violence since the fall of
the Taliban have left more than 500 people dead.
(AP, 6/10/06)(AP, 6/11/06)
2006 Jun 11, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai said his government will give weapons to local tribesmen to
help fight the surge in Taliban violence. Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed 15 suspected militants, including Mullah
Amanullah, a relative of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in Uruzgan
province. Ten militants were killed in Helmand province's Sangin
district in a battle involving Afghan and British forces.
(AP, 6/12/06)(SFC, 6/12/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 12, Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed 12 suspected militants in Kandahar province.
Taliban militants killed Zulmai Khan, a district intelligence chief,
in a drive-by shooting in the Ghazni provincial district of Waghuz.
(AP, 6/12/06)(AP, 6/13/06)
2006 Jun 13, Suspected Taliban
militants killed one US soldier and wounded two in an attack in
southern Helmand province, sparking a coalition retaliation that
left 12 militants dead or wounded. A second coalition soldier was
killed while fighting enemy forces in eastern Kunar province.
2006 Jun 14, A delegation from
Kabul found prison conditions at Guantanamo humane and said the US
will send home for trial all 96 Afghans held there.
(WSJ, 6/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 14, Coalition and
Afghan forces killed 26 suspected militants in fighting in eastern
mountains, while in southern Afghanistan, more than 11,000 troops
prepared for their biggest offensive since the fall of the Taliban
five years ago.
2006 Jun 15, More than 10,000
Afghan and US-led coalition forces began a massive anti-Taliban
operation across southern Afghanistan, while a bomb killed seven
people riding a bus to a coalition base for work. Coalition forces
killed 14 militants during combat operations linked to a large-scale
anti-Taliban blitz. The offensive was launched in support of
Operation Mountain Thrust, the largest anti-Taliban military
campaign undertaken since the former regime's 2001 ouster in an
American-led invasion. Operation Mountain Thrust began in mid-May
with limited attacks and raids launched by coalition forces.
(AP, 6/15/06)(AP, 6/16/06)
2006 Jun 16, Coalition forces
pressed forward with a major offensive in southern Afghanistan,
killing an estimated 45 insurgents in attacks on two Taliban
militant camps. 2 coalition soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb
in Asadabad district in eastern Kunar province. 4 highway policemen
were killed in southern Kandahar province when a roadside bomb
exploded near their vehicle. Three insurgents were killed in
southern Helmand province when a bomb they were trying to plant near
the road exploded.
(AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/18/06)
2006 Jun 17, British troops
battled Taliban fighters near Kajaki dam in southern Helmand
province killing six insurgents. One suicide attacker on a
motorcycle detonated his explosives near a group of Afghan soldiers
in southwestern Nimroz province, killing himself and wounding two
soldiers and three bystanders. Seven militants and one police
officer also were killed during a gunbattle that lasted until dawn
in southern Kandahar.
2006 Jun 18, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban fighters ambushed two convoys carrying members
of the same family, killing 32 people. US-led troops, backed by
Afghan forces, raided a mountain Taliban stronghold near Tirin Kot,
Uruzgan's provincial capital, and killed 7 militants.
2006 Jun 20, In southern
Afghanistan an explosion tore apart a coalition tank, killing one
Romanian soldier and wounding four others. Afghan and coalition
forces clashed with Taliban fighters in southern Helmand province,
leaving 20 militants dead. Coalition soldiers accidentally fired on
an unmarked police car in eastern Kunar province, killing 3 Afghan
policemen and wounding 3.
(AP, 6/20/06)(AP, 6/21/06)
2006 Jun 21, In Afghanistan 4
US soldiers were killed in a battle with Taliban insurgents in
northeastern Nuristan province. 17 insurgents were killed after
coalition forces surprised them setting up an ambush site near Tirin
Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province.
(SFC, 6/23/06, p.A13)(AP, 6/24/06)
2006 Jun 22, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai urged the international community to reassess its approach to
the war on terror, saying the deaths of hundreds of Afghans in
fighting with US-led forces was "not acceptable." In eastern
Afghanistan 5 Afghan aid workers were abducted, including 3 employed
by a Swedish aid agency. The aid workers were released on June 25.
(AP, 6/22/06)(AP, 6/25/06)(AP, 6/26/06)
2006 Jun 23, In Afghanistan
coalition troops fought more than 40 extremists during a five-hour
gunbattle near the village of Mirabad, in southern Uruzgan province.
Most of the militants were believed killed. Afghan and coalition
forces battled a large group of militants in the Zharie district of
Kandahar province, killing about 25 during the three hours of
fighting. Provincial officials in Zabul said the decapitated bodies
of four men, who were abducted at gunpoint earlier in the week, were
discovered in Shahjoy district near the village of Chinoh.
2006 Jun 24, Coalition and
Afghan forces killed about 45 Taliban militants during the fighting
in the Panjwayi district of southern Kandahar province. 2 coalition
soldiers died from wounds.
2006 Jun 25, In Afghanistan a
coalition soldier was fatally wounded during combat operations in
the Pech district of Kunar province. Pfc. Justin R. Davis (19) of
Gaithersburg, Md., died in eastern Kunar province when he came in
contact with indirect fire while on patrol during combat operations.
(AP, 6/26/06)(AP, 7/1/06)
2006 Jun 26, In southern
Afghanistan 30 rebels and four Afghan soldiers died in a series of
clashes. Coalition and Afghan forces killed 10 militants during a
raid on a compound belonging to a weapons producer in the Shahidi
Hassas district of Uruzgan province.
(AFP, 6/27/06)(SFC, 6/28/06, p.A13)
2006 Jun 27, In Afghanistan 2
members of the UK armed forces were killed in action in Helmand
province. 2 Afghan soldiers and 11 insurgents were killed in the
fighting. 2 civilians died in a suicide blast aimed at a German
patrol in the north.
(AP, 6/27/06)(SFC, 6/28/06, p.A13)
2006 Jun 29, In southern
Afghanistan British troops killed 12 suspected Taliban militants
when their convoy was ambushed. Taliban militants ambushed a US
convoy in eastern Kunar province, sparking a firefight that killed
one civilian and wounded two. In southern Zabul province, Taliban
fighters attacked a local district chief's office. Police killed two
Taliban fighters and wounded four in the hour-long gunbattle.
(AP, 6/29/06)(AP, 6/30/06)(SFC, 6/30/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 30, In eastern
Afghanistan Coalition soldiers tracked a group of militants to a
safe house and killed 14 in an attack on the compound. Afghan and
coalition forces also raided a village in the southern Afghan
province of Kandahar, killing one suspected militant and detaining
2006 Jul 1, In southern
Afghanistan 2 rockets fired by insurgents slammed into the main
coalition military base. The wounded included five American and two
Canadian soldiers, as well as three foreign contract workers. 2
British soldiers and an Afghan interpreter were killed when their
base in Sangin district in Helmand province came under attack.
Afghan forces killed 11 militants in a separate attack in the same
area. A total of five British troops have been killed since the
start of Operation Mountain Thrust.
(AP, 7/1/06)(AP, 7/2/06)
2006 Jul 2, In Afghanistan up
to 30 extremists, firing guns and mortars, attacked a coalition
patrol that had just found a weapons cache in Sangin. About 20
militants were killed. Afghan police killed seven insurgents that
attacked a police checkpoint in Nawzad district in southern Helmand
2006 Jul 3, A US general said
the United States is giving $2 billion worth of military weapons and
vehicles to modernize Afghanistan's national army.
2006 Jul 4, A bomb exploded in
downtown Kabul, wounding at least 10 people. In eastern Afghanistan
5 laborers were ambushed and fatally shot on their way to a US
military base. US-led coalition forces killed 35 suspected militants
during a raid late in the village of Gujdar in Helmand province.
(AP, 7/4/06)(AP, 7/5/06)
2006 Jul 5, In Afghanistan 3
bombs targeting government workers and security forces exploded in
Kabul, killing one bystander and wounding at least 47 other people.
A coalition soldier and eight rebels were killed in new clashes in
Paktika province. A British soldier and six more militants were
killed and six captured in two separate incidents southern Zabul
province. The family of Abdul Khaliq, a legislator from Uruzgan
province, was fired upon killing Khaliq’s brother-in-law. Khaliq put
the blame on American and Australian troops.
(AP, 7/5/06)(AFP, 7/6/06)(SFC, 7/8/06, p.A3)
2006 Jul 5, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai met Japanese Emperor Akihito in Tokyo and said he
wanted to build peace in the war-torn nation so he could some day
invite the emperor and empress. Tokyo has provided about $1 billion
in assistance for security and development, and in January pledged
another $450 million.
2006 Jul 6, In southern
Afghanistan a US-led coalition soldier and five militants were
killed in a clash in the Baghran Valley in Helmand province.
2006 Jul 7, Fighting in
southern Afghanistan killed a US-led coalition soldier and at least
eight suspected Taliban militants.
2006 Jul 8, Afghan and
coalition forces pounded a Taliban stronghold in southern
Afghanistan, killing five rebels and leaving an Afghan and three
foreign soldiers wounded. An explosion attributed to a land mine in
western Afghanistan killed a Peruvian solder and slightly wounded
four Spanish troops.
(AFP, 7/8/06)(AP, 7/9/06)
2006 Jul 9, In southern
Afghanistan a Canadian coalition officer died of wounds suffered in
fighting near an opium-rich insurgent stronghold. At least 15
militants were killed. A coalition patrol found the bodies of 10
militants killed in an airstrike in Panjwayi.
(AP, 7/9/06)(SFC, 7/10/06, p.A4)
2006 Jul 10, Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed more than 40 suspected Taliban militants as
a warplane dropped 500-pound bombs on a militant compound in Uruzgan
province. Britain announced it would send 900 more soldiers to
southern Helmand province.
(AP, 7/10/06)(SFC, 7/11/06, p.A6)
2006 Jul 11, Coalition and
Afghan forces hunting a Taliban commander killed an estimated 30
extremists in a raid on a hide-out in southern Afghanistan.
2006 Jul 12, The Afghan defense
minister said it would take at least 150,000 troops to secure his
country, more than 5 times what he commanded. In eastern Afghanistan
a suicide attack on a US military convoy killed a boy playing
nearby, while a market bombing in a southern border town left two
people dead. British and Afghan forces repelled a brazen insurgent
attack on a police headquarters in the southern town of Nawzad,
killing at least 19 militants. In Musa Qala district insurgents
fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns at coalition
troops, who returned fire and killed local Taliban commander Mullah
Saeef. In southern Zabul province, three Afghan border guards were
killed in a clash with armed tribesmen crossing from Pakistan.
(AP, 7/12/06)(AP, 7/13/06)(WSJ, 7/13/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 13, British and Afghan
forces battled Taliban holdouts after repelling a brazen insurgent
attack on a police headquarters a day earlier. Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed nine militants after suspected Taliban
fighters attacked two army checkpoints in the latest fighting to
rock southern Afghanistan. More than 30 enemy extremists were killed
in an operation in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 7/13/06)(AP, 7/14/06)(AFP, 7/15/06)
2006 Jul 14, A suicide bomber
was the sole victim in a failed attack on an Afghan police convoy in
the Gurbuz district of southeastern Khost province, bordering
Pakistan. Skirmishes between coalition and Taliban militants raged
throughout the southern Uruzgan province. An estimated 31 enemy
extremists were killed during engagements in Chora, Kala Kala, and
Khorma villages. Afghan and coalition soldiers also killed two male
"foreigners" wearing burkas, the body-shrouding veil worn by women,
and detained five Taliban in Uruzgan's Dihrawud district. The Afghan
army killed eight rebels in Sangin.
(AP, 7/14/06)(AFP, 7/15/06)
2006 Jul 15, More than 40
insurgents were killed as hundreds of coalition troops, many dropped
by helicopter, wrested a desert town from the Taliban and U.S.
forces battled militants across southern Afghanistan.
2006 Jul 16, In Afghanistan
Amir Gul Hassanyar was arrested in northern Kunduz province. He
allegedly carried out numerous roadside bombings and trafficked in
weapons and drugs.
2006 Jul 17, In southeastern
Afghanistan coalition forces killed four al-Qaida suspects and
captured three others. Separate attacks killed three Afghan soldiers
and three government employees in the south.
2006 Jul 18, The Afghan
government announced plans to re-establish a Vice and Virtues
Ministry, but it assured the public the office would not resemble
the Taliban version that became a symbol of the brutal regime
toppled by US forces in 2001. One coalition soldier was killed in
fighting in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 7/18/06)(SFC, 7/20/06, p.A13)
2006 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan coalition forces retook Garmser and killed 2 Taliban.
(SFC, 7/20/06, p.A13)
2006 Jul 20, In Afghanistan
coalition forces killed 6 Taliban in the district of Garmser in
2006 Jul 21, The Netherlands’
military chief said Dutch commandos had killed 18 enemy fighters who
set up positions in rugged hills overlooking a Dutch camp in
2006 Jul 22, In Afghanistan
coalition forces killed 13 Taliban over the last 48 hours in the
district of Garmser in Helmand province. 2 suicide blasts struck in
Kandahar. A suicide car bomb ripped into a Canadian patrol and
killed two soldiers and wounded eight others. Ten Afghans were
wounded. About an hour later an attacker blew himself up among a
crowd of people who had assembled about 100 meters (yards) from the
site of the first explosion. Four Afghan passers-by were killed.
(AP, 7/22/06)(AFP, 7/23/06)
2006 Jul 23, In Afghanistan 19
Taliban were killed and 17 fighters, including two Pakistani
nationals, arrested in a raid by Afghan forces in southern Helmand
province. Police said three policemen were killed and three others
kidnapped in a Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in southeastern
2006 Jul 24, In southwestern
Afghanistan hundreds of Taliban fighters firing rocket-propelled
grenades attacked a district headquarters overnight in Farah,
killing 3 police and wounding 7. Four suspected suicide attackers
riding two motorcycles died in a confrontation with Afghan police.
In the west, gunmen killed two Afghans working for international aid
agency World Vision who had been delivering medicine. Fighting in
Kunar province left a US soldier dead. 7 suspected Taliban were
killed in Paktika province.
(AP, 7/25/06)(WSJ, 7/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 25, The Afghan
government, together with the UN, appealed for $76 million to head
off an "imminent food crisis" due to drought. A roadside bomb
exploded in Kabul, killing two Afghans riding in a taxi. US-led
coalition troops killed seven suspected Taliban militants in
southern Afghanistan. In Musa Qala district 10 militants were killed
and 15 wounded by coalition and Afghan forces backed by airstrikes.
(AP, 7/25/06)(AP, 7/26/06)
2006 Jul 26, In southern Zabul
province, gunmen ambushed and killed one Afghan worker and wounded
three others as they drove to work on a road being built between the
town of Qalat to a new US air base just outside town. 5 militants
were killed and 11 were wounded when they battled 200 Afghan police
in Garmser. All 16 people including two Dutch soldiers and at least
2 American civilians were killed when their helicopter crashed in
southeast Afghanistan. The Russian-made helicopter was operated by a
logistics company ferrying supplies and fuel from Kabul to the Khost
(AP, 7/26/06)(AFP, 7/27/06)
2006 Jul 28, Fourteen Taliban
fighters were killed in a "clearance operation" in southern Helmand
province's Garmser district. In the northeastern province of Kapisa,
police killed four Taliban militants including a "famous commander"
while also losing one of their own men. 2 policemen guarding an
archaeological site in northern Balkh province were killed and
another was wounded when unknown assailants attacked them overnight.
2006 Jul 29, US-led coalition
forces detained 4 suspected al-Qaida operatives in eastern
Afghanistan, while a major operation to crush Taliban fighters in
the south moved to a close.
2006 Jul 29, US-led coalition
forces detained 4 suspected al-Qaida operatives in eastern
Afghanistan. In southern Afghanistan US-led coalition forces and
Afghan police killed 20 suspected Taliban who had attempted an
ambush in Uruzgan province. In Kandahar province 3 militants blew
themselves up as they laid an explosive on a road.
(AP, 7/29/06)(AP, 7/30/06)
2006 Jul 30, Afghan soldiers
and police killed six Taliban fighters and captured eight during a
clash in southeastern Paktika province's Waza Khwa district. A
suspected Taliban died when a land mine he was planting north of
Kandahar city exploded.
2006 Jul 30, Afghan and
coalition forces killed 23 Taliban militants in clashes in Helmand
province's Garmser district.
2006 Jul 31, NATO took command
of southern Afghanistan from the United States, and the new
commander of the push to pacify the insurgency-wracked region vowed
that he would not fail millions of Afghans seeking peace and
stability. Some 8,000 coalition forces in Afghanistan came under
NATO command. The southern deployment included troops from Britain,
Canada, Netherlands and Romania. A bomb exploded outside a mosque in
eastern Afghanistan during a memorial service for a mujahedeen
commander, killing at least eight people and wounding 16.
(Econ, 7/8/06, p.23)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.50)(AP,
2006 Aug 1, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants killed three British soldiers. 18
Taliban militants and one policeman were killed as Afghan forces and
coalition aircraft raided an insurgent hide-out near Garmser.
(AP, 8/1/06)(AP, 8/2/06)
2006 Aug 3, Afghanistan's
government ordered around 1,500 South Korean Christians who came to
the Islamic republic for a "peace festival" to leave the country.
The US-led coalition killed 25 Taliban fighters in a joint operation
with Afghan forces in the country's south. A gunbattle near the
capital killed one militant. A suspected Taliban suicide car bomber
killed 21 civilians and wounded 13 at a bazaar in Panjwayi. On the
outskirts of Kandahar city militant attacks killed 4 Canadian
soldiers and wounded another 10.
(AFP, 8/3/06)(AP, 8/4/06)
2006 Aug 4, In southern
Afghanistan 2 police officers were killed and eight others wounded
in a roadside bomb aimed at a district governor. UNICEF said schools
are increasingly being attacked across Afghanistan and an estimated
100,000 children in the south are shut out of the classroom due to
(AFP, 8/5/06)(Reuters, 8/4/06)
2006 Aug 5, Afghan and NATO
forces aided by air strikes killed 17 Taliban in southern
Afghanistan. A NATO soldier was killed and three were injured when
their armored jeep crashed in Kandahar province. Taliban attacked a
police patrol in southern Ghazni province overnight which left an
intelligence official and a rebel killed and two police wounded.
(AP, 8/5/06)(AFP, 8/5/06)(AP, 8/6/06)
2006 Aug 6, In Afghanistan 4
suspected Taliban killed two police using rocket-propelled grenades
and heavy machine guns at a checkpoint in Murghab district in
western Badghis province. A suspected suicide bomber in a small
truck hit a military convoy outside Kandahar, wounding at least one
foreign soldier. A British soldier was killed in Helmand province.
(AP, 8/6/06)(SFC, 8/7/06, p.A8)
2006 Aug 7, Suspected Taliban
militants hanged a woman (70) and her son (30) from a tree in
Helmand province after accusing them of spying for the government.
2006 Aug 8, In eastern
Afghanistan US military killed 15 insurgents who attacked a US base
in Nuristan province. 12 militants and 8 policemen were killed in
fighting in Kandahar.
(AP, 8/9/06)(AP, 8/10/06)
2006 Aug 9, Hamid Karzai,
Afghanistan's first democratically elected president, strongly
hinted in an interview that he will not run for another term in
office. A roadside bomb killed 2 Afghan soldiers and wounded 3 as
they returned after a mission to help police surrounded by
insurgents in Paktika province. In the eastern province of Nuristan
US soldiers and warplanes drove off an insurgent attack on a new
American base, killing 19 militants. Local authorities pleaded for
emergency relief for thousands of villagers made homeless by heavy
rain and flooding that has ravaged provinces in eastern Afghanistan
and left at least 35 people dead.
(AP, 8/9/06)(AP, 8/10/06)
2006 Aug 10, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed two Afghan civilians in Jalalabad.
2006 Aug 11, A suicide car
bomber struck a NATO-led convoy in southern Afghanistan, killing one
soldier. In northeastern Afghanistan 3 US soldiers were killed and 3
wounded after militants attacked an American patrol with
rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.
(AP, 8/11/06)(AP, 8/12/06)
2006 Aug 12, Afghanistan's
Health Ministry said the worsening security situation contributed to
a fourfold rise in polio cases this year, almost entirely in the
insurgency-wracked south. A highway police commander was killed by a
blast on his way to work in eastern Lagman province.
2006 Aug 13, In Afghanistan at
least 5 Afghan troops and 25 militants were killed.
(WSJ, 8/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 14, In southern
Afghanistan clashes between police and militants killed 11 suspected
Taliban and six policemen. 4 NATO troops were wounded in one of two
bombings in Kabul.
2006 Aug 15, Afghan and US
troops killed an al-Qaida suspect and detained 13 others in
2006 Aug 15, Pakistani forces
arrested 29 suspected Taliban militants in a raid on a private
hospital after they came from neighboring Afghanistan.
2006 Aug 16, In southeastern
Afghanistan US and Afghan forces raided compounds suspected of being
al-Qaida sanctuaries, seizing weapons and explosives and arresting 8
people. US-led forces killed eight suspected militants after coming
under attack in Kunar province. A US soldier was killed when his
vehicle struck a Soviet-era mine in Paktika province. Western
officials said opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record
levels, up by more than 40% from 2005, despite hundreds of millions
in counternarcotics money.
(AP, 8/16/06)(AP, 8/17/06)
2006 Aug 17, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb mistakenly dropped by a US-led coalition aircraft
killed 10 Afghan police officers in Paktika province. In the south 2
suicide bombers targeted US, Afghan and NATO troops, killing one
civilian and wounding at least seven, including a US soldier. In
Uruzgan province a suicide bomber targeting a NATO patrol killed one
civilian and wounded six.
2006 Aug 18, Afghanistan
Education Minister Mohammed Hanif Atmar said attacks have closed
more than 208 schools, including 144 burned down, in the past year
as militants changed tactics to hit soft targets. At least 41
teachers and students have been killed over the past 12 months in a
wave of attacks on the country's schools.
2006 Aug 19, Afghan police
backed by NATO aircraft and artillery killed 71 suspected Taliban
militant in fierce clashes that also left five Afghan forces dead in
southern Kandahar province. 3 US soldiers were killed and 3 others
wounded during a clash against Taliban militants in eastern Kunar
province. In southern Uruzgan province, an American and an Afghan
soldier were killed and 3 other Americans wounded in a four-hour
clash with more than 100 insurgents. The latest violence came as the
country celebrated the 87th anniversary of its independence from
(AP, 8/19/06)(AP, 8/20/06)
2006 Aug 20, In Afghanistan
militants ambushed a police patrol in western Farah province,
sparking a gunbattle that left one officer and 2 attackers dead. In
Helmand province a clash with insurgents left one British soldier
dead and three others wounded. A NATO airstrike killed nine
militants including a local insurgent leader in Helmand province. A
roadside bomb killed three Afghan policemen traveling on the main
highway linking Murja and Lashkar Gah districts. Two roadside bombs
targeting border police in southeastern Khost province killed two
officers and wounded five others. Tens of thousands of health
workers fanned out across Afghanistan in a polio vaccination
campaign to immunize more than 7 million children under age 5.
(AP, 8/20/06)(AP, 8/21/06)(AP, 8/22/06)
2006 Aug 21, NATO and Afghan
forces used aircraft in clashes that left 14 militants dead, capping
several days of intense fighting that killed more than 100 people
and threatened efforts to stabilize southern Afghanistan.
2006 Aug 22, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a
Canadian military patrol, wounding four soldiers. Insurgents
ambushed a police vehicle near the Pakistan border, killing five
officers. In Helmand province British troops using "high-explosive
ammunition" killed nine insurgents. In Kandahar province NATO
warplanes killed at least 11 Taliban fighters just hours after
militant attacks left one NATO soldier dead and five others wounded.
NATO troops killed one Afghan youth and wounded another after a
suicide bombing in Kandahar city that targeted a Canadian convoy,
killing one soldier and wounding three. 2 roadside bombs struck a
truck and a motorbike in the Kandahar district of Daman, killing
three civilians and wounding one.
(AP, 8/22/06)(AP, 8/23/06)
2006 Aug 23, The Afghan and
Pakistani armies agreed to conduct coordinated and simultaneous
patrols with the US alongside their volatile border. The accord was
reached during the 17th meeting of Tripartite Commission. In
southern Afghanistan 18 Taliban rebels and an Afghan soldier were
killed in a clash that erupted after the militants attacked an army
post in Zabul province.
(AP, 8/23/06)(AFP, 8/23/06)
2006 Aug 24, American and
Afghan forces killed seven suspected al-Qaida operatives after
coming under fire during a raid in eastern Afghanistan. Police,
however, claimed those killed were members of two families trying to
resolve a dispute.
2006 Aug 25, President Hamid
Karzai ordered an investigation into the killings of eight people in
eastern Afghanistan during a raid that US forces claimed targeted
al-Qaida members. Afghan police clashed with suspected Taliban
militants in southern Zabul province, killing six insurgents and
wounding 12. Two French soldiers were killed in an ambush in eastern
Laghman province. Separate airstrikes in southern Uruzgan province
killed 23 militants, including a known Taliban commander. British
troops with a NATO-led force used artillery fire against a convoy of
insurgents that was moving into position for attack in Helmand
province. About seven insurgents were killed and seven vehicles
(AP, 8/25/06)(AP, 8/26/06)(AFP, 8/26/06)
2006 Aug 26, In Afghanistan a
large number of militants attacked the Musa Qala district government
compound in Helmand, provoking a clash with police that left 10
2006 Aug 27, In Afghanistan
insurgent attacks in Helmand province killed a British soldier,
while 10 suspected Taliban militants died when police repelled an
attack on a government compound in the same province. Insurgent
attacks left seven wounded in Kandahar province.
(AP, 8/27/06)(AP, 8/28/06)
2006 Aug 28, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded market in Lashkar Gah,
Helmand province, killing 21 people and wounding 43. US-led
coalition troops killed 18 suspected insurgents when about 60
militants attacked with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled
grenades in Cahar Cineh district of the southern Uruzgan province.
(AP, 8/28/06)(AP, 8/29/06)
2006 Aug 29, A suicide car
bomber struck a NATO-Afghan military convoy, killing two civilians
and wounding one in the violence-wracked south. A remote-controlled
bomb killed two police officers on patrol.
2006 Aug 31, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants attacked Naw Zad in Helmand province, sparking
intense fighting with government troops that left two insurgents
dead. In Zabul province a suicide attacker plowed his
explosives-filled car into a police convoy traveling on the main
road, wounding three officers. A Dutch F-16 fighter jet crashed in
the Ghazni province in central Afghanistan, killing the pilot.
2006 Sep 1, In Afghanistan
fighting across the volatile south killed nine Afghan policemen, at
least 13 suspected Taliban and a British soldier.
2006 Sep 2, A NATO Nimrod
reconnaissance aircraft crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing 14
British servicemen. The alliance said there was no indication
hostile fire was involved. The Nimrod MR2 exploded after an
air-to-air refueling operation. A later investigation said that
leaking fuel ignited by a hot pipe was the most likely cause of a
fire that destroyed the plane. British patrol NATO and Afghan forces
began Operation Medusa in southern Afghanistan. Dozens of insurgents
were killed during the fighting.
(AP, 9/2/06)(AP, 9/3/06)(AP, 12/4/07)
2006 Sep 2, The UN said opium
cultivation in Afghanistan is spiraling out of control, rising 59%
this year to produce a record 6,100 tons, nearly a third more than
the world's drug users consume.
2006 Sep 2, USAID announced a
new contract totaling $1.4 billion awarded to the joint venture of
the Louis Berger Group, Inc. and Black & Veatch Special Projects
Corp. for work in Afghanistan. Two months earlier an employee
for US contractor Lewis Berger had handed the government evidence of
overbilling on contracts going back to the mid-1990s. In 2010 Berger
agreed to pay tens of millions to settle allegations of overbilling.
2006 Sep 3, NATO and Afghan
forces hit the Taliban with air strikes and artillery in Operation
Medusa in southern Afghanistan. Four NATO soldiers, including 3
Canadians, and more than 200 insurgents were killed in the first two
days of a major anti-Taliban operation under way in the Panjwayi
district, about 10 miles from the city of Kandahar.
2006 Sep 4, In southern
Afghanistan 2 US warplanes accidentally strafed their own forces,
killing one Canadian soldier and seriously wounding five others. A
British soldier attached to NATO was also killed in a Kabul suicide
bombing, which left another four Afghans dead. 16 suspected Taliban
militants and five Afghan police died in separate Afghan violence.
2006 Sep 5, In southern
Afghanistan US artillery and airstrikes killed between 50 and 60
suspected Taliban militants, the fourth day of a NATO-led offensive.
NATO said 700 Taliban were trapped by the offensive.
(AP, 9/5/06)(WSJ, 9/6/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 6, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf held
talks on counterterrorism in Kabul. NATO forces killed 21 militants
in air and ground attacks in southern Kandahar province. Afghan
police killed four Taliban fighters in southeastern Paktiya
province. 3 British soldiers were killed.
(AP, 9/6/06)(AP, 9/7/06)(WSJ, 9/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 8, A suicide car
bomber struck a convoy of US military vehicles in downtown Kabul,
killing at least 16 people, including two American soldiers, and
wounding 29 others. It was the Afghan capital's deadliest suicide
attack since the Taliban's 2001 ouster.
2006 Sep 9, Afghan and NATO
soldiers killed at least 40 suspected Taliban militants in fierce
raids that destroyed insurgent hideouts and a weapons-making factory
in Kandahar province. One NATO soldier died. 2 coalition soldiers
training Afghan troops were killed in combat. 2 policemen were
killed when dozens of Taliban rebels attacked their post in western
Farah province with machine guns and rockets. Gen. Ray Henault,
chief of NATO’s military committee, said he would ask the 26
alliance members for up to 2,500 more soldiers.
(AP, 9/9/06)(AP, 9/10/06)(SSFC, 9/10/06, p.A19)
2006 Sep 10, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai formally opened a 25-million-dollar Coca-Cola bottling
plant, one of the most significant investments in Afghanistan since
the ousting of the Taliban five years ago. In eastern Afghanistan
Gov. Abdul Hakim Taniwal (63) was killed with his nephew and
bodyguard in a suicide attack outside his office in the Paktia
capital of Gardez. The US military warned that a suicide bombing
cell is targeting foreign troops in Kabul. In the Panjwayi district
of Kandahar 94 Taliban were killed and one was wounded in four
different engagements overnight. The alliance offensive near the
main southern city of Kandahar killed another 92 suspected Taliban
fighters, pushing its 10-day toll of militant dead past 510. Gunmen
kidnapped a Colombian aid worker and two Afghan employees of a
French-funded nongovernment organization west of Kabul.
(AP, 9/10/06)(AFP, 9/10/06)(AP, 9/11/06)(SFC,
9/11/06, p.A3)(AP, 9/12/06)
2006 Sep 11, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck in the Tani district of Khost
province at a funeral for Gov. Abdul Hakim Taniwal, a provincial
governor assassinated by the Taliban a day earlier. Five people were
killed and 30 wounded, but four Cabinet ministers at the service
2006 Sep 12, Afghan forces
killed 12 suspected Taliban militants in a shootout south of Kabul.
More than 30 suspected insurgents were detained as security forces
fought back against a deadly spike in violence. The UN urged NATO
forces to take military action to destroy the opium industry in
southern Afghanistan, saying cultivation of the crop is out of
2006 Sep 13, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, while opening a road linking to Pakistan, said
Pakistan and Afghanistan must unite to save their people from the
menace of terrorism. Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed
as many as 30 Taliban in raids on three villages in Ghazni province.
In southern Helmand province police killed 16 Taliban in a
mountainous area outside the town of Garmser. NATO announced that
suicide bombings have killed 173 people in Afghanistan this year.
151 of the year's suicide attack victims were Afghan civilians,
(AP, 9/13/06)(AFP, 9/13/06)
2006 Sep 14, Taliban militants
attacked police headquarters in western Afghanistan, raising fears
that insurgents fleeing NATO attacks in the south are opening new
fronts. Two police and two militants were killed.
2006 Sep 14, Poland will send
at least 900 troops early next year to bolster the NATO mission in
Afghanistan. NATO said the offer did not ease the immediate need for
2,500 additional soldiers in the violence-wracked south.
2006 Sep 15, In southern
Afghanistan about 60 suspected Taliban militants attacked a police
checkpoint in Uruzgan province, starting a battle in which four
2006 Sep 16, Thousands of
US-led coalition and Afghan troops launched Mountain Fury, a
large-scale anti-Taliban operation in five Afghan provinces. A bomb
blast south of Kabul killed three Afghan aid workers and wounded
(AP, 9/16/06)(SSFC, 9/17/06, p.A5)
2006 Sep 17, A top NATO general
said Operation Medusa, an offensive aimed at driving Taliban
militants out of their safe havens in southern Afghanistan, has been
"successfully completed." In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber
plowed his explosive-laden vehicle into a Canadian military convoy,
killing one civilian and wounding five.
2006 Sep 18, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed four Canadian
troops handing out candy to children and wounded 27 civilians. A
suicide car bombing in Kabul killed at least four policemen and
wounded one officer and 10 civilians. In Heart a bombing killed 12
people and wounded 17 including the deputy police chief. An outdoor
wedding celebration north of Kabul was attacked by assailants who
threw a grenade, killing five women and wounding 18. Four suspects
were detained after the blast in the village of Sayadan.
(AP, 9/18/06)(AP, 9/19/06)(AP, 9/20/06)
2006 Sep 19, In central and
southern Afghanistan clashes and bombings left up to 34 Taliban
fighters and one policeman dead in five separate incidents.
2006 Sep 20, In southern
Afghanistan police clashed with militants who tried to set fire to
an oil tanker, killing four suspected members of the Taliban.
Authorities found the body of a Turkish national who was kidnapped
last month along with another Turk whose body was already recovered.
2006 Sep 21, In Afghanistan a
NATO helicopter killed 8 suspected insurgents in Helmand province.
2006 Sep 22, In southern
Afghanistan militants ambushed a bus carrying construction workers,
killing 19 of the laborers. The attack occurred in Kandahar province
when a roadside bomb exploded near the bus. A NATO helicopter killed
15 suspected insurgents in Helmand province.
(AP, 9/22/06)(AP, 9/24/06)
2006 Sep 23, Afghan and
NATO-led security forces backed by war planes killed 40 rebels in
Helmand province's Greshk district.
2006 Sep 25, In Afghan 2 gunmen
on a motorbike killed Safia Hama Jan, the provincial director of the
Ministry of Women's Affairs, outside her home in apparent
retribution for her efforts to help educate women. In Khost province
a bomb killed 2 policemen and a coalition soldier was injured in a
suicide attack. 2 men believed to be suicide attackers were killed
when the car they were in blew up on a road often used by the US-led
coalition and Afghan forces. In Paktika province six suspected
rebels were killed when they were escorting a suicide bomber whose
explosives detonated early.
(AFP, 9/25/06)(AFP, 9/26/06)
2006 Sep 26, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck outside the compound of a southern governor,
killing 18 people, including several Muslim pilgrims seeking
paperwork to travel to Mecca. A bomb in Kabul killed an Italian
soldier and a child.
2006 Sep 27, Afghan security
forces killed 25 suspected insurgents during a clash in southern
Afghanistan, while a suicide bombing targeting a NATO convoy wounded
2006 Sep 27, President Bush
hosted a peacemaking dinner at the White House for the bickering
leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Hamid
(WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)(AP, 9/27/07)
2006 Sep 30, President Hamid
Karzai said that he and the Pakistani president will jointly lead a
series of tribal gatherings along their countries' shared border to
quell attacks on Afghanistan by Pakistan-based Taliban rebels. A
suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a busy pedestrian alley
next to the Interior Ministry in Kabul, killing at least 12 people
and wounding more than 40.
2006 Oct 1, In Afghanistan 5
people were killed in various Taliban attacks and bomb blasts.
2006 Oct 1, Pakistani police
arrested six Afghan Taliban fighters at a private hospital in
Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta.
2006 Oct 2, In Afghanistan 9
people were killed in various Taliban attacks and bomb blasts. They
included four Afghan soldiers killed when their vehicle struck a
bomb in Paktia province and five civilians killed in a bomb blast in
Musa Qala in Helmand province in the south. Two gunbattles in
eastern Afghanistan killed four Afghan and two US troops. NATO
prepared to assume military command of all of the country from the
(AP, 10/2/06)(AP, 10/3/06)
2006 Oct 4, Afghanistan's
intelligence agency said security agents have arrested 17 people
allegedly trained in Pakistan who they believe planned to launch
suicide attacks in three Afghan provinces. In southern Afghanistan
suspected Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint, and the
ensuing clash left six militants dead and three wounded.
(AP, 10/4/06)(AP, 10/5/06)
2006 Oct 5, NATO took over
eastern Afghanistan from US-led forces, assuming control of 12,000
American troops and extending its military role to the entire
2006 Oct 6, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up, killing themselves
and a policeman and wounding 17 other people.
2006 Oct 7, In northern
Afghanistan 2 German journalists working for the country's national
broadcaster and traveling on their own were killed by gunmen, the
first foreign journalists murdered here since late 2001. In southern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier from Canada was killed in an attack by
militants who exploded a roadside bomb and fired on a military
patrol. In eastern Afghanistan the US-led coalition and Afghan
forces killed five suspected insurgents in a clash in Paktika
(AP, 10/7/06)(Reuters, 10/7/06)
2006 Oct 8, NATO said 142
Afghan civilians, 40 Afghan security forces and 13 international
troops have died in suicide attacks since January.
2006 Oct 8-2006 Oct 9, A joint
offensive by coalition and Afghan forces, backed by NATO air
support, killed 30 guerrillas in one area of Deh Rawud. Another 19
were killed in an operation by the Afghan army in another part of
2006 Oct 9, In eastern
Afghanistan 5 people, including 3 officials on their way to
investigate a school burning, were killed by a roadside bomb in
Nangarhar province. 2 Taliban rebels were killed in return fire
after insurgents attacked ISAF and Afghan soldiers who were
distributing food in southeastern Zabul province.
(AP, 10/10/06)(SFC, 10/10/06, p.A3)
2006 Oct 10, In Afghanistan a
bomb struck a police bus in Kabul, wounding more than a dozen
2006 Oct 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck a vehicle carrying Afghan
soldiers, wounding 16 people. A car bomb targeting a US patrol
wounded three civilians. An Afghan soldier was killed in a separate
ambush. NATO-led forces and Afghan troops clashed with suspected
Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, leaving as many as 20
suspected insurgents dead.
(AP, 10/12/06)(AP, 10/13/06)
2006 Oct 13, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber targeted a NATO convoy, killing a
NATO soldier and eight civilians.
2006 Oct 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb exploded outside a provincial governor's
compound. The governor was not hurt but another official was killed.
2006 Oct 16, Suicide bombers
struck in Afghanistan's two main cities, killing three civilians and
wounding six. Elsewhere, seven suspected militants died in fighting
with coalition and NATO forces.
2006 Oct 17, In southern
Afghanistan British troops pulled out of the Musa Qala district in
Helmand province. A US-led coalition airstrike killed a suspected
midlevel Taliban commander and up to 15 other militants. Suspected
Taliban militants destroyed an oil tanker transporting fuel for
NATO-led peacekeepers and killed its driver in southern Kandahar
province's Spin Boldak district.
2006 Oct 18, A rocket fired
from an airplane hit a house during a clash between suspected
Taliban insurgents and NATO and Afghan security forces in a southern
village. A resident said 13 civilians were killed. At least one
Taliban militant was killed and three police were wounded in four
hours of fighting that started in Tajikai late the previous night.
2006 Oct 19, President Hamid
Karzai called on NATO forces to use caution during military
operations, a day after 20 civilians were killed. In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed two children and a British
soldier. In eastern Afghanistan gunmen ambushed a car carrying
Afghan civilians working on a remote US military base and killed
eight of them execution-style.
(AP, 10/19/06)(AP, 10/20/06)
2006 Oct 22, The Afghan
government and the UN appealed for $43 million in aid to respond to
a severe drought and help tens of thousands of families displaced by
fighting in the country's south. In southern Afghanistan insurgents
attacked a NATO convoy, sparking a gunbattle that killed 15
suspected militants and wounded two NATO troops. Fighting between
forces loyal to two pro-government warlords in western Afghanistan
left at least 12 people dead.
(AP, 10/22/06)(AP, 10/23/06)
2006 Oct 23, An Afghan girl was
killed and two wounded when a mortar test-fired by NATO troops fell
short of its target and hit a home in eastern Kunar province.
2006 Oct 24, NATO soldiers
killed 38 Taliban rebels in clashes in southern Afghanistan that
also claimed a number of civilian lives. Villagers said that around
20 houses were destroyed and 60 people killed or wounded in the
fighting around the Panjwayi area. They said none of the dead were
Taliban. Afghan officials estimated up to 60 Taliban fighters and 85
civilians were killed in Panjwayi, a district in the former Taliban
stronghold of Kandahar province. The Interior Ministry said 40
civilians and 20 Taliban militants were killed, while a Kandahar
provincial council member, Bismallah Afghanmal, said up to 85
(AFP, 10/25/06)(AP, 10/26/06)
2006 Oct 27, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside blast ripped through a vehicle, killing 14
villagers and wounding three as they traveled to a provincial
capital for holiday celebrations.
2006 Oct 28, In southern
Afghanistan NATO and Afghan troops killed 70 suspected militants who
attacked a military base in Uruzgan province. A roadside blast
killed one NATO soldier and wounded 8 others. Three National
Geographic TV crew members were also hurt in a roadside bomb blast.
(AP, 10/29/06)(AP, 11/2/06)
2006 Oct 30, In southern
Afghanistan NATO troops fought a six-hour battle with insurgents in
a firefight that left 55 militants and one NATO soldier dead. ISAF
warplanes killed 12 insurgents in the southern province of Kandahar.
(AP, 10/30/06)(AFP, 10/31/06)
2006 Oct 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 3 NATO soldiers. A suicide
bombing in southern Ghazni province's Taliban-dominated Ander
district killed one policeman. Polio cases were reported to be on
the rise along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
(AFP, 10/31/06)(WSJ, 11/1/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 2, In Afghanistan a
NATO airstrike in Helmand province killed nine militants and wounded
30. Militants attacked an Afghan army patrol in the eastern province
of Laghman, killing one solider and injuring three. British Corporal
Daniel James, an interpreter to Lieutenant General David Richards,
allegedly passed secrets to "the enemy," believed to be Iran. James
faced initial court proceedings in London in December. Richards was
the commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan.
(AP, 11/4/06)(AFP, 12/27/06)
2006 Nov 3, In Afghanistan NATO
troops backed by warplanes launched a raid north of Kabul, hitting a
compound with eight to 10 suspected Taliban fighters inside in the
Tagab Valley, some 40 miles northeast of Kabul. Taliban fighters
attacked a supply convoy heading to a NATO base in Khost province,
killing two Pakistani drivers and wounding an Afghan driver.
Gabriele Torsello, Italian photojournalist, was released after being
held three weeks by abductors who demanded the withdrawal of Italian
troops from the country.
(AP, 11/3/06)(AP, 11/4/06)
2006 Nov 4, In Afghanistan
battles continued as NATO forces battled suspected insurgents near
Kabul. Afghan authorities reported a dozen people dead in attacks.
2006 Nov 5, In eastern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants kidnapped four Afghan aid
2006 Nov 5, Pakistan, under
international pressure to stop militants from crossing over its
border with Afghanistan, said it was willing to fence off the
2006 Nov 6, Afghan and US-led
troops detained six suspected extremists, including one described as
a "known al-Qaida terrorist." Taliban fighters ambushed a police
patrol, killing one policeman and wounding two in Zabul province.
One Taliban fighter was killed in an ensuing fight. In Helmand
province Afghan and NATO forces carried out an operation against
Taliban fighters, killing two. An Afghan army soldier was killed
when another IED struck a military patrol in the Gereshk area of
(AP, 11/6/06)(AP, 11/7/06)
2006 Nov 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body near the
vehicle of the chief of the Tanai district on the border with
Pakistan. District chief Badi-ulzaman and his two police guards were
wounded in the suicide attack.
2006 Nov 8, NATO launched
airstrikes as clashes in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar
killed 28 suspected Taliban militants. Earlier in Zhari, police
fought for three hours with Taliban fighters. The clash left six
Taliban dead and four wounded. Suspected Taliban ambushed a police
convoy on the main Kandahar-Kabul highway in Shahjoy district of
southern Zabul province, killing two police and wounding five.
Taliban attacked a police post on a highway about 15 miles southeast
of Khost. One policeman was killed and two wounded, and the bodies
of about five militants, some dismembered, were left on the
2006 Nov 9, Afghan and US
troops detained six people, four Afghans, an Arab and a Pakistani in
the city of Khost. Later reports said the detainees included Abu
Nasir al-Qahtani, one of four Arab al-Qaida operatives who escaped
from the US prison in Bagram in July 2005.
(AP, 11/9/06)(AP, 11/13/06)
2006 Nov 12, In eastern
Afghanistan Paktika governor Muhammad Akram Khoplwak said more than
60 Taliban fighters were killed in 6 days of fighting. Chechen and
Arab fighters were among the dead.
2006 Nov 16, In western
Afghanistan flash floods caused by heavy rains killed nearly 60
people with 100 more missing.
2006 Nov 20, British PM Tony
Blair told soldiers fighting a resurgent Taliban that success in
Afghanistan would be a step toward global security, and pledged
Britain's commitment to the war-torn country "for as long as it
2006 Nov 23, In central
Afghanistan an insurgent rocket attack killed one NATO soldier and
injured another while they were on patrol.
2006 Nov 24, In Afghanistan
US-led coalition troops clashed with Taliban insurgents killing
seven of the militants.
2006 Nov 24, Police said
Pakistan has handed over 240 suspected Taliban fighters to Afghan
authorities this week as a hunt for the Islamist militants continues
in the country's southwest.
2006 Nov 25, Insurgents
attacked NATO-led forces Saturday near the Tirin Kot district of
Uruzgan province. NATO returned fire and called in attack aircraft,
killing approximately 50 insurgents.
(http://tinyurl.com/yfs28z)(WSJ, 11/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 26, In southeastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant,
killing 15 people and wounding 24, including an Afghan special
forces commander and a district chief who were apparently targeted
for the attack.
2006 Nov 27, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of foreign
troops, killing two Canadian soldiers and an Afghan civilian.
2006 Nov 28, In Afghanistan
scores of militants alleged to be with Al-Qaeda stormed a checkpoint
on the eastern border with Pakistan, sparking an hour-long battle
that left at least two rebels dead. Suicide car bombs struck in
Kandahar and Herat, killing a policeman and wounding a NATO soldier.
A new UN report said Afghanistan's criminal underworld has
compromised key government officials who protect drug traffickers,
allowing a flourishing opium trade that will not be stamped out for
2006 Nov 29, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up next to
a NATO convoy, killing two civilians.
2006 Nov 29, NATO leaders
finished a two-day summit without agreement on some members' refusal
to send troops into combat in Afghanistan's most dangerous regions.
NATO vowed to give its troubled mission in Afghanistan the "forces,
resources and flexibility needed" to tackle increasingly ferocious
Taliban fighters. Leaders invited Serbia, Montenegro and
Bosnia-Herzegovina to join a program considered a first step toward
eventual membership, but urged Serbia and Bosnia to fully cooperate
with the UN war crimes tribunal.
(AP, 11/29/06)(AFP, 11/29/06)
2006 Dec 2, A civilian
helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan. Militants attacked a
NATO convoy in southern Helmand province's Nawzad district. NATO
troops fired back and called in airstrikes that left five militants
dead. In Zabul province, suspected Taliban militants attacked a
police checkpoint, sparking a gunbattle that left four insurgents
dead and one police officer wounded. NATO troops also battled
militants near Musa Qala in Helmand province for four hours. The
fighting, including airstrikes, killed or wounded "a significant
number of insurgents." Militants tried to block the main highway
linking Kandahar and Helmand province, and a clash with police left
three militants dead and eight wounded.
2006 Dec 3, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb exploded next to a British convoy in
Kandahar city, and troops speeding away from the scene fired at
several civilian cars. 3 Afghans were killed and 19 people were
wounded, including three British soldiers. In southern Afghanistan
an estimated 70 to 80 Taliban militants were killed by NATO soldiers
in fighting after police told military authorities where insurgents
(AP, 12/3/06)(AP, 12/4/06)
2006 Dec 4, In Afghanistan 2
journalists, whose identities and media organization were not
identified, reportedly went missing in Kandahar province.
2006 Dec 5, A suicide bomber
plowed his car into a convoy of NATO troops in Afghanistan's
southern city of Kandahar, wounding nine civilians and two soldiers.
2006 Dec 6, A suicide bomber
killed two Americans and five Afghans outside a security
contractor's southern Afghan compound.
2006 Dec 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb targeting a NATO convoy killed two civilians in
Kandahar. Elsewhere a district chief and a senior policemen were
killed by Taliban gunmen.
2006 Dec 9, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants, following up on a death threat, broke into a
house overnight in the Narang district of eastern Kunar province,
and fatally shot two teachers and 3 other family members, bringing
to 20 the number of educators slain in attacks this year. The top US
anti-drug official said that Afghan poppies would be sprayed with
herbicide to combat an opium trade that produced a record heroin
haul this year, a measure likely to anger farmers and scare Afghans
unfamiliar with weed killers. Afghan opium production this year
increased 49% over 2005 and was providing 92% of the world supply.
(AP, 12/9/06)(AP, 12/10/06)(Econ, 12/2/06, p.47)
2006 Dec 12, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up at the governor's compound in
southern Helmand province, killing 8 people, including 6 policemen
and 2 civilians. In eastern Afghanistan 4 "military-aged males" and
a girl (13) were killed in a raid by Afghan and US-led coalition
forces. 8 suspected Taliban militants were killed and a policeman
wounded in a joint operation by the Afghan police and army in
western Farah province.
(AP, 12/12/06)(AP, 12/14/06)
2006 Dec 13, NATO said there
were some Taliban casualties in southern Afghanistan when NATO
troops launched a "precision air strike against a known Taliban
command post" in an isolated area of the Panjwayi district of
2006 Dec 14, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded street
near a police vehicle outside the city of Qalat, killing four
civilians and wounding 25 people.
2006 Dec 16, Seven Afghan men
arrived in their home country, weary, angry and proclaiming their
innocence, after years of imprisonment in the US military prison at
2006 Dec 17, Afghan officials
replaced Helmand Gov. Mohammad Daud with Asadullah Wafa. Daud led
the province that grows more than a third of the world's opium.
Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said the appointment of
Wafa would help increase security in Helmand, but insisted the
increase in poppy cultivation had nothing to do with the change. In
eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber drove up to an American convoy
and blew himself up, leaving one Afghan civilian dead and two others
wounded. France said it is going to withdraw its 200-strong special
forces from Afghanistan, all of its ground troops engaged in the US
anti-terror operation there.
(AP, 12/17/06)(AP, 12/18/06)
2006 Dec 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a coalition convoy, wounding
two troops of the US-led coalition. Taliban militants beheaded a man
and fatally stabbed another as a warning to villagers not to give
the government or NATO information about Taliban activities.
(AP, 12/18/06)(AP, 12/19/06)
2006 Dec 19, In Afghanistan
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani, a top Taliban military commander
described as a close associate of Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader
Mullah Omar was killed, in an airstrike close to the border with
Pakistan. Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a purported Taliban spokesman, denied
that Osmani had been killed, saying the airstrike instead killed
Mullah Abdul Zahir, a group commander, and three other Taliban
2006 Dec 22, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb exploded next to a police patrol killing
2006 Dec 26, Pakistan said it
would fence and mine parts of its border with Afghanistan to try to
stop Taliban rebels crossing to wage their growing rebellion.
2006 Dec 27, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb explosion caused a NATO vehicle to crash, killing
one British soldier and wounding three.
2006 Dec 29, Fugitive Taliban
chief Mullah Omar pledged in a statement to drive foreign troops out
of Afghanistan, as NATO and Afghan forces killed more than 10 of his
fighters in the volatile south.
2006 Sarah Chayes authored “The
Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban."
(SSFC, 8/27/06, p.M3)
2006 Ann Jones authored “Kabul
in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan."
(SSFC, 3/19/06, p.M3)
2006 In Afghanistan the justice
system was extremely corrupt. Judges earned $60 per month and most
of them were Islamic clerics with little knowledge of the secular
laws they were supposed to enforce.
(Econ, 4/15/06, p.46)
2006 In Afghanistan Arsala
Jamal was appointed as governor of Khost province. His rule marked
the beginning of progress against the tide of violence in the area.
(Econ, 12/15/07, p.32)
2006 In Afghanistan Kabul’s
electricity grid offered 4 hours of power every other day.
Continuous supply was not expected until at least 2008.
(Econ, 2/4/06, p.38)
2006 Some 15 million Pushtuns
lived in Afghanistan, making up about 50% of the population. Another
28 million lived in Pakistan, mostly in the North-West Frontier
Province (NWFP), and they represented about 15% of Pakistan’s
(Econ, 12/23/06, p.36)
2006 The NATO-run Int’l.
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) expected to assume full
responsibility for peace-keeping and counter-insurgency in
Afghanistan by the end of this year. American forces of 20,000
were to be merged into ISAF, whose forces were to spread further
into eastern Afghanistan.
(Econ, 2/4/06, p.37)
2006 In Afghanistan an
initiative to create the Afghan National auxiliary Police (ANAP) was
designed to boost the security forces in unstable districts by
enrolling local youths vetted by tribal leaders. Many defected or
sold their equipment to insurgents and the program was abandoned a
(Econ, 4/11/09, p.40)
2006 Some 2,000 Netherlands’
forces took control of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province.
(Econ, 3/14/09, p.48)
2006 Afghanistan produced 6,100
tons of opium, about 92% of the world total.
(Econ, 6/30/07, p.69)
2006 Fighting between soldiers
and insurgents in southern Afghanistan claimed over 4,400 lives this
year, including over 1,000 civilians.
(Econ, 8/25/07, p.78)
2007 Jan 3, Afghanistan’s the
interior ministry said Afghan and NATO troops killed 17 rebels,
including two commanders, in a sweep of a Taliban stronghold in
southern Afghanistan. In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed
five Afghan security forces and wounded four as they patrolled with
(AFP, 1/3/07)(AP, 1/4/07)
2007 Jan 4, NATO and Afghan
forces fought a three-hour ground battle with suspected Taliban
militants in southern Afghan mountains, killing 15 of them. 3
suspected Taliban died when a land mine they were planting on a
highway in Grieshk district exploded prematurely.
2007 Jan 5, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber in a car wounded four soldiers.
2007 Jan 6, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a NATO vehicle, wounding one
2007 Jan 7, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb ripped through a vehicle, killing a
woman, her two newborn twin babies and the children's grandmother.
2007 Jan 10, NATO forces called
in airstrikes on Taliban positions during a clash in the village of
Gereshk in Helmand province. On the other side of the border, the
Pakistan military attacked trucks used by insurgents for
2007 Jan 11, NATO forces
overnight fought two large groups of suspected Taliban militants
crossing the border from Pakistan, and scores of insurgents were
killed. Some 150 militants under Jalaluddin Haqqani were killed by
the US 10th Mountain Division.
(AP, 1/11/07)(WSJ, 11/7/07, p.A16)
2007 Jan 12, A suicide bomber
rammed his explosives-filled car into a two-vehicle convoy carrying
foreigners south of Kabul, wounding at least one Afghan civilian.
2007 Jan 13, In Afghanistan
British marines, supported by Dutch and British attack helicopters,
staged a pre-dawn attack on a mud-brick compound atop a barren hill
where insurgents were thought hiding, setting off a battle that
killed 16 suspected militants and one marine in Helmand province. US
warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs.
2007 Jan 14, Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton ate breakfast with soldiers from New York and Indiana
at the main US base in Afghanistan before meeting with the top
American general in Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
After leaving Kabul, Clinton went to Lahore, Pakistan, where she met
with the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. A suicide
bomber blew himself up near a convoy of foreign construction workers
and Afghan soldiers in southern Afghanistan, wounding one civilian.
2007 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan NATO troops attacked a militant base in an operation
that left one Western soldier dead and several wounded. 13 suspected
Taliban militants were killed and 17 others were wounded during the
clash with NATO troops. Gunmen in the east killed a deputy
provincial council chief. Afghan agents arrested Abul Haq Haqiq, aka
Dr. Mohammad Hanif, one of two spokesmen who often contacted
journalists on behalf of the Taliban, in eastern Afghanistan. He
said that fugitive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is under the
protection of the ISI in Quetta. (ISI is Pakistan's Inter-Services
Intelligence agency and Quetta is a city in southwestern Pakistan
near the border with Afghanistan.) Afghan officials have alleged
some of the Taliban's leadership may be based there.
(AP, 1/15/07)(AP, 1/16/07)(AFP, 1/17/07)
2007 Jan 16, In southern
Afghanistan NATO-led troops and Afghan forces detained a prominent
Taliban commander during a raid on a compound.
2007 Jan 18, A suicide bomber
detonated his explosives next to Afghan soldiers in an eastern
Afghan market, killing one soldier and wounding three.
2007 Jan 20, The Taliban's
governing body said it has decided to open schools in the areas
controlled by the militants in Afghanistan.
2007 Jan 22, Pakistan's
military lodged a protest saying US-led forces in Afghanistan
mistakenly fired at a Pakistani border post and killed a soldier. A
suicide car bomber attacked a military convoy in northwestern
Pakistan, killing himself and at least four soldiers.
2007 Jan 23, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomber blew himself up amid a crowd of workers outside
a US military base, killing as many as 10 and wounding more than a
dozen others in the deadliest suicide attack in four months.
2007 Jan 25, Officials said
Afghanistan's heroin-producing poppies will not be sprayed with
herbicide this year despite a record crop in 2006 and US pressure to
allow the tactic. In southern Afghanistan a NATO airstrike destroyed
a Taliban command post, killing a suspected senior militant leader.
In eastern Afghanistan border police clashed with suspected
militants in Gomal district in Paktika province, leaving 10
suspected Taliban and one police dead.
(AP, 1/25/07)(AP, 1/26/07)
2007 Jan 26, In Afghanistan an
assailant gunned down lawmaker Maulavi Mohammed Islam Mohammadi. He
was the Taliban's governor of Bamiyan province and had overseen the
destruction of two Buddha statues carved into a cliff under the
former Taliban regime. In 2005 Mohammadi said: "It was foreigners
like Chechens and Arabs with the Taliban who made the decision. They
were crazy people. Even though I was governor, I had no power." A
suicide bomber blew himself up outside the offices of an aid group
in the capital of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah. A policeman and two
civilians were wounded.
2007 Jan 28, Afghan Pres.
Karzai told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that his security forces need
to be stronger as the two discussed possible US troop increases.
2007 Jan 30, Pakistan's PM
Musharraf appealed to the European Union to help repatriate some 3
million Afghan refugees, a move he said would help clear his country
of militants blamed for attacks in border regions.
2007 Jan 31, The Afghan
Parliament voted for an amnesty for leaders accused of war crimes
during a quarter-century of fighting, arguing that it would help
heal deep divisions.
2007 Jan, Kashmir Khan, Taliban
commander in Konar and Nuristan provinces, met for an
interview with a Western journalist. He noted that Taliban enlistees
get paid some $140 per month as compared to $100 paid by the Afghan
(SSFC, 1/21/07, p.A12)
2007 Feb 1, The United States
presented hundreds of armored vehicles and trucks and thousands of
weapons to the Afghan army as Afghanistan braces for renewed
fighting with Taliban-led insurgents.
2007 Feb 1, The United States
presented hundreds of armored vehicles and trucks and thousands of
weapons to the Afghan army as Afghanistan braces for renewed
fighting with Taliban-led insurgents. In southern Afghanistan
Taliban militants overran Musa Qala, where a contentious peace
agreement was negotiated last fall, roaming through the town center,
burning its government compound and threatening elders. In eastern
Paktika province coalition aircraft dropped two bombs, killing as
many as seven militants.
(AP, 2/1/07)(AP, 2/2/07)
2007 Feb 2, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan will erect fencing to reinforce parts
of its porous mountain border with Afghanistan, acknowledging for
the first time that some outgunned Pakistani frontier guards have
allowed militants to cross. The United States handed over eight
Cobra attack helicopters to Pakistan, which is under growing
pressure to stop Taliban guerrillas crossing into Afghanistan to
fight NATO forces.
(AP, 2/2/07)(Reuters, 2/2/07)
2007 Feb 4, Gen. Dan McNeill,
the highest-ranking US general to lead troops in Afghanistan, took
command of 35,500 strong NATO-led force, putting an American face on
the international mission after nine months of British command under
Gen. David Richards. A NATO airstrike killed a senior Taliban leader
riding in a car near Musa Qala.
2007 Feb 9, Taliban militants
ambushed a truck full of Afghan police in southern Afghanistan,
killing four officers and injuring three. A separate gunfight left
11 Taliban fighters dead.
2007 Feb 10, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a NATO convoy outside
Kandahar city, killing himself but hurting no one else.
2007 Feb 11, Helmand’s
provincial governor said an estimated 700 foreign fighters are
operating in a southern Afghan province where Taliban fighters
overran a town earlier this month. Asserting a right to self-defense
the commander of US forces in the region said American forces in
eastern Afghanistan have launched artillery rounds into Pakistan to
strike Taliban fighters who attack remote US outposts. A US service
member died of a gunshot wound in northern Afghanistan.
2007 Feb 12, Helmand Governor
Asadullah Wafa said at least 700 Taliban fighters have crossed from
Pakistan into Afghanistan to reinforce guerrillas attacking the key
Kajaki dam, a major source of electricity and irrigation. Several
Taliban fighters were killed in an attack targeting a senior
2007 Feb 14, NATO officials
said warplanes struck a Taliban compound in southern Afghanistan
with "precision munitions," killing an area commander and about 10
of his men. Villagers said the raid in the southern province of
Helmand also killed civilians. NATO said Taliban fighters used
children as human shields to flee heavy fighting this week during an
operation by foreign and Afghan forces to clear rebels from around a
key hydro-electric dam. In eastern Afghanistan US-led troops killed
a suspected militant and detained 6 others, including one with
alleged links to fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
(AFP, 2/14/07)(Reuters, 2/14/07)(AP, 2/16/07)
2007 Feb 16, A rebel commander
said the Taliban have deployed 10,000 fighters for a spring
offensive of "bloody attacks" against foreign troops in Afghanistan.
2007 Feb 17, NATO-led forces in
southern Afghanistan shot to death an Afghan civilian mistaken for a
suicide bomber because of twine and straps protruding from his
2007 Feb 18, A US military
helicopter crashed in southeastern Afghanistan after its pilot
reported engine failure, killing eight American troops and wounding
14. A roadside bomb killed four officers involved in opium poppy
eradication in Farah province. In western Ghor province a clash
between poppy farmers and police involved in eradication left one
civilian dead and two wounded.
(AP, 2/18/07)(AP, 2/19/07)
2007 Feb 19, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban insurgents briefly captured Bakwa, a small town in
Farah province after police abandoned their posts.
2007 Feb 20, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker disguised as a health worker blew
himself up at a hospital opening ceremony, wounding at least 6 US
soldiers. An official said Afghan authorities raided dozens of
guesthouses suspected of illegally serving alcohol and arrested 14
people, including five foreigners, in a crackdown on vice in this
(AP, 2/20/07)(WSJ, 2/21/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 23, In Kabul some
25,000 people, including top government figures and former fighters,
rallied to support a proposed amnesty for Afghans suspected of war
2007 Feb 27, A suicide bomber
attacked the entrance to the main US military base in Afghanistan
during a visit by VP Dick Cheney, killing up to 23 people and
wounding 20. In Kandahar a suicide attacker targeting Afghan police
blew himself up, wounding three people. Suspected Islamic militants
captured and beheaded an Afghan teacher whom they accused of being a
spy for the US. The man's body was found in a large sack dumped by a
road near Jandola, a town in the South Waziristan tribal district.
(AP, 2/27/07)(AP, 2/28/07)
2007 Mar 1, In western
Afghanistan a bomb targeting a provincial police chief's vehicle
killed two people and wounded 53. Authorities in Helmand province
found the bullet-riddled body of a kidnapped doctor.
2007 Mar 2, In western
Afghanistan insurgents attacked a police post, leaving one police
officer dead and two wounded. A mortar round landed on a US military
outpost in the same Herat province, wounding 12 civilian Afghan
workers and two Afghan soldiers.
2007 Mar 3, A bomb blast in
western Afghanistan killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 17
others. In southern Afghanistan 2 British soldiers were killed
during a NATO combat operation.
(AP, 3/3/07)(AFP, 3/4/07)
2007 Mar 4, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide attack by an explosives-filled minivan hit an
American convoy. US Marine Special Forces fleeing a militant ambush
opened fire on civilian cars and pedestrians on a busy highway in
Nangarhar province. As many as 19 people were killed and 34 wounded
in the violence. The marine unit involved was soon ordered to leave
Afghanistan. The attack was carried out by a breakaway faction of
Hezb-e-Islami that was once led by Younis Khalis, a former
mujahedeen commander who died last year. The group is now believed
to be led by a son of Khalis. A US-led coalition airstrike destroyed
a mud-brick home, killing nine people from four generations of an
Afghan family during a clash between Western troops and militants.
On May 23, 2008, Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, the commander of US Marine
Corps Forces, Central Command, decided not to bring charges after
reviewing the findings of a special tribunal.
(AP, 3/4/07)(AP, 3/5/07)(SFC, 3/24/07, p.A8)(SFC,
1/9/08, p.A13)(AP, 5/24/08)
2007 Mar 6, In southern
Afghanistan a remote-control bomb targeting a police vehicle on
killed one policeman and wounded another in the Murja district of
Helmand province. Afghan soldiers caught Mullah Mahmood, a senior
Taliban commander at a checkpoint in Kandahar province. He was
wearing a burqa, the all-encompassing Islamic veil worn by women.
One British soldier and four Taliban fighters were killed. A
Canadian soldier died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Enemy
action was ruled out as the cause. The Taliban claimed that it had
kidnapped 4 journalists, including a Briton and an Italian.
(AP, 3/6/07)(AP, 3/7/07)(WSJ, 3/7/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 7, In Afghanistan NATO
forces fought Taliban militants in the second day of the alliance's
largest-ever offensive. Mullah Abdul Qassim, a top Taliban commander
in Helmand province told The Associated Press that his group has
4,000 fighters bracing to rebuff NATO's largest-ever offensive in
southern Afghanistan. Suicide bombers are ready, land mines have
been planted and helicopters will be targeted.
2007 Mar 8, Fugitive Afghan
rebel leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar used a video to tell The Associated
Press that his forces have ended cooperation with the Taliban and
suggested that he was open to talks with embattled President Hamid
Karzai. In northern Afghanistan gunmen killed a German aid worker
and robbed his three Afghan colleagues. A suicide bomber targeting a
NATO convoy wounded five civilians in the country's south.
(AP, 3/8/07)(AP, 3/8/07)
2007 Mar 9, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled roadside bomb ripped through the vehicle of Mullah
Naqeeb, an influential pro-government tribal elder, injuring him and
nine others. 6 people died after being wounded in the bombing of the
armored vehicle. The Afghan elder played a key role in dealing with
the Taliban. Police detained five men in connection with the killing
of a German aid worker in northern Afghanistan. The five were
detained in the province of Sari Pul, where Dieter Ruebling, 65,
worked for aid group German Agro Action. Two gunmen killed Ruebling
and robbed his three Afghan colleagues after stopping their two
vehicles near the village of Mirza Wolang in Sayyad district.
(AP, 3/9/07)(AP, 3/10/07)
2007 Mar 10, Afghanistan's
lower house of parliament voted into law a revised resolution
calling for an amnesty for groups suspected of perpetrating war
crimes during a quarter century of fighting, but also recognizing
the rights of victims to seek justice. A top Taliban commander
issued a chilling threat, promising to kill a kidnapped Italian
journalist unless the movement's arrested spokesmen were freed and a
date was set for the withdrawal of Italian troops from Afghanistan.
In southern Afghanistan clashes between Afghan police and Taliban
militants killed eight officers and two Taliban. In Zabul Taliban
militants attacked police on the main highway between Kabul and
Kandahar. A ½ hour gunfight left 2 Taliban dead and 4 wounded.
(AP, 3/10/07)(AFP, 3/10/07)(AP, 3/11/07)
2007 Mar 10, In a Web statement
Islamic militants threatened to attack Germany and Austria unless
the two European nations break ranks with the US and withdraw their
personnel from Afghanistan. A separate, previously unknown Iraqi
insurgent group released a video on the Web threatening to kill a
German woman and her son kidnapped in Iraq unless Germany withdrew
its troops from Afghanistan within 10 days.
2007 Mar 12, In southern
Afghanistan NATO and Afghan troops clashed with suspected
insurgents, shortly before calling in an airstrike on a compound
that left two militants dead.
2007 Mar 13, A suicide bomber
crossed the border from Pakistan into southern Afghanistan and blew
himself up in a crowded pedestrian area, killing three civilians and
2007 Mar 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck near a police convoy killing 5
people with 38 wounded. Attacks elsewhere left 4 more dead. At least
six people were killed in an explosion in Kabul caused by gunpowder
in shops selling ammunition for hunting rifles. 9 others were
injured. An Italian journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan last week
appeared in a video shown on television appealing to Premier Romano
Prodi to work for his release.
(AFP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/14/07)(AP, 3/14/07)(SFC,
2007 Mar 15, US-led coalition
forces mistakenly killed five Afghan police in a clash in a southern
2007 Mar 17, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy
killed a child and wounded a NATO soldier and three other people.
More than 1,400 artifacts, protected from looters and the Taliban
since 1999 at a museum-in-exile in Switzerland, were returned to the
National Museum of Afghanistan. In western Afghanistan a two-hour
clash between suspected Taliban militants and police left two
officers dead. Taliban guerrillas chopped noses and ears of at least
five truck drivers in eastern Afghanistan as punishment for
transporting supplies to US-led troops.
(AP, 3/17/07)(AP, 3/18/07)(Reuters, 3/18/07)
2007 Mar 18, Afghanistan's
Taliban said it had handed an Italian journalist, whom it captured
two weeks ago and threatened to kill, to tribal elders pending a
final deal for his release.
2007 Mar 19, In Afghanistan
Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo (52), kidnapped on March 5,
was freed by the Taliban. His translator also was kidnapped and
officials hope he will be released. However, their driver, Sayed
Agha, was beheaded by the captors. The next day the Afghan
government admitted to exchanging 5 Taliban prisoners for the
Italian hostage as the UN and US led criticism of any negotiations
with "terrorists." A suicide car bomber attacked a three-vehicle US
Embassy convoy on a dangerous road in Kabul, killing an Afghan
teenager and wounding 5 security personnel.
(AP, 3/19/07)(AP, 3/20/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)
2007 Mar 21, In Afghanistan
Dutch ministers urged the Afghan government to step up its presence
and development in the troubled south, where Taliban insurgents are
most entrenched, saying NATO cannot do it alone.
2007 Mar 22, Fighting between
Afghan forces and Taliban militants in Helmand province killed at
least 49 militants and 7 police in what appears to be the biggest
independent operation yet by Afghan forces. Taliban commanders tried
to negotiate an end to four days of battles between Pakistani
tribesmen and foreign Al-Qaeda militants that have left at least 120
(AP, 3/22/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/23/07)
2007 Mar 23, Militants ambushed
a convoy carrying Afghan soldiers. In the ensuing clash, three
suspected Taliban were killed and six were wounded.
2007 Mar 23, In Pakistan Ali
Mohammed Jan Aurakzai, the North West Frontier Province governor,
said clashes between Pakistani tribesmen and foreign militants near
the Afghan border this week have left up to 160 people dead,
including about 130 Uzbek and Chechen fighters. Officials said
warring tribesmen and foreign Al-Qaeda militants have agreed to a
ceasefire after four days of bloodshed in the border region.
2007 Mar 24, In Afghanistan
militants attacked a police checkpoint near Tirin Kot in Uruzgan
province in a clash that left two police and six militants dead.
Afghan and US-led coalition troops repelled an attack by insurgents
in eastern Paktika province, leaving 12 militants dead. A joint
force of Afghan army, police and intelligence killed 11 Taliban
militants in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.
Separately, suspected Taliban insurgents clashed with villagers in
western Afghanistan, leaving three militants killed and one villager
(AP, 3/24/07)(AP, 3/25/07)(AFP, 3/25/07)
2007 Mar 25, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban militants attacked a district office in Wardak
province in a clash that left 15 militants and two officers dead. In
Ghazni province Afghan police and soldiers launched a joint
operation against militants in Andar district, which left five
suspected Taliban dead and seven wounded.
2007 Mar 26, A suicide bomber
in a car attacked a NATO convoy in the southern province of
Kandahar, killing himself but causing no alliance casualties. The US
urged European countries to provide more troops for Afghanistan and
to free them up for combat, as well as to provide further aid to the
(AP, 3/26/07)(AP, 3/27/07)
2007 Mar 27, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker dressed in army uniform blew himself
up outside a provincial police headquarters, killing four policemen.
2007 Mar 28, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber trying to blend in with street beggars exploded
himself near a top intelligence official in a crowded part of Kabul,
killing four people.
2007 Mar 29, A NATO soldier was
killed and three wounded during an operation in eastern Afghanistan.
Suspected Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint manned by Afghan
troops, leaving eight militants and five Afghan troops dead.
(AP, 3/30/07)(AP, 3/31/07)
2007 Mar, In Afghan a group of
parliamentarians and members of government formed the National Unity
Front. It proposed various constitutional reforms including the
direct election of provincial governors. Many of the Front’s members
stood accused of war crimes.
(Econ, 4/28/07, p.46)
2007 Apr 1, In southern
Afghanistan the Taliban executed three men accused of spying for
NATO and government forces. A NATO airstrike targeted a compound
housing Taliban militants in Shahjoy district of Zabul province,
killing seven suspected militants inside. NATO-led troops and police
clashed with suspected Taliban militants in Kandahar's Zhari
district, leaving six militants dead. In eastern Afghanistan flash
floods caused by torrential rains killed at least 16 people and
destroyed dozens of houses near the Hindu Kush mountain range.
(AP, 4/1/07)(AFP, 4/1/07)(AP, 4/2/07)
2007 Apr 2, In Afghanistan 3
police died when militants attacked a checkpoint on the road linking
the southern town of Kandahar with Spin Boldak on the
2007 Apr 3, UN officials in
Afghanistan said avalanches and floods triggered by heavy rains and
spring snow melt have killed about 150 people in recent days in the
mountains of central Asia. The toll in Afghanistan reached 88 with
over 50 killed in Pakistan. In southwest Afghanistan 2 French aid
workers and their three Afghan staff went missing between Nimroz and
neighboring Farah province.
(AP, 4/3/07)(AP, 4/4/07)
2007 Apr 6, in Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber hit a police checkpoint in Kabul, killing four
people, including a policeman who tried to stop him. Taliban rebels
seized control of Khak Afghan district in southern Zabul province.
(AP, 4/6/07)(AFP, 4/6/07)
2007 Apr 7, In southwestern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants ambushed Afghan workers of
an American de-mining company, leaving seven people dead and four
wounded. Officials said more than 1,000 NATO and Afghan troops
clashed with Taliban and took over control of Sangin, a district
center in southern Afghanistan long held by the militants.
2007 Apr 8, A purported
spokesman for the Taliban said the kidnapped translator for an
Italian journalist was killed in southern Afghanistan. In the
eastern Paktika province, two Afghan guards were killed and five
wounded during a four-hour firefight with Taliban militants. In
eastern Khost province, a gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle
opened fire on Afghans working for NATO's International Security
Assistance Force, killing two of the men and wounding another. In
eastern Nangarhar province, a suicide car bomber blew himself up
next to a US-led coalition convoy. 2 roadside bombs in southern
Afghanistan left seven NATO soldiers dead. 6 Canadians died in one
of the 2 blasts.
(AP, 4/8/07)(AP, 4/9/07)
2007 Apr 9, Suspected Taliban
militants ambushed an Afghan army convoy with rocket propelled
grenades in southern Afghanistan, killing two soldiers and wounding
up to 14. Suspected Taliban attacked a police vehicle north of
Kandahar city, leaving a policeman dead.
2007 Apr 11, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber struck a NATO convoy, wounding
seven civilians, while a US-led coalition airstrike killed 13
suspected militants. Another bomb blast in the south killed two
Canadian soldiers and wounded three others.
(AP, 4/11/07)(AP, 4/12/07)
2007 Apr 12, In southern
Afghanistan a US-led coalition and Afghan troops backed by aircraft
clashed with suspected Taliban fighters, leaving more than 35
militants dead. Roadside bombs struck two NATO convoys in the east,
killing two soldiers. US and Afghan troops rescued five civilian
contractors pinned down by small arms fire from insurgents in
central Afghanistan after their helicopter made an emergency
landing. A coalition aircraft attacked the militants, killing three.
The contractors were evacuated to a nearby coalition base.
2007 Apr 13, A firefight in
southern Afghanistan killed one NATO soldier and wounded two others.
Eight suspected insurgents were killed by British forces west of
Basra. The suspects had been planting bombs in the path of a British
(AP, 4/13/07)(AP, 4/14/07)
2007 Apr 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up next to several Afghan
border policemen, leaving at least seven officers dead and six
others wounded. 3 suspected militants carrying explosives on their
bodies were killed when their bombs went off just outside the
southern city of Ghazni. Also in Ghazni, two Afghan army soldiers
were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the
province's Ander district.
(AP, 4/14/07)(AFP, 4/14/07)
2007 Apr 15, Afghanistan's
government promised to end all hostage deals with the Taliban after
two Afghan kidnap victims were executed in an agreement to free an
Italian journalist. In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber
targeted a private US security firm, killing up to four Afghans
working for the company and wounding another. In Ghazni province,
southwest of Kabul, a clash between Afghan forces and insurgents
left 15 militants dead and 15 wounded. Police and US-led coalition
forces attacked suspected Taliban insurgents crossing from Pakistan
into Afghanistan, killing 10 militants and wounding 15.
(AFP, 4/15/07)(AP, 4/16/07)
2007 Apr 16, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber ran onto a police training field in
Kunduz and blew himself up, killing up to 10 policemen and wounding
dozens of others.
2007 Apr 17, US Marine Gen.
Peter Pace said US-led coalition forces in southern Afghanistan
recently intercepted Iranian-made weapons that were being shipped to
Taliban fighters. A roadside bomb hit a United Nations vehicle in
southern Afghanistan's main city, killing four Nepalese guards and
an Afghan driver. An old artillery shell exploded outside a school
compound in the western city of Herat, killing four children and
wounding five others. Afghan troops searched a compound and
discovered 18 rocket propelled grenades and 27 AK-47 weapons. The
compound's guard later confessed that he commanded more than 100
Taliban fighters. Staff at Tolo TV, the leading Afghan independent
broadcaster, were beaten by police. Attorney general Abdul Jabar
Sabet had ordered their arrest because he objected to the editing of
an interview he had given. Tolo aired footage of the raid.
(AP, 4/17/07)(SFC, 4/18/07, p.A9)(AP, 4/19/07)
2007 Apr 18, More than 100
journalists protested a police raid ordered by Afghanistan's
attorney general on a private TV station that has fueled concern
over growing government harassment of the media. Afghan and US-led
coalition forces clashed with Taliban fighters and called in an
airstrike in southern Afghanistan, leaving 24 suspected militants
dead and two coalition soldiers wounded. Three other suspected
militants were reported killed in the western provinces. In eastern
Afghanistan coalition and Afghan forces arrested five suspected
al-Qaida. A US-led coalition convoy hit a boy in Kabul and killed
(AP, 4/18/07)(AP, 4/19/07)
2007 Apr 20, A purported
Taliban statement demanded the release of a number of the group's
fighters and the withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan in
exchange for the freedom of two kidnapped French aid workers. In
southern Afghanistan separate explosions killed two NATO soldiers. A
Dutch soldier was killed in one explosion, the first fatality from
hostile action among Dutch troops serving with NATO forces in the
(AP, 4/20/07)(AP, 4/21/07)
2007 Apr 21, Taliban insurgents
vowed a new round of attacks against Afghan and foreign troops in
the war-torn country, promising to focus more attention on the
relatively-peaceful north. Suspected Taliban militants ambushed a
police patrol in eastern Afghanistan in a clash that left five
militants and one police officer dead. NATO-led troops shot and
killed a suspected militant and wounded another in the south. In
Nangarhar province US and Afghan troops killed one person and
detained nine others during a raid on a compound.
(AFP, 4/21/07)(AP, 4/21/07)(AP, 4/22/07)
2007 Apr 22, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up in Khost, killing
11 civilians and wounding over 40 others. In Paktia province, a mob
of Taliban fighters ambushed a police patrol, kicking off a
three-hour battle that left 5 Taliban dead. Assailants in Laghman
province bombed an intelligence service vehicle in an attack that
killed two intelligence service officers, a soldier and a driver in
the provincial capital of Mehtar Lam. In Ghazni province assailants
abducted and beheaded an Afghan intelligence service employee.
(AFP, 4/22/07)(AP, 4/23/07)
2007 Apr 23, In Afghanistan
assailants in Laghman province struck an intelligence service
vehicle with a remote-controlled bomb, killing six employees and
wounding three. In Zabul province, a roadside bomb hit police as
they were patrolling in Shamulzayi district, killing two policemen
and wounding five others.
2007 Apr 24, Afghan and
international forces clashed overnight with Taliban insurgents in
two separate gun battles in the south and west, leaving 13 militants
dead and four other people wounded. Five more “enemy elements" were
killed in the northeastern province of Kunar in an operation by
troops from the Afghan security forces and US-led coalition.
Militants ambushed a police car in the west, killing four officers,
in the Guzara district in Herat province. Fighting in Ghazni
province left three construction company guards and seven Taliban
(AFP, 4/24/07)(AFP, 4/25/07)
2007 Apr 25, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb attack on an Afghan military convoy left
seven soldiers dead. A suicide attacker blew himself up close to the
vehicle of a district governor of Paktika. Militants ambushed a
police vehicle in the western province of Herat overnight and killed
three policemen. Afghan police and US special troops clashed with
foreign militants in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least five
(AP, 4/25/07)(AP, 4/26/07)
2007 Apr 26, More than 100
suspected Taliban attacked Giro, setting fire to buildings and
cutting telephone lines. The district mayor, police chief and three
policemen were killed during several hours of fighting. It was
estimated that about 10 of the militants also died.
2007 Apr 27, Hundreds of Afghan
soldiers and police retook the Giro district from the Taliban,
pushing out militants who had seized the area in fierce fighting a
2007 Apr 28, Richard Holbrooke,
the former US ambassador to the UN, said Afghanistan's US-backed
government, tarnished by corruption and unable to control large
swaths of its own territory, is rapidly losing the support of
2007 Apr 28, The Taliban freed
a female French aid worker who was kidnapped more than three weeks
ago, but demanded the withdrawal of French troops or release of
prisoners for the freedom of a French man and three Afghans still
being held. Afghan and coalition forces clashed with Taliban
militants in separate incidents in the east and south, killing 21
(AFP, 4/28/07)(AP, 4/28/07)
2007 Apr 29, Hundreds of angry
protesters chanting "Death to Bush" demonstrated in eastern
Afghanistan after six people, including a woman and a teenage girl,
were reportedly killed when US-led coalition and Afghan forces
raided a suspected car bomb cell. Afghanistan's education minister
said at least 85 students and teachers were killed last year in
attacks blamed on insurgents who oppose education for girls and
teaching boys anything other than religion. In western Afghanistan
coalition and Afghan forces attacked the insurgents and called in an
airstrike, destroying seven Taliban positions and killing 87
fighters during a 14-hour engagement in Herat province.
(AP, 4/29/07)(AP, 4/30/07)
2007 Apr 30, The presidents of
Afghanistan and Pakistan, a meeting arranged by Turkish leaders,
agreed to share intelligence on extremist groups to bolster efforts
to deny sanctuary, training and financing to terrorists in both
countries. NATO-led troops killed 75 suspected insurgents on the
first day of an operation against Taliban militants in a valley in
southern Helmand province. Hundreds of people demonstrated in the
Shindand district of the western province of Herat, after coalition
and Afghan operations there on April 27 and 29, insisting that
civilians were among the victims. Police the next day said at least
30 civilians, including women and children, were among those killed
in Shindand's fighting. The US military reported killing 136 rebels
over 3 days of fighting in western Afghanistan. One US soldier died
in the clashes.
(AP, 4/30/07)(AP, 5/1/07)(AFP, 5/1/07)(WSJ,
2007 May 2, Afghan regional
officials said that 51 villagers, some of them women and children,
were killed in recent fighting in western Afghanistan. The US-led
coalition said it had no reports of civilian deaths.
2007 May 3, A remote-control
bomb hit an Afghan army bus in Kabul, killing the driver and
wounding 29 people, including 22 soldiers.
2007 May 5, Four suicide
bombings struck Afghanistan, killing two policemen, as military
officials announced more than 10 Taliban commanders were killed in
major battles a week ago.
2007 May 6, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 5 police and wounded two others,
while a clash in the west left eight police and at least four
suspected militants dead. An Afghan soldier shot and killed two US
troops and wounded 2 others outside Pul-e-Charkhi prison. The next
day Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said the Afghan soldier
was mentally ill. A bus crashed in northern Afghanistan, sparking a
fire that left nine people dead and 25 injured.
(AP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007 May 7, In Afghanistan a
rocket slammed into a street outside an apartment building in Kabul,
killing one man and wounding five other people including a small
2007 May 8, Afghanistan's upper
house of parliament passed a bill calling for a halt to all
international military operations unless coordinated with the Afghan
government, action seen as a rebuke of the international mission
here. In southern Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants ambushed a
NATO convoy, and a gunshot victim said soldiers fleeing the scene
shot him and killed a man in a bakery. Airstrikes called in by US
Special Forces soldiers fighting with insurgents killed at least 21
civilians in the Sangin area of Helmand province. One coalition
soldier was also killed. The US military apologized and paid
compensation to the families of 19 people killed and 50 wounded by
US Marines Special Forces who fired indiscriminately on civilians
after being hit by a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan in March.
Residents claimed that over 60 people were killed by the bombing.
(AP, 5/8/07)(AP, 5/9/07)(SFC, 5/11/07, p.A20)
2007 May 8, NATO Secretary
General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and President Pervez Musharraf agreed
to strengthen security along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to
contain the Taliban insurgency.
2007 May 9, Afghan civilians
fought with Taliban militants who hit a checkpoint near Sangin,
leaving three of the attackers dead. A suicide car bomber killed two
Afghans and wounded five when he detonated his car in the eastern
2007 May 10, In Afghanistan new
airstrikes in the Sangin area killed 10 Taliban fighters after the
insurgents ambushed a patrol. A Taliban commander said the militant
group kidnapped Uruzgan governor spokesman Qayum Qayumi. 4 policemen
and two more insurgents were killed when fighting erupted after a
group of the extremist militants attacked a police post.
(AP, 5/10/07)(AP, 5/11/07)
2007 May 10, The Pakistani
military said it has completed building a fence on a first section
of its border with Afghanistan, a disputed measure designed to
prevent militants from crossing the mountainous frontier.
2007 May 12, Afghan lawmakers
voted to oust the foreign minister over the mishandling of the
expulsion of Afghan refugees from neighboring Iran. Mullah Dadullah,
the Taliban's most prominent military commander, was killed in a
US-led military operation in southern Afghanistan. The one-legged
fighter had orchestrated ethnic massacre and a rash of beheadings.
Around 55 Taliban fighters were killed in two battles near the
(AP, 5/12/07)(AP, 5/13/07)(AFP, 5/13/07)
2007 May 12, Eric Damfreville,
a French aid worker, returned to France after five weeks in Taliban
captivity in Afghanistan and made a plea for his captors to free
three Afghans seized with him.
2007 May 13, In Afghanistan 9
policemen lost their lives in fresh attacks. Pakistani and Afghan
forces exchanged fire at their rugged border in their most serious
skirmish in years. Pakistan claimed it killed six Afghan soldiers,
but Afghanistan said just two Afghan civilians were killed.
2007 May 14, In Pakistan
militants opened fire on a group of US, Afghan and Pakistani
military officials meeting near the Afghan border, killing one
American and a Pakistani soldier. In 2011 it was reported that a
Pakistani soldier had opened fire with an automatic rifle, pumping
multiple rounds from just 5 or 10 yards away into American officer,
Maj. Larry J. Bauguess Jr., (36) killing him almost instantly.
Separately Karachi storefronts were shuttered and the streets of the
commercial hub emptied of cars on as residents angry over a weekend
of deadly political violence honored a general strike called amid
growing discontent over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's ouster of
the chief justice.
2007 May 15, The US military
said former Guantanamo detainees have organized a jailbreak in
Afghanistan, kidnapped Chinese engineers and taken leadership
positions with the Taliban. In southern Afghanistan at least 11
suspected Taliban and possibly dozens more were killed by airstrikes
on Taliban compounds in the Zhari district of Kandahar province.
2007 May 17, In southern
Afghanistan 2 coordinated bomb blasts killed seven people, including
three police responding to the first explosion. In western
Afghanistan airstrikes in Farah province targeted a convoy of
suspected Taliban militants who had left a meeting, killing 14 and
wounding 10. In Kandahar a suicide car bomber rammed a government
convoy, killing three bystanders and wounding Information and
Culture Minister Abdul Karim Khurram.
(AP, 5/17/07)(AP, 5/18/07)
2007 May 18, The Taliban said
it had arrested a close aide to the rebel movement's slain commander
Mullah Dadullah for treachery that led to his killing. Soldiers from
the Afghan army and a coalition led by the US killed 67 Taliban in
an ambush in the eastern province of Paktia, near the border with
(AFP, 5/18/07)(AFP, 5/19/07)
2007 May 19, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated himself next to German
soldiers shopping in a crowded market in Kunduz, killing 3 German
soldiers and 6 Afghan civilians with 16 people wounded. A district
police chief and a bodyguard were killed in a bomb blast in the
eastern province of Nangarhar.
2007 May 20, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on foot detonated himself in a crowded
market just after a US convoy drove by, killing at least 14 people
and wounding 31. Suspected insurgents ambushed a US-led coalition
and Afghan patrol, sparking a battle and airstrikes that killed 25
suspected insurgents in Helmand province. A suicide bomber walked
into a crowded market in the eastern city of Gardez and blew himself
up, killing 14 people and wounding 31. In eastern Nangarhar
province, a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in the district of
Dara-I-Nur, killing two policemen and wounding seven others. A
British soldier died of wounds from an accident at a British
military base in Sangin.
(AP, 5/20/07)(AP, 5/21/07)
2007 May 21, Afghanistan's
lower house of parliament voted to oust an outspoken female lawmaker
who has enraged former mujahedeen fighters now in President Hamid
Karzai's US-backed government. Malalai Joya (29) had compared
parliament to a stable full of animals in a recent TV interview. A
parliament rule known as Article 70 forbids lawmakers from
criticizing one another.
2007 May 23, A bomb in northern
Afghanistan killed a Finnish soldier and an Afghan civilian, while a
suicide attacker in Kabul killed two people, including a policeman.
Two operations in southern Afghanistan killed 18 suspected
militants, including seven "foreigners," while six people died when
a stash of ammunition exploded in the east.
(AP, 5/23/07)(AP, 5/24/07)
2007 May 24, In Afghanistan
Sayed Gulab, a suspect with "extensive connections" with other
senior Taliban and al-Qaida leaders in Nangarhar and Pakistan, was
detained and held in a coalition facility.
2007 May 24, The US Congress
passed a spending bill, providing $95 billion for the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan. Pres. Bush signed the bill the next day.
2007 May 25, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier from Canada was killed and two other NATO
soldiers were wounded in overnight attacks by Taliban fighters. 7
Taliban fighters, including two local commanders, were killed in a
joint coalition-Afghan operation in Gereshk district of southern
(AFP, 5/25/07)(AP, 5/26/07)
2007 May 26, In southern
Afghanistan an explosion during a fight with Taliban militants
killed a British soldier. US-led coalition and Afghan forces
detained a Taliban commander and two suspected al-Qaida militants in
the east. In Kandahar 3 policemen and a civilian passer-by were
wounded in a suicide attack. Gen. Mohammad Doud said Afghan forces
have eradicated some 64,250 acres of poppies this year compared with
39,000 acres last year. Officials expected from 407,715 acres to
482,000 acres of poppies to be cultivated this year.
(AP, 5/26/07)(AFP, 5/26/07)
2007 May 27, The Taliban
released 3 Afghan aid workers, who were kidnapped with two French
colleagues nearly two months ago. The Taliban launched a new
operation targeting government and foreign forces in Afghanistan. A
roadside bomb killed three Afghan security guards working for the
coalition in the east. Taliban militants ambushed US-led coalition
and Afghan forces escorting supply trucks in southern Afghanistan,
sparking a 10-hour battle the coalition said killed an estimated two
dozen militants. Villagers said 7 civilians also died.
(AP, 5/27/07)(AP, 5/28/07)
2007 May 28, In northern
Afghanistan a demonstration against a governor left at least seven
dead and 31 injured after gunfire broke out between police and
protesters. A suicide bomber targeted foreigners in a four-wheel
drive vehicle, killing two Afghan civilians and wounding two others
in Kunduz. It was reported that truck drivers in Afghanistan had
more problems with police demanding bribes that with the Taliban.
(AP, 5/28/07)(SFC, 5/28/07, p.A10)
2007 May 30, Afghan and US-led
coalition forces clashed with Taliban militants in eastern
Afghanistan, leaving six suspected insurgents dead and one wounded.
A roadside bomb killed four policemen and wounded another in the
southern province of Uruzgan. A CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot
down by Taliban militants in an attack that killed everyone on
board, five US soldiers, a Canadian and a Briton. In western Farah
province, insurgents attacked the Pusht Rod district, and ensuing
clashes with police left 10 militants dead and 15 wounded.
(AP, 5/30/07)(AP, 5/31/07)
2007 May 30, Afghanistan and
Pakistan agreed to increase cooperation after meeting with Group of
Eight foreign ministers amid concerns that enmity between the
neighbors is helping the Taliban inflict mounting losses on NATO
troops and Afghan civilians.
2007 May 31, A Taliban ambush
killed 16 policemen in a convoy on its way from the south to Kabul.
A battle pitting NATO and Afghan troops against Taliban fighters in
southern Afghanistan killed 20 militants. Taliban commander called
Mullah Naqibullah was among the dead. Taliban fighters attacked the
home of a police official in Zurmat district of Paktia province.
Police reinforcements were called in, sparking a battle that left
six Taliban dead. Five rockets were fired from the top of a mountain
in Kunar province, hitting several civilian homes and killing two
(AFP, 5/31/07)(AP, 5/31/07)(AP, 6/1/07)
2007 Jun 1, In Afghanistan a
NATO soldier was killed in a bomb blast while two Afghan women and a
policeman died in attacks elsewhere linked to a deepening Taliban
2007 Jun 2, A boat crossing the
Helmand River in Helmand province sank, and at least 60 Taliban
militants were killed. Suspected Taliban militants attacked a local
police commander's home, killing five of his family members and
sparking a gunbattle with police that left 10 insurgents dead. In
eastern Afghanistan suspected militants ambushed a NATO convoy,
killing two members of the alliance and wounding 7 troops. 15
suspected militants were killed by police. In eastern Khost
province, militants attacked a police checkpoint in Yaqubi district
and the ensuing clash left 12 militants dead. Police clashed with
Taliban militants in neighboring Paktika province's Shakin district,
leaving three suspected insurgents dead.
(AP, 6/2/07)(AFP, 6/3/07)(AP, 6/3/07)
2007 Jun 3, In Afghanistan 3
"enemies of peace and stability" were killed when a bomb they were
planting exploded in the eastern province of Laghman. An Afghan army
soldier was killed and another was injured by a remotely-controlled
Taliban bomb in Zabul province.
2007 Jun 4, US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates said Iranian weapons have begun flowing into
Afghanistan, but he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed
involvement by Tehran cannot yet be proved. Six Taliban rebels were
killed in a gunfight with Afghan and NATO-led troops in the eastern
province of Paktia. Afghan forces sank a boat in the Helmand River
carrying suspected Taliban fighters fleeing an attack, and more than
20 drowned. In a separate gunbattle and airstrikes killed an
estimated two dozen militants. Roadside bombs killed two Afghan
soldiers and wounded five in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 6/4/07)(AFP, 6/4/07)(AP, 6/5/07)
2007 Jun 6, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO soldiers died battling militants, while US-led
and Afghan troops backed by airstrikes killed two militants and
detained nine others. In northern Afghanistan 3 gunmen fatally shot
a female owner of a radio station. A battle and airstrikes in
southern Afghanistan left 30 suspected Taliban dead or wounded.
(AP, 6/6/07)(AP, 6/7/07)
2007 Jun 7, In Afghanistan 6
people were arrested in the killing of a woman who owned a radio
station. 4 kidnapped Afghan medical workers were released after the
body of a slain top Taliban commander was retrieved by his family.
Suspected militants attacked a government compound in the Daychopan
district of Zabul province, killing a policeman and wounding 3
others. An Afghan soldier was killed in a mine explosion in Zabul
province. In eastern Nangarhar province, coalition and Afghan troops
killed a militant during a firefight in Khogyani district. In
Arghistan district, a police operation against Taliban fighters
killed or wounded nine of the militants. In Zabul province, a
two-hour gun battle killed one policeman and four Taliban.
(AP, 6/7/07)(AP, 6/8/07)
2007 Jun 8, Afghan Attorney
General Abdul Jabar Sabet, a critic of some of the country's
factional leaders and former warlords, was set upon in the middle of
a traffic jam just outside Kabul by Gen. Din Mohammad Jurat, a
senior official at the Interior Ministry. A roadside bomb exploded
in Kandahar's Panjwayi district, killing three police officers and
wounding four in a police vehicle. In the Spin Boldak district a
roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded three others in a
border police vehicle.
(Reuters, 6/8/07)(AP, 6/9/07)
2007 Jun 9, In Afghanistan
militants attacked three separate posts in Murghab district of
Badghis province, sparking a six-hour long battle that left 20
suspected Taliban and two police killed. In southern Zabul province,
NATO and Afghan troops clashed with militants and called in
airstrikes, leaving 27 suspected Taliban insurgents dead in the
district of Shinkay.
2007 Jun 10, In central
Afghanistan Taliban militants fired rockets near a school yard where
President Hamid Karzai was meeting with local leaders and residents
in an apparent assassination attempt, but no one was hurt.
2007 Jun 11, In Afghanistan’s
eastern Khost province, a suicide car bomber blew himself up as
police were approaching to search his vehicle at a checkpoint in
Gurbuz district. The US-led coalition and Afghan troops killed more
than 24 suspected Taliban fighters during a battle in the south.
(AP, 6/11/07)(AP, 6/13/07)
2007 Jun 12, Afghan police in
Nangarhar province mistook US troops on a nighttime mission for
Taliban fighters and opened fire on them, prompting US forces to
return fire and call in attack aircraft. 8 Afghan police were
killed. Gunmen on motorbikes killed two schoolgirls in central
Afghanistan. NATO and Afghan forces killed 12 Taliban fighters in
Zabul province. A suicide bomber killed one policeman and wounded
two in southern Helmand province.
(AP, 6/12/07)(AP, 6/13/07)
2007 Jun 13, A senior US
diplomat said NATO has intercepted Iranian weapons shipments to
Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, providing evidence Iran is
violating international law to aid a group it once considered a
bitter enemy. The Taliban claimed to have captured a NATO trooper.
20 militants were killed in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar
province. In nearby Zhari district six Taliban fighters were killed,
including one commander. In southern Ghazni province 7 Taliban were
killed and 4 others detained by police. A suicide attacker detonated
his bomb near an Afghan army brigade commander in Gereshk district
of Helmand province. In western Farah province two Afghans doing
repair work on police vehicles were killed by Taliban militants.
US-led coalition and Afghan troops killed a suspected militant and
detained three others in a raid on a compound in eastern
(AP, 6/13/07)(AFP, 6/13/07)(AP, 6/14/07)
2007 Jun 15, In southern
Afghanistan 2 suicide attackers blew themselves up near NATO
convoys, killing five Afghan children, four civilian men and a
foreign soldier. A soldier of the US-led coalition died from a
combat wound after a clash in the eastern province of Paktika.
2007 Jun 15, Iran was reported
to have denied allegations of abuse saying it has forced Afghan
laborers back home because the 1.5 million undocumented migrants are
an enormous burden on its economy.
2007 Jun 16, In Afghanistan
suicide bombers targeting foreign forces struck two Afghan cities,
killing four civilians, and a US soldier at one of the attacks
"accidentally" shot dead a bystander. Hundreds of Taliban fighters
launched raids on police posts near the strategic town of Chora in
Uruzgan province, forcing NATO, backed by fighter jets, to respond.
(AFP, 6/16/07)(AP, 6/19/07)
2007 Jun 17, An enormous bomb
ripped through a police academy bus at Kabul's busiest
transportation hub, killing at least 35 people in the deadliest
insurgent attack in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001.
The dead included 22 police academy instructors and 13 bystanders.
The Taliban claimed responsibility. In Paktika province US-led jets
targeted a compound that also contained a mosque and a madrassa, or
Islamic school, resulting in the death of seven boys, ages 10 to 16.
(AP, 6/17/07)(AP, 6/18/07)(Econ, 6/23/07, p.51)
2007 Jun 18, Afghan officials
said more than 100 people, including militants, civilians and
police, have died in three days of fierce clashes between NATO
forces and Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan. Insurgents said
they had captured mountainous Myanishen district in the southern
province of Kandahar.
(AP, 6/18/07)(AFP, 6/19/07)
2007 Jun 19, Fierce clashes
between Taliban militants and NATO and Afghan forces left more than
100 people dead over the last three days in Uruzgan province. Police
clashed with insurgents and retook control of Miya Nishin district
in Kandahar. Hours later provincial police chief forces lost Ghorak
district in the same province to the militants. A mosque attack
occurred in Ismail Kheil in Khost province. Two unidentified men
entered the building and fatally shot three people while wounding
(AP, 6/19/07)(AP, 6/20/07)
2007 Jun 20, In eastern
Afghanistan gunmen opened fire on people praying in a mosque,
killing three and wounding four others. A series of roadside
bombings in Afghanistan killed eight people, including three
Canadian NATO soldiers. One bomb blew up a police vehicle in the
eastern province of Khost, killing Qalandar district police chief
Ali Mohammad and one of his men. An ambush on a convoy belonging to
UN's Office for Project Services on the main Kabul-Kandahar highway,
killed two Afghan guards. Another bomb exploded on a road in Ghazni
province and killed a man who was cycling home after buying
groceries. Fighting in Paktika province between US-led troops and
suspected Taliban left 8 militants and a policeman dead.
(AP, 6/20/07)(AFP, 6/20/07)(AP, 6/21/07)
2007 Jun 21, In eastern
Afghanistan a land mine explosion killed a NATO soldier and wounded
four more. An official said the UN World Food Program has halted aid
deliveries in Afghanistan's most volatile provinces after 85 of its
trucks were attacked, set ablaze or looted in the last year by
Taliban insurgents and thieves.
2007 Jun 22, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked police posts, triggering NATO
airstrikes overnight which killed 20 suspected militants, but also
25 civilians, including 9 women, 3 babies and the mullah at the
local mosque 9 miles northeast of Gereshk town. NATO and US-led
coalition forces killed 60 insurgents near the border with Pakistan,
in what was described as the largest insurgent formation crossing
the region in six months. Pakistan's army said a rocket fired during
the battle hit a house on its territory, killing nine civilians. In
Helmand province an attack on US-led coalition troops left one
soldier dead and two others wounded.
(AP, 6/22/07)(AP, 6/23/07)
2007 Jun 24, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb hit a convoy of British troops, wounding one soldier
and prompting them to open fire in a civilian area in
insurgency-plagued Helmand province, killing one man.
2007 Jun 26, Tropical cyclone
Yemyin lashed Pakistan's coastline with heavy rains and strong
winds, killing over 400 people. 250,000 people were left homeless.
Flooding killed more than 50 people in neighboring Afghanistan.
(AFP, 6/26/07)(AFP, 6/27/07)(AFP, 6/28/07)
2007 Jun 28, A suicide car
bomber hit a convoy of security contractors in Kabul, killing two US
nationals and an Afghan woman and wounding three other Americans.
The last of 18 mine clearing experts seized by the Taliban at the
weekend were released unharmed, but the insurgent group has kept
hold of key detection equipment as well as 3 specialist sniffer
dogs. The Taliban beheaded a boy (15) in Zabul province after
accusing him of spying for US forces. The headless body of Mir
Zaman, who had been working as a translator for NATO-led troops in
the eastern province of Paktia, was found in Logar province.
(AFP, 6/28/07)(Reuters, 6/28/07)(AFP, 6/29/07)
2007 Jun 29, Afghan and foreign
troops killed four men in anti-Taliban raids in the eastern province
of Nangarhar. A villager said the dead were innocent people: a
father, two sons and a nephew from the same family. Police reported
that four Taliban were killed and two policemen were injured in two
clashes, one in Zabul and one in Paktia. In southern Afghanistan
US-led coalition airstrikes left at least 30 people, including women
and children, killed or wounded. In the southern Sangin district. An
investigation the next day found that 62 insurgents had been killed.
Afghan officials also said that 45 civilians were killed. NATO-led
and Afghan troops clashed with Taliban fighters, leaving 15
militants dead. 3 children were killed and another wounded when an
old rocket they were playing with exploded in Zabul province.
(AFP, 6/29/07)(AP, 6/30/07)(AP, 7/1/07)
2007 Jul 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a convoy of British
forces in Gereshk district. One NATO soldier was killed and several
soldiers and civilians wounded in the attack. A suicide car bomber
killed one Afghan soldier and wounded eight others in the central
province of Wardak.
2007 Jul 2, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a police vehicle on patrol,
killing all 7 policemen on board. A doctor at Kandahar's main
hospital said NATO forces killed one man and wounded 3. Taliban
militants ambushed a police patrol in the Mizan district, killing
one policeman. A 30-minute gun battle ensued, leaving 3 suspected
(AP, 7/2/07)(AP, 7/3/07)
2007 Jul 3, Afghan and NATO
forces clashed with Taliban militants in the southern Zhari district
of Kandahar overnight, leaving 33 suspected insurgents dead. US-led
coalition troops killed a suspected militant and detained two others
during an operation in eastern Afghanistan. Yousuf Ibrahim
(35), from Saudi Arabia, was detained after a brief scuffle with
police in Kabul. He had spent the last 8 years in Afghanistan,
fighting alongside the Taliban.
2007 Jul 4, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a NATO vehicle, killing six Canadian
soldiers and their Afghan interpreter.
2007 Jul 5, A suicide bomber in
southern Afghanistan blew himself up at a checkpoint, killing 10
police and wounding 11. A roadside bomb and clashes in the east left
3 NATO soldiers dead. In Uruzgan province 33 Taliban fighters were
(AP, 7/6/07)(AFP, 7/6/07)(AP, 7/7/07)
2007 Jul 6, Afghan and US-led
coalition troops, using artillery and airstrikes, killed 33 Taliban
fighters after the insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in
southern Uruzgan province. Officials said fighting in three separate
regions of Afghanistan left more than 100 militants dead. About 60
militants died in a battle in Kunar province, but reports of
civilian deaths were not confirmed. The next day a Kunar provincial
deputy police chief said that 25 civilians and 20 militants were
killed in clashes over three days.
(AP, 7/6/07)(AP, 7/7/07)
2007 Jul 7, In Kandahar
province Taliban fighters ambushed police traveling in between
Ghorak and Mawiwand, sparking a six-hour battle. About 20 Taliban
fighters were wounded in the engagement, and several police were
missing. Taliban fighters beheaded two civilians they accused of
being spies for the government or NATO. A roadside blast struck a
NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan and wounded four alliance
(AP, 7/7/07)(AP, 7/9/07)
2007 Jul 9, Afghan troops and
the US-led coalition conducting a nighttime raid killed a Taliban
leader but also two children caught in the crossfire. An exchange of
small arms fire at an army base in Herat killed four Afghan
(AP, 7/9/07)(Reuters, 7/9/07)
2007 Jul 10, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber targeted a NATO patrol in a marketplace in Dihrawud,
Uruzgan province, killing at least 17 people, including 13
schoolchildren. 8 Dutch troops were wounded.
(AP, 7/10/07)(WSJ, 1/11/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 12, In eastern
Afghanistan US-led coalition and Afghan troops clashed with
suspected Taliban militants, killing 11 rebels in Uruzgan province.
A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol vehicle left 6 officers
dead in Khost province. In an overnight operation in the Girishk
district of Helmand province, the Afghan army and air strikes by
multinational forces killed 20 rebels. A British soldier was killed
and two others were wounded during an operation in southern
(AP, 7/12/07)(AFP, 7/12/07)
2007 Jul 13, In southern
Afghanistan NATO-led and Afghan troops clashed with Taliban
militants, leaving 10 suspected militants dead.
2007 Jul 15, A roadside bomb
killed six Afghans working for a Western security company in the
east of the country.
2007 Jul 16, Afghanistan's
government fired Abdul Sattar Murad, the governor of Kapisa
province, days after he said Afghans are distancing themselves from
Pres. Hamid Karzai and that a "vacuum of authority" is allowing the
Taliban, al-Qaida and other groups to gain power. In southern
Kandahar province suspected Taliban militants ambushed two police
officers riding a bike in Zhari district, killing both.
(AP, 7/17/07)(AP, 7/19/07)
2007 Jul 18, Suspected Taliban
militants ambushed a convoy of Afghan police officers driving
through Zabul province, killing six. Suicide bombers in Khost killed
three police officers. Militants fatally shot two police officers in
southern Kandahar province, where four suspected Taliban were killed
in a clash with NATO and Afghan forces. In Paktia province, an
attack on a road construction crew left one person from the
Philippines dead and three guards wounded. Taliban fighters also
ambushed police in Logar province, killing six of the officers.
Armed men kidnapped two Germans and two Afghans working on a dam
project in central Afghanistan. One of the Germans, Ruediger
Diedrich, was found shot dead three days later; the others were
(AP, 7/18/07)(AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/18/08)
2007 Jul 19, Taliban gunmen
abducted 23 members of a South Korean church group in southern
Afghanistan. The next day a purported spokesman for the Islamic
militia said it will question them about their activities in
Afghanistan before deciding their fate. Two hostages were fatally
shot; the rest were later freed. In northern Afghanistan a suicide
bomber blew himself up outside a police station, killing one
civilian and wounding 25 other people. In Helmand's Marja district,
Taliban militants ambushed police, leaving six officers dead and two
others wounded. 2 separate bombings in southern Afghanistan left
five civilians dead, while a Taliban ambush killed six police
officers. A car bomb targeting a US-led coalition convoy in Helmand
province's Sangin district killed two civilians and wounded two
coalition troops. A mine exploded under a civilian car in Kandahar
province's Zhari district, killing three civilians.
(AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/20/07)(AP, 7/19/08)
2007 Jul 21, A purported
Taliban spokesman said the militia killed two German hostages
because Germany didn't announce a troop withdrawal. The Afghan
government, however, said one of the Germans died of a heart attack
and that the second was still alive. Ruediger Diedrich, one of two
Germans kidnapped in southern Afghanistan on July 18, was found
dead. Germany has 3,000 soldiers in NATO's International Security
(AP, 7/21/07)(AP, 7/21/08)
2007 Jul 22, Afghan villagers
found the body of a German aid worker kidnapped in southern
Afghanistan, while a delegation of South Korean officials arrived
hours before a purported evening deadline set for 23 Korean
hostages. A large group of Taliban had attacked a convoy in Helmand
province, and the resulting battle in the Sangin district left more
than 30 militants dead and many wounded. In Zabul province Afghan
police forces reported killing 14 "enemies" during a 12-hour battle,
including a Taliban commander identified as Mohammad Hassan.
(AP, 7/22/07)(AP, 7/23/07)
2007 Jul 23, Mohammad Zahir
Shah (b.1914), the last king of Afghanistan (1933-1973), died. In
2002 he had returned from 3 decades of exile to bless his country's
fragile course toward democracy. In southern Afghanistan troops
killed at least 75 militants in three separate battles, while the
Taliban extended the deadline for the lives of 23 South Korean
hostages until the evening of July 24. Norway said one if its
soldiers was killed in Logar province, and NATO said a soldier was
killed in the south. A roadside blast killed 4 US soldiers in
eastern Paktika province.
(AP, 7/23/07)(AP, 7/24/07)(Econ, 7/28/07, p.88)
2007 Jul 25, Afghan authorities
found the bullet-riddled body Bae Hyung-kyu (42) in Qarabagh
district of Ghazni province, where 23 South Koreans were abducted
July 19. Bae, a deputy pastor and a founder of Saemmul Presbyterian
Church, was killed on his birthday. Militants said the hostage was
sick and couldn't walk, and therefore was shot. 22 South Koreans
were still believed held but were not suffering health problems. A
German journalist and two Afghans colleagues apparently kidnapped by
Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan were freed.
(AP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/26/07)
2007 Jul 26, In southern
Afghanistan US-led coalition forces and Afghan troops fought two
separate battles with militants, killing more than 60 suspected
Taliban insurgents. A British soldier was killed in the fighting.
(AP, 7/26/07)(AFP, 7/26/07)
2007 Jul 27, Afghan and NATO
troops over the last 24 hours clashed with Taliban insurgents and
called in airstrikes, killing at least 50 suspected militants and
dozens of civilians. The third British soldier to die in three days
in southern Afghanistan was killed in a rocket attack.
(AP, 7/27/07)(AFP, 7/28/07)
2007 Jul 28, It was reported
that over 4,000 Hazaras, a Shia Muslim ethnic minority concentrated
in Afghanistan’s central highlands, had been displaced from Behsood
district, Wardak province, over the last 2 months by bands of Kuchi
nomads. Some 200 ethnic Pushtun and Sunni Muslim nomads, together
with their families and livestock, emptied about 65 Hazara villages
and left about a dozen people dead.
(Econ, 7/28/07, p.43)
2007 Jul 30, A 2nd South Korean
hostage was slain by the Taliban in central Afghanistan.
2007 Jul 31, In central
Afghanistan police discovered the body of a second South Korean
hostage, and the Taliban threatened to kill more captives if their
demands were not met by a new deadline. A suicide car bomber blew
himself up near a convoy of US troops on the outskirts of Kabul,
leaving up to 7 civilians and three soldiers wounded.
2007 Aug 1, The bodies of 4
Afghan judges, kidnapped 11 days ago, were found in Ghazni province,
the same province where 21 South Korean hostages were held.
Afghanistan dropped leaflets in the area to warn of military action.
(SFC, 8/2/07, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/2/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 2, In southern
Afghanistan US-led airstrikes in Helmand province killed at least 3
senior Taliban figures, including commander Mullah Rahim.
(SFC, 8/4/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 4, A suicide car
bomber blew himself up next to a convoy of foreign troops just west
of Kandahar city, killing two civilians who were nearby. Four
civilians were killed in a roadside blast in Zhari district of
(AP, 8/4/07)(AFP, 8/5/07)
2007 Aug 5, In Afghanistan 3
policemen were killed when a remotely detonated mine tore through
their vehicle in the eastern province of Kunar. A gunfight, which
began the previous evening, left two policemen dead and two others
wounded. At least four militants were killed. A roadside bomb
typical of those deployed by the Taliban killed two Afghan civilians
in the southern province of Kandahar. A policeman was killed in an
overnight attack on his post by several Taliban rebels. Four police
officers were killed in the southern province of Logar just south of
the capital Kabul when they were ambushed on patrol overnight.
2007 Aug 6, President Bush
wrapped up two days of talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at
Camp David. Bush and Karzai ruled out making any concessions to the
Taliban militants during their 2-day meeting at Camp David.
(AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/6/08)
2007 Aug 6, Pres. Bush and
Pres. Karzai ruled out making any concessions to the Taliban
militants during their 2-day meeting at Camp David.
2007 Aug 6, Militants attacked
police at a checkpoint in Zabul province, and the ensuing clash left
five suspected militants dead. Militants attacked a police vehicle
just outside Kandahar city, killing two officers and wounding eight
others. Dutch soldiers fatally shot a motorcyclist who approached
their convoy and failed to heed warning signals and shots.
2007 Aug 7, A group of 75
Taliban militants tried to overrun a US-led coalition base in
southern Afghanistan, a rare frontal attack that left more than 20
militants dead. Taliban militants clashed with police in the same
district where 23 South Koreans were abducted by Afghan insurgents.
Four militants were killed and six wounded.
(AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007 Aug 9, President Hamid
Karzai said extremism that plagues Afghanistan has crept across the
border into Pakistan, at the opening of a 4-day meeting between more
than 600 Pakistani and Afghan tribal leaders.
2007 Aug 12, Afghanistan and
Pakistan pledged to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in their
respective tribal regions and fight the opium trade financing
Islamic militants. Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf told
more than 600 Afghan and Pakistani tribal leaders that the two
countries have been mired in the rise of militancy, extremism and
radicalism while the rest of the world races forward with economic
development. He spoke at the closing session of a four-day US-backed
cross-border jirga, or tribal council, aimed at finding ways to stem
Afghanistan's rising bloodshed. In southern Afghanistan police and
army soldiers battled militants in Kandahar province's Shohrawak
district. The joint Afghan forces thwarted a planned militant ambush
at the district chief's compound, and the ensuing clash left nine
militants dead. During a cleanup operation after the battle, a
roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in the same district, killing
five officers and wounding two others.
(AFP, 8/12/07)(AP, 8/12/07)(AP, 8/13/07)
2007 Aug 13, In Afghanistan 2
women among the 23 South Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban in
mid-July were freed on a rural roadside and then driven to a US
base. A German held hostage said in a telephone conversation
orchestrated by his captors that he was in ill health and the
Taliban had threatened him with death. In southern Afghanistan 6
civilians were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade blew up their
vehicle when Taliban militia attacked a military convoy. A separate
clash between troops and insurgents in Ghazni province, further
north, left four Taliban dead.
(AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/14/07)
2007 Aug 14, A NATO soldier was
killed when a joint ISAF-NATO patrol was ambushed by Taliban
insurgents in eastern Paktia province.
2007 Aug 15, In Afghanistan US
led ground troops and airstrikes targeted "hundreds of foreign
fighters" dug into positions in the Tora Bora region of eastern
Nangarhar province. 2 German police officers and a German foreign
ministry employee were killed in Kabul, in a bomb attack claimed by
2007 Aug 16, In Afghanistan 6
civilians, including 3 children, were killed by the mortar and
machine-gun attack on the village of Nangarkhel, Paktika province.
Two other civilians died of their wounds in a hospital. 7 Polish
soldiers were later charged with war crimes. On Jun 1, 2011, a
military court in Poland acquitted the soldiers saying there was not
enough evidence to support war crime charges. On March 19, 2015,
four Polish soldiers were cleared of war crimes over the killing of
the six civilians, but were convicted of lesser charges for which
three of them were given suspended sentences.
2007 Aug 17, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed a district chief and 3 of his
children. 5 civilians were reported killed in fighting between NATO
soldiers and Taliban in the east. Insurgents holed up in buildings
and trenches attacked Afghan police and coalition forces near Fire
Base Robinson. Nearly a dozen suspected militants were killed in the
(AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/18/07)
2007 Aug 18, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber detonated near a convoy of private
security forces, killing four Afghan guards and 11 civilians,
including 3 women and 2 children. Armed assailants abducted a German
woman from a restaurant in Kabul.
2007 Aug 19, In southern
Afghanistan, dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked an Afghan army
compound, and the ensuing gunbattle left 10 suspected militants dead
and 4 others wounded. A Canadian soldier was killed when his vehicle
struck a roadside bomb near Kandahar.
(AP, 8/19/07)(AP, 8/20/07)
2007 Aug 20, In Kabul 4
suspected kidnappers were captured as Afghan police freed Christina
Meier, a German aid worker who had been snatched from a restaurant
while she ate with her husband.
2007 Aug 22, Taliban militants
wearing Afghan army uniforms attacked a remote NATO base in eastern
Afghanistan, killing two Afghan soldiers and wounding 11 alliance
soldiers. In southern Afghanistan 2 Canadian soldiers and an
interpreter were killed and two journalists injured during an
(AP, 8/22/07)(Reuters, 8/22/07)
2007 Aug 23, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb dropped by a US fighter jet was believed to have
killed 3 British soldiers in Helmand province. Two other soldiers
2007 Aug 24, In Afghanistan
insurgents attacked a police patrol in eastern Paktika province,
sparking a gunbattle that killed six militants and one officer.
2007 Aug 25, A suicide car
bomber attacked a convoy carrying foreigners near the Afghan capital
Kabul. Two foreigners and four Afghans were wounded. A roadside bomb
killed two Afghans guarding a convoy carrying supplies for NATO-led
forces in Kandahar province, while eight suspected insurgents and a
police officer died in fighting elsewhere in the country. Afghan
soldiers in neighboring Helmand province shot and killed two
suspected Taliban fighters as they attempted to plant a roadside
bomb. In southern Afghanistan clashes between coalition troops and
Taliban fighters left at least 18 civilians dead according to
witnesses. NATO officials said no noncombatants were killed. 12
Taliban fighters were killed by artillery fire along the
Pakistan-Afghanistan border after insurgents attacked a military
post with rockets and mortars. US-led and Afghan troops struck
Taliban positions inside Pakistan in fresh clashes with the
extremist Islamic militia that left at least 19 rebels dead. A
Pakistani military spokesman denied any permission was given. Afghan
troops clashed with rebel fighters in southern Zabul province and
killed nine of them. 3 suspected militants, one of them a foreign
national, were arrested in Paktia province, dressed in all-covering
burqas worn by most Afghan women. Dozens of Taliban guerrillas
attacked police in the eastern province of Nangarhar, injuring a
district chief and one of his guards before they were repelled.
(AP, 8/25/07)(AP, 8/26/07)(AFP, 8/26/07)
2007 Aug 26, Afghan police
killed six suspected militants during a one-hour gunbattle in
Paktika province, which borders Pakistan. Unidentified assailants
shot and killed a soldier from the 37-nation strong security
assistance force during a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan. A
Dutch soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.
In southern Zabul province, Afghan and coalition troops clashed with
insurgents in Daychopan district, killing four suspected Taliban and
wounding four others. Afghan troops destroyed a heroin laboratory in
Helmand province after battling Taliban fighters guarding the
2007 Aug 26, A road bridge
linking Tajikistan and Afghanistan paid for by the US was officially
opened at a ceremony attended by the presidents of the two Central
2007 Aug 27, The US-led
coalition in Afghanistan accused Taliban militants of falsely
reporting civilian casualties to discredit Afghan and international
forces. Afghan and US-led coalition troops killed up to 21 suspected
Taliban militants in 3 separate clashes in southern Afghanistan. A
roadside blast killed 4 Afghan soldiers in the east. 3 American and
2 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in the Ghazi Abad
district of eastern Kunar province. A NATO trooper died in a nearby
(AP, 8/27/07)(Reuters, 8/27/07)(AP, 8/28/07)(AFP,
2007 Aug 28, The Taliban agreed
to free 19 South Korean church volunteers held hostage since July
after the government in Seoul pledged to end all missionary work and
keep a promise to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of
the year. In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked NATO
troops helping build a bridge, killing three soldiers. Afghan and
US-led coalition forces killed more than 100 suspected Taliban
insurgents in southern Afghanistan. The clash left one Afghan
(AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/29/07)
2007 Aug 29, Taliban militants
released 12 of 19 South Korean captives they promised to free under
a deal struck with the South Korean government to resolve a nearly
six-week hostage crisis. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a
crowded bazaar in eastern Afghanistan, killing four civilians and
two Afghan soldiers. A Canadian soldier, based in the Afghan capital
Kabul, died of a gunshot wound after he was found injured in his
(AFP, 8/29/07)(Reuters, 8/29/07)(AP, 8/29/08)
2007 Aug 30, Taliban militants
released the last 7 South Korean hostages. Mullah Brother, a wanted
Taliban insurgent leader in Afghanistan, was killed in a US-led raid
in the southern province of Helmand.
(AFP, 8/30/07)(Reuters, 8/30/07)(AP, 8/31/07)
2007 Aug 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a barrage of rockets missed a US-led coalition base but
hit houses in the nearby village of Babul, killing 10 civilians and
wounding seven. Outside the gates of the Kabul airport, a suicide
car bomber targeting a patrol of German soldiers killed two Afghan
soldiers and wounded 10 others. A senior Afghan official close to
the negotiations alleged the South Koreans paid a ransom for their
released hostages. In southern Helmand province, a combined police
and US-led coalition patrol came under attack with mortar,
rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire. In the fight that
ensued, "almost two dozen" insurgents were killed. More than 20
insurgents were killed and 11 others were detained, while officers
also discovered a bomb-making factory in the remote Pitigal Valley
border region. Afghan police attacked a group of Taliban who were
planning to strike security forces in the central Afghan province of
Ghazni, killing 18 and arresting six others.
(AP, 8/31/07)(AP, 9/1/07)
2007 Sep 4, Afghan security
forces in overnight fighting said they have killed Mullah Mateen, a
Taliban commander alleged to be behind the July kidnappings of 23
South Korean church workers. The Taliban denied the dead man was one
of their militants. Up to 27 other insurgents were also slain.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said 7 insurgents were killed
in the clash, all of them ordinary fighters. He said the Taliban had
no commander called Mullah Mateen, and said he did not know who the
government was referring to. Afghan and coalition soldiers in Shah
Wali Kot district, in southern Kandahar province, came under attack
while on patrol. They fought back before calling in air support and
over a dozen insurgents were killed in the engagement. About 18
miles away, insurgents sheltering in a traditional low-walled Afghan
compound attacked another joint patrol. Airstrikes later pounded the
position, killing six insurgents.
(AP, 9/4/07)(AP, 9/5/07)
2007 Sep 5, Afghan and US-led
coalition troops killed more than 40 suspected Taliban militants in
southern Afghanistan. 13 mine-clearing workers were kidnapped in
(AP, 9/5/07)(AP, 9/6/07)(AP, 9/7/07)
2007 Sep 6, Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed "more than 20" insurgents in an eight-hour
battle that saw coalition aircraft bombing and strafing enemy
positions in Kandahar province. Two NATO soldiers were killed
in two separate bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan.
2007 Sep 8, The Afghan defense
ministry said at least 50 Taliban rebels have been killed in two
days of operations by Afghan and US-led troops across southern
Afghanistan. In southern Afghanistan 2 British soldiers were killed
in a Taliban attack and a number of other troops were wounded.
2007 Sep 9, Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai said he was ready to hold talks with Taliban
militants in an effort to end their bloody insurgency against his
2007 Sep 10, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorized rickshaw set off his explosives in a
crowded area killing 28 people in Gereshk, Helmand province.
Children selling chewing gum and cigarettes were among the victims
of the blast.
2007 Sep 12, Qari Yousef
Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said that US and other military forces
must leave Afghanistan before the militant group would consider
holding peace talks with the Afghan government, backtracking from an
earlier statement. Fighting in Afghanistan killed some 75 people as
the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, including 45 suspected
Taliban militants who died in airstrikes and Afghan army gunfire.
(AP, 9/12/07)(AP, 9/13/07)
2007 Sep 13, Afghan police in
Helmand province shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber before he
could detonate his explosives.
2007 Sep 14, Afghan police in
the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province killed 3 Taliban commanders
allegedly involved in the abduction of 23 South Koreans two months
2007 Sep 15, An estimated 40
insurgents armed with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades attacked
an Afghan police and coalition patrol in the Musa Qala district of
nearby Helmand province. The joint forces repelled the attack and
called in airstrikes, leaving a dozen suspected militants dead. A
Bangladeshi development worker was kidnapped by unknown men in a
brazen daytime attack on his office in Pul-i-Alam, about 30 miles
south of Kabul.
2007 Sep 16, In Garmser
district of south Helmand province, Afghan and coalition forces
using small-arms fire and airstrikes killed about 10 insurgents.
Four other rebels were killed overnight in a battle that erupted
after they attacked a police post in the eastern province of Paktia.
Afghan and NATO troops came under fire in Surobi district, about 25
miles east of Kabul, and called in airstrikes, killing at least one
suspected insurgent. The bombardment destroyed one house in the
village of Gazbala, killing two men and wounding two others. General
Dan McNeill, the top NATO commander, said a convoy of explosives
seized last week by NATO troops in Afghanistan definitely came from
Iran but not necessarily from the government in Tehran.
(AFP, 9/16/07)(AP, 9/17/07)
2007 Sep 17, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on foot entered a government office and
blew himself up in the Nad Ali district center in Helmand province,
killing 8 people, including 4 policemen. In Helmand province a
gunbattle in Garmser district killed six suspected Taliban, while 9
others died in an airstrike in Kajaki district. An explosion killed
a NATO soldier and wounded another.
(AP, 9/17/07)(AP, 9/18/07)
2007 Sep 18, Afghan Mullah
Abdullah Jan, the Taliban commander of Qara Bagh district in Ghazni
province, was among 12 killed in the strike on a mud-brick housing
compound overnight in neighboring Giro district.
2007 Sep 19, The US-led
coalition accused the Taliban of using children as human shields
during a battle in southern Afghanistan. The troops fought Taliban
trying to flee a compound, and more than a dozen suspected militants
were killed. 6 civilians, including women and children, died in
Helmand province's Gereshk region after Taliban fighters fled
fighting with NATO forces and sought shelter in the civilian homes.
About 2,500 Afghan and NATO troops launched a new military operation
in the Gereshk region of Helmand province. Militants attacked a
private security company in Zabul province, killing one security
guard. The ensuing gunbattle left one suspected insurgent dead. More
than three dozen Taliban fighters were reported killed in Uruzgan
province. In Kandahar province, an Afghan was killed and several
others were wounded in a road accident involving a NATO patrol
vehicle and a civilian car. NATO said it was investigating a
shipment of weapons intercepted near the border with Iran on Sep 6.
Some 10,000 vaccinators began the weeklong campaign with the aim to
vaccinate 1.3 million Afghan children against polio.
(AP, 9/19/07)(AP, 9/20/07)(AP, 9/21/07)(AP,
2007 Sep 20, A gunbattle
between Afghan police and insurgents left 20 suspected militants and
four officers dead in Badghis province bordering Iran and
Turkmenistan. A suicide bomber on a bicycle detonated his explosives
near Afghan army soldiers in Ghazni province, wounding two soldiers.
2007 Sep 21, A bomb attack in
western Kabul against a convoy of French troops killed one French
soldier and injured 8 Afghan civilians near the blast. Airstrikes
against "anti-coalition militants" in the Garmsir district of
Helmand province killed about 40 fighters.
2007 Sep 22, Afghan authorities
said they had seized dozens of Iranian and Chinese-made weapons
after a brief battle with Taliban fighters near the border with
Iran. In northern Afghanistan NATO helicopters fired on a group of
suspected insurgents in response to a rocket attack. Four Afghans
died and 12 were wounded. 2 Italian soldiers and their two Afghan
staff on a weekend patrol disappeared in western Afghanistan. In
southern Zabul province the Taliban kidnapped three Afghan men
accused of spying for the US and executed them.
(AP, 9/22/07)(AP, 9/23/07)
2007 Sep 24, In western
Afghanistan Italian special forces rescued two captive Italian
intelligence agents from a militant convoy, killing at least eight
kidnappers. Both kidnapped Italians were wounded in the raid, but
one died from his wounds in Rome on Oct 4. In southern Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and four were wounded during a military
(AP, 9/24/07)(Reuters, 9/25/07)(AP, 10/4/07)
2007 Sep 25, In Afghanistan
about 400 villagers blocked a major highway during a protest after
two civilians, a father and son, were killed by international forces
who were conducting a search operation in the Zhari district of
2007 Sep 25, The US unmanned
aerial vehicle (UAV) called MQ-9 Reaper began operating in
Afghanistan. It engaged in combat with a successful strike for the
first time on October 27.
2007 Sep 26, In southern
Afghanistan two battles that began the previous day killed more than
165 Taliban fighters and a US-led coalition soldier. Two foreign Red
Cross workers who aided in freeing a group of South Korean hostages
last month have been abducted in Afghanistan as they were trying to
help secure the release of a German captive.
(AP, 9/26/07)(AP, 9/27/07)
2007 Sep 29, A Taliban suicide
bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform set off a huge explosion while
trying to board a military bus in the capital, killing 30 people,
most of them soldiers. Hours later, the Afghan president offered to
meet personally with the Taliban leader for peace talks and give the
militants a position in government. Four employees with the
International Committee of the Red Cross, kidnapped earlier this
week while negotiating the release of a German hostage, were freed
in good health. Afghan insurgents ambushed a convoy of foreign
troops in eastern Paktia province. After a brief gunbattle,
airstrikes were called in that killed 11 militants. 3 Afghan
civilians were killed during the clash of NATO-led forces with
Taliban insurgents in Paktia. Another battle in Paktia between
police and militants left one suspected insurgent dead. In
neighboring Ghazni province, coalition forces fought with
insurgents, killing two Taliban in Andar district. Police in
Kandahar city discovered a landmine that exploded while they were
trying to defuse it, killing two police.
(AP, 9/29/07)(AP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 9/30/07)
2007 Sep 30, President Hamid
Karzai's office said that there is "serious debate" among some
Taliban fighters about laying down arms, while a spokesman for the
militants said they will "never" negotiate with Afghan authorities
until foreign troops leave. Two workers with the Danish Committee
for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR) were abducted in the province of
Logar about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Kabul. Taliban
militants hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had
US money in his pocket, and they stuffed five $1 bills in his mouth
as a warning to others not to use dollars. Taliban insurgents in
Ghazni province ambushed a police convoy, killing eight officers.
(AP, 9/30/07)(AFP, 10/1/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007 Oct 1, The US military
launched a new "Most Wanted" campaign offering rewards of up to
$200,000 for information leading to the capture of 12 Taliban and
al-Qaida leaders. Three men driving trucks to supply foreign
soldiers in the central province of Wardak were kidnapped.
(AP, 10/1/07)(AFP, 10/1/07)
2007 Oct 2, In Afghan a mother
and her two children boarded a police bus in Kabul only seconds
before a suicide bomber detonated his payload inside, an attack that
killed 13 police and civilians. Taliban militants killed two
policemen and destroyed a remote government office in central
Afghanistan, as five Dutch troops were wounded in a clash in the
(AP, 10/2/07)(AP, 10/3/07)
2007 Oct 3, Afghan troops
backed by NATO-led forces clashed with suspected Taliban fighters in
southern Afghanistan, leaving 20 militants dead.
2007 Oct 4, A British soldier
was killed in an explosion about 19 miles west of Kandahar city. 82
British personnel, including 57 soldiers, have been killed in
Afghanistan since operations began there in November 2001.
2007 Oct 5, Afghan and US-led
coalition troops clashed with insurgents during a raid in eastern
Afghanistan, and civilians as well as militants were killed. In the
country's volatile south, a suicide bomber approaching NATO and
Afghan forces blew himself up prematurely in Helmand province's
Sangin district, killing two children.
2007 Oct 6, International
military planes called in by Afghan security forces killed 16
rebels, apparently all foreigners, suspected of preparing an attack
in the country's east. The dead were said to be from Pakistan,
Uzbekistan and Chechnya. Two officers were killed and two others
were wounded when a bomb exploded under their car in Yaqoubi
district in Khost province. A Taliban ambush in Nuristan province
left two other officers dead. Four militants were also killed in the
clash, which occurred in the remote Kamdesh district. 2 Afghan
civilians were killed in Kunar province after speeding toward a
checkpoint without stopping. In Paktika province, a "suspicious" man
was shot and killed after being asked to halt. A suicide car bomber
attacked an American military convoy on the road to Kabul's airport,
killing a US soldier and four Afghans. In the south, in Uruzgan
province, Taliban fighters attacked an Afghan security company
guarding a road construction project, killing five of the security
guards. In Helmand province's Gereshk district, a roadside bomb
explosion killed a policeman.
(AP, 10/6/07)(AFP, 10/7/07)(AP, 10/7/07)
2007 Oct 7, In eastern
Afghanistan 16 militants fighting under a wanted Uzbek warlord with
a $200,000 bounty on his head were killed in airstrikes. Afghanistan
executed 15 inmates by gunfire at its main prison outside Kabul,
carrying out the death penalty for the first time in more than three
2007 Oct 8, Australia suffered
its first combat fatality in the war on terror when a soldier was
killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan.
2007 Oct 10, Rudolf
Blechschmidt, a German engineer, and four Afghans taken hostage on
July 18 were freed in exchange for six Taliban fighters. Wardak
province district chief Mohammad Nahim later changed his statement
saying five imprisoned criminals had been freed. NATO-led and Afghan
troops clashed overnight with Taliban fighters in southern
Afghanistan, leaving eight suspected militants dead and three
2007 Oct 9, Afghan authorities
shut down two private security companies and said more than 10
others, some suspected of murder and robbery, would soon be closed.
In Kabul 82 illegal weapons had been found during the two raids at
the Afghan-run security companies Watan and Caps.
2007 Oct 13, A suicide bomber
on a motorbike detonated his explosives in a crowded marketplace
near Afghan police, killing nine people and injuring at least 29.
2007 Oct 14, In southern
Afghanistan a mother who tried to stop her son from carrying out a
suicide bomb attack triggered an explosion in the family's home that
killed the would-be bomber, his mother and three siblings.
2007 Oct 16, A Taliban ambush
on a police patrol in southern Afghanistan left one officer dead and
four others wounded.
2007 Oct 17, Taliban used heavy
machine guns and rocket propelled grenades to ambush a US-led
coalition patrol in southern Afghanistan that wounded nine troops.
In the east, a roadside bomb on a police vehicle close to the border
with Pakistan killed an officer and wounded three others in Khost
2007 Oct 19,
A battle in southern Afghanistan between US-led coalition
forces and Taliban militants left more than a dozen of the
2007 Oct 20,
In eastern Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants fought
fierce battles with US forces, killing 20 insurgents and one
2007 Oct 22, NATO and Afghan
troops called in airstrikes during a battle against insurgents that
left 20 suspected militants but also several civilians dead in
2007 Oct 23, In Afghanistan a
child and 5 militants were killed in Zabul province after militants
fired on coalition soldiers from a tent.
(AP, 10/23/07)(AP, 10/24/07)
2007 Oct 24, Afghan officials
said five militants were killed in two clashes with Afghan troops in
the southern provinces of Zabul and Helmand. US-led coalition and
Afghan attack on a gathering of another group of Taliban militants
in the Daychopan district of Zabul province killed 10 insurgents. A
suicide car bomb went off near the convoy of cars carrying Arsallah
Jamal, the provincial governor of Khost, wounding two of his
bodyguards and two civilians.
(AP, 10/24/07)(AP, 10/26/07)
2007 Oct 24, A French defense
ministry official said France will for the first time send dozens of
military trainers to the volatile south of Afghanistan.
2007 Oct 25,
Insurgents ambushed NATO-led forces in eastern Afghanistan,
leaving two alliance troops dead and three others wounded in Kunar
province. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta was serving as a rifle
team leader with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry
Regiment when an insurgent ambush split his squad into two
groups in the Korengal Valley. Giunta exposed himself to enemy fire
to pull a fellow soldier back to cover and engaged the enemy again
when he saw two insurgents carrying away a wounded soldier, Sgt.
Joshua C. Brennan (22) of McFarland, Wis. Giunta killed one
insurgent and wounded the other before tending to Brennan, who died
the next day. In 2010 Giunta became the 8th US service member to
receive the Medal of Honor during operations in Iraq and
Afghanistan. The seven previous medals were awarded posthumously.
(AP, 10/26/07)(AP, 9/11/10)
2007 Oct 26, In Afghanistan an
airstrike on a group of Taliban fighters left 18 militants dead in
the mountainous area of Daychopan district, in Zabul province.
2007 Oct 27, A suicide bomber
wearing an Afghan security uniform detonated his explosives at the
entrance to a combined US-Afghan base, killing four Afghan soldiers
and a civilian. In Helmand province Taliban militants killed three
Afghan police who had been trying to prevent them from carrying out
a kidnapping. The militants successfully kidnapped an Afghan man
during the gunbattle. US-led coalition forces killed about 80
Taliban fighters during a six-hour battle outside a
Taliban-controlled town near Musa Qala in southern Helmand province.
(AP, 10/27/07)(AP, 10/28/07)(SSFC, 10/28/07,
2007 Oct 28,
A six-hour battle in southern Afghanistan left over 50 Taliban
fighters killed or wounded in Uruzgan province. In the east,
coalition forces raided a compound suspected of housing al-Qaida
facilitators, killing several militants in Kunar province.
2007 Oct 29, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber targeting a police patrol ended in the deaths of
three civilians and an officer in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand
2007 Oct 31, Officials said
Afghan, US and Canadian troops have surrounded a pocket of some 250
Taliban fighters who have commandeered people's homes in villages
just outside Kandahar. In western Farah province six police officers
were killed and two others wounded, and 14 Afghan army troops were
missing after clashes with Taliban militants. A nighttime raid in
eastern Afghanistan by Afghan troops with US support sparked a
gunbattle that killed three people, including two children.
(AP, 10/31/07)(AP, 11/1/07)(AP, 11/3/07)
2007 Nov 1, Taliban militants
attacked a police checkpoint in Nad Ali district, in the southern
Helmand province, killing five officers and wounding three others.
In Kandahar province hundreds of Taliban militants fled from
Arghandab district following three days of fighting which left more
than 50 militants dead and hundreds displaced.
2007 Nov 2, In southern
Afghanistan a US-led coalition soldier and an Afghan soldier were
killed in clashes with insurgents.
2007 Nov 3, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel made her first visit to Afghanistan and said Berlin
would increase efforts to strengthen the Afghan police.
2007 Nov 4, Taliban insurgents
seized Khak-e Sefid without a fight, its third district in western
Farah province. A Farah provincial police chief said: "There are
many Iranians and Pakistanis fighting among the Afghan Taliban."
Local residents have complained that NATO-led troops, under Italian
command in western Afghanistan, have not helped Afghan forces to
retake the districts.
2007 Nov 6, In Afghanistan a
bomb targeted a group of lawmakers in the northern province of
Baghlan, killing at least 75 people, including 6 lawmakers. 61
schoolchildren were among the dead and 96 other students were
wounded. A UN report later said up to two-thirds of the 77 people
killed and 100 wounded were hit by bullets from visiting lawmakers'
(Reuters, 11/6/07)(AP, 11/9/07)(AP, 11/17/07)(AP,
2007 Nov 9, A British soldier
serving in Afghanistan was killed after the vehicle he was traveling
in came off a road and rolled over a bridge. 6 US and 2 Afghan
troops were killed when insurgents ambushed their foot patrol in the
high mountains of eastern Nuristan province. The attack, the most
lethal against American forces this year, put US troop deaths to at
least 101 this year making 2007 the deadliest for US troops in
Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion. In 2014 platoon radio operator
Kyle J. White was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during
the ambush in Nuristan.
(AP, 11/9/07)(AFP, 11/10/07)(SFC, 4/16/14, p.A6)
2007 Nov 10, In Afghanistan’s
eastern province of Khost, police patrolling on foot were hit by a
land-mine blast that killed one officer and wounded two civilians.
Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint near Qalat city in
Zabul province. The ensuing gun battle left two policemen dead and
one wounded. Another policeman was missing. Six US troops died in an
insurgent ambush, making 2007 the deadliest year for American forces
in Afghanistan since 2001.
(AP, 11/11/07)(AP, 11/10/08)
2007 Nov 11, In western
Afghanistan unknown gunmen on motorbikes shot dead six
pro-government tribal elders as they headed to a prayer service. In
southern Afghanistan a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near
a NATO convoy in Helmand province, seriously wounding 3 civilians,
while two separate attacks left 3 policeman dead elsewhere in the
country. US-led coalition troops battling suspected militants in the
Garmser district of Helmand lobbed a grenade that destroyed a house
and killed 15 militants as well as a woman and two children. A
service member with the US-led coalition died of wounds suffered
during a gun battle a day earlier near the Tagab Valley of Kapisa
(AFP, 11/11/07)(AP, 11/11/07)(AP, 11/12/07)
2007 Nov 13, Afghan and US-led
coalition forces clashed with militants in southern Afghanistan and
called in airstrikes that killed dozens of insurgents.
2007 Nov 14, In Afghanistan’s
Helmand province coalition forces killed several militants with
gunfire and airstrikes. Five rebel fighters were killed in a clash
in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 11/15/07)(AP, 11/16/07)
2007 Nov 15, Taliban insurgents
in Paktia province killed an Afghan man teaching English courses,
sparking a clash that left two suspected militants and two policemen
dead. The bodies of 20 Taliban were found on the battlefield
following a clash in the south-central province of Uruzgan. Two
policemen were killed in the three hours of fighting there, which
also involved international troops.
(AP, 11/15/07)(AP, 11/16/07)
2007 Nov 16, In western
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew up a car bomb near an Italian
military convoy killing only himself. 4 police officers were killed
when their vehicle was hit by a remotely detonated bomb as they
traveled to work in the southern province of Kandahar. The UN said
profits from opium fuel the Taliban insurgency, in a new call on
NATO to tackle Afghanistan's burgeoning drugs trade. In the western
province of Ghor, between 4 and 9 police were killed after militants
attacked them during a police operation in Shahark district.
(AP, 11/16/07)(Reuters, 11/16/07)(AP, 11/17/07)
2007 Nov 17, A suicide bomber
on a motorbike attacked a NATO convoy in Nangarhar province's
Chaparhar district, killing an Afghan civilian and wounding another
NATO soldier. In Kandahar province Canadian and Afghan troops
battled militants and called in airstrikes in Zhari district,
leaving an Afghan soldier and at least 20 suspected militants dead.
In Helmand province 23 Taliban militants were killed during a US-led
coalition operation aimed at disrupting a weapons transfer. Also in
the south 2 Canadian soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were
killed when a bomb struck their armored vehicle. In Zabul province
the Taliban ambushed and clashed with an Afghan army patrol, leaving
11 suspected insurgents dead and four soldiers wounded. Taliban
militants tortured five abducted policemen in southern Afghanistan
and then hung their mutilated bodies from trees in a warning to
Gazak villagers against working with the government.
(AP, 11/17/07)(AP, 11/18/07)
2007 Nov 18, A new Afghanistan
Human Development Report said Afghanistan is fifth last on a global
index of human development, despite billions of dollars in aid and
help since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Police shot and
killed two suspected Taliban militants as they approached a police
checkpoint on a motorbike. In southern Helmand province, Taliban
militants attacked a police checkpoint, killing two officers and
wounding four others.
(AP, 11/18/07)(AFP, 11/18/07)(AP, 11/19/07)
2007 Nov 19, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck outside a governor's residence, killing six
policemen and wounding 14 people in southwestern Nimroz province.
Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad said his son was among those killed.
2007 Nov 23, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants beheaded 7 police officers after overrunning their
checkpoints. An Australian commando (26) and 3 civilians were killed
in a clash with Taliban militia in Uruzgan province. In 2008 the
Australian military cleared its soldiers over the deaths of two
women and a baby during this battle but said all civilian casualties
were "highly regrettable."
(Reuters, 11/23/07)(SFC, 11/24/07, p.A3)(AFP,
2007 Nov 24, A Taliban suicide
bomber killed eight people, including three children and an Italian
military engineer, when he blew himself up in a scenic town near
Kabul. Insurgents attacked police in the Pathan district and were
targeted by airstrikes from NATO or coalition helicopters. The
bodies of 69 dead militants were said to be left in the area. Among
those killed were four Taliban who were traveling with two cars full
of explosives and ammunition.
(AFP, 11/24/07)(AP, 11/25/07)
2007 Nov 25, NATO's ISAF
confirmed that airstrikes targeted and killed 3 Taliban militants
who were planting mines in nearby Gardez.
2007 Nov 26, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck an Afghan army vehicle, killing 4 soldiers and
wounding two others in eastern Paktia province. 4 civilians were
killed by a roadside blast in the Musayi district of Kabul province.
In eastern Afghanistan US-led coalition troops killed 14 road
construction workers in airstrikes after receiving faulty
(AP, 11/26/07)(AP, 11/27/07)(AP, 11/28/07)
2007 Nov 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber triggered a huge blast near two armored vehicles
used by US-led coalition troops in Kabul, killing at least two
civilians and destroying the wall of a nearby house.
2007 Nov 28, Afghan and foreign
troops battled Taliban fighters and called in airstrikes in southern
Afghanistan, leaving 30 militants dead. Four other militants were
killed in a separate clash in the east. In eastern Khost province
gunmen on motorbikes shot to death a school principal. In Ghazni
province Taliban insurgents ambushed police in Khogyani district,
and the ensuing clash killed one policeman and four suspected
militants. Militants in Paktia province attacked trucks carrying
supplies for foreign troops, killing one driver. In Paktika province
a roadside bomb hit Afghan troops, leaving one soldier dead and
2007 Nov 29, In Afghanistan 2
Danish soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with the Taliban. They
were part of a Danish reconnaissance unit that came under fire in
Gereshk Valley in Helmand Province. Denmark has some 600 troops in
Helmand province that are part of NATO's 40,000-member force in
2007 Nov 29, Al-Qaida chief
Osama bin Laden released a new tape calling on Europeans to stop
helping the US in the war in Afghanistan.
2007 Dec 1, Afghan and NATO-led
troops battled with Taliban militants and called in airstrikes in a
series of clashes in the country's south that left 40 insurgents
2007 Dec 2, In southern
Afghanistan coalition forces killed five suspected Taliban militants
in an operation targeting a commander believed to be involved in the
kidnapping of an Italian journalist earlier this year.
2007 Dec 3, In Afghanistan’s
southwestern Nimroz province a suicide bomber blew himself up next
to a police patrol, killing four other people, including two
2007 Dec 4, In Kabul US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates said he was pushing the world's countries for
more commitment to Afghanistan's fight against growing extremist
violence. A suicide car bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul,
wounding 22 civilians passing nearby. An explosion struck a patrol
of NATO-led troops, leaving one soldier dead and two others wounded.
(AP, 12/4/07)(AP, 12/5/07)
2007 Dec 5, Afghan forces
clashed with Taliban who had blocked a main highway in the south,
killing 10 militants. A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden
car into a minibus carrying Afghan soldiers south of Kabul, killing
at least 13 people and wounding 20 others.
2007 Dec 7, Afghan and NATO
troops surrounded the town of Musa Qala and launched air strikes to
dislodge Taliban rebels who had been in control for 10 months.
2007 Dec 8, A NATO and Afghan
operation to retake Musa Qala, a Taliban-controlled town in southern
Afghanistan, left at least 12 Taliban fighters and two children
dead. A NATO soldier killed in a mine explosion during the
operation, which began Dec 7. Taliban militants armed with
rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns ambushed a district
chief's vehicle in western Farah province, killing him, his son,
nephew and three bodyguards.
(AP, 12/8/07)(AFP, 12/8/07)
2007 Dec 9, In southern
Afghanistan Afghan, British and US troops closed in on Musa Qala, a
Taliban-held town. A second NATO soldier was killed in the
operation. This was the first mission in which British forces have
participated with the Afghan army as the main fighting force. Afghan
and NATO forces killed 30 Taliban fighters in Kandahar's Panjwayi
(AP, 12/9/07)(AFP, 12/9/07)
2007 Dec 10, Afghan and
international forces retook the southern town of Musa Qala, held by
Taliban militants since February. A Taliban spokesman said the
militants fled to avoid civilian and Taliban casualties. In Sangin
district Afghan police clashed with a group of Taliban militants,
leaving 15 militants dead and 11 others wounded. An Afghan army
helicopter crashed in central Afghanistan because of bad weather,
killing four people. British PM Gordon Brown stopped in at Camp
Bastion, the main British camp in Helmand province.
(AP, 12/10/07)(AFP, 12/10/07)
2007 Dec 11, In eastern
Afghanistan US-led coalition and Afghan forces killed Mullah
Sangeen, a senior militant commander responsible for roadside
bombings and other attacks. Sangeen was second-in-command to Siraj
Haqqani, a militant leader in eastern Afghanistan.
2007 Dec 12, Afghanistan's
Defense Ministry said Afghan soldiers backed by NATO air power
killed more than 50 Taliban fighters during a two-day battle with
militants who tried to attack Sangin near Musa Qala, where they were
routed from this week. A suicide car bomb exploded near an Afghan
army convoy in the southern city of Kandahar, killing one person.
2007 Dec 13, In southern
Afghanistan a civilian car hit a freshly planted land mine, killing
six people and wounding six others. Taliban militants beheaded a
woman they accused of spying and her grandson.
2007 Dec 14, South Korea
brought home 195 army medics and engineers from Afghanistan, ending
its five-year deployment to help rebuild the war-ravaged country at
2007 Dec 15, A rocket landed in
a crowd of civilians near Kabul's police headquarters, and a truck
full of rockets smuggled into the city under a pile of hay exploded
nearby moments later. At least five people were killed.
2007 Dec 16, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb blast killed two Afghan civilians and
wounded five others, while a clash in the south left four Taliban
dead. Harald Kleber (42) a German national locally known by his
Muslim name, Abdul Rahman, was kidnapped in heart province. The next
day German authorities said Kleber was wanted in Germany for fraud.
(AP, 12/16/07)(AFP, 12/17/07)(AFP, 12/18/07)
2007 Dec 17, In southern
Afghanistan several militants were killed in airstrikes and a
subsequent operation by US-led coalition troops.
2007 Dec 18, In western
Afghanistan Taliban fighters killed 15 Afghan guards working for a
private security company who were guarding a convoy of fuel tankers.
6 Taliban were killed in the ensuing fight. Elsewhere in Farah
fighting between police and militants left 2 militants dead.
2007 Dec 21, Two Afghans were
killed in Kandahar province when a bomb exploded that was planted in
a decapitated Afghan.
2007 Dec 22, Making the
first-ever trip to Afghanistan by a French president, Nicolas
Sarkozy met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss the
political and military situation in the war-torn country.
2007 Dec 23, In Afghanistan
echoing pledges by the leaders of France and Australia, Italian PM
Romano Prodi emphasized his county's long-term commitment in a
meeting with President Hamid Karzai. Afghan intelligence agents
detained a 50-year-old foreign woman carrying a suicide vest in
eastern Afghanistan. A roadside explosion killed one policeman and
wounded three others in Kunar province. Police clashed with Taliban
militants in the Gelan district of central Ghazni province, killing
a local insurgent leader and two of his bodyguards. Another
booby-trapped body was discovered in Kandahar province.
(AP, 12/23/07)(AP, 12/24/07)
2007 Dec 25, Afghan officials
said 2 European diplomats who went to one of Afghanistan's most
volatile regions have been asked to leave Afghanistan.
2007 Dec 26, Pakistan's Pres.
Pervez Musharraf and Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai vowed to boost
intelligence cooperation to meet the menace of terrorism that was
destroying both countries.
2007 Dec 26, Britain’s Daily
Telegraph newspaper reported that British intelligence agents held
secret talks with Taliban leaders on several occasions this year.
Earlier this month, British PM Gordon Brown ruled out direct talks
with Taliban insurgents, telling the House of Commons: "I make it
clear that we will not enter into any negotiations with these
2007 Dec 27, The Afghan
government expelled UN advisor Mervyn Patterson and EU official
Michael Semple, on accusations they held unauthorized meetings with
Taliban militants. A spokesman for the UN mission said the diplomats
had traveled to Musa Qala, a former Taliban stronghold in southern
Helmand province on Dec 24, where they met with local leaders.
2007 Dec 29, Taliban militants
in Wardak province fired rocket-propelled grenades from their
vehicles at a convoy of private security guards on Afghanistan's
main highway, killing six guards and two police officers. Taliban
militants attacked a police checkpoint in the south and killed 16
(AP, 12/30/07)(AP, 12/31/07)
2007 Dec 30, In Uruzgan
province four Afghan soldiers were killed in a mine explosion. One
soldier was killed in Paktia province in another blast. A Taliban
ambush killed 8 Afghan security personnel near Maydon Shahr, about
20 miles southwest of Kabul.
(AP, 12/31/07)(SFC, 12/31/07, p.A6)
2007 Dec 31, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a NATO soldier and wounded four
others. In Helmand province, a roadside bomb exploded against a
police vehicle driving through Musa Qala, killing two officers.
Taliban militants killed more than 925 Afghan police this year, and
large swaths of the country remained outside government control.
More than 6,500 people, mostly militants, died in 2007, according to
an Associated Press count based on figures from Afghan and Western
officials. Also in 2007, 110 US soldiers were killed in the country,
the highest American toll since the 2001 invasion. US military
deaths, suicide bombings and opium production hit record highs in
2007 Roshan, a cell-phone
network in Afghanistan, was the country’s largest taxpayer and
investor. The Aga Khan Development Network owned 51%.
(Econ, 3/10/07, p.66)
2007 China signed a deal to
invest some $3.5 billion in the Aynak copper mine in Logar province,
Afghanistan. It was said to be the 2nd largest source of untapped
copper in the world.
(Econ, 11/7/09, p.44)
2007 Some 8,000 Afghan’s were
killed this year. UN estimates said over 1,500 of those killed were
(Econ, 5/24/08, p.37)