2008 Jan 3, In southwestern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked Indian road construction
workers and their Afghan police escorts, killing seven and wounding
2008 Jan 4, In Afghanistan’s
Uruzgan province a clash between NATO troops and Taliban insurgents
near Tirin Kot, the provincial capital, left two civilians dead and
five others wounded.
2008 Jan 6, In Afghanistan 3
Taliban militants were killed in a battle between police and NATO
troops in the Zhari district of Kandahar.
2008 Jan 7, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a border
police patrol, killing a policeman. In neighboring Helmand province,
police discovered and tried to defuse a remote-controlled roadside
bomb in Nad Ali district, but it exploded, killing two policemen and
two civilians. In eastern Afghanistan as roadside bomb killed two
soldiers from the US-led coalition.
(AP, 1/7/08)(AP, 1/8/08)
2008 Jan 9, Afghan authorities
said that at least 34 people had been killed in days of heavy
snowfall across the country. A NATO vehicle struck a mine in
southern Afghanistan, killing one soldier and wounding another,
while a militant attack in the east left a policeman dead.
(AFP, 1/9/08)(AP, 1/10/08)
2008 Jan 10, Afghanistan urged
Iran to stop deporting its citizens during the winter months, saying
doing so could cause a humanitarian disaster.
2008 Jan 12, In southern
Afghanistan Dutch troops killed two of their own men during a
nighttime battle in Uruzgan province, and separately two allied
Afghan soldiers they mistook for enemies. About 1,650 Dutch troops
were deployed in Uruzgan as part of the NATO mission there. 14 Dutch
troops have died since their mission began last year.
2008 Jan 13, William Wood, US
ambassador to Afghanistan, flew to Musa Qala, previously held by the
Taliban in the heart of the world's largest poppy-growing region,
and told with Mullah Abdul Salaam, the ex-militant commander now in
charge there, that Afghans must stop "producing poison." In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants killed eight officers in an attack on
a police checkpoint in Kandahar province. A suicide bomber killed
another policeman and wounded eight other people when he blew
himself up in a housing compound in the town of Lashkar Gah in
neighboring Helmand province.
(AP, 1/13/08)(AP, 1/14/08)
2008 Jan 14, In Afghanistan
militants with suicide vests, grenades and AK-47 rifles attacked
Kabul's most popular luxury hotel, killing 8 people in a coordinated
assault. Three hotel employees and two guards were killed during the
attack along with an American citizen and a Norwegian reporter. A
Filipina spa supervisor wounded in the attack died the next day.
2008 Jan 15, Afghan authorities
raided a house in Kabul where the alleged attackers on the Serena
Hotel had spent the night before the attack. Police found a video
showing two of the assailants, identified as Farouq and Salahuddin,
saying they were ready to die. The owner of the house and his
brother were arrested. Officials said heavy snow, avalanches and
cold weather have killed at least 85 people in western Afghanistan
in recent days.
2008 Jan 18, In eastern
Afghanistan more than 20 Taliban rebels were killed and over a dozen
wounded in a joint operation between Afghan and Western forces.
2008 Jan 19, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb, probably intended for Afghan or NATO
forces, killed five civilians in a taxi in the Panjwayi district of
Kandahar province. Militants attacked a convoy of trucks carrying
gravel to a NATO base in Helmand, killing four drivers and two
(AP, 1/20/08)(AP, 1/21/08)
2008 Jan 20, In southern
Afghanistan an explosion struck a NATO patrol vehicle outside a
former Taliban town, killing one British soldier and wounding five
2008 Jan 21, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai told the parliament on its opening day that around
300,000 children cannot attend school because of violence in the
2008 Jan 22, In Afghanistan
Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh (23) was sentenced to death by a three-judge
panel in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for distributing a
report he printed off the Internet to fellow journalism students at
Balkh University. The judges said the article humiliated Islam, and
members of a clerics council had pushed for Kaambakhsh to be
punished. A media group said he is actually being punished for
reporting by his brother about abuses by northern warlords. On
appeal the death sentence was reduced to 20 years. In 2009
Kaambakhsh was freed and left the country following a pardon signed
by President Hamid Karzai.
(AP, 1/23/08)(Reuters, 9/7/09)
2008 Jan 23, In Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and two others were injured when a
military convoy struck an improvised mine near the southern city of
2008 Jan 24, In central
Afghanistan 9 Afghan policemen were killed during an anti-Taliban
operation by US-led coalition troops in Ghazni. Afghan police said
the police appeared to have been killed by the US airstrikes, which
also destroyed several houses.
2008 Jan 24, In Davos,
Switzerland, fears of world recession briefly took a back seat at
the World Economic Forum, where leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan
and Iraq focused on how to establish security in their volatile
regions. Afghan Pres. Karzai stressed how extremists used economic
exploitation to recruit bombers.
(AP, 1/24/08)(AFP, 1/24/08)
2008 Jan 25, In Afghanistan
US-led coalition and Afghan troops clashed with insurgents while
searching a compound near the Pakistani frontier, leaving one
coalition soldier dead.
2008 Jan 26, In Afghanistan
gunmen kidnapped Cyd Mizell (49), a burqa-clad American aid worker,
and her driver, Mohammad Hadi, while they were driving through a
residential section of Kandahar. She worked for the aid agency Asian
Rural Life Development Foundation.
(AP, 1/26/08)(AP, 1/27/08)(SFC, 5/20/21, p.A4)
2008 Jan 28, Afghanistan’s
Health Ministry said as many as 300 Afghans had died over the past
10 days from bitter cold and heavy snows.
(SFC, 1/29/08, p.A4)
2008 Jan 29, In southern
Afghanistan roadside bombings killed three civilians.
2008 Jan 30, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber in a vehicle tried to attack a NATO convoy in
Kandahar province's Zhari district, but instead hit a private car
wounding 4 civilians.
2008 Jan 31, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque,
killing Helmand province's deputy governor and five other people. A
car bomb exploded next to an Afghan army bus in Kabul, wounding four
civilians and a solider.
2008 Feb 4, Afghan and foreign
troops conducted two raids on the homes of suspected Taliban
militants, leaving 10 people dead, including women and children. A
separate clash in southern Uruzgan province left nine suspected
2008 Feb 5, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a US-led coalition vehicle in
Helmand province, killing one soldier and wounding two others.
2008 Feb 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb targeting a NATO convoy left three soldiers lightly
wounded in eastern Khost province. A bungled suicide attack hurt two
civilians in southwestern Nimroz province.
2008 Feb 7, NATO defense
ministers held talks on Afghanistan in Lithuania. France agreed to
help Canada in fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
2008 Feb 8, A suicide car
bomber blew himself up near a convoy of Afghan troops, killing one
soldier and a child who was nearby. Another four soldiers and a
child were also wounded in the attack in central Ghazni province.
2008 Feb 8, Canada said it
planned to keep its 2,500-strong military mission in Afghanistan
until some time in 2011, two years longer than initially scheduled.
2008 Feb 10, Norway closed its
embassy in the Afghan capital because of terror threats.
2008 Feb 12, In Afghanistan’s
Khost province a roadside bomb killed 4 Afghan guards working for
the US military.
2008 Feb 13, In Afghanistan an
Italian soldier was killed in an ambush while he was distributing
food and clothes to civilians. A roadside bomb struck Afghan
security forces killing 3 people and wounding four in the Musa Qala
district. In western Afghanistan Taliban militants freed the last
six hostages from a group of 21 men abducted Feb 10, while they
hunted for rare birds in Farah province. US-led coalition swoops on
Taliban leaders in Uruzgan and Zabul provinces left several
insurgents dead. 2 civilians transporting construction materials
were blown up by a rebel bomb.
(AP, 2/13/08)(AFP, 2/14/08)
2008 Feb 15, In Afghanistan
bitter cold, snowstorms and avalanches were reported to have killed
926 people, half of them in the hard hit west, as the country
suffered one of the most brutal winters in decades.
2008 Feb 17, In Afghanistan a
suicide bombing at an outdoor dog fighting competition in Kandahar
killed over 100 people and wounded scores more, in what appeared to
be the deadliest terror attack there since the fall of the Taliban
in 2001. The attack apparently targeted Abdul Hakim Jan, a militia
commander, who had stood up against the Taliban and died in the
(AP, 2/17/08)(AP, 2/18/08)
2008 Feb 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy killed 37
civilians at a busy market in Spin Boldak in southern Kandahar
province. Afghan and NATO-led troops killed two regional Taliban
commanders in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 2/18/08)(AP, 2/21/08)
2008 Feb 19, In southern
Afghanistan a car bomb exploded near a police compound, killing at
least one person and wounding four.
2008 Feb 20, In Afghanistan an
explosion in Helmand province claimed the life of a British soldier.
30 Taliban militants were killed in a joint Afghan and foreign
special forces operation backed by air support in southern Helmand
(AP, 2/21/08)(AFP, 2/21/08)
2008 Feb 21, In Afghanistan
NATO troops found 1.65 tons of opium, which ISAF said was worth $400
million, and a "significant quantity" of drug-making equipment. The
$400 million figure appeared to be the opium's estimated street
value once it was trafficked outside Afghanistan.
2008 Feb 23, In eastern
Afghanistan 7 Afghan security guards died when their car hit a
roadside bomb in the Sarkano district of Kunar province. A gunman
killed a district police chief in the region.
2008 Feb 24, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through a convoy carrying Kandahar
governor Asadullah Khalid, missing the official but killing three
2008 Feb 26, In Afghanistan a
rocket attack on an Afghan National Army patrol killed two soldiers
and wounded six others in southern Kandahar province. A roadside
bomb killed two Polish soldiers patrolling in eastern Afghanistan.
2008 Feb 27, US National
Intelligence Director Michael McConnell said told a Senate committee
in Washington that Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government
controls just 30% of the country. The resurgent Taliban controls
10-11% of the country, while local tribes control the rest. The
Afghan Defense Ministry soon replied saying: "All Afghan people know
that in the 34 provinces of Afghanistan and in more than 360
districts ... the government has control." A remote-controlled bomb
hit a civilian vehicle in eastern Khost province, killing the driver
and wounding six people. A militant ambush of an opium poppy
eradication force in Helmand province sparked clashes that left 25
Taliban fighters and a policeman dead.
(AP, 2/27/08)(AP, 2/28/08)
2008 Feb 28, In Afghan four
militants died and another was wounded when the roadside bomb they
were planting on a main road in Helmand exploded prematurely.
2008 Feb 29, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants blew up a telecommunications tower
following a warning to phone companies to shut down the towers at
night or face attack.
2008 Feb 29, The British
military decided to pull Prince Harry out of Afghanistan
"immediately" after news of his deployment leaked out in foreign
2008 Mar 1, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a tractor, killing three people,
including a woman and a child, and wounding seven others.
2008 Mar 2, In Afghanistan
several insurgents were killed when they fired on coalition forces,"
who detained four men with suspected links to the militants in
Helmand province. Afghan and foreign troops clashed with militants
in Helmand's Sangin district, resulting in 20 casualties. A Canadian
soldier was killed by a roadside bomb west of Kandahar city.
2008 Mar 3, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber attacked a government building
protected by NATO and Afghan troops. 2 NATO troops and two civilians
died in the blast.
(AP, 3/3/08)(AP, 3/4/08)
2008 Mar 4, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb exploded near a government compound,
killing a policeman. The bombing, claimed by the extremist Taliban,
was the fifth in a week in the eastern province of Khost. In
southwestern Nimroz province Taliban militants attacked a police
checkpoint, and the ensuing two-hour gunbattle left three policemen
dead. Near Hyderabad, Afghanistan, an Afghan man was killed. Master
Sgt. Joseph D. Newel faced allegations in the case that included
premeditated murder; wrongfully mutilating a dead body; larceny; and
violation of a lawful order. In 2009 Newell was acquitted of
premeditated murder and mutilation.
2008 Mar 9, Thousands of Afghan
students in Jalalabad chanted slogans and burned Danish and Dutch
flags in the latest in a series of protests over perceived insults
against Islam. 4 militants were killed in clashes with Afghan and
foreign troops in the Korengal Valley in the eastern province of
(AP, 3/9/08)(AP, 3/11/08)
2008 Mar 10, In Afghanistan 10
militants and two officers were killed when police clashed with
Taliban fighters in the southern Uruzgan province. In southern
Afghanistan two women and two children were caught in the line of
fire and killed during a clash between NATO troops and insurgents.
(AP, 3/11/08)(AP, 3/12/08)
2008 Mar 11, In western
Afghanistan police backed by NATO-led troops killed four suspected
criminals after a spate of kidnappings and robberies. The ministry
said an Afghan soldier was killed in Kapisa province, just north of
Kabul. Taliban militants attacked a district administrative compound
in southern Zabul province, and the ensuing one-hour gunbattle left
one Taliban dead and three wounded. 5 militants set fire to the
generator, fuel tank and antenna of the tower in the Obe district of
Herat province. The tower belonged to the Areeba company. Afghan and
US-led coalition forces killed nearly a dozen suspected militants in
Helmand during a clash in Garmsir district.
(AP, 3/11/08)(AP, 3/12/08)(AP, 3/13/08)
2008 Mar 12, Afghan and
international forces attacked Taliban militants as they traveled by
motorcycle toward the Pakistan border. The troops employed
airstrikes during a four-hour battle and killed 41 militants,
including 17 from Nimroz. In southern Afghanistan a suicide car
bomber attacked a convoy of Canadian troops, killing a passing
civilian and wounding one soldier. In Zabul province, Afghan
security forces and NATO troops launched an operation against
Chechen fighters meeting in Daychopan district. The ensuing two-hour
gun battle left three Chechens dead and six wounded. in Farah
province, authorities recovered the dead body of the Pusht Rod
district police chief, a day after he was kidnapped along with five
(AP, 3/12/08)(AP, 3/13/08)
2008 Mar 12, US-led forces in
Afghanistan fired a missile into Pakistan that killed 4 women and 2
boys. Pakistan lodged a protest the next day with coalition forces
(AP, 3/13/08)(SFC, 3/14/08, p.A17)
2008 Mar 13, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled bomb hit a police vehicle in Saydabad district of
Wardak province, killing one policeman and wounding four others. A
suicide bomber in Kabul targeting US troops killed 6 Afghan
(AP, 3/13/08)(SFC, 3/14/08, p.A17)
2008 Mar 13, Canada’s
Parliament voted to extend its mission in Afghanistan to 2011,
provided NATO supplies more troops and equipment to back up its
forces in the volatile south.
2008 Mar 14, Afghan and foreign
troops clashed with Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan,
leaving three suspected militants dead and two wounded. The US-led
coalition killed "several" militants in an operation in eastern
(AP, 3/14/08)(AFP, 3/16/08)
2008 Mar 15, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb attack near a convoy of international troops killed
a 13-year-old Afghan child and wounded a soldier in Khost province.
3 militants were killed in the former Taliban stronghold of Musa
Qala in Helmand province.
(AP, 3/15/08)(AFP, 3/16/08)
2008 Mar 16, In Afghanistan’s
eastern Nangarhar province four militants were killed in an exchange
of fire after attacking a police post near the border with Pakistan.
A Canadian soldier died in an explosion while on foot patrol in
(AFP, 3/16/08)(AP, 3/17/08)
2008 Mar 17, in Afghanistan 4
NATO soldiers, 2 Danes, a Canadian and a Czech with the
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed in new
attacks, including a Taliban suicide bomb that also took the lives
of three Afghan civilians.
2008 Mar 19, US forces
searching for bomb makers raided Afghan homes near the border with
Pakistan, exchanging gunfire with militants. Six people were killed,
including two children and a woman.
2008 Mar 20, In southern
Afghanistan security forces said an exchange of fire between British
soldiers and police left a policeman dead and two men wounded from
each side. A soldier with the NATO-led force died after being struck
by a bomb.
(AFP, 3/20/08)(AP, 3/21/08)
2008 Mar 21, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew himself up near a busy shrine in
Kandahar, killing two policemen. International forces helping the
Afghan government lost three soldiers in two separate bombings in
(AP, 3/21/08)(AP, 3/23/08)
2008 Mar 22, Afghan and
international forces killed over 40 Taliban militants in an air and
ground strike in Uruzgan province. 2 coalition soldiers were killed
by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province.
(AP, 3/23/08)(SFC, 3/24/08, p.A12)
2008 Mar 23, In Afghanistan 5
members of an Afghan mine-clearing team were killed.
(SFC, 3/25/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 23, In Pakistan 25
trucks carrying fuel to US-led forces in Afghanistan were destroyed
in a possible bomb attack near the Torkham customs post. At least 50
people were injured.
(SFC, 3/24/08, p.A12)
2008 Mar 24, In Afghanistan
gunmen fatally shot 2 Afghan members of a mine-clearing team. Afghan
and allied forces killed 12 Taliban fighters.
(SFC, 3/25/08, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 25, In Afghanistan
gunmen have attacked a group of police along the border with Iran,
killing four police and two civilians.
2008 Mar 26, In southern
Afghanistan 8 civilians were killed when a bomb-filled car exploded
near a crowded bazaar in Helmand province, in an attack claimed by
the Taliban. A police officer was killed in a roadside bombing in
Helmand. Insurgents attacked a NATO patrol, killing one soldier and
wounding another. Militants fired a rocket at opium poppy
eradication police, killing two policemen and wounding another.
US-led coalition forces killed several Taliban militants after
coming under attack in Helmand province.
(AP, 3/26/08)(AP, 3/27/08)(AP, 3/28/08)
2008 Mar 29, Afghan, US and
Pakistani officers opened the first of six joint military
intelligence centers along the Afghan-Pakistan border, an effort to
cut down on militants' movement in a region of rising terrorist
2008 Mar 31, A clash in
southern Afghanistan killed a Danish soldier and wounded two others.
A separate attack on a NATO patrol killed two British troops. an
airstrike killed three men irrigating land close to a road in
Kandahar province. The men may have been mistaken for militants
planting roadside bombs. In Helmand province police arrested Mullah
Naqibullah, a senior Taliban commander who has escaped twice from
Afghan prisons. Naqibullah was nabbed during a clash that left three
(AP, 3/31/08)(AP, 4/1/08)
2008 Apr 1, In southwestern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber hit a police compound, killing two
officers and wounding five others in Nimroz province. A mine struck
a civilian vehicle in southwestern Nimroz province, killing the
driver and wounding two civilians.
2008 Apr 2, France pledged to
send up to 1,000 troops to Afghanistan in a move that will avert a
Canadian threat to pull its contingent out of NATO's war in the
2008 Apr 3, In eastern Kunar
province, a truck supplying fuel to NATO troops hit a roadside bomb
that killed the Afghan driver.
2008 Apr 4, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a Canadian soldier, while a
suicide attack in the same region left three policemen and a
2008 Apr 5, Afghan and NATO
forces killed 15 Taliban insurgents in separate raids in southern
Afghanistan, where police also captured Abdul Jabar, a senior
2008 Apr 6, US and Afghan
forces attacked a remote village in a mountainous region of
northeastern Afghanistan following reports that an infamous
insurgent leader was in the area. At least 16 people were killed.
2008 Apr 7, In southern
Afghanistan, militants attacked a police convoy in Uruzgan province,
and the ensuing clash left 13 insurgents dead and five wounded. In
the western province of Herat, Taliban militants attacked a
checkpoint in Shindand district, killing two police officers and
2008 Apr 8, In southern
Afghanistan militants killed 17 road workers, part of a spike in
violence that has left 40 people dead in two days. 16 other
construction workers were wounded in the attack in Zabul's Shinkay
district. A Polish soldier died and one was wounded when a NATO
patrol hit a roadside bomb in Ghazni province. Taliban militants
ambushed a police patrol. An ensuing battle left four militants and
a police officer dead in Zabul province.
(AP, 4/8/08)(AP, 4/9/08)
2008 Apr 9, In Afghanistan
international forces' warplanes dropped bombs on a group of Taliban
militants traveling by motorcycle overnight, killing 3 insurgents in
2008 Apr 10, In Kandahar city,
Afghanistan, a suicide car bomber targeting a US-led coalition
convoy killed 8 civilians and wounded 25 other people, including
three coalition soldiers.
2008 Apr 11, Afghan and foreign
troops clashed with and called airstrikes on militants in southern
Afghanistan, leaving 24 dead and eight wounded.
2008 Apr 11, Foreign Minister
Bernard Kouchner said France will boost its contribution to NATO
forces fighting al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan to some
3,000 troops, around double the present level.
2008 Apr 12, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber attacked an Indian road construction crew in the
southwestern Nimroz province, killing two people, including an
Indian engineer. Eight other people, including five Indian workers
and two civilians, were wounded in the blast. Militants killed four
eradication police in Kandahar’s Maiwand district.
(AP, 4/12/08)(AP, 4/13/08)
2008 Apr 13, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked a group of police officers
sleeping on the mud floor of an isolated roadside checkpoint,
killing 11. The two soldiers from Afghanistan's 47,000-strong
NATO-led force were killed and two wounded in an explosion in the
(AP, 4/14/08)(Reuters, 4/14/08)
2008 Apr 16, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO soldiers were killed and two others were wounded
in an explosion.
2008 Apr 17, Afghan and foreign
troops battled militants who ambushed their patrol in central Ghazni
province, leaving nine Taliban fighters dead. A suicide attack in
front of a mosque in Nimroz province killed 16 people and wounded
(AP, 4/17/08)(SFC, 4/18/08, p.A15)
2008 Apr 18, In Afghanistan the
son of the Netherlands' top military officer was killed by a
roadside bomb, the day after his father assumed command of the Dutch
2008 Apr 19, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a civilian vehicle, killing three
people and wounding another. An Afghan policeman and two Taliban
fighters were killed in a firefight in Panjwayi, Kandahar province.
Afghan police clashed with Iranian forces at the southwestern border
with Iran, leaving one civilian dead and two Iranian officers
(AP, 4/19/08)(AFP, 4/20/08)(AP, 4/20/08)
2008 Apr 20, In eastern
Afghanistan a child was killed in a militant rocket attack on an
army base in Kunar province. 4 Taliban were killed in a gun battle
with Afghan security forces in Kandahar province.
2008 Apr 23, In southern
Afghanistan a spate of suicide bombings and other attacks on
security forces left 13 people dead and 24 others wounded.
2008 Apr 23, Officials and a
rebel spokesman said Pakistan's new government has drafted a peace
agreement with Taliban militants in its troubled tribal belt
2008 Apr 25, Some 50 Taliban
attacked Afghan police at Charbaran in Paktika province. The police
called in American help and American helicopters broke the attack.
Several insurgents were later tracked by drones and killed.
(Econ, 5/24/08, p.37)
2008 Apr 27, Suspected Taliban
militants attacked the Mujahideen Day parade attended by the Afghan
president, unleashing automatic weapons fire that sent foreign
dignitaries and senior members of the government fleeing for cover.
3 people, including a lawmaker, were killed and 8 were wounded.
Pres. Karzai later appeared on television saying several suspects in
the attack had been arrested. The Afghan government later accused
the Pakistani intelligence service of organizing the plot to
assassinate Pres. Karzai. Taliban militants attacked an Australian
patrol with automatic rifles and rocket propelled grenades in
southern Afghanistan, and the ensuing battle left one of the
commandos dead and four others wounded.
(AP, 4/27/08)(Econ, 5/3/08, p.50)(SFC, 6/26/08,
2008 Apr 29, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomb tore through a team preparing to eradicate opium poppy
fields, killing at least 19 people and injuring over 40 others in
eastern Nangarhar province. 12 police officers were among the dead.
(AFP, 4/29/08)(SFC, 4/30/08, p.A2)
2008 Apr 30, Afghan security
forces raided a Kabul hide-out where militants with suspected links
to the attack on President Hamid Karzai were holed up. Seven people
died in the pre-dawn raid, including a child.
2008 May 1, In Afghanistan 2
roadside bombs killed a NATO soldier and 8 civilians.
(WSJ, 5/2/08, p.A1)
2008 May 4, In Afghanistan an
accidental explosion left 2 people dead and 13 wounded at a refuse
dump in Kabul’s northern outskirts.
2008 May 5, In Afghanistan 2
accidental explosions in Kabul left 7 people dead and more than 20
wounded, including some counternarcotics police. In Nangarhar
province US-led coalition troops killed several militants during a
raid. A roadside bomb in the south wounded 5 people, including 3
(AP, 5/5/08)(AP, 5/6/08)
2008 May 6, In Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and another was wounded in a gun battle
with insurgents near Kandahar city.
2008 May 7, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 people including a child were killed in blasts.
2008 May 8, In southern
Afghanistan US-led coalition killed several militants.
2008 May 9, In eastern
Afghanistan the US-led coalition killed several militants during an
operation in Nangarhar province. Villagers claimed that 3 civilians
were among those killed.
2008 May 11, Rights groups and
local lawmakers about 300 Taliban suspects have been on a hunger
strike in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar prison for a week
demanding fair trials.
2008 May 13, International and
Afghan troops forged ahead with an offensive against the Taliban
near the Pakistan border. Helmand governor Gulab Mangal insisted 150
rebels had been killed in Garmser in the past week.
2008 May 15, In western
Afghanistan a suicide bomber wearing a burqa attacked a police
patrol at a crowded market, killing at least 12 people and wounding
27 others. Taliban militants attacked the compound of the Shinkay
district chief in Zabul province. The ensuing hour-long gun battle
left 5 Taliban dead and 6 wounded.
(AP, 5/15/08)(AP, 5/16/08)
2008 May 16, A bomb hit a group
of Afghan soldiers during a foot patrol in southern Kandahar
province. One soldier was killed and three were wounded. In eastern
Khost province, joint Afghan and foreign forces attacked insurgents
as they were planting roadside bombs before dawn. A brief gun battle
left two militants dead. Another wounded insurgent later died at a
military hospital. US-led coalition and Afghan troops called in
airstrikes during the raid on a compound suspected of housing
militants involved in bomb making activities. Afghan and foreign
troops in western Farah province bombed a Taliban hideout where two
hostages were being held, leaving eight militants dead.
(AP, 5/16/08)(AP, 5/17/08)
2008 May 17, In Afghanistan a
roadside blast hit a vehicle in the eastern Paktia province, left
three civilians dead. A bomb placed on a bicycle exploded as a
police vehicle passed by outside Kandahar. The blast killed a
10-year old boy and wounded another civilian. 15 Taliban rebels were
killed in an operation by the Afghan military in southwestern Badgis
(AP, 5/17/08)(AFP, 5/18/08)
2008 May 18, Sayed Parwez
Kambakhsh (24), an Afghan journalism student sentenced to death for
insulting Islam, denied the charges before an appeals court, saying
he only confessed to questioning the religion's treatment of women
because he was tortured. In 2008 an appeal court overturned the
death sentence, but upheld his conviction of blasphemy and sentenced
him to 20 years in jail. A police officer was killed and two others
injured when their patrolling convoy came under fire from rebels in
the southwestern province of Farah. A soldier with a US-led military
coalition and an Afghan "non-combatant" were killed when a bomb blew
up their vehicle in southern Afghanistan. A suicide bombing in
Helmand province killed four people.
(AP, 5/18/08)(AFP, 5/18/08)(AFP, 5/19/08)(AP,
2008 May 19, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew himself up near Afghan troops in
a bazaar near the Pakistani border, wounding four soldiers and a
civilian translator. 8 Taliban were killed in a military raid
elsewhere. The decapitated body of a policeman was found in the
southwestern province of Farah, a day after he had been captured by
Taliban fighters. In eastern Afghanistan militants fired mortars at
an aid agency's water tanker, killed the driver and stole his
tanker. In southwestern Nimroz province, a mine blew up a truck
transporting sheep and killed five men and several of the animals.
In Wardak, near Kabul, a mine apparently intended for police
exploded under a civilian car and killed two people. Two soldiers
with NATO's International Security Assistance Force were killed in
separate insurgency-related incidents in southern Afghanistan.
(AFP, 5/19/08)(AFP, 5/20/08)
2008 May 20, In Afghanistan
airstrikes and a 3-hour gun battle in Zabul province killed an
Afghan army soldier and 14 insurgents. 6 of the dead insurgents
appeared to be Arabs.
(AP, 5/21/08)(WSJ, 5/22/08, p.A9)
2008 May 21, In Afghanistan 2
NATO soldiers and a civilian interpreter were killed when an
explosion hit them during a patrol in eastern Ghazni province. In
eastern Kunar province a rocket hit a schoolyard in Asmor district,
killing one student and wounding four others. The victims were
between eight and 14 years old.
(AP, 5/21/08)(WSJ, 5/22/08, p.A9)(AP, 5/23/08)
2008 May 22, In western
Afghanistan gunfire broke out in Ghor province at a protest against
a US sniper in Iraq who used a Quran for target practice. Two
civilians were slain and seven others were wounded. A NATO soldier
from Lithuania was killed, the first of the Baltic country's troops
to die while serving there.
(AP, 5/22/08)(AFP, 5/22/08)
2008 May 23, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up as an Afghan army
convoy slowed to pass a pothole-riddled section of road, killing
four soldiers and a child. In southern Afghanistan several
insurgents were killed and six others detained during a US-led
(AP, 5/23/08)(AP, 5/24/08)
2008 May 23, Japan allocated
$54 million in emergency grants to the UN to help Afghanistan,
Africa and Palestinian refugees cope with the ongoing food crisis.
2008 May 24, Top Pakistani
Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud said jihad, or holy war, would
continue in Afghanistan, despite peace negotiations between the
militants and Islamabad. Separate roadside bomb attacks in
Pakistan's volatile northwest killed three people, including a local
2008 May 25, In Kandahar,
Afghanistan, a suicide bomber hit a Canadian military convoy,
killing one boy. A US-led coalition soldier was killed in an
operation in western Farah province.
2008 May 27, In Afghanistan 12
people including three policemen were killed in two bomb attacks in
Farah and Logar provinces. Officials blamed Taliban extremists. In
Helmand province the US-led coalition killed several militants
during a hunt in Garmser district for a Taliban leader involved with
weapons smuggling operations in the area. Several other rebels were
killed in similar operations in eastern Paktia province, bordering
Logar. Altogether the day’s violence left 24 people dead including
13 police officers.
(AFP, 5/27/08)(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A10)
2008 May 28, In Afghanistan a
passenger truck ran off the road in a remote mountainous region of
Badakhshan province, killing 15 people and wounding 56. Three
suicide bomb attacks around the country killed one person.
2008 May 29, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber hit a convoy of international soldiers in Kabul,
killing three Afghans caught in the blast. A joint operation by
Afghan and NATO forces in Farah killed 30 Taliban fighters. One
policeman and two Afghan soldiers were also killed.
2008 May 30, Afghan forces
recaptured Bakwa, a remote district in the southwestern province of
Farah, which was captured eight months ago. Authorities said they
have killed more than 100 Taliban-linked militants in the operation.
2008 May 31, In Afghanistan 2
NATO-led soldiers and as many Afghan civilians were wounded in a
suicide car bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad. The Taliban
claimed responsibility for that attack. 2 NATO soldiers were killed
in the attack.
(AFP, 5/31/08)(AP, 6/1/08)
2008 Jun 1, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled bomb detonated as a bus carrying Afghan soldiers
passed by in Kabul, killing one civilian and wounding five people.
In southern Zabul province overnight, suspected Taliban militants
gunned down a district governor and his body guard. Some 150
militants attacked a police checkpoint, triggering a daylong battle
in Murghab district, near the border with Turkmenistan. At least 10
militants were killed. Ashraf Nasery, the governor of Badghis
province, said 49 militants were killed and 35 wounded.
(AP, 6/1/08)(AFP, 6/1/08)(AP, 6/2/08)
2008 Jun 2, In Afghanistan
Taliban attacked a district in Helmand province, killing a
policeman. In the battle that followed, eight Taliban were killed.
2008 Jun 3, In Afghanistan US
General David McKiernan took over the 52,000-strong International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at a ceremony in Kabul attended by
President Hamid Karzai and a host of dignitaries. 2 Afghan security
guards were killed when militants ambushed their convoy in the
southern province of Zabul. In eastern Khost province unknown gunmen
shot dead a district intelligence chief. A suicide car bomber
targeting Canadian troops in Kandahar province killed one Afghan
child. A Canadian officer was killed in Kandahar province when his
foot patrol came under enemy fire. In southern Afghanistan US-led
coalition forces killed more than a dozen insurgents.
(AFP, 6/3/08)(Reuters, 6/4/08)(AP, 6/4/08)
2008 Jun 4, In Afghanistan 2
suicide bombs killed 2 people and wounded several others near the
(SFC, 6/5/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 5, A provincial
spokesman said NATO forces bombed a location in Paktika province and
killed all 32 Taliban who had gathered there. Afghan police killed
three Taliban militants in Jani Khail district of the same province
and two other militants were wounded. A roadside bomb struck a
civilian vehicle in Waza Khwa district of Paktika, killing a man,
his wife and son (12).
2008 Jun 7, In Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier died after tumbling down a well while on night
patrol. Capt. Jonathan Sutherland Snyder (26) was the 85th Canadian
soldier, the third in a month, to die in Afghanistan since 2002.
2008 Jun 8, In Afghanistan the
body of Abdul Samad Rohani (25), an Afghan reporter for the BBC, was
found in Helmand province. 3 British paratroopers were killed in
Helmand province in a suicide bomb attack, bringing total British
military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 to 100.
(AFP, 6/8/08)(AP, 6/9/08)
2008 Jun 9, Afghan officials
uncovered 236 tons of marijuana in a massive drug bust in southern
Kandahar province. The drugs, estimated to be worth more than $400
million, were burned on site.
2008 Jun 10, US-led coalition
forces along the volatile Afghan border launched an airstrike that
killed 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops. Pakistan’s military
condemned it as an act of aggression within its border that "hit at
the very basis of cooperation" in the war on terrorism. The incident
followed a reported clash between Afghan forces and Taliban
militants in the same area. The Taliban said eight of its fighters
died in the skirmish.
2008 Jun 11, Afghan officials
said 31 people died in airstrikes in eastern Paktika province.
2008 Jun 12, Afghanistan's
Pres. Hamid Karzai appealed to world donors in Paris for massive,
long-term aid for police, road-building and agriculture to help make
his country safer and his countrymen less hungry. Donors ranging
from the US the World Bank pledged more than $21 billion for
Afghanistan. 2 British troops were killed by enemy fire while
patrolling the area around their base in the Upper Gereshk Valley.
(AP, 6/12/08)(AP, 6/13/08)(AP, 6/13/08)
2008 Jun 13, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber hit a NATO military convoy, causing
casualties. A Romanian soldier was killed and three others injured
in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province. In south-central
Uruzgan province, Afghan and NATO-led forces killed 17 Taliban. In
eastern Paktia province, an operation by US-led coalition forces
resulted in the deaths of a woman and a number of militants. In
Ghazni province a coalition air strike killed seven Taliban
militants. 30 insurgents on motorbikes and two suicide bombers
attacked Sarposa Prison. About 870 prisoners escaped during the bomb
and rocket attack on that knocked down the front gate and demolished
a prison floor. 390 Taliban prisoners were among those who fled the
prison during the attack.
(AFP, 6/13/08)(AP, 6/14/08)
2008 Jun 14, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed four US troops. Afghan and US-led coalition
forces killed more than 15 insurgents during a hunt for inmates who
fled prison after a sophisticated Taliban attack that set hundreds
free, while Afghan forces recaptured 20 prisoners. Fifteen militants
were killed in the Sangin area of Helmand province after a group of
men in a treeline fired on Afghan and coalition troops.
(AP, 6/14/08)(AP, 6/15/08)(AP, 6/16/08)
2008 Jun 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai threatened to send Afghan troops across the border to
fight militants in Pakistan, a forceful warning to insurgents and
the Pakistani government that his country is fed up with
cross-border attacks. Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed 20
militants in Zabul province.
(AP, 6/15/08)(AP, 6/16/08)
2008 Jun 16, In southern
Afghanistan some 500 Taliban fighters took over several villages
just outside Arghandab, and NATO and Afghan forces were redeploying
to meet the threat.
2008 Jun 16, US President
George W. Bush won Europe's backing for tighter sanctions on Iran
over its nuclear program and secured a British pledge to send more
troops to Afghanistan.
2008 Jun 17, Residents and
officials said Taliban militants destroyed bridges and planted mines
in several villages they control outside southern Afghanistan's
largest city in apparent preparation for battle, as some 4,000
people or more fled the Arghandab district 10 miles northwest of
Kandahar city. An explosion elsewhere killed 4 British soldiers in
(AP, 6/17/08)(AP, 6/18/08)
2008 Jun 18, Afghan and
Canadian forces moved into villages outside Kandahar to root out
Taliban militants, killing at least 36 insurgents.
2008 Jun 19, Afghan officials
said a swift offensive by Afghan and NATO forces drove Taliban
militants from a strategic group of villages outside Kandahar and
killed 56 insurgents. Two Afghan soldiers and one civilian also
died. The militants had planted hundreds of land mines in the area
before fleeing. 2 soldiers from the US-led coalition were fatally
wounded in a shooting incident in Helmand province.
(AP, 6/19/08)(AP, 6/20/08)
2008 Jun 20, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a military convoy as it drove
through a town, killing five civilians and one soldier from the
2008 Jun 21, In Afghanistan 5
foreign troops including a Polish national were slain in bombings,
extending a series of daily attacks that have lifted the death toll
for foreign forces this year to more than 100. In separate incidents
attackers detonated bombs and opened fire on vehicles carrying
Afghan troops in Zabul and Kunar provinces, killing five soldiers
and wounding three. Afghan and coalition forces attacked and killed
several militants manning a lookout post in Zabul province. Rockets
fired from Pakistan hit a village in eastern Afghanistan killing a
woman and three children, one of three cross-border attacks around
the same late evening time. A total of 27 rockets were fired from
Pakistan to the Afghan provinces of Paktika and Khost. Afghan troops
responded by firing 19 artillery rounds from Khost and nine rounds
from Paktika which landed in Pakistan.
(AP, 6/21/08)(Reuters, 6/22/08)(AP, 6/26/08)
2008 Jun 21, Sean Langan (43),
British freelance television journalist, was released by kidnappers
along the Afghan-Pakistan border after being held for 3 months.
Langan has spent the last few years making films about Afghanistan,
Iraq and Zimbabwe, and his documentary "Fighting the Taliban" was
short-listed for a Bafta this year.
2008 Jun 22, In Afghanistan
US-led troops killed 55 militants including three senior commanders
after rebels ambushed a patrol with rockets near the eastern
Afghan-Pakistani border in fighting that had begun June 20.
Militants in Pakistan fired rockets at NATO bases across the border
in Afghanistan, killing three children in a village and prompting
the alliance to launch a pair of retaliatory artillery strikes.
(AFP, 6/23/08)(AP, 6/23/08)
2008 Jun 23, In Afghanistan a
civilian father and son were killed by coalition forces in eastern
Nangarhar province. 2 gunmen on a motorcycle killed a female police
officer in Herat province.
2008 Jun 24, In eastern
Afghanistan coalition warplanes swooped down on militants
withdrawing from a firefight with police into the mountains, killing
15 of them. Militants torched a convoy carrying military supplies
just south of the capital near Saydabad. 2 NATO soldiers died when a
mine blast hit a patrol in Khogyani, a district of the eastern
province of Nangarhar. A British soldier serving with a separate
NATO security force was killed in a bomb blast in Helmand province.
(AP, 6/24/08)(AP, 6/25/08)
2008 Jun 25, In Afghanistan
US-led air strikes killed 22 Taliban militants who attacked two
towns with rockets in Paktika province. In Helmand province a
soldier in the US-led coalition was killed and three others were
wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
2008 Jun 26, In Afghanistan a
bomb hit troops from the US-led coalition patrolling in Wardak
province, causing an unspecified number of casualties. A coalition
service member was killed and five more wounded in western Farah
(AP, 6/26/08)(AP, 6/27/08)
2008 Jun 27, In Afghanistan a
British soldier died and two others were injured when their patrol
vehicle rolled over. An American special forces soldier was fatally
wounded by a bomb during a patrol in Kandahar province. Three US-led
soldiers were killed in a bomb explosion in Wardak province.
(AFP, 6/28/08)(AFP, 6/30/08)(AP, 6/30/08)
2008 Jun 27, A gang of
Pakistani militants in the Bajur region executed two Afghan
prisoners in front of thousands of cheering supporters, beheading
Jan Wali (36) and shooting the other after accusing them of aiding a
US missile strike. Celebratory gunfire then killed two bystanders
and wounded six.
(AP, 6/28/08)(SFC, 6/28/08, p.A5)
2008 Jun 28, In Afghanistan the
US-led coalition said 32 militants were killed in southern Uruzgan
province. 2 militants were killed in a firefight in the Marja
district of troubled Helmand province. An army vehicle was struck by
a roadside bomb in Paktia province killing two Afghan soldiers. In
Farah province insurgents attacked the government headquarters in
Juwain and the ensuing battle left at least 2 police officers dead.
(SSFC, 6/29/08, p.A4)(AP, 6/30/08)(SFC, 6/30/08,
2008 Jun 29, In southwestern
Afghanistan US-led troops backed by warplanes battled militants,
killing 28 rebels including several Taliban leaders in Nimroz
province. The Afghan interior ministry however put the death toll at
15. NATO said an explosion in southern Afghanistan killed one of its
soldiers. A mother and three of her sons died when a bomb the men
were allegedly constructing exploded in their home in Wardak
province. 2 militants were killed in a clash with Afghan soldiers in
Helmand province. An army vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in
Paktia province killing two Afghan soldiers. 3 coalition soldiers
were killed when their vehicle rolled into a riverbed in Kandahar
(AP, 6/29/08)(AP, 6/30/08)(AFP, 6/30/08)(SFC,
2008 Jun 30, In Afghanistan 4
civilians were killed and two police were wounded in three roadside
bomb blasts in the Zurmat district of eastern Paktia province.
Militants attacked the government office in the town of Azra, Logar
province, killing a civilian employee and wounding 3 police. US-led
helicopters and bombers killed 33 insurgents in eastern Khost
province, while NATO soldiers in the same area cooperated with
Pakistani troops across the frontier to kill several more rebels.
Gunmen dragged three pro-Karzai tribal elders from their car and
shot them dead in Paktika province. A policeman was killed in a
separate but similar incident in the same area.
(AFP, 6/30/08)(AP, 6/30/08)(AP, 7/1/08)
2008 Jun 30, President Bush
signed legislation to pay for the war operations in Iraq and
Afghanistan for the rest of his presidency and beyond, hailing the
$162 billion plan as a rare product of bipartisan cooperation.
2008 Jun, Afghan opium farmers
accounted for some $500 million in annual income. This was dwarfed
by the $3.5 billion smuggling and refining business. About 15
kingpins in control were all known to Western intelligence
officials, but currently enjoyed impunity.
(Econ, 6/21/08, p.54)
2008 Jul 1, In Afghanistan 4
police officers died when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb as
they went to reinforce a checkpost that had come under attack in
southern Uruzgan province. The US-led force said it helped Afghan
security forces kill "several" insurgents in the province and a
young girl was also killed in the fighting. Five Taliban militants
died in a clash in southern Zabul province. Another rebel was killed
in southwestern Nimroz province. Official figures showed June was
the deadliest month for foreign troops in Afghanistan since the 2001
fall of the Taliban and the second in a row in which casualties
exceeded those in Iraq.
2008 Jul 2, In central
Afghanistan a roadside blast killed five Afghan soldiers in Logar
province. Gunfire brought down a US UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in
the same province, but no US personnel were hurt. In the northwest
Afghan and international troops killed 25 Taliban after militants
ambushed an Afghan patrol in Muqur district.
2008 Jul 3, In Afghanistan
gunmen lobbed a grenade and sprayed a police checkpoint with gunfire
in the southern Kandahar province, killing eight officers. A
roadside blast next to a police vehicle in central Ghazni province
killed two officers and wounded five others. In eastern Paktika
province, Afghan and foreign troops killed seven suspected militants
during a clash near the Pakistan border. Afghan security forces
seized 1.4 tons of opium in western Afghanistan near the border with
(AP, 7/4/08)(AFP, 7/5/08)
2008 Jul 4, In southern
Afghanistan gunmen assassinated parliament member and former
military commander Habibullah Jan. In Helmand province a roadside
bomb militants were planting detonated prematurely, killing 10
Taliban. 22 civilians were killed in air strikes in the Waygal
district, including a woman and a child. A spokesman for the US-led
coalition said the airstrikes in Nuristan province hit militants who
earlier attacked a US military base with mortars. Several militants
were killed during an operation in Ghazni province. More than 20
militants were killed and wounded during a battle with NATO-backed
Afghan forces in Kunar province.
(AP, 7/5/08)(AP, 7/6/08)
2008 Jul 5, In Afghanistan a
clash killed seven Taliban and two police in Helmand province. Five
other officers were wounded during the fight in Nawa district. A
Canadian military medic was killed when an explosive device
detonated in the Panjwayi District.
(AP, 7/6/08)(Reuters, 7/7/08)
2008 Jul 6, In Afghanistan the
chief government official in the Deh Bala district of Nangarhar
province said villagers reported that as many as 27 people walking
in a group toward a wedding were killed in a bombing. Up to 10
others were wounded. The US-led coalition said an airstrike killed
or wounded 20 militants in Nangarhar. An official investigation
later found that the US-led air strikes struck a wedding and killed
47 Afghan civilians.
(AP, 7/6/08)(AFP, 7/11/08)
2008 Jul 7, In Afghanistan a
car bomb detonated by a suicide bomber ripped through the front wall
of the Indian Embassy in central Kabul, killing 41 people in the
deadliest attack in the capital since the fall of the Taliban.
(AP, 7/7/08)(AP, 7/8/08)
2008 Jul 8, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb blast killed one NATO soldier and
wounded four others. a provincial police chief said five insurgents
and two policemen died during a clash in central Ghazni province.
2008 Jul 9, In northwestern
Afghanistan a group of villagers used a machine gun, sticks and
stones to kill two Taliban militants and chase 10 others away.
NATO-led forces in central Logar province killed a Taliban militant
involved with suicide bombing networks. 9 British soldiers were
injured in Helmand province when an Apache helicopter opened fire
after mistaking them for the enemy.
2008 Jul 12, In central
Afghanistan Taliban militants executed two women just outside Ghazni
city after accusing them of working as prostitutes on a US base. A
soldier serving with ISAF died of wounds caused by an explosion in
northern Afghanistan. NATO troops killed Bismullah Akhund, an
insurgent leader in Helmand's Naw Zad district.
(AP, 7/13/08)(AP, 7/17/08)
2008 Jul 12, NATO said a recent
border clash that wounded several Pakistani and Afghan security
personnel was sparked by insurgents in Afghanistan who fired at
targets in both countries, apparently to stoke cross-border
2008 Jul 13, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up next to
a police patrol killing 24 people in Uruzgan province. A two-day
battle sparked by an insurgent attack killed at least 40 militants
in Helmand province. A NATO soldier died in a roadside blast in
Helmand province. In Kunar province, fighting erupted when militants
attacked a NATO security force outpost. In eastern Logar province
gunmen kidnapped parliament member Abdul Wali and his driver.
Well-armed militants got inside a remote military outpost in the
village of Wanat in the mountainous northeastern province of Kunar.
9 American soldiers were killed in the deadliest assault on US
forces in Afghanistan in three years. In 2010 the US Army reversed a
decision to punish three officers for command failures that led to
the deadly firefight. In 2014 Sgt. Matthew Pitts was awarded the
Medal of Honor for his actions in Wanat.
(AP, 7/13/08)(AP, 7/14/08)(AP, 6/23/10)(AFP,
2008 Jul 14, In eastern
Afghanistan seven insurgents were killed in fighting in Wanat,
Nuristan province, where 9 US soldiers were killed a day earlier. An
"Arab terrorist" was captured during the operation.
2008 Jul 15, In southwestern
Afghanistan air strikes against extremist rebels killed 4 women and
5 children as well as several insurgents. NATO pulled soldiers out
of the outpost in Wanat village in northeastern Kunar province,
which militants had breached killing 9 US soldiers.
2008 Jul 16, The governor of
Kandahar said eight militants were killed during an operation in the
southern province's Khakrez district in the past two days. A
regional Taliban commander, Mullah Mahmoud, who controlled about 250
fighters, was among those killed. Several militants were killed in
the Nahr Surkh district of Helmand. Coalition and Afghan security
forces uncovered and destroyed a large weapons cache in northern
(AP, 7/16/08)(AP, 7/17/08)
2008 Jul 17, In western
Afghanistan US Special Forces and Afghan troops called in airstrikes
during a raid on a militant cell, killing 15 insurgents while
freeing 15 hostages in Herat province. Taliban militants attacked a
convoy carrying supplies for NATO forces in Zabul. A following
gunbattle killed an Afghan security worker and wounded five.
(AP, 7/17/08)(AP, 7/18/08)
2008 Jul 17, Aafia Siddiqui, a
Pakistani woman once identified as a possible al-Qaida associate,
was arrested by Afghan police, who found recipes for explosives and
descriptions of New York landmarks in her handbag. [see Aug 5]
2008 Jul 18, In Afghanistan a
roadside blast the Nava district of Helmand province. Three guards
were killed and four wounded. 2 French aid workers were taken from
their guest house in the early hours in the central province of Day
Kundi, one of the poorest areas of Afghanistan. On August 2 Action
Against Hunger said the aid workers had been released.
(AP, 7/18/08)(AP, 8/2/08)
2008 Jul 19, Democratic
presidential contender Barack Obama started a campaign-season tour
of combat zones and foreign capitals, visiting with US forces in
Kuwait and then Afghanistan — the scene of a war he says deserves
more attention and more troops. Afghan troops clashed with Taliban
insurgents in Zabul province attacking a supply convoy for NATO
troops, killing nine militants. Roadside bombs in Kandahar province
killed a NATO soldier in a separate convoy and four policemen. In
Helmand province militants attacked a police checkpoint and in the
ensuing gunfight three Taliban fighters were killed. NATO forces
accidentally killed at least four civilians in eastern Paktika
(AP, 7/19/08)(AP, 7/20/08)
2008 Jul 19, Mullah Rahim, the
most senior Taliban leader in Afghanistan's Helmand province, gave
himself up to Pakistani officials.
2008 Jul 20, Democratic
presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged steadfast aid to
Afghanistan in talks with its Western-backed leader and vowed to
pursue the war on terror "with vigor" if he is elected. 9 policemen
were killed in international military air strikes called in when
police and troops clashed after mistaking each other for Taliban.
International soldiers had moved into a district in Farah province
without informing police, who thought they were militants. 3
children were killed in the southern province of Helmand when a bomb
blew up a minivan. One NATO soldier was killed in Khost province. A
precision missile strike by British aircraft killed Abdul Rasaq, a
Taliban leader who led fighters in the Musa Qala area of Helmand
(AP, 7/20/08)(AFP, 7/20/08)(SFC, 7/21/08, p.A7)
2008 Jul 22, US-led coalition
and Afghan troops for a 2nd day clashed with and called in
airstrikes on Taliban militants in western Afghanistan, killing and
wounding more than 25 insurgents. In Kabul a suicide bomber on foot
detonated himself next to the walls of the city's historic Babur
Gardens, a popular public park, wounding three civilians. In central
Wardak province, US-led coalition forces killed "several militants"
while hunting for a Taliban leader said to have been behind an
attack that killed three American troops and their interpreter last
month. Militants attacked a British patrol in Kajaki district of
Helmand province. The soldier was initially wounded and later died.
A civilian vehicle struck a mine in Khost province, killing four
people and wounding three. The dead included a 2-year-old and a
woman. In southern Helmand province, Afghan troops killed five
insurgents in a clash. A policeman and two Afghan soldiers were
wounded in the encounter. Gunmen killed the spokesman for the
governor of Paktika province, Ghamai Khan Mohammadyar, and wounded
his wife, his brother and his mother.
(AP, 7/22/08)(AP, 7/23/08)
2008 Jul 23, In Afghanistan
militants killed a district police chief in the eastern Nangarhar
province after striking his convoy with a roadside bomb. Police
clashed with Taliban fighters in Uruzgan province, killing three
2008 Jul 24, In southern
Afghanistan insurgents attacked an Afghan military convoy in Zabul
province and 35 militants were killed after the army called for
assistance from the US-led coalition. A British army dog handler was
fatally shot by insurgents.
(AP, 7/24/08)(AP, 7/25/08)
2008 Jul 25, In southern
Afghanistan a Danish soldier died in a roadside bomb attack. The
death brings the number of Danish troops killed in Afghanistan since
2001 to 15. 3 Taliban militants died in a fight with police in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province.
2008 Jul 26, In southern
Afghanistan NATO-led soldiers killed four civilians after opening
fire on a car that did not stop at a checkpoint.
2008 Jul 27, In Afghanistan
some 50 to 70 insurgents were killed when helicopter gunships and
ground fighting repulsed an attack by about 100 rebels in the Spera
district of Khost province near the Pakistan border. 2 Policemen
were killed in the attack. Elsewhere in Khost province, a suicide
bomber blew himself up inside a tent of security guards, killing one
of them and injuring six more. NATO troops killed two children in
southern Afghanistan by opening fire on a car that they feared was
about to attack their convoy.
(AFP, 7/27/08)(WSJ, 7/28/08, p.A10)(AP, 7/28/08)
2008 Jul 28, US-led coalition
troops killed several militants during a raid in central
Afghanistan, while a suspected bomb maker and his family died in an
accidental blast in Kunar province.
2008 Jul 29, In Afghanistan a
roadside blast that apparently targeted an Afghan senator mediating
a land dispute in eastern Paktia province killed 3 policemen and
wounded 3 others. In Logar province militants attacked a police van,
killing two officers, then taking the vehicle. A British soldier was
killed in Helmand.
2008 Jul 30, In Afghanistan
Insurgents and a roadside blast killed five Afghan policemen.
2008 Aug 1, In eastern
Afghanistan 4 NATO soldiers were killed in a bomb blast in Kunar
province. Another soldier was killed in a separate explosion in
Khost province. More than a dozen" rebels were killed in ground
fighting and air strikes after attacking an Afghan and US-led
coalition patrol in the southern province of Uruzgan. Several more
were killed in the southwestern province of Farah after their
hideout was discovered. Three other militants linked to Taliban, one
of them a doctor, were killed when a bomb they were planting
exploded in eastern Khost province. Islamic rebels captured six
policemen following a brief firefight in Khost province.
(AFP, 8/1/08)(AFP, 8/2/08)
2008 Aug 2, In Afghanistan a
suspected rebel bomb struck a minibus carrying a newly married
couple, killing the bride and groom and 11 wedding guests.
2008 Aug 2, In Sri Lanka a
two-day summit of leaders of the 15th South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC), opened amid extraordinary security.
Leaders of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives,
Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the summit. Government troops
captured rebel-held Vellankulam village in Mannar, the last rebel
stronghold in the area. Fresh fighting between Sri Lankan troops and
Tamil Tiger separatists killed 14 rebels and two soldiers across the
embattled northern region.
(AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/3/08)
2008 Aug 3, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck a US-led coalition vehicle, killing one service
member and wounding another on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghan and
NATO troops targeted a group of Taliban fighters in Helmand
province, killing 17 militants and wounding six others. Four police
were killed separately in a militant ambush in central Ghazni
(AP, 8/3/08)(AP, 8/4/08)
2008 Aug 4, In Afghanistan a
pair of Taliban fighters died when a mine they were planting
exploded prematurely in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar
province. Police killed five Taliban fighters after the militants
ambushed a police patrol in Kandahar’s Panjwayi district.
(AP, 8/4/08)(AP, 8/5/08)
2008 Aug 5, Aafia Siddiqui, a
Pakistani woman once identified as a possible al-Qaida associate,
was extradited from Afghanistan and arraigned in New York on charges
that she tried to kill US agents and military officers. Siddiqui was
educated at Brandeis and MIT and fled to Pakistan after 9/11 because
of anti-Muslim sentiment. She and her children dropped out of sight
in March 2003, after 9/11 mastermind Khalid sheikh Mohammed
mentioned her name during an interrogation. She was arrested by
Afghan police on July 17, who found recipes for explosives and
descriptions of New York landmarks in her handbag. Siddiqui is the
wife of Ammar al-Baluchi, a nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who
was believed to be the chief planner of the Sep 11, 2001, attacks.
(SFC, 8/6/08, p.A3)(WSJ, 8/6/08, p.A7)(SSFC,
2008 Aug 7, Afghan and
coalition forces killed at least four militants in Nahr Surkh
district of Helmand province. In central Afghanistan US-led
coalition forces "inadvertently" killed four women and a child
during a clash that killed several militants.
2008 Aug 8, In western
Afghanistan a coalition service member died in a roadside blast.
About 20 Taliban fighters were killed in a battle with Afghan and
US-led forces near a key military supply route in the western Bala
Buluk district. An Afghan child was killed and two injured by
militants who attacked alliance troops in northeastern Kunar
(AP, 8/8/08)(AP, 8/9/08)
2008 Aug 9, In Afghanistan
airstrikes and clashes north of Kabul killed 11 people, some of whom
were believed to be civilians.
2008 Aug 10, In Afghanistan
five civilians died when their vehicle struck a freshly planted mine
close to an Afghan military base in Zhari district in southern
Kandahar province. Australia's Defense Department said that its
troops had captured Mullah Bari Ghul, the Taliban's senior leader in
the central province of Uruzgan during a targeted operation last
week. 8 civilians held hostage by Taliban militants were killed in
an air strike by US-led troops during a battle that also left 25
rebel fighters dead in southern Uruzgan province.
(AP, 8/10/08)(AFP, 8/11/08)
2008 Aug 11, An Afghan police
officer was killed and two others were injured in a roadside bomb
explosion on the southeastern outskirts of Kabul. 3 civilians were
killed and 15 people were wounded, including three NATO troops, when
a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a NATO military convoy
in Kabul. In the northern province of Maimana meanwhile a Latvian
ISAF soldier was killed and three others wounded when their vehicle
hit a roadside bomb.
2008 Aug 13, In Afghanistan
militants brandishing assault rifles ambushed a US relief
organization's vehicle, killing three aid workers and their Afghan
driver and leaving their white SUV riddled with hundreds of bullets.
The three women killed in Logar province worked for the New
York-based International Rescue Committee (IRC). In southern
Afghanistan militants began launching attacks on a coalition patrol.
Over 3 dozen militants were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 8/13/08)(SFC, 8/16/08, p.A6)
2008 Aug 14, Afghan police
pulled back from posts in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province
after two weeks of clashes with militants. The Taliban claimed to
have taken over that district. An explosion targeting a foot patrol
in southern Afghanistan killed 3 members of the US-led coalition.
Afghan and foreign troops clashed with insurgents in the Shwak
district of eastern Paktika province.
(AP, 8/15/08)(SFC, 8/15/08, p.A11)(AP, 8/17/08)
2008 Aug 15, Afghan security
forces withdrew from Nawa district in eastern Ghazni province after
days of fighting with Taliban, allowing the rebels to move in and
capture the area. In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb and small
arms fire killed 2 soldiers serving under the separate NATO-led
force. Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints in Nad Ali
district of southern Helmand province, sparking clashes that killed
(AFP, 8/15/08)(SFC, 8/16/08, p.A6)(AP, 8/17/08)
2008 Aug 16, Afghan and foreign
troops clashed with militants in a mountainous area of Zabul
province, killing 7 militants. In Kandahar province a roadside blast
killed 10 police officers on patrol. In eastern Paktika province
police clashed with militants in the Shwak district, killing 4
insurgents. In Helmand province British troops accidentally killed 4
civilians during an operation against Taliban insurgents.
(AP, 8/17/08)(WSJ, 8/18/08, p.A9)(Reuters,
2008 Aug 17, In Afghanistan 32
Taliban fighters died during a four-hour battle in Zabul province. 9
private security guards also died in the attack on a NATO convoy.
2008 Aug 18, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb blew up outside Camp Salerno, a US
military base in Khost, killing 12 civilian laborers, as the country
marked Independence Day. A mine blew up a police vehicle in the
province of Nangarhar and killed two policemen. About 100 insurgents
ambushed a group of French paratroopers, killing 10 soldiers in an
area outside the capital known as a militant stronghold. An Afghan
official said insurgents kidnapped four of the soldiers and later
killed them. 13 militants were reported killed [see Oct 15, 2009].
(AFP, 8/18/08)(AP, 8/19/08)(Econ, 8/34/08, p.34)
2008 Aug 19, In Afghanistan a
team of suicide bombers tried unsuccessfully to storm a US base near
the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. NATO said 3 suicide bombers
detonated their vests and 3 more were shot dead and that 7 attackers
in total were killed.
2008 Aug 20, In eastern
Afghanistan the US-led coalition killed more than 30 insurgents in a
battle whose fighters were said to be responsible for an attack that
killed 10 French troops earlier this week. 3 Polish soldiers were
killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the central province of
Ghazni. 3 Canadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in
(AP, 8/21/08)(Reuters, 8/21/08)
2008 Aug 20, In Beijing
Rohullah Nikpai of Afghanistan won a bronze medal in taekwondo. This
was Afghanistan’s first Olympic medal ever.
2008 Aug 21, British PM Gordon
Brown visited Kabul after meeting with British troops in Helmand
province. Brown pledged more support for Afghanistan including 120
million dollars towards a development fund that would include paying
teachers' salaries and 17 million dollars for a radio station in
Helmand. 11 militants reportedly died in a clash in the south.
Afghan and international troops clashed with militants in Khas in
Uruzgan province, killing 11 militants.
(AP, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 22, US-led troops
attacked a compound where Taliban leaders were meeting in western
Afghanistan, and reportedly killed 30 militants. An Afghan human
rights group said that at least 78 people were killed, including
women and children, in the joint Afghan-US coalition military
operation in western Herat province. In eastern Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed a US coalition service member. An investigation
later found that more than 90 civilians, mostly women and children,
were killed in the coalition air strikes in Herat. Officials later
said the US-led attack was based on misleading information by a
rival tribesman named Nader Tawakil. On Sep 2 the US-led coalition
said that its investigation into the controversial missile strike,
thought to have killed 90 civilians, had found that only seven
non-combatants died. After video images showing at least 10 dead
children and up to 40 other dead villagers surfaced, the US said it
would send a one-star general to investigate the strike.
(AP, 8/22/08)(AFP, 8/24/08)(WSJ, 8/29/08,
p.A1)(AFP, 9/2/08)(AP, 9/14/08)
2008 Aug 23, Azizabad villagers
threw stones at Afghan soldiers who tried to give them food and
clothes. The soldiers fired into the crowd and wounded eight people,
including one child critically wounded. This was the village in
Herat province where the day before a US-Afghan operation took place
leaving many civilians dead.
2008 Aug 24, Taliban militants
attacked a patrol of US-led coalition troops in northern
Afghanistan, while insurgents came under fire by NATO aircraft after
attacking an Afghan army outpost in the south. At least 10 militants
were killed in the fighting. In eastern Kunar province, a civilian
Mi-8 supply helicopter contracted by NATO-led troops crashed shortly
after takeoff, killing one person on board and wounding three
2008 Aug 25, The Afghan cabinet
demanded the renegotiation of agreements regulating the presence of
the international community in Afghanistan after more than 90
civilians were killed in US-led air strikes.
2008 Aug 26, A UN team in
Herat, Afghanistan, said it found "convincing evidence" that 90
civilians, including 60 children, were killed in US-led air strikes
last week. Aerial bombardment was clearly evident with some 78
houses having been totally destroyed and serious damage to many
others. Kazuya Ito (31), a Japanese aid worker, was kidnapped at
gunpoint with his driver near Jalalabad. Ito was found killed the
next day. A group of Taliban fighters attacked a police checkpoint
in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, sparking a clash that
killed 18 militants. An air strike killed 30 Taliban in southeastern
Afghanistan close to the border with Pakistan.
(AP, 8/26/08)(AP, 8/27/08)(Reuters, 8/27/08)
2008 Aug 27, In Afghanistan a
German soldier was killed and another three injured in a roadside
bomb attack in Kunduz province. Germany counted some 3,300 soldiers
as part of the international force in Afghanistan. US-led coalition
troops clashed and called in airstrikes against militants in Kunduz
province, killing more than a dozen insurgents. In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a US coalition soldier on a
patrol. In the Nad Ali area of Helmand province, a fight between
police and militants killed 14 insurgents. More than a dozen
militants were killed after they attacked a coalition base in
Shaheed Hasas district of the southern Uruzgan province. Two Afghan
guards also died during the attack. About a dozen militants were
killed during a raid by coalition troops in eastern Paktika
(AP, 8/27/08)(AP, 8/28/08)(AP, 8/30/08)
2008 Aug 28, The US-backed
coalition said a four-day battle that began with an ambush on a
joint US-Afghan patrol in southern Afghanistan has killed more than
100 militants. A dozen militants were killed in a gunbattle with
coalition forces in Paktika province.
(AP, 8/28/08)(AP, 8/29/08)
2008 Sep 1, Foreign and Afghan
forces killed five children in two separate incidents, further
inflaming tensions over the killings of civilians by troops from the
US and other countries. The US military said US-led coalition and
Afghan troops killed more than 220 suspected Taliban militants in
strikes in southern Afghanistan last week.
(AP, 9/1/08)(Reuters, 9/1/08)
2008 Sep 2, In Afghanistan 22
Taliban were killed in a clash in Zabul province's Naw Bahar
district. 7 Arab fighters were among the dead. Another 10 militants
died in clashes with Afghan and foreign troops in Nad Ali district
of Helmand province. NATO troops in Operation Oqab Tsuka (Eagle’s
summit) delivered a Chinese-built turbine for the power station at
Kajaki. Taliban insurgents opened fire on a patrol of Australian, US
and Afghan troops, as it returned to base. More than a dozen
coalition troops were wounded; none died. In 2009 Australian trooper
Mark Donaldson was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military
honor in the British Commonwealth, for his efforts to protect the
wounded during the attack.
(AP, 9/3/08)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.64)(AP, 1/16/09)
2008 Sep 3, Pakistan's
government says a cross-border raid involving US-led or NATO forces
killed several civilians. Women and children were among 15 people
reportedly killed in the attack in a Pakistani village in South
Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan.
2008 Sep 5, In western
Afghanistan an overnight raid in Farah province killed six militants
and two civilians.
2008 Sep 6, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomb attack by a fake beggar inside a regional prosecutor's
office and a shoot-out between police and Taliban militants killed
2008 Sep 7, In Afghanistan 2
suicide attackers detonated bombs inside the police headquarters in
Kandahar city, killing six policemen. In southern Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and seven wounded when their armored
vehicle struck an explosive device while on patrol.
(AP, 9/7/08)(Reuters, 9/8/08)
2008 Sep 8, A roadside blast in
southern Afghanistan killed six civilians.
2008 Sep 9, A NATO bomb missed
its target by more than 1 1/2 miles and hit a house, killing two
Afghan civilians and wounding 10 at a time of rising tension between
the Afghan government and international troops over the use of
2008 Sep 9, Asif Ali Zardari.
the widower of assassinated former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto,
took office as the country's new president, facing immediate
pressure to crack down on Islamic militants and address daunting
economic problems. Zardari and Afghan Pres. Karzai hosted a joint
news conference and declared that they stand together against the
Taliban and al-Qaida.
(AP, 9/9/08)(SFC, 9/10/08, p.A7)
2008 Sep 11, In Afghanistan 10
militants were killed by US-led coalition troops north of Kabul. 2
US soldiers were killed in eastern Afghanistan. An insurgent attack
on a compound in eastern Afghanistan killed a US soldier and another
was killed by an explosive, making 2008 the deadliest for American
forces in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.
(AP, 9/11/08)(AP, 9/12/08)
2008 Sep 12, Taliban militants
attacked a logistics convoy in western Afghanistan, sparking a clash
that killed 10 insurgents and five Afghan guards. Afghan police said
they had arrested three suspects accused of giving the US military
false information that led to the August 22 bombardment of the
village of Azizabad.
(AP, 9/12/08)(AP, 9/14/08)
2008 Sep 13, In Afghanistan
Mohammad Jan Abdullah Wardak, the governor of Logar province and a
former cabinet minister, was killed with 3 others in a bomb attack
near Kabul claimed by Taliban rebels and condemned by President
Hamid Karzai. A British soldier was killed in an explosion in
Helmand province. Taliban militants in Ghazni province ambushed and
killed 4 police. 3 more were wounded and died the next day.
(AP, 9/13/08)(AP, 9/14/08)(AFP, 9/14/08)
2008 Sep 14, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber in a vehicle attacked a convoy carrying
Afghan doctors working for the UN, killing two doctors and their
driver. They were on a mission to monitor efforts to vaccinate
children against polio. 6 children died in central Ghazni after
ordnance they were playing with exploded. An Afghan interpreter
working for the US military was shot dead as he stepped out of his
2008 Sep 17, A roadside blast
in eastern Afghanistan killed four US coalition soldiers and an
Afghan. In Kabul US Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressed
"personal regret" for recent US airstrikes that killed Afghan
civilians, and pledged more accurate targeting in future. French
Defense Minister Herve Morin said years of under-investment in
defense by European countries was to blame for a critical shortage
of international forces in Afghanistan.
2008 Sep 18, In southern
Afghanistan NATO-led troops killed an ally of President Hamid Karzai
during an overnight gunbattle. The Afghan president said the death
resulted from a "misunderstanding between foreign and local forces."
Ruzi Khan Barakzai, the former police chief of Uruzgan province and
a tribal leader and militia commander, were killed outside the
provincial capital of Tirin Kot. Taliban militants killed two
policemen and wounded three others after attacking their checkpoint
in the eastern Paktika province.
2008 Sep 19, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a US-led coalition convoy killing
one coalition soldier.
(WSJ, 9/20/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 20, A soldier from the
US-led coalition and two Afghan civilians were killed when a bomb
hit their vehicle in southern Afghanistan.
2008 Sep 21, The UN said guns
fell silent across much of Afghanistan for the 26th anniversary of
the International Day of Peace that saw pledges by the US, NATO, the
Afghan government and the Taliban to halt attacks. Taliban militants
attacked a security company guarding a road construction crew in the
southern province of Ghazni, killing two guards. In southwestern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants kidnapped about 156 civilian
laborers who were traveling in three buses in the Bala Buluk area.
(AP, 9/21/08)(AFP, 9/22/08)
2008 Sep 22, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a district chief and a police
chief in Kandahar province. An Afghan journalist detained for 11
months at the US military base at Bagram alleged that his captors
kicked him, forced him to stand barefoot in the snow and didn't
allow him to sleep for days. Jawed Ahmad (21), who worked primarily
for CTV, a Canadian television network, was handed over to Afghan
authorities on Sep 21.
2008 Sep 22, In Pakistan gunmen
kidnapped Abdul Khaliq Farahi, Afghanistan's ambassador-designate,
and killed his driver in the main northwestern city of Peshawar.
Farahi was released on Nov 13, 2010.
(AP, 9/21/08)(AP, 11/14/10)
2008 Sep 24, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast in the capital has wounded Kabul's chief criminal
investigator. Gen. Ali Shah Paktiawal was investigating the
overnight killing of three officers at the checkpoint in Kabul's
western outskirts when a blast struck his team. A remote-controlled
bomb struck a police vehicle in Spin Boldak district, killing two
(AP, 9/24/08)(AP, 9/25/08)
2008 Sep 25, In Afghanistan a
bomb targeted a bus full of police trainers in Kandahar city,
killing a civilian passerby. The bomb missed the bus. The
bullet-riddled bodies of four police officers were found dumped in
(AP, 9/25/08)(AFP, 9/27/08)
2008 Sep 26, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber targeting a militia commander killed five people, and
wounded seven others in eastern Khost province. Three policemen were
killed in Ghazni province when militants linked to Taliban attacked
their patrol. Troops backed by gunship helicopters killed five
Taliban-linked militants in Ghazni province. Taliban militants
released 118 Afghan laborers.
(AP, 9/26/08)(AFP, 9/27/08)
2008 Sep 27, Taliban militants
released the last 30 of approximately 150 Afghan laborers they had
abducted for almost a week after suspecting the workers of being
Afghan soldiers. 118 were released a day earlier. 3 had been
released earlier in the week due to illness.
2008 Sep 28, In Afghanistan two
gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed Malalai Kakar (41), a
high-ranking woman police official in Kandahar city. A suicide
bomber killed three police and three civilians in the Spin Boldak
district of Kandahar province. An Afghan police official said a
US-led coalition killed three civilians in an operation apparently
targeting a suicide bomb cell in eastern Afghanistan. That claim was
disputed by the coalition, which said its troops killed two al-Qaida
militants. A NATO soldier and an Afghan policeman were killed in a
row that erupted after a bomb strike. Gunmen opened fire on the head
of a provincial council, near his home in Kandahar city. Mohammad
Hashim Granai survived, but 4 of his bodyguards were killed.
(AP, 9/28/08)(AP, 9/29/08)
2008 Sep 29, In Afghanistan a
bomb struck a vehicle killed two civilians and wounding two others
in rural eastern Paktika province. Taliban attacked a police outpost
in Ghazni province overnight and killed two policemen, taking one
away with them. International forces bombed a Taliban group in
Ghazni and killed five rebels.
2008 Oct 3, NATO launched an
airstrike near the Afghan border with Pakistan. A jet fighter bombed
two houses in different parts of Datta Khel. Intelligence officials
in the region said 2 women and one child were killed and 5 men
wounded. A militant attack on a US patrol in eastern Kunar province
killed an Afghan civilian and wounded four others.
(Reuters, 10/3/08)(AP, 10/3/08)
2008 Oct 3, US missiles hit a
house in Mohammadkhel near the Afghan border. Two Pakistani
intelligence officials, citing reports from field agents and
informants, said 14 Taliban militants and 8 Arabs died in the attack
about 28 miles west of Miran Shah.
2008 Oct 3, United States
Protection and Investigations, a Houston security company, was
indicted on charges of defrauding the US government for work done
during the Afghanistan war and rebuilding efforts.
2008 Oct 4, The US coalition
says its forces have killed five militants in two operations
targeting al-Qaida and Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.
2008 Oct 5, Afghan and US
troops clashed and called airstrikes on a group of insurgents in
southern Zabul province, killing 43 militants.
2008 Oct 6, A suicide bomber
attacked legislator Rasheed Akbar Niwani’s house in eastern
Pakistan, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 50.
Officials said Pakistani authorities have begun expelling Afghan
refugees from the Bajaur tribal region that has become the main
battleground between troops and fighters linked to the Taliban and
(AP, 10/6/08)(Reuters, 10/6/08)
2008 Oct 7, Afghan refugees
flowed over the border from Pakistan’s Bajur battle zone after
officials accused them of links with Taliban militants and ordered
2008 Oct 7, Chancellor Angela
Merkel's Cabinet voted to extend Germany's military mission in
Afghanistan for 14 more months.
2008 Oct 8, In Afghanistan at
least 27 Islamic militants were killed in military operations across
the country. Villagers reported that 10 civilians died in rebel
2008 Oct 9, Afghanistan
appealed for more NATO help to attack heroin dealers at a meeting
with NATO counterparts in Budapest. General David McKiernan, the top
US commander in Afghanistan, said he backed a "political solution"
to the country's dragging conflict with Taliban-led extremists. The
US pushed NATO allies to order their troops to target Afghanistan's
thriving heroin trade in a bid to stem the flow of drug money to the
widening insurgency against the troubled international military
(AFP, 10/9/08)(AP, 10/9/08)(SFC, 10/10/08, p.A16)
2008 Oct 10, NATO defense
ministers authorized their troops in Afghanistan to attack drug
barons blamed for pumping up to US$100 million (euro74 million) a
year into the coffers of resurgent Taliban fighters.
2008 Oct 11, Afghan Pres.
Karzai named Muhammad Hanif Atmar (40) as his interior minister in a
Cabinet reshuffle aimed to curb high-level corruption. In
Afghanistan about 40 militants more were killed as a three-day
operation wound up in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province.
Atmar was a former official in Afghanistan’s communist-era secret
(AFP, 10/12/08)(SSFC, 10/12/08, p.A7)
2008 Oct 12, In Afghanistan 62
militants, part of a group of 150 that had been seen massing outside
of Lashkar Gah for several days, were killed overnight in NATO air
strikes that stopped them from entering the Helmand provincial
capital. Taliban commander Mullah Qadratullah was among the dead.
The US-led coalition killed five Taliban rebels in Ghazni. Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reporter Mellissa Fung (35) was
kidnapped in Kabul. She was freed on Nov 8.
(AP, 10/12/08)(AFP, 10/13/08)(SFC, 10/13/08,
2008 Oct 13, In Afghanistan 8
civilians were killed in separate insurgent attacks. 5 Afghan men
who worked as translators were abducted by unknown gunmen in the
eastern province of Paktia as they were driving to Kabul by taxi. A
coalition service member was killed and several others were wounded
in southern Afghanistan when their vehicle was hit by a roadside
(AFP, 10/13/08)(AP, 10/14/08)
2008 Oct 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb blast killed three NATO soldiers. In the
south, a bomb attack apparently intended for NATO troops exploded
against an Afghan minivan in Uruzgan province, killing nine
civilians. Dost Mohammad Arighistani, head of the government's labor
and social affairs department for the southern province of Kandahar,
was killed in his car with his bodyguard as he traveled to work.
Taliban militants attacked police checkpoints ringing Lashkar Gah.
18 militants were killed and three police wounded. 6 policemen died
after a shootout among officers inside a police checkpoint about 15
miles north of Lashkar Gah.
(AP, 10/14/08)(AFP, 10/14/08)(AP, 10/15/08)
2008 Oct 15, In Afghanistan
international war planes bombed a gathering of Taliban and other
militants overnight in Barham Chah on the border with Pakistan and
killed up to 70. An explosion in Helmand province killed a British
(AFP, 10/15/08)(AP, 10/16/08)
2008 Oct 16, In southern
Afghanistan an insurgent's rocket hit Lashkar Gah, capital of the
world's largest opium producing region, killing a civilian and
wounding five other people. An Afghan policeman killed a US soldier
on foot patrol in Paktika province and a second international troop
was killed by a mortar in another "possible friendly fire" incident.
Air strikes in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province reportedly
killed 17 civilians. 18 insurgents were killed in fighting in Kunar
(AP, 10/16/08)(AFP, 10/16/08)(SFC, 10/18/08,
2008 Oct 17, In Afghanistan a
bomb in Paktika province killed two civilians. A two-day battle in
Wardak province left 20 militants dead. NATO-led forces assaulted
the insurgent stronghold with airstrikes 40 miles west of Kabul.
(AFP, 10/18/08)(AP, 10/20/08)
2008 Oct 18, In Afghanistan men
on motorbikes shot dead a prominent pro-government Afghan tribal
elder and his son, a former bodyguard for President Hamid Karzai, as
they left a mosque in Kandahar. A bomb in eastern Paktika province
killed two civilian men and a child.
2008 Oct 19, Taliban militants
stopped a bus traveling on Afghanistan's main highway in the Maiwand
district of Kandahar province, captured some 50 people on board and
killed 26 of them with at least 6 beheaded. International and Afghan
forces killed 34 Taliban fighters south of the Helmand provincial
capital of Lashkar Gah. In early 2009 Canadian military police
charged Captain Robert Semrau of shooting and killing a man,
described by the military police, as a "presumed insurgent," on or
about October 19, 2008.
(AP, 10/19/08)(AP, 10/20/08)(AP, 10/24/08)
2008 Oct 20, Taliban gunmen
killed Gayle Williams (34), a Christian aid worker in Kabul, as she
was walking to work. The militant group said it targeted the
British-South African citizen because she was spreading her
religion. In Faryab province militants killed five policemen,
including a district police chief. In northern Afghanistan, a
suicide bomber killed two German soldiers and five children in
(AP, 10/20/08)(SFC, 10/21/08, p.A12)
2008 Oct 21, Saudi Foreign
Minister Saud al-Faisal confirmed for the first time that the
kingdom has been sponsoring talks between the Afghan government and
the Taliban militia.
2008 Oct 22, A US-led coalition
airstrike hit an Afghan army checkpoint, killing nine soldiers. The
American military acknowledged that its forces may have "mistakenly"
killed allied troops. In southern Uruzgan province a two-day battle
that ended with 35 Taliban fighters killed along with three Afghan
police. US troops killed 7 militants and detained 7 others in a
series of operations throughout Afghanistan. Among the dead was a
Taliban leader in Helmand province responsible for attacks on
coalition forces and Afghan security checkpoints. Another three
militants were killed inside a cave in the western Farah province's
Bala Buluk district during a raid by American and Afghan troops. In
western Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed three US coalition
(AP, 10/22/08)(AP, 10/23/08)
2008 Oct 23, In Afghanistan a
US coalition raid in Paktika province killed three insurgents and
detained four others. Three Turks were kidnapped in Khost province.
In southern Helmand province armed assailants attacked a man and
gouged out his eyes in front of his family during a gruesome
(AP, 10/24/08)(AP, 10/25/08)(AP, 10/26/08)
2008 Oct 25, An Afghan guard
killed a Briton and a South African, 2 top officials working for
international courier company DHL, and them himself in a shoot out
in Kabul. A senior police official said an argument had erupted
between the foreigners and some Afghans and it was not a Taliban
(AP, 10/26/08)(SSFC, 10/26/08, p.A20)
2008 Oct 27, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself
up inside a police station, killing 2 American soldiers and 2
Afghans in Baghlan province. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
Insurgents downed a US helicopter in Wardak province. Crew members
survived and were rescued.
(AP, 10/27/08)(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A8)(AFP, 11/9/08)
2008 Oct 28, Afghan and
Pakistani leaders vowed to seek dialogue with Taliban insurgents,
saying the "door is now open" for reconciliation.
2008 Oct 30, Taliban militants
stormed a government building in the center of Kabul and one of them
blew himself up inside, killing five people. 4 police were killed in
Panjwayi district of Kandahar province, after their patrol vehicle
struck a newly planted mine.
2008 Oct 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a series of operations by US forces targeted an al-Qaida
leader and a bomb-making cell, killing 19 militants in Nangarhar and
Khost provinces. Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said the
militant group has released two aid workers from Bangladesh whom
they had kidnapped in Ghazni province late last month.
2008 Oct 31, Gunmen in
Peshawar, Pakistan, kidnapped Zia ul-Haq Ahadi, the brother of
Afghanistan's finance minister, while he was walking to his mother's
home after praying at a mosque. Ahadi, a businessman who lives in
Afghanistan, was in Peshawar to visit his mother.
2008 Oct, US Special Forces
soldiers freed a kidnapped American working for the Army Corps of
Engineers during a nighttime mission. The American, who had been
working on US government-funded infrastructure projects, was
abducted in mid-August and had been held just 30 miles west of Kabul
with no public notice of his abduction. The mission to free the
contractor killed several insurgents.
2008 Nov 1, In southern
Afghanistan Dutch Major General Mart de Kruif replaced Canadian
Major General Marc Lessard as head of 19,000 mostly British,
Canadian, Dutch and US NATO-led soldiers of the International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
2008 Nov 1, It was reported
that British Major Sebastian Morley, commander of SAS (Special Air
Service) troops in Afghanistan, has resigned, reportedly in disgust
at equipment failures that he believes led to the death of four of
2008 Nov 3, In southern
Afghanistan 37 civilians, including women and children, were killed
in international air strikes that hit Wach Baghtu village in Shah
Wali Kot district of Kandahar. 26 insurgents were also reported
killed. In Afghanistan gunmen abducted Dany Egreteau (32), a French
aid worker in Kabul, and shot dead an Afghan man who tried to rescue
him. The Taliban said it was not involved. Afghan and coalition
troops seized 40 tons of hashish during a raid in Nawa Kili village
in southern Kandahar province.
(AFP, 11/3/08)(AP, 11/3/08)(AFP, 11/5/08)(AP,
2008 Nov 4, In Afghanistan Gen.
David Petraeus, the new chief of the US Central Command, took a
firsthand look at the war following a two-day visit to Pakistan.
US-led troops killed five insurgents in the southern Helmand
province, after the militants ambushed their patrol. in Kandahar
province Don Ayala (46), a US military contractor, shot and killed
Abdul Salam, an Afghan civilian, after Salam Afghan ignited a
pitcher of fuel and threw it on social scientist Paula Lloyd (36),
inflicting serious burns. On Nov 20 Ayala was charged in Virginia
with 2nd degree murder. Lloyd died from the burns on Jan 7, 2009.
(AP, 11/4/08)(SFC, 11/21/08, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/09,
2008 Nov 6, In northwest
Afghanistan an airstrike killed 13 Taliban militants and seven
civilians in Ghormach district of Badghis province, a day after
President Hamid Karzai demanded a halt to civilian casualties in
US-led coalition operations.
2008 Nov 7, In Afghanistan a
clash between police and the Taliban in Zabul province, killed seven
insurgents and wounded two policemen.
2008 Nov 9, A Taliban suicide
attacker rammed a bomb-filled minivan into a NATO military convoy in
Afghanistan, killing two Spanish soldiers and critically wounding
another. Officials said US coalition forces killed 14 militants who
fired on them in Khost province. The province's governor, Arsallah
Jamal, said the 14 men were civilian construction workers and were
2008 Nov 10, Afghan writer Atiq
Rahimi won France's top book prize, the Goncourt, for a novel penned
in French, "Syngue Sabour", or Stone of Patience.
2008 Nov 10, New York Times
reporter David S. Rohde (41) was abducted along with an Afghan
reporter colleague and a driver south of Kabul. Rohde and Afghan
reporter Tahir Ludin (35) escaped captivity in North Waziristan on
June 19. Haji Najibullah and other co-conspirators carrying machine
guns abducted Rohde and the two Afghans who were assisting him, and
soon forced them to hike from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Prosecutors
later said the victims were held captive for seven months, and
Najibullah recorded a video of Rohde begging for help while the
barrel of a machine gun was pointed at his face. In 2020 Najibullah
pleaded not guilty to the charges.
(AP, 6/21/09)(Reuters, 11/16/20)
2008 Nov 11, Suspected Taliban
militants kidnapped Shamsudin Agha, a religious leader in western in
Farah province, after he criticized the use of suicide attacks as a
weapon of war in the country. Authorities recovered Agha's body the
2008 Nov 12, In Afghanistan a
bomb-filled tanker exploded outside the office of the provincial
council in Kandahar, killing six people and wounding 42. Two British
troops were killed in an explosion in southern Helmand province. Men
squirted the acid from water bottles onto three groups of students
and teachers walking to school in Kandahar. Some of the girls
received burns only on their school uniforms but others will have
scars on their faces. On Nov 25 officials announced the arrest of 10
Taliban militants involved in the acid attack.
(AP, 11/12/08)(AP, 11/13/08)(AP, 11/14/08)(AP,
2008 Nov 13, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber struck a US patrol, killing eight Afghan
civilians and one US soldier and wounding 74 civilians in Nangarhar
province. US troops killed four al-Qaida-linked militants during a
raid in eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 11/14/08)(SFC, 11/14/08, p.A14)
2008 Nov 14, In Afghanistan US
forces grabbed a "key insurgent leader" in a joint raid with Afghan
police in a village in eastern Ghazni province. Coalition forces
also killed 10 militants in a strike against a bomb-making cell in
the eastern Paktia province.
2008 Nov 14, In Pakistan a
Japanese and an Afghan journalist were shot in the frontier city of
Peshawar, the third attack on foreigners in three days. Motoki
Yotsukura from the Asahi Shimbun newspaper was wounded in the leg.
Abdul Sami Yousafzai, was more seriously hurt. Missiles apparently
fired by US unmanned aircraft in North Waziristan killed at least 12
people, including 9 militants.
(AP, 11/14/08)(AFP, 11/14/08)(WSJ, 11/15/08,
2008 Nov 15, In Afghanistan
police thwarted a suicide attack in the eastern city of Khost.
Officers surrounded a suspect, who was on foot, and the man
detonated the explosives on his body. The would-be attacker died,
but no one else was injured. Also in Khost province, coalition and
Afghan troops detained a militant leader of the network led by the
Afghan insurgent leader Jalaluddin Haqqani. Coalition forces
accidentally killed a civilian during a clash with insurgents in
Zabul province. The civilian was killed when a grenade fired by
coalition forces overshot its target. 30 insurgents were killed
during a clash with US-led coalition troops in Helmand province. In
eastern Paktia province's Zurmat district coalition troops killed
five al-Qaida-associated insurgents and nabbed eight, including a
militant leader accused of helping the Taliban move and train Arab
and other foreign fighters into Afghanistan. Colour Sergeant
Krishnabahadur Dura (36), from 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha
Rifles, was killed after an explosion in the Musa Qala district of
(AP, 11/15/08)(AP, 11/16/08)(AP, 11/17/08)
2008 Nov 16, In Afghan suicide
car bombers struck a NATO convoy in the northern Baghlan province
and a US convoy in western Herat province. One civilian was killed
in the northern attack.
2008 Nov 16, Pakistan
temporarily barred oil tankers and container trucks from a key
passageway to Afghanistan, threatening a critical supply route for
US and NATO troops and raising more fears about security in the
militant-plagued border region. NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan
fired 20 artillery rounds at insurgents inside Pakistan in an attack
the alliance said was coordinated with the government in Islamabad.
(AP, 11/16/08)(AP, 11/18/08)
2008 Nov 17, In Afghanistan 5
insurgents died in the clash in Farah's Bala Buluk region.
2008 Nov 18, In Afghanistan
insurgents in western Farah province ambushed an Afghan army supply
convoy, killing five troops and wounding five others.
2008 Nov 20, In Afghanistan
US-led forces killed an Afghan civilian in a battle that also left
two militants dead.
2008 Nov 21, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed the gate of an army base in the southern
province of Zabul, killing three civilians and seriously wounding
four Afghan soldiers. A man was killed after being interrogated by
the Taliban leadership. US-led troops shot and killed a civilian in
Khost when the vehicle he was in came too close to a patrol. 8
wedding-goers were killed when two or three grenades were thrown
into the men's section of the wedding in the northern province of
(AP, 11/21/08)(AFP, 11/22/08)
2008 Nov 22, In Afghanistan a
French trooper was killed and another wounded when a mine engulfed
them about 10 kilometers (six miles) south of Kabul. A bomb exploded
in a vegetable market in the eastern town of Khost, killing a
15-year-old boy and a man passing-by. Another bomb blew up a police
vehicle in the central province of Ghazni and killed three policemen
and wounded two. The bullet-riddled body of Ghais Haqmal, the
governor of Marawara district, was found in Kunar province. He had
been abducted by Taliban three months ago and the militants had
demanded the release of 50 of their jailed comrades in exchange for
his life. The US-led military announced that troops had killed 14
insurgents in operations in the southern provinces of Helmand and
Farah in the past two days. Afghan and coalition forces killed 17
insurgents in air strikes in the southern province of Kandahar. The
government of the central province of Ghazni said its forces had
thwarted a Taliban attack on the Ab Band district administration
center killing eight gunmen.
(AFP, 11/22/08)(AFP, 11/23/08)
2008 Nov 24, In eastern
Afghanistan US troops killed six militants and detained 12 others in
2008 Nov 25, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai demanded at a meeting with a UN Security Council team
that the international community set a "timeline" for ending
military intervention in Afghanistan.
2008 Nov 27, In southern
Afghanistan 2 British troops were killed after being fired at by
insurgents while on patrol. A suicide car bomber targeting an
American convoy exploded about 200 yards (meters) outside the US
Embassy in Kabul, killing at least four Afghan bystanders as people
entered the compound for a Thanksgiving Day race. In northwestern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents killed 13 Afghan troops in an ambush
of their convoy. NATO-led troops fired on insurgents inside
Pakistan. The artillery attacks killed several insurgents and caused
several secondary explosions, indicating the presence of ammunition
at the locations. The U.N.'s drug czar said the Taliban and other
warlords could clear almost half a billion dollars from
Afghanistan's opium trade this year, money that will help finance
(AFP, 11/27/08)(AP, 11/27/08)(AP, 11/28/08)
2008 Nov 28, In Afghanistan US
troops killed Haji Yakub, a wanted Taliban commander, who tried to
hide from soldiers under a woman's burqa. Afghan and coalition
forces killed 33 militants when their patrol came under attack in
southern Helmand province. In Kandahar province a three-day
NATO-Afghan operation in Zhari district killed 12 militants. Police
in Farah province killed four insurgents setting up a makeshift base
in a village, apparently aiming to launch strikes on Farah city.
Afghan army and police attacked a nine-vehicle convoy, killing four
insurgents and wounding another three as other insurgents fled. An
Afghan police officer was also killed in the gunbattle in Farah
2008 Nov 29, In Afghanistan a
soldier with the NATO-led force shot and killed an Afghan policeman
in a car in Lashkar Gah that was driving toward a NATO patrol at
2008 Nov 30, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on foot attacked a German Embassy vehicle in Kabul.
No Germans were hurt, but the blast killed two Afghans and wounded
2008 Dec 2, US troops killed 10
Taliban militants during operations in southern and central
Afghanistan, while five more witnesses testified at a hearing over
allegations that two American soldiers mistreated a detainee.
2008 Dec 4, In Afghanistan 2
Danish soldiers serving with NATO's force were killed in southern
Helmand province. The governor of Afghanistan's key southern
Kandahar province said he was sacked by the central government and
complained that powerful people in his region had been sabotaging
his work. US-led troops killed four militants in Helmand province,
after the insurgents fired on a joint US-Afghan patrol.
(AFP, 12/4/08)(AP, 12/4/08)(AP, 12/5/08)
2008 Dec 5, The leaders of
Pakistan and Afghanistan met for Turkish-sponsored talks aimed at
reducing tensions over militant attacks along the countries' lawless
2008 Dec 5, In Afghanistan 3
Canadian soldiers were killed by a massive bomb, bringing to 100 the
number who have lost their lives since the country's military
mission there started in 2002.
2008 Dec 9, In Afghanistan
Mohammad Bobi, a Taliban commander, was killed during a targeted
overnight operation just south of Kabul.
2008 Dec 10, In southern
Afghanistan 6 police and a civilian were killed when US-led forces
targeting a Taliban commander bombed a police station in Zabul
2008 Dec 12, In central
Afghanistan NATO troops fired on a civilian bus that refused
warnings to stop, killing four passengers in Wardak province.
2008 Dec 13, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he spoke to
troops battling the Taliban and held talks with President Hamid
Karzai. 3 Canadian soldiers were killed and one wounded in southern
Afghanistan when an explosive device detonated near the armored car
in which they were riding.
(AFP, 12/13/08)(Reuters, 12/14/08)
2008 Dec 13, In northwest
Pakistan militants attacked a terminal used by vehicles ferrying
supplies to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Elsewhere in the
northwest clashes involving security forces, tribesmen and
insurgents killed 8 people, including two children. Authorities
found the bodies of 2 Afghan men in Miran Shah. A letter found
nearby alleged the men gave information that aided the US in
launching missile strikes in the militant-plagued region.
2008 Dec 14, in Afghanistan a
bomb hidden in a wooden cart exploded in Kandahar, killing three
police officers and wounding 11 people.
2008 Dec 14, Pres. George W.
Bush visited Baghdad just 37 days before he hands the war off to
President-elect Barack Obama, who has pledged to end it. At the end
of nearly two hours of meetings, Bush defended the war, now in its
sixth year, as a reporter threw his shoes at him. The reporter was
later identified as Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for
Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo,
Egypt. Bush then traveled to Afghanistan where he spoke to US
soldiers and Marines at a hangar on the tarmac at Bagram Air Base.
(AP, 12/14/08)(AP, 12/15/08)
2008 Dec 15, In Afghanistan a
5-day joint Afghan-NATO operation in Helmand province left 40
militants dead, including the Taliban's leader in that region.
Taliban fighters near Lashkar Gah killed two Afghan police officers
in a checkpoint attack. One of the attackers also died. A British
soldier was killed "as a result of enemy fire" in a separate
incident in Helmand. In central Oruzgan province 3 insurgents were
killed when a bomb they were planting exploded.
(AP, 12/15/08)(AP, 12/16/08)
2008 Dec 15, A Pakistani
transporters association said truckers are refusing to haul supplies
to NATO and US forces in Afghanistan because of mounting attacks
along the main route.
2008 Dec 16, In eastern
Afghanistan police and US troops in Khost province killed three
insurgents suspected of links to Al-Qaeda, denying local claims that
the victims were civilians.
2008 Dec 17, The UN said it
will double the budget of its Afghan mission next year, taking on
hundreds of new staff and opening more offices to meet more
"complex" challenges. The UN’s chief in Afghanistan called for
international military forces to revise their agreement with the
Afghan government to include practices that will better safeguard
(AFP, 12/17/08)(AP, 12/17/08)
2008 Dec 19, Three Danish
soldiers and one from the Netherlands were killed in separate
incidents in Afghanistan, losing their lives just as the commitment
of some countries to the fight in Afghanistan begins to wane.
2008 Dec 20, In Afghan
coalition forces killed four armed militants and detained five
suspects during an operation in Zabul province. Afghan and coalition
troops found and destroyed 2.5 tons of marijuana in an abandoned
school in southern Kandahar province.
2008 Dec 22, In central
Afghanistan a car bomb with two attackers exploded near the
governor's compound in Ghazni province, killing one Afghan civilian
and wounding seven. The two attackers also died.
2008 Dec 24, In Afghanistan a
soldier with the NATO-led force was killed in an insurgent attack in
the east of the country. A British soldier was shot dead on
Christmas Eve in Helmand province. Cannon fire from a US military
base in the northeastern province of Kunar killed four workers when
it fell short of its target and hit a road construction compound.
The US-led coalition killed two militants and detained two suspects
in operations targeting the Taliban in Kapisa province.
(AFP, 12/24/08)(AFP, 12/25/08)
2008 Dec 25, In southern
Afghanistan US coalition forces killed 11 Taliban militants,
including the leader of a bomb-making cell, during an operation in
2008 Dec 26, In southern
Afghanistan a Canadian soldier was killed and three others wounded
in a bomb blast. 2 suicide car bombs took place in western
Afghanistan, but only the attackers were killed in the blasts. 3
foreigners were wounded in an attack in Herat.
2008 Dec 27, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a police
checkpoint, killing three policemen and two civilian men on a
motorbike. 2 Canadian soldiers were killed in a blast in southern
Kandahar province. An Afghan policeman and an interpreter also died
in the attack in Panjwayi district, a Taliban stronghold about 25
kilometers (15 miles) west of Kandahar city. A member of the
Kandahar provincial council was shot dead in a mosque. US troops
killed five militants and detained six in operations against
(AP, 12/27/08)(AFP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 28, In Afghanistan 14
children were among 20 Afghans killed in new extremist attacks in
Khost province. A remote-controlled bomb exploded outside a music
shop in the southern town of Tirin Kot, killing one person and
wounding two. In Helmand province soldiers and police killed 7
insurgents as Taliban militants attacked a police post.
(AFP, 12/28/08)(SFC, 12/30/08, p.A3)
2008 Dec 29, In Afghanistan 5
people were killed and nearly 40 wounded in two bomb blasts, one in
Charikar, north of Kabul, and the other in Spin Boldak, on the
border with Pakistan.
2008 Dec 30, Pakistan closed
the main route used to ferry supplies to US and allied troops in
Afghanistan after launching a fresh offensive against militants in
2008 Dec 31, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants attacked a district governor's compound in
southern Helmand province, killing 20 police guards and fatally
shooting the mother of one as she pleaded unsuccessfully for her
son's life. Two foreign soldiers helping to fight the extremists
were killed in separate incidents. US-led forces killed eight armed
Taliban militants in Zabul province.
(AFP, 1/1/09)(AP, 1/1/09)
2008 Dec 31, In Pakistan tanks,
artillery and helicopter gunships continued their attacks in the
Khyber Pass. Over the last two days, security forces destroyed 19
suspected militant compounds and arrested 28 Pakistanis. Government
troops reportedly killed three militants in the operation to secure
the major supply route to US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
2008 SIGAR, the special
investigator general for Afghanistan reconstruction, was formed. By
2015 it identified more than $1 billion in potential savings to US
taxpayers as well as millions in wasted projects.
(SFC, 11/27/15, p.A3)
2008 The population of
Afghanistan stood at about 32 million with over half living in
poverty. The country suffered its 7th year of drought.
(SFC, 12/12/08, p.A1)
2008 Nearly 4,000 Afghan
civilians were killed this year in insurgency-linked unrest, more
than two-thirds in rebel attacks and about 1,100 by foreign forces
according to Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM). The UN recorded 2,118
civilian deaths in 2008 of which 55% were attributed to the Taliban.
(AFP, 1/21/09)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.29)
2008 The UN estimated that
Afghanistan’s illegal opium trade for this year was worth about $3.4
billion, or 33% of the country’s GDP.
(Econ, 8/22/09, p.22)
2009 Jan 1, A suicide car bomb
exploded near an Afghan and NATO military convoy in the western
province of Herat and killed an Afghan policeman. 2 UN staff of the
World Food Program and 4 others were kidnapped in Nimroz province by
alleged Taliban militants. The 2 UN workers were freed on Jan 27.
(AP, 1/1/09)(AFP, 1/28/09)
2009 Jan 27, Gunmen abducted 10
Afghan workers in a daring ambush in Herat. 2 local UN staff
kidnapped on New Year’s Day by alleged Taliban militants nearly a
month ago were freed.
2009 Jan 2, Pakistan reopened
the main supply route for US and NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan
after blocking it for three days during a military operation against
militants who have been attacking convoys.
2009 Jan 4-2009 Jan 5, In
Afghanistan 12 insurgents and 11 civilians were killed in fighting
in central Uruzgan province.
2009 Jan 5, In Afghanistan 9
Taliban militants were killed in a gunfight by Afghan and NATO
troops in the southern province of Kandahar. 2 gunmen shot a Muslim
cleric to death inside a mosque in Kandahar city.
(AFP, 1/5/09)(AP, 1/6/09)
2009 Jan 6, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO serviceman was killed in a hostile incident. In
eastern Afghanistan US-led coalition forces killed 32 armed
insurgents during a clash in Laghman province. The troops also
destroyed two caches of weapons and roadside bomb-making materials
that were too unstable to move to another location. Residents
reported that some civilians died when buildings collapsed as the
cache was destroyed. In western Farah province, Afghan army and
coalition troops killed six militants in raid on a compound.
(AP, 1/6/09)(AP, 1/7/09)
2009 Jan 7, Afghan locals said
that operations by the NATO-led force in the southern province of
Helmand had killed 19 civilians.
2009 Jan 8, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's office said that reports suggested 17 civilians,
including women and children, were killed in the Jan 6 US raid in
Laghman province. A suicide bomber struck US troops patrolling on
foot in southern Afghanistan, killing three civilians, 2 Americans
and wounding at least nine others. A coalition strike on a
bomb-making network in Zabul killed five militants.
(AFP, 1/8/09)(AP, 1/8/09)(AP, 1/9/09)(SFC,
2009 Jan 9, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his
body inside a produce shop, killing 10 civilians and 2 policemen. 3
US soldiers were killed in southern Zabul province.
(AP, 1/9/09)(WSJ, 1/10/09, p.A6)
2009 Jan 11, In northwestern
Pakistan security forces repulsed an attack by 600 fighters, most of
whom had crossed the border from Afghanistan, leaving at least 40
militants and 6 soldiers dead and scores of others wounded.
(AP, 1/11/09)(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 11, Australia's
Defense Ministry said its special forces in Afghanistan had killed
Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rasheed, who had been involved in
recruiting suicide bombers and foreign fighters in Uruzgan province.
2009 Jan 14, In Afghanistan 2
British NATO soldiers were killed in a blast in southern Helmand
2009 Jan 15, In western
Afghanistan Gen. Fazaludin Sayar, a top Afghan army general, was
killed in a helicopter crash. All 12 others aboard were also killed.
2009 Jan 16, In Afghanistan 10
people were killed and more than 30 others had to be rescued when
avalanches buried their vehicles in the Salang pass north of Kabul.
2009 Jan 16, Australia granted
asylum to 28 people from Afghanistan and Iran, in the first such
move since relaxing tough rules on asylum seekers.
2009 Jan 17, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomb hit outside the German embassy in Kabul, killing four
civilians and wounding dozens of people including a US soldier who
later died of his injuries. A 2nd suicide bomber rammed his minibus
into a joint convoy of Afghan police and US military in Nangarhar
province, killing one Afghan civilian. An American soldier was
killed when a helicopter crashed under fire the northeast.
(AFP, 1/17/09)(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 17, The US Department
of Defense announced that it transferred six detainees out of
Guantanamo, leaving about 245 at the offshore prison. Four detainees
were sent to Iraq, one to Algeria and one to Afghanistan. Since
2002, more than 525 detainees have departed Guantanamo. Haji
Bismullah (29) of Afghanistan had always insisted that he was no
(AP, 1/18/09)(SFC, 1/19/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 19, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's office said that Russia is ready to cooperate on
defense matters with Afghanistan. The announcement coincided with an
increasingly public tussle between Afghan and Western officials.
2009 Jan 20, In Afghanistan the
coalition said a nighttime raid had killed 19 militants, including
Mullah Patang, a locally feared leader, during an operation in the
Tagab Valley, in Kapisa province just 30 miles (50 kilometers) north
of Kabul. The Afghan news agency Pajhwok quoted villagers saying 25
civilians had been killed. On Jan 27 US commanders traveled to the
village and distributed $40,000 to relatives of 15 people killed in
the US raid. The Americans also apologized for any civilians killed
in the operation.
(AP, 1/21/09)(AP, 1/28/09)
2009 Jan 20, The head of US
Central Command said the US has struck deals with Russia and
neighboring countries allowing it to transport supplies to American
troops in Afghanistan through their territory. US officials have
said that one likely route is overland from Russia through
Kazakhstan and on through Uzbekistan using trucks and trains.
Another possible route is via Azerbaijan across the Caspian Sea to
the Kazakh port of Aktau and then through Uzbekistan.
2009 Jan 21, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber attacked a wedding party in the northern province of
Baghlan, wounding five children and a district police chief. A
suicide car bomber detonated his explosives near an Afghan army
convoy in western Afghanistan, killing two troops.
2009 Jan 22, NATO's Secretary
General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said President Barack Obama's plan to
nearly double American troop numbers in Afghanistan needs to be
matched by a similar surge in development workers and aid funding.
2009 Jan 22, Pres. Obama named
George Mitchell as envoy to the Mideast and Richard Holbrook as
envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
(WSJ, 1/23/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 23, In Afghanistan a
NATO soldier died in a bomb blast in the south of the country.
Taliban militants attacked a police post in Kandahar province
sparking a battle in which three policemen died. A roadside bomb
blast struck a joint Afghan army and NATO forces convoy in western
Farah province, killing an Afghan soldier and wounding five NATO
2009 Jan 24, In eastern
Afghanistan US-led coalition forces killed 15 militants in an
overnight operation in Laghman province. Local legislators put the
number of dead at more than 20 and said they included women and
2009 Jan 25, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai condemned a US operation he said killed 16 civilians,
while hundreds of villagers in Laghman province denounced the
American military during an angry demonstration.
2009 Jan 27, Gunmen abducted 10
Afghan workers in a daring ambush in Herat. 2 local UN staff,
kidnapped on New Year’s Day by alleged Taliban militants, were
freed. One captive was already freed, but 3 remained hostage. A
roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying civilians in Kandahar
province, killing four and wounding nine.
(AFP, 1/28/09)(AP, 1/28/09)
2009 Jan 28, A White House
official said President Barack Obama will press Afghan President
Hamid Karzai to extend government control beyond the capital and
fight corruption under a new US policy with a "significant
2009 Jan 29, In southern
Afghanistan coalition troops killed four militants in a strike on a
2009 Jan 31, Afghanistan's
interior minister announced a US-backed plan to create militias and
give them guns to fight the Taliban. It drew criticism from local
authorities in areas where the first units are being rolled out. An
Afghan tribal leader from southeastern Paktika province was fatally
shot by a NATO patrol after the vehicle he was in failed to stop in
response to signals from soldiers. A second Afghan was wounded. A
Canadian soldier was killed when his armored vehicle hit an
explosive device on a road west of Kandahar.
(AP, 2/1/09)(Reuters, 1/31/09)(AP, 2/4/09)
2009 Feb 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber in a car attacked a convoy of foreign troops in
Kabul, wounding two Afghans. Afghans demonstrated against an
overnight US military raid in Ghazni province that one villager said
killed several civilians. The US military said its forces only
killed two militants.
2009 Feb 2, In southern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber in a police uniform detonated
his explosives inside a police training center, killing 21 officers
and wounding at least 20.
2009 Feb 3, Sayed Ansari,
spokesman for the Afghan National Directorate of Security, said the
service has broken up a cell of suicide bombers allegedly
responsible for six attacks in Kabul that killed 20 civilians. He
also said those arrested had links to a Pakistani-based jihadist
group, Harakat ul-Mujahedeen, and Sirajjudin Haqqani, an eastern
Afghan insurgent leader.
2009 Feb 4, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed six bodyguards working for a controversial
Afghan district governor in southern Helmand province.
2009 Feb 4, The British
military said an army officer has been arrested in Afghanistan on
suspicion of leaking official secrets. Britain’s Sun newspaper said
Lt. Col. Owen McNally had leaked figures about civilian deaths in
coalition operations to a worker from a human rights group.
2009 Feb 5, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb struck a convoy of foreign troops.
2009 Feb 8, In Afghanistan two
American soldiers died when a roadside bomb they were trying to
defuse exploded. An Afghan interpreter and a policeman also died in
the blast. a roadside bomb ripped through a police vehicle in
Khogyani district, near the border with Pakistan, killing two police
and wounding three civilians. A suicide bomber attacked a group of
Afghan soldiers in southwestern Nimroz province, killing one soldier
and two civilians.
(AP, 2/8/09)(AP, 2/9/09)
2009 Feb 10, In Afghanistan a
bomb struck a NATO convoy, killing two soldiers and wounding one.
Police spokesman Wazir Pacha said the attack in Khost province was
carried out by a suicide bomber in a vehicle. But a NATO spokesman
blamed the attack on a roadside bomb.
2009 Feb 11, In Afghanistan 8
Taliban gunmen wearing suicide vests attacked 3 government buildings
in a coordinated assault that killed 20 people in the heart of Kabul
just ahead of a planned visit from the new US envoy to the region. A
spokesman for the Taliban, said the attacks were in response to the
alleged mistreatment of Taliban prisoners in Afghan government
jails. In Logar province a roadside bomb exploded near a French
military medical team's convoy, killing one French officer and two
Afghans. Also in Logar province a helicopter with the US-backed
coalition killed five civilians as it responded to ground fire.
2009 Feb 12, In southern
Afghanistan a gunfight between Australian forces and Taliban
fighters killed at least 3 children who were caught in the crossfire
in Uruzgan province. In 2010 three former Australian commandos faced
serious charges in relation to the late-night raid that killed 6
Afghans, including five children. Another two children and two
adults were wounded. In 2011 Australia dropped all charges against
the three commandos.
(AP, 2/13/09)(AP, 9/27/10)(AP, 8/30/11)
2009 Feb 13, US envoy Richard
Holbrooke held key talks in Afghanistan aimed at stepping up the
fight against a Taliban-led insurgency that the top US intelligence
chief warned was escalating.
2009 Feb 14, US envoy Richard
Holbrooke met Afghan President Hamid Karzai as part of Washington's
push to step up efforts against extremism. The Afghan leader
admitted to tensions with its US ally. Marine Sgt. Daniel Hansen was
killed while supporting combat operations in Farah province.
(AP, 2/14/09)(SFC, 2/19/09, p.B4)
2009 Feb 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said his government will take part in a US strategic
review of the war there in a sign of increased cooperation at a time
of strained relations. An appeals court upheld 20-year prison
sentences for two men who published a translation of the Quran that
drove religious leaders to call for their execution. The
controversial text is a translation of Islam's holy book into an
Afghan language without the original Arabic verses alongside. A host
of Muslim clerics have condemned the translation, which was
published in 2007 and handed out for free, as blasphemous and
accused its publishers of setting themselves up as false prophets. A
coalition airstrike killed Ghulam Dastagir and eight other militants
in the village of Darya-ye-Morghab. Dastagir was a powerful Taliban
commander who broke a promise to renounce violence after village
elders persuaded President Hamid Karzai to free him from prison.
(AP, 2/15/09)(AP, 2/16/09)
2009 Feb 17, In Afghan a US
airstrike reportedly killed six women and two children, despite a
recent US-Afghan agreement to increase participation of Afghan
forces in US missions, a step aimed at preventing civilian
casualties. The US coalition said that the strike in the Gozara
district of Herat province killed 15 militants and targeted a leader
named Ghulam Yahya Akbari. The US military on Feb 21 said an
investigation into a coalition operation Gozara found that 13
civilians were among 16 people killed.
(AP, 2/18/09)(AP, 2/21/09)
2009 Feb 17, Pres. Obama
announced the deployment of 17,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan.
Pres. Karzai spoke on the phone with President Barack Obama for the
2009 Feb 20, US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates said up to 20 nations have offered to boost
their civilian or military commitments to Afghanistan.
2009 Feb 20, Kyrgyzstan ordered
US forces to depart within six months from an air base key to
military operations in Afghanistan, complicating plans to send more
troops to battle rising Taliban and al-Qaida violence. A US military
official said Uzbekistan will allow non-lethal US military cargo
heading to Afghanistan to transit through the country.
2009 Feb 21, In Afghanistan a
battle outside Kandahar killed at least six Taliban fighters.
Fighting continued into the next day. An airstrike against militants
in Helmand province killed 8.
2009 Feb 23, In Afghanistan a
NATO air strike killed up to 16 militants overnight in Badghis
province. In Nimrod province a twin suicide attack killed a
policeman outside the counter-narcotics office of the provincial
capital of Zaranj. Lt. General Jim Dutton, the deputy NATO force
commander, said around 17,000 extra US troops earmarked for
Afghanistan will deploy as fast as possible and thousands more are
requested for August elections. 3 Afghan children died when a shell
blew up. Canada's army later said the children had died after they
brought back a Taliban improvised explosive device to their village.
(AFP, 2/23/09)(AP, 3/2/09)
2009 Feb 24, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four US troops in the deadliest
single attack on international forces this year. Japan said it will
pay the salaries of Afghanistan's 80,000 police officers for six
months as part of its ongoing financial support for the country.
Afghan soldiers killed 18 militants targeting a poppy eradication
force in Helmand province. Two soldiers were also killed in the
battle. Afghan and coalition forces killed 10 militants in Uruzgan
province. A "precision" airstrike was called in, killing most of the
(AP, 2/24/09)(AP, 2/25/09)
2009 Feb 25, In Afghanistan a
remote control bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in Kandahar
city as a convoy of soldiers was passing. Two Afghan bystanders were
killed, and eight people, including five soldiers, were wounded. A
roadside bomb killed 3 British soldiers in Helmand province. A 4th
died from wounds sustained in a firefight.
(AP, 2/25/09)(WSJ, 2/26/09, p.A1)(AFP, 2/26/09)
2009 Feb 28, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai ordered that presidential elections be held by April,
months earlier than the August 20 date set by a voting authority,
after lawmakers said they would not recognize him as president after
May 22. Afghan security soldiers killed four militants in a clash in
the southern province of Uruzgan.
(AP, 2/28/09)(AFP, 3/1/09)
2009 Mar 1, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb blew up near US-led soldiers,
wounding six civilians outside Jalalabad. Attacks in Kandahar
province left seven security guards dead. The US-led coalition
killed four alleged militants in Kandahar.
2009 Mar 3, In southern
Afghanistan 3 Canadian soldiers were killed and two wounded in a
bomb blast in Arghandab, northwest of Kandahar.
2009 Mar 4, In Afghanistan a
car bomb exploded outside the main US military base at Bagram and
wounded three people. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
2009 Mar 7, A widow in western
Afghanistan burned herself alive in what relatives called a
desperate move to escape her miserably poor life.
2009 Mar 8, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai welcomed President Barack Obama's call to identify
moderate elements of the Taliban and encourage them to reconcile
with the Afghan government. In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb
exploded, killing a Canadian soldier and wounding four others in
(AP, 3/8/09)(AP, 3/9/09)
2009 Mar 8, Iran, Afghanistan
and Pakistan carried out their first joint counter narcotics
2009 Mar 10, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb ripped through a minibus, killing four civilians and
wounding six other people in Helmand province. Gunmen in Kandahar
killed Jawed Ahmad (23), an Afghan journalist once held by the US
military in Afghanistan as an enemy combatant.
(AFP, 3/10/09)(AP, 3/11/09)(SFC, 3/11/09, p.A3)
2009 Mar 14, In Afghanistan a
helicopter-borne special operations mission by US troops and Afghan
forces killed five people in Logar province, south of Kabul,
sparking an angry protest from villagers who said the victims were
civilians. 3 ISAF soldiers were killed including one French and one
(AP, 3/14/09)(AFP, 3/14/09)(AFP, 3/15/09)
2009 Mar 15, In Afghanistan US
soldiers killed 5 militants in an operation about 60 kilometers (40
miles) west of Kandahar city. A blast in Nangarhar province killed
four US soldiers. 3 Afghan civilians died from bombs in Kabul and
2009 Mar 16, In southern
Afghanistan two suicide bombers attacked police stations, killing 10
Afghan policemen and 2 civilians, underlining the growing threat
from a Taliban-led insurgency. An Australian soldier in a joint
Australian-Afghan army patrol was shot dead during a "very intense
firefight" with 20 Taliban insurgents in Uruzgan province.
(AFP, 3/16/09)(AP, 3/17/09)
2009 Mar 17, Afghanistan called
for more international help to develop its fledgling and embattled
security forces so that it can take on a larger role in "the fight
2009 Mar 19, In Afghanistan
Helmand MP Dad Mohammad Khan, a key anti-Taliban lawmaker, was
killed with four other men when a bomb tore through their vehicle.
Australia’s defense chief said a bomb disposal expert was killed
trying to defuse a device in Afghanistan, announcing the country's
10th combat death there.
(AFP, 3/19/09)(AP, 3/19/09)
2009 Mar 20, Afghanistan's top
Muslim clerics urged President Hamid Karzai to push ahead with a
proposal for talks with the Taliban that would be mediated by Saudi
Arabia's King Abdullah. In northern Afghanistan 9 policemen and a
district chief were killed in heavy fighting with Taliban
insurgents. 4 Canadian troops and a local interpreter were killed in
two separate explosions. Another NATO soldier was killed in a
"hostile incident" in the south.
(AP, 3/20/09)(AFP, 3/20/09)(Reuters, 3/21/09)
2009 Mar 21, In Afghanistan 2
separate bombings killed 11 people near the volatile eastern border
with Pakistan, marring a festive day throughout the country as
citizens celebrated the Persian new year. A bomb detonated by remote
control killed five people near a shrine in the country's eastern
Khost province as they celebrated Nowruz. North of Khost in
Nangarhar province, a suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a
police checkpoint, killing six people, including five civilians and
one policeman. In southern Afghanistan NATO killed Maulawi Hassan, a
senior Taliban commander, and nine other suspected militants, while
the coalition and its Afghan allies suffered an equal number of
deaths in separate attacks in the same area.
(AP, 3/21/09)(AP, 3/23/09)
2009 Mar 22, Afghan and US-led
coalition troops killed five suspected militants during a raid in
northern Kunduz province. But the local mayor said his house was
targeted and that the dead included his cook and driver. A rocket
slammed into the main NATO military base at Kandahar airfield,
killing a contractor and wounding six others. 2 NATO soldiers were
killed in a "hostile incident" in the same region.
(AP, 3/22/09)(AP, 3/23/09)
2009 Mar 23, US envoy Richard
Holbrooke outlined to NATO new plans to beat insurgents in
Afghanistan. Taliban fighters ambushed a police patrol in southern
Kandahar province's Spin Boldak district, killing eight officers and
wounding another. Afghan police and intelligence agents detained
five Taliban militants in Oruzgan, including the group's senior
commander for the province, Mullah Azizullah. In Kabul Emrose TV’s
Fahim Khodamani was arrested for refusing to censor images of women
dancing in short skirts and plunging necklines.
(AFP, 3/23/09)(AP, 3/23/09)(SFC, 3/25/09, p.A4)
2009 Mar 24, NATO troops on a
foot patrol shot and killed an Afghan civilian south of Kabul after
he ignored their signals to stop as he sped toward them in a car.
2009 Mar 25, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb ripped through a van carrying civilians
on a road used by foreign troops, killing 10 and wounding 7 others
in Khost province.
(AP, 3/25/09)(SFC, 3/26/09, p.A3)
2009 Mar 27, President Barack
Obama ordered 4,000 more military troops into Afghanistan, vowing to
"disrupt, dismantle and defeat" the Taliban and al-Qaida.
2009 Mar 28, Afghanistan's
president offered support for the new US strategy for the growing
conflict in his country, praising increased civil and military aid
and highlighting a plan for reconciliation with moderate elements of
2009 Mar 29, Afghanistan's
Supreme Court announced that President Hamid Karzai should remain in
office until a new leader is chosen in a late-summer election, a
decision that effectively extends his term more than three months.
2009 Mar 30, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself
up inside a police headquarters in Kandahar, killing nine people and
wounding eight. A roadside bomb killed three police in the eastern
province of Paktia.
2009 Mar 31, At the Hague
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton offered an olive branch to Taliban fighters who
reject al-Qaida and pressed an international conference for help in
strengthening Afghanistan's security forces.
2009 Mar 31, In southern
Afghanistan foreign and Afghan troops killed 30 Taliban fighters and
wounded 17 others during a series of overnight clashes, while a
roadside bomb killed the mayor of eastern Khost city. A member of
the Kandahar provincial council of religious clerics was shot dead
while going home after prayers. A suicide bomber tried to attack a
police post on the border with Iran but blew himself up prematurely
when police warned him to stop.
(AP, 3/31/09)(AP, 4/1/09)
2009 Apr 1, Top spokesman
Zabihullah Mujahid said Taliban insurgents reject a US offer of
"honorable reconciliation," calling it a "lunatic idea" and saying
the only way to end the war was to withdraw foreign troops. Suicide
attackers stormed provincial council offices in Kandahar city,
killing 13 people including 2 provincial officials. The attackers,
who wore Afghan military uniforms, were also killed, two in suicide
bombings and two shot dead by security forces. Afghan and US
coalition troops battled a large group of militants in southern
Afghanistan before calling in an airstrike that killed 20
(Reuters, 4/1/09)(AFP, 4/1/09)(AP, 4/2/09)
2009 Apr 2, Human rights groups
and some Afghan lawmakers criticized President Hamid Karzai for
signing into law legislation that some believe legalizes the rape of
a wife by her husband and prevents women from leaving the house
without a man's permission. Article 132 of the law says: "As long as
the husband is not traveling, he has the right to have sexual
intercourse with his wife every fourth night." Critics said Karzai
signed the legislation in the past month only for political gains
several months before the country's presidential election. Coalition
and Afghan forces killed 12 militants and one civilian in Logar
province in a mission that included airstrikes. a member of the
NATO-led force was killed in violence in the east. In central Ghazni
province, a roadside bomb killed four construction workers, while a
battle between militants and police elsewhere in the province killed
(AP, 4/2/09)(AP, 4/3/09)
2009 Apr 6, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel made an unannounced visit to northern Afghanistan to
meet with her country's troops and view rebuilding efforts. She
pressed President Karzai to review carefully a new law that critics
say legalizes marital rape. In southern Afghanistan an insurgent
rocket attack hit the Netherlands' main military base, killing one
Dutch soldier and wounding 5 of his colleagues and 2 Afghan
2009 Apr 8, Over 100 Afghan
ministers, lawmakers and officials signed a petition opposing a
controversial law that critics say legalizes marital rape. The
petition said the law is unconstitutional and leads toward the
"Talibanization" of Afghanistan's legal system. The petition came as
Poland's President Lech Kaczynski held talks in Kabul with Karzai
and reiterated his country's plans to increase its troop
contribution in the country by 400 over the current 1,600 in Ghazni
province. A roadside blast hit a civilian vehicle south of Kandahar
city, wounding six civilians. Gen. David McKiernan, top US general
in Afghanistan, met with villagers in Helmand and Kandahar. He
apologized for past mistakes and said he is now studying the Quran,
the Muslim holy book.
(AP, 4/8/09)(AP, 4/10/09)(SFC, 4/10/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 9, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a police drug eradication
unit, killing five people and wounding 17 others. The Taliban
claimed responsibility. Four people were shot dead in the raid
overnight in eastern Khost province. The US military later admitted
that they were not "armed combatants" as first announced. A
nine-months pregnant woman had survived the shooting that killed her
unborn child. US soldiers working with Afghan forces killed 15
militants in southern Afghanistan. Afghan and coalition forces
killed five "combatants" in Kandahar province's Maywand district. A
dozen more insurgents were killed in adjoining Uruzgan province
after another attack on an Afghan and coalition patrol.
(AP, 4/9/09)(AP, 4/10/09)(AFP, 4/10/09)
2009 Apr 10, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban attackers killed six policemen. ISAF security
troops killed 18 insurgents in the northeastern province of Kunar.
(AFP, 4/10/09)(AP, 4/12/09)
2009 Apr 11, Rebels ambushed
Afghan and foreign forces in Zabul province, sparking an exchange of
gunfire that left 22 rebels dead.
2009 Apr 12, In Kandahar,
Afghanistan, Taliban gunmen on motorbikes gunned down female
legislator Sitara Achikzai.
2009 Apr 13, Afghan officials
said an overnight NATO-led airstrike on a remote village killed six
civilians, including two children. Western forces said they killed
4-8 armed militants. In southern Afghanistan Taliban gunmen used a
firing squad to kill a young couple for trying to elope, shooting
them with rifles in front of a crowd in a lawless,
militant-controlled region. A young woman Canadian soldier was
killed in southern Afghanistan and four other soldiers were wounded
when their armored vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
(Reuters, 4/13/09)(AP, 4/14/09)(WSJ, 4/14/09,
2009 Apr 14, Afghanistan warned
that Pakistan's deal to allow Taliban to impose Islamic law in part
of the country may have "dire consequences" for the region and could
harm ties between the neighbors.
2009 Apr 15, Hundreds of
Afghans swarmed a demonstration of more than 100 women protesting
against a new marriage law they say restricts wives' rights. The
women were pelted with small stones as police struggled to keep the
two groups apart. A NATO soldier and 2 Afghan policemen were killed
in fresh violence. Taliban insurgents beheaded a government employee
on charges of spying for foreign forces in the Bala Murghab district
of Badghis province.
(AP, 4/15/09)(AFP, 4/16/09)
2009 Apr 16, In Afghan a
policeman was killed and one wounded in Helmand province. 3
"terrorists" were killed while the bomb they were planting on a road
in the Nad Ali district of Helmand went off prematurely. Taliban
militants attacked an Afghan counternarcotics police convoy in the
Shindand district of western Herat province, sparking a battle which
left one policeman dead and two wounded.
2009 Apr 16, Five people were
killed and dozens wounded when a blast tore apart a boat carrying
more than 40 Afghan refugees off Australia's northwest coast. The
Australian Broadcasting Corporation later said it was told the
refugees had doused the boat in petrol to try to force the navy to
land them in Australia and not turn them back to Indonesia, but that
the blast was an accident. On Oct 28 two Indonesian fishermen were
jailed for five years for smuggling the boat full of Afghan
(AFP, 4/20/09)(AFP, 10/28/09)
2009 Apr 17, In Afghanistan two
earthquakes shook eastern Nangarhar province, collapsing mud-brick
homes on top of villagers while they slept and killing at least 21
people. Two suicide bombers on foot tried to attack the office of
the minister of refugees in southern Nimroz province. Guards shot
and killed one bomber at the scene of the attempted attack. While
fleeing the 2nd bomber detonated his explosives, killing 3
civilians. A Norwegian intelligence officer serving with the
nation's peacekeeping force was killed by a roadside bomb near the
northern city of Maymana.
2009 Apr 18, In central
Afghanistan NATO-led forces and Afghan troops killed 3 suspected
militants during a raid in Logar province, where insurgent attacks
have spiked this year. At least two other suspected militants died
in an airstrike in southern Kandahar province. A roadside bomb
targeting a police vehicle in Kandahar city killed a woman and
wounded five other people including three civilians.
2009 Apr 19, In Afghanistan
roadside bomb in Kandahar city killed one police officer and wounded
2009 Apr 20, In southern
Afghanistan two police were killed and four others wounded during a
clash with insurgents in Zabul province. A roadside bomb in Uruzgan
province killed a civilian, while a second roadside bomb in eastern
Khost province killed two civilians. Two militants on motorbikes
seized the father of Education Minister Farouq Wardak in Wardak
province's Sayed Abad district.
(AP, 4/20/09)(AP, 4/21/09)
2009 Apr 20, New Zealand's PM
John Key said that he wants an exit strategy before sending the
country's Special Air Service combat troops back to Afghanistan as
the US has requested.
2009 Apr 21, In Afghanistan
police in southern Uruzgan province clashed with militants in the
Khas Uruzgan district, killing seven suspected insurgents.
2009 Apr 22, In Afghanistan a
cascading collection of deep-blue high-mountain lakes became the
country’s first provisional national park, as the violence-plagued
nation took a big first step toward protecting one of its finest
2009 Apr 23, In central
Afghanistan international and Afghan troops killed two militants in
an overnight raid. Afghan and coalition troops captured three
suspected militants in a raid in eastern Logar province. 3 Afghan
army soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in
eastern Paktia province.
(AP, 4/23/09)(AP, 4/24/09)
2009 Apr 24, In Afghanistan a
bomb inside a package left at a checkpoint in Kabul exploded when
police opened it, killing one officer. Taliban militants released
the father of Afghanistan's education minister after holding him
hostage for four days. International and Afghan troops clashed with
insurgents in fighting that left at least 12 militants dead.
(AP, 4/24/09)(WSJ, 4/25/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 25, In Afghanistan 3
suicide bombers penetrated the governor's compound in Kandahar city,
killing at least five police officers in the latest multi-pronged
attack in the Taliban's spiritual birthplace. A roadside bomb in the
eastern province of Khost killed three border police.
(AP, 4/25/09)(AP, 4/26/09)
2009 Apr 27, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai vowed to change a law critics say legalizes marital
rape to remove concerns that it violates human rights. Karzai also
announced that he intended to run for re-election in the country's
second ever presidential vote on August 20. In Kabul province 12
"terrorists" and a police official were killed during a clash. In
the east, a roadside bomb killed four police.
(AP, 4/27/09)(AP, 4/28/09)
2009 Apr 29, In Afghanistan
US-led troops battled militants and announced they killed 42
suspected insurgents. Two attacks on German forces killed one
soldier and wounded nine as Germany's foreign minister began a
two-day visit to the country.
(AFP, 4/29/09)(AP, 4/29/09)
2009 Apr 29, Australia
announced it will increase by almost one half its troops in
Afghanistan to about 1,550 as part of the US-led surge of
international forces to bolster the faltering fight against Taliban
2009 Apr 29, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown said it will boost its troops in Afghanistan to 9,000
to help the country through upcoming elections, unveiling a new
strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
2009 May 1, In southern
Afghanistan gunmen attacked a troops' convoy as it traveled to a
village to talk to elders about security. The troops killed one
militant in the initial clash and another 14 as they pursued
insurgents who were firing on them from a nearby hillside. 3 Afghan
army soldiers were killed in overnight fighting with insurgents in
eastern Kunar province. 5 international soldiers, including 2
American, were killed in an insurgent attack.
(AP, 5/1/09)(AFP, 5/1/09)(SFC, 5/2/09, p.A2)
2009 May 3, Three Afghan men
were shot in Kabul by US defense contractors working for Paravant, a
subsidiary of Blackwater Worldwide. 2 of the Afghan’s died. In 2010
Justin Cannon (27) and Christopher Drotleff (29) were indicted on
charges that included 2nd degree murder. On March 11, 2011, Cannon
and Drotleff were convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
(SFC, 1/8/10, p.A8)(SFC, 3/12/11, p.A9)
2009 May 4, In Afghanistan
bombing runs by US-led coalition jets killed dozens of civilians
taking shelter from a fierce ground battle between Taliban militants
and Afghan and international forces. The US confirmed fighting in
western Farah province and opened an investigation into the
overnight operation. Over 100 people were killed including 25-30
Taliban. A senior US defense official later said that Marine special
operations forces believe that the Afghan civilians were killed by
grenades hurled by Taliban militants, who then loaded some of the
bodies into a vehicle and drove them around the village, claiming
the dead were victims of an American airstrike. On May 20 the US
military said at least 20 civilians and 60 insurgents had died in
(AP, 5/5/09)(AFP, 5/6/09)(AP, 5/7/09)(AP,
2009 May 4, An Afghan guard was
killed by Australian Robert William Langdon as he worked for
US-based private security company Four Horsemen International. A
court later heard that Langdon threw a hand grenade into the truck
carrying the guard's body and ordered other guards to fire into the
air to simulate a Taliban attack. Langdon allegedly admitted killing
the Afghan guard during a heated argument about security for a
convoy. In October Langdon was convicted of murder and sentenced to
death in a court in Kabul. He paid a "sizeable" compensation to the
victim's family and the sentenced was reduced to 20 years.
2009 May 5, In Afghanistan a
shooting followed a car accident in Kabul leaving one Afghan died
and two others wounded. Four US contractors for the private security
company formerly known as Blackwater were detained for their
involvement in the shooting.
2009 May 7, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 21 Afghan
civilians and two British soldiers in one of the deadliest such
attacks in months. Four British soldiers were killed in attacks in
Helmand province. Police fired on a crowd of rock-throwing
protesters in western Farah province, who were angry about civilian
deaths they blame on American bombing runs.
(AP, 5/7/09)(AFP, 5/8/09)
2009 May 9, In Afghanistan 2
police died in a roadside blast in Zabul province.
2009 May 10, In southern
Afghanistan a double suicide bomb attack killed 7 people and wounded
20 in the town of Gereshk in Helmand province. The majority of
casualties were police and army units responding to the initial
attack. A roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province killed eight
construction workers traveling on a rural road on their way to build
a checkpoint for the country's border police. Three Afghan
civilians, a truck driver and two assistants, died in a roadside
bomb blast in Zabul province while transporting goods to an American
2009 May 11, The US military
accused militants in Afghanistan of using white phosphorus munitions
in attacks on American forces and in civilian areas, saying it has
documented at least 44 incidents of insurgents using or storing the
weapons. Doctors began investigating whether dozens of girls were
poisoned at a high school in northern Afghanistan after 61 girls
went to the hospital because of sudden illness.
2009 May 11, US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates replaced General David McKiernan as the
commander of the Afghanistan war, saying the Obama administration
needs "fresh thinking" to turn around the war against a resurgent
Taliban. Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal was named to replace McKiernan.
2009 May 12, In eastern
Afghanistan 11 Taliban suicide bombers attacked government buildings
in Khost, sparking running gunbattles that killed at least 20 people
and wounded three US troops. US and Afghan troops freed 20 hostages
taken by the insurgents. Another 98 Afghan girls were rushed to
hospital in the latest in a spate of mysterious poisonings to hit
three schools north of Kabul in a fortnight. Militants fired several
rockets at two other US military bases in eastern Paktika province.
Six militants were killed when US troops used artillery and
airstrikes to fire back. Two people not involved in the fight were
(AP, 5/12/09)(AFP, 5/12/09)(AP, 5/13/09)
2009 May 13, In Afghanistan a
vehicle drove up to the first gate outside Camp Salerno, on the edge
of Khost city, and exploded. 7 people were killed and 21 others were
wounded. Int’l. troops opened fire on a civilian vehicle in Wardak
province, killing a father and his son. A gunbattle between police
and Taliban in western Badghis province left one officer dead.
(AP, 5/13/09)(AFP, 5/13/09)(AP, 5/14/09)
2009 May 14, In southern
Afghanistan overnight fighting between Afghan police and insurgents
left 11 militants dead in Kandahar province. A British pilot was
injured after his jet crashed following takeoff in the same region.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner pledged increased financial
support for police and health care following a meeting with
President Hamid Karzai. A suicide car bomber struck a police station
in Kandahar province's Spinboldak district, leaving only the bomber
dead and 5 others wounded.
2009 May 15, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 NATO were killed in fighting with insurgents. In
southern Helmand province 22 Taliban militants, including three
regional commanders, were killed in overnight fighting.
2009 May 16, In Afghanistan 6
militants, including a "foreign national," were killed in a clash
with troops in Uruzgan province. 5 Taliban insurgents who were
preparing suicide vests in a house in central Ghazni province were
killed when some of the explosives detonated.
2009 May 17, In southern
Afghanistan militant attacks and a roadside bomb explosion killed 11
policemen and an army soldier in areas plagued by a violent Taliban
2009 May 18, In Afghanistan a
group of Afghan army soldiers in Jalalabad opened fire in a market,
killing three shopkeepers. Rocket-propelled grenades and machine
gunfire rained down on a motorcade carrying Ahmad Wali Karzai, the
brother of Afghanistan's president, in an apparent assassination
attempt. A bodyguard was killed.
2009 May 19, In Afghanistan an
airstrike by NATO-led forces killed eight Afghan civilians following
a battle with militants in southern Helmand province, where Afghan
troops also killed 25 militants. This was the beginning of a 4-day
(AP, 5/20/09)(AP, 5/23/09)
2009 May 20, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb near Kabul killed two Americans, one service member
and a civilian. 7 militants died after a firefight and airstrikes in
central Ghazni province.
(AP, 5/20/09)(AP, 5/21/09)
2009 May 21, In Afghanistan two
militants were killed and six others detained after a clash in
southern Helmand province. A US military statement said US and
Afghan forces had seized 16.5 tons of drugs and killed 34 Islamic
militants during a 3-day operation in the south.
(AP, 5/21/09)(SFC, 5/22/09, p.A2)
2009 May 23, In Afghanistan a
group of Taliban fighters in Ghazni province ambushed police in a
market and one civilian was killed in the firefight. The US military
updated earlier reports and said international and Afghan forces
have killed 60 militants and seized 102 tons (92 metric tons) of
opium poppy seeds, drugs and chemicals during a four-day operation
in southern Helmand province. A British soldier with the NATO-led
alliance was killed in a bomb blast in the insurgency-hit south of
(AP, 5/23/09)(AFP, 5/24/09)
2009 May 24, In Afghanistan US
troops detained 4 suspected Al-Qaida members during a raid in Khost
(SFC, 5/25/09, p.A2)
2009 May 25, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four civilians in Zabul province.
An operation by US-led forces against a Taliban commander left 3
people dead and a woman and child wounded in Helmand province. US
forces killed eight Taliban fighters in a clash Uruzgan province. 2
coalition troops and 3 Afghan policemen were wounded during the
(AP, 5/25/09)(AP, 5/26/09)
2009 May 26, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed an explosives-rigged car into a military
convoy in eastern Kapisa province, killing three American soldiers
and three Afghan civilians. In the eastern Logar province US and
Afghan troops called in airstrikes on two groups of militants,
killing 13 insurgents. In eastern Khost province, a convoy of Afghan
and American troops killed the driver of a car when the vehicle did
not slow down in response to shouts to stop and warning shots.
2009 May 27, In Afghanistan air
strikes, gunbattles and attacks killed 28 people across the country,
including a government official shot dead with three of his sons
near the Pakistani border. Mohammad Nader, governor of the Omna
district in the eastern province of Paktika, was travelling with his
family to go back home near the Pakistan border when armed
2009 May 28, In eastern
Afghanistan US coalition troops attacked a suspected foreign fighter
camp, killing 34 insurgents, including Arabs and Pakistanis, in an
intense firefight in Paktika province. In southern Afghanistan
US-led coalition forces killed 35 militants and wounded 13 others
during a clash. Insurgents in Zabul province killed eight truck
drivers ferrying supplies for foreign troops. A NATO soldier died
after a roadside bomb attack in the south.
(AP, 5/28/09)(AP, 5/29/09)
2009 May 28, A ship packed with
Afghan migrants sank off Indonesia's western coast, killing at least
9 people and leaving 11 others missing.
(AP, 5/28/09)(AP, 5/29/09)
2009 May 29, In Afghanistan
five militants were killed in an operation in the Musa Qala region
of southern Helmand province. Six militants were killed during a
battle with police in the western province of Farah. Two would-be
suicide attackers were shot and killed in Herat. In Kandahar
province a roadside bomb killed four civilians.
2009 May 30, In western
Afghanistan an overnight battle in a militant-controlled region of
Badgis province killed 30 insurgents and nine Afghan soldiers, while
a roadside bomb in northern Kunduz province wounded an Afghan
governor. A militant attack on a police checkpoint in Farah province
killed four police.
(AP, 5/30/09)(AP, 5/31/09)
2009 May 31, Afghan and NATO
troops killed 18 Taliban militants after insurgents attacked a joint
patrol in Farah province. In southern Afghanistan a US service
member died of non-combat-related injuries.
2009 Jun 1, The US military
announced the death of US service member the previous day from
non-combat-related injuries in southern Afghanistan by posting the
news on Twitter hours before announcing it in a more formal press
statement. Officials said the US military in Afghanistan is
launching a Facebook page, a YouTube site and feeds on Twitter as
part of a new communications effort to reach readers who get their
information on the Internet rather than in newspapers. Mullah Mansur
was killed in a strike by helicopters in Helmand province. 4
US soldiers were killed by 2 roadside bombs in Wardak province.
(AP, 6/1/09)(AP, 6/2/09)(SFC, 6/2/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 1, Belgian PM Herman
Van Rompuy vowed to double civilian aid to Afghanistan and welcomed
plans to increase non-military assistance during a visit to Kabul.
2009 Jun 2, Six Afghan family
members, including two children, were killed in an explosion close
to the US Bagram military base outside Kabul. The Ministry of
Interior said that suspected insurgents carried out a suicide
bombing against the family while they were traveling in a car.
Afghan and coalition forces attacked a residential compound in
Wardak province, killing six militants. The men were said to be
connected to a militant commander blamed for multiple attacks. In
eastern Afghanistan insurgents killed a soldier serving with NATO. A
convoy in Paktia province was hit by a blast that killed one
security guard. A second improvised explosive device then ripped
through the convoy and killed nine guards in another vehicle. An
American soldier and an Afghan interpreter were killed by a roadside
bomb also in Paktia province. 11 Taliban militants were killed in a
joint operation in Zabul province. 2 policemen were killed and five
others were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in southern Kandahar
(AP, 6/2/09)(AP, 6/3/09)(SFC, 6/4/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 3, Five Afghan private
security guards escorting a supply convoy in Kandahar province were
killed in a suicide bombing near the southern border with Pakistan.
2009 Jun 4, In Afghanistan
insurgents killed three US soldiers in a bomb and small-arms attack
on their vehicle in Kapisa province, considered a stronghold of
insurgents loyal to Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (Hikmatyar).
A man was killed in Nangarhar by a bomb he was trying to plant
inside a university faculty. Police found the body of Yeiya Mulaye
Azhar, a candidate in the provincial elections in Wardak province.
he had been kidnapped 11 days earlier.
(AP, 6/4/09)(AP, 6/5/09)(SFC, 6/5/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 5, Three Afghan
children were killed by a mortar left over from a battle between
police and Taliban. Two roadside bombs exploded an hour apart in
separate areas of the eastern province of Nangarhar, killing six
policemen. Heavy fighting erupted in eastern Khost when militants
attacked a compound where foreign troops were based. At least 15
militants were killed at the site in the Sabari district. A
policeman and a militia soldier contracted to the US military were
also killed. Police killed three Taliban militants in the
neighboring province of Paktia overnight. Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed two "opposition commanders" in the southern
province of Kandahar. Another four militants were killed in
incidents in Farah province in the south and Paktika in the east.
(AFP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)
2009 Jun 6, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomb rocked the southern town of Spin Boldak killing four
people as clashes claimed the lives of another 12 in a fresh wave of
insurgent violence. Taliban militants ambushed a private security
company in the southwestern province of Nimroz, killing three armed
guards and wounding one.
2009 Jun 7, A joint Afghan and
US-led coalition operation against insurgents in southern Zabul
province killed more than 20 Taliban fighters. After the operation a
roadside bomb exploded and killed one Afghan policeman as the forces
were returning to base. A militant ambush in northwest Faryab
province killed four policemen. Another Taliban attack in the
eastern province of Paktika killed the police chief in Sarhawza
district. Militants elsewhere in Paktika ambushed a truck of private
security guards, killing four of them.
2009 Jun 9, In northeastern
Afghanistan a grenade explosion in a crowded bazaar near a convoy of
US Army troops in Kunar province killed 2 people and wounded about
50, many of them children. Three US troops were wounded in the
blast. In western Ghor province a US military airstrike failed to
kill Mullah Mustafa, a militant commander with reported links to
Iran's elite military Quds Force. Ghor deputy Gov. Karimuddin
Rezazada later said that 10 civilians, including five children, and
12 militants were killed in the airstrikes in Shahrak district. An
Afghan official said a three-day operation against Taliban fighters
in southern Uruzgan province killed 30 militants.
(AP, 6/9/09)(AP, 6/10/09)(AP, 6/11/09)
2009 Jun 10, In Afghanistan
clashes in the north killed 12 insurgents and one Afghan soldier.
The fighting spanned three villages in Baghlan province. Afghan and
NATO forces in western Baghdis "killed and wounded a significant
number of insurgents." No figures were given.
2009 Jun 11, In eastern
Afghanistan NATO mortar rounds killed two Afghan civilians during a
clash with insurgents. Two died later of their injuries while
undergoing treatment. A bomb blast killed a British soldier near
Kandahar. Four other Afghan civilians died in Kunar when a truck
collided with a NATO vehicle.
2009 Jun 12, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber hit a fleet of fuel tankers intended for a NATO
base in Helmand province, killing eight Afghans and wounding 21. A
British soldier was killed Helmand in an explosion during an
operation in Sangin district.
2009 Jun 13, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck a vehicle travelling between the eastern
provinces of Paktya and Khost, near the border with Pakistan, and
killed three Afghan construction workers.
2009 Jun 14, Afghanistan’s
Interior Minister Hanif Atmar said more than 250 people, many of
them militants and some foreign insurgents, were killed during
attacks by the Taliban in 25 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces last
week. Police and civilians were also among the dead. He also warned
that Islamist militants would attempt to sabotage the August 20
2009 Jun 15, US Gen. Stanley
McChrystal formally assumed command of American and NATO troops in
(SFC, 6/16/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 15, Leaders from
Central Asia, China and Afghanistan joined Russia's President Dmitry
Medvedev at a summit. Members of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation
Organization (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan) and leaders of observer nations (Iran, Pakistan, India
and Mongolia) met in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg for
two days of talks that are expected to include extensive discussions
2009 Jun 17, In southern
Afghanistan 3 Danish soldiers were when a bomb exploded as their
vehicle passed down Highway 1 heading toward the town of Barakhzai
in Helmand province.
2009 Jun 19, New York Times
reporter David S. Rohde (41) escaped from kidnappers in Pakistan
after more than seven months in captivity and was flown to Bagram
Air Base in Afghanistan the next day.
2009 Jun 18, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb strapped to a parked bicycle exploded near a
construction office in Kandahar city, killing one employee and a
child about 11 years old. Afghan and International forces killed 16
Taliban militants in a gunbattle in Uruzgan province. One police
officer also died in the fighting.
(AP, 6/18/09)(AP, 6/19/09)
2009 Jun 19, In Afghanistan a
university student in Kandahar City was found dead with his throat
cut in a side room of a mosque where he had gone to study. A British
soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) was killed in an explosion while on patrol near the town of
Lashkar Gah in the southern province of Helmand. A roadside bomb
tore through a car in the western province of Herat, killing six
members of a family. 26 Taliban were killed in an air strike
conducted by foreign forces near Lashkar Gah. 7 other insurgents
were killed elsewhere in Helmand.
(AP, 6/19/09)(AFP, 6/20/09)
2009 Jun 20, In eastern
Afghanistan one soldier serving with the US-led coalition was killed
in an insurgent attack.
2009 Jun 21, In Afghanistan a
rare rocket attack on Bagram Air Base, the main US base, killed two
US troops and wounded six other Americans, including two civilians.
2009 Jun 22, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorbike killed 7 civilians when he drove into
the center of eastern Khost city and set off explosives. In Kandahar
province another suicide bomber killed 3 Afghan soldiers in an
attack on a convoy of troops inspecting a highway bridge for
explosives. In eastern Nangarhar province, an explosion at a weapons
cache killed a 6-year-old boy and wounded 20 others. A major clash
in the southwestern province of Farah left nine militants and two
Afghan troops dead.
(AP, 6/22/09)(AP, 6/23/09)
2009 Jun 23, In Afghanistan 3
German soldiers were killed when their patrol near the northern city
of Kunduz came under fire. A suicide car bombing targeting a US-led
military convoy in the eastern province of Ghazni killed two
passers-by. Also in Ghazni, Taliban ambushed a police convoy,
killing a policeman. 3 Afghan aid workers were killed in a roadside
bombing in the northern province of Jawzjan. Another blast killed
three policeman just outside the southern city of Kandahar. Afghan
and coalition forces killed 23 suspected Taliban fighters in a clash
in southern Uruzgan province. Mullah Ismail, a Taliban commander in
the region, was killed during the clash. A box of leaflets dropped
from a British plane killed a girl.
(AFP, 6/23/09)(AP, 6/24/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Jun 27, The United States
announced a new drug policy for opium-rich Afghanistan, saying it
was phasing out funding for eradication programs while significantly
increasing its funding for alternate crop and drug interdiction
efforts. Insurgent bomb attacks in Afghanistan killed a provincial
deputy police chief and two civilians as Taliban militants stormed a
checkpoint overnight and killed eight policemen. President Hamid
Karzai called on Taliban and other militants to "vote for the
president they want" in Afghanistan's presidential election, while a
Taliban spokesman said militants would "disrupt" the vote without
(AP, 6/27/09)(AFP, 6/27/09)
2009 Jun 28, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber attacked a police vehicle in
Nangarhar province, killing a child nearby and wounding nine people,
including four policemen.
2009 Jun 29, In Afghanistan
gunfire broke out after Afghan forces moved into a heavily protected
government complex in Kandahar and demanded the release of a man
accused of forging documents who was being held there. When the
Afghan forces threatened to release the suspect by force, the
provincial police chief was called in to talk. Among the officials
killed were provincial police chief Matiullah Qati and the
province's criminal investigations director. Total death tolls from
Afghan officials ranged from between five and 10 police killed. 41
private guards were disarmed and arrested. They were to be sent to
Kabul for a military trial.
2009 Jun 30, Navy Adm. James
Stavridis replaced Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock at a change of
command ceremony at the US military's Patch Barracks near Stuttgart
attended by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Stavridis, as the new head of
the US European Command and NATO's top military leader, said
quelling the Afghan insurgency would take more than bullets, calling
for efforts to rebuild roads, schools and farms to win local support
against the Taliban. A US soldier went missing and was believed
captured by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan. He was later
identified as Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl (23) of Ketchum, Idaho.
(AP, 6/30/09)(AP, 7/2/09)(AP, 7/19/09)
2009 Jul 1, In southern
Afghanistan an explosion killed two NATO troops and wounded six
2009 Jul 2, Thousands of US
Marines poured from helicopters and armored vehicles into
Taliban-controlled villages in southern Afghanistan in Operation
Khanjar (Strike of the Sword), the first major operation under
President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize the country. A
parallel British operation, Panchai Palang (Panther’s Claw), fought
the Taliban for control of the Nad Ali district. The Taliban
responded with their own Operation Foladi (Iron Net).
(AP, 7/2/09)(AP, 7/6/09)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.40)
2009 Jul 3, US Marines moved
into villages in Taliban strongholds in southern Afghanistan,
meeting little resistance as they tried to win over local chiefs on
the second day of the biggest military operation here since the fall
of the Taliban government in 2001. In southeast Afghanistan two US
soldiers were killed when their base came under attack. The attack
included an attempted suicide truck bombing of the base in the Zirok
district of southeastern Paktika province. As many as 30 Taliban
insurgents might have been killed when troops called in air strikes.
(AP, 7/3/09)(AP, 7/6/09)
2009 Jul 3, A top Kremlin aide
said Russia will allow the US to ship weapons across its territory
to Afghanistan, in a gesture aimed at bolstering US military
operations and improving strained ties between Washington and
2009 Jul 4, In Afghanistan
insurgent attacks in Helmand province killed 3 British soldiers.
Gunmen in the east abducted 16 mine-clearing personnel working for
the United Nations as they traveled between Paktia and Khost
(Reuters, 7/4/09)(AP, 7/5/09)(AP, 7/6/09)
2009 Jul 6, In northern
Afghanistan four US soldiers were among six people killed by a
roadside bomb in Kunduz province. Two Americans were killed in a
roadside blast in southern Afghanistan. An American soldier died in
a firefight with militants in the east. In southern Kandahar, a
suicide bomber killed two people when he drove a car packed with
explosives toward a line of truck drivers waiting to supply foreign
troops. The Taliban movement said they had launched a guerrilla
operation to thwart a major assault by newly deployed US Marines on
their Helmand strongholds. 3 NATO troops died in a helicopter crash
in Zabul province.
(AP, 7/6/09)(AFP, 7/6/09)(AP, 7/7/09)
2009 Jul 7, In eastern
Afghanistan a hand grenade thrown at a police vehicle exploded in a
crowd, killing one civilian and wounding 28 others in Khost
province. A British soldier died in an explosion in Helmand
province. He was the 7th British soldier killed in Afghanistan in a
week. Hundreds of insurgents attacked police posts and a government
building in eastern Nuristan province. The attacks continued into
the next day leaving 6 policemen and 21 insurgents dead. (AP,
2009 Jul 8, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb attack killed two NATO soldiers.
2009 Jul 9, An Afghan
government spokesman said President Hamid Karzai has pardoned five
heroin smugglers, at least one of them a relative of a man who heads
Karzai's campaign for re-election next month. A truck rigged with
explosives blew up near Kabul killing 25 people including 13 primary
school students. Militants attacked a district headquarters in the
southern province of Zabul, sparking a clash in which 15 Taliban
were killed. 30 insurgents planting bombs in a road in Zabul were
killed in an Afghan military ambush. Overnight clashes with troops
killed 27 suspected militants in Helmand.
(Reuters, 7/9/09)(AFP, 7/9/09)
2009 Jul 10, In Afghanistan 8
British soldiers were reported killed over the last 24 hours. A US
service member wounded in June in Afghanistan died in the US.
(AP, 7/11/09)(AP, 7/12/09)
2009 Jul 11, In Afghanistan
bomb blasts killed 2 US Marines in Helmand province. At least six
police officers were killed by roadside bombs, two in southern
Helmand province and at least four south of Kabul in Logar province.
In a gunbattle in eastern Paktia province between insurgents and
Afghan police, two militants and one police officer were killed.
(AP, 7/12/09)(SFC, 7/13/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 13, In southern
Afghanistan 2 US Marines were killed in a hostile incident. An
insurgent attack in eastern Nuristan province killed a US soldier.
The police chief of Jalrez district in Wardak province was killed
along with 3 officers in a roadside blast.
(AP, 7/14/09)(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 14, In Afghanistan a
NATO-contracted helicopter was shot down killing six Ukrainian crew
members on board and an Afghan child on the ground in Helmand
province. A roadside bomb killed one Italian soldier and wounded
three others in western Afghanistan. Another roadside blast hit a
civilian vehicle in Uruzgan province, killing three people and
wounded six others. US coalition and Afghan forces searched
compounds in Kandahar and found bomb-making materials, mortar
rounds, AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and 100 pounds (45
kilograms) of opium.
(AP, 7/14/09)(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A2)(AP, 7/26/09)
2009 Jul 15, In Afghanistan at
least 4 civilians were killed and 13 were wounded in a late night
airstrike on the southern village of Shawalikot. 3 police were
killed by a suicide car bomber in Nimroz province, and two Afghan
army soldiers died in two other attacks in the south. NATO forces
killed two insurgents in an attack in the east.
2009 Jul 16, In southeastern
Afghanistan local Taliban commanders threatened to kill a captured
American soldier unless the US military stops operations in Ghazni
province's Giro district and Paktika province's Khoshamand district.
The British soldier was killed during a foot patrol near Gereshk in
southern Helmand province.
(AP, 7/16/09)(AP, 7/17/09)
2009 Jul 17, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through a vehicle, killing a
British soldier and 11 civilians, including five children. In
Nangarhar province, a gunfight broke out between Taliban fighters
and local civilians after militants fired at an Afghan army officer
who had come to visit his relatives. 3 militants and two civilians
were killed and one civilian was missing. Eleven militants were
captured, eight of them Pakistanis.
(AP, 7/17/09)(AP, 7/18/09)(SFC, 7/18/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 18, In Afghanistan a
US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet crashed in central
Ghazni, killing the two crew members. A suicide driver blew up his
explosive-laden vehicle next to an Afghan army convoy in Zabul
province, killing three soldiers and wounding three others. 35
militants were killed during a joint operation by Afghan and
coalition troops in the Shah Walk Kot district of Kandahar province.
In Nangarhar province a suicide bomber attacked the Afghan-Pakistan
border crossing at Torkham, killing a border police officer and a
(AP, 7/18/09)(AP, 7/19/09)
2009 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan a Russian-owned civilian Mi-8 helicopter crashed and
burst into flames shortly after takeoff from the Kandahar NATO base,
killing 16 civilians in the latest in a string of deadly aircraft
crashes in the country. Gunmen killed a candidate for provincial
council in Kunduz province as he was traveling to a campaign event.
The US military denounced the release of a video showing a soldier
captured in Afghanistan, describing the images as Taliban propaganda
that violated international law. 3 civilians were killed when German
troops opened fire on their pickup truck. In Farah province, a van
full of civilians hit a roadside bomb, killing 11 people on board,
including a child and his mother. A British soldier was killed by an
explosion while on a foot patrol in the Sangin region of Helmand
(AP, 7/19/09)(Reuters, 7/19/09)(AP, 7/20/09)
2009 Jul 20, In Afghanistan 10
Taliban were killed and three other militants wounded while making
bombs in a house in Ghazni province. A roadside bomb killed 4 US
(AP, 7/21/09)(SFC, 7/21/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 21, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants attacked three government buildings in Gardez and
a US base near Jalalabad and in near-simultaneous attacks, a
signature of major Taliban assaults. 8 insurgents and 5 Afghan
security forces died. Canadian troops were involved in two shooting
incidents in southern Afghanistan, killing a girl and wounding three
policemen. Afghan authorities said later that police arrested 7
would-be suicide bombers, who would have inflicted mayhem in further
(AP, 7/21/09)(AP, 7/23/09)(AFP, 7/25/09)
2009 Jul 22, Officials said
Afghanistan was repositioning forces to the south after complaints
too few are involved in major US and British offensives against the
Taliban. A convoy belonging to a minor presidential candidate,
former Taliban commander Mullah Salam Rocketi, was ambushed as he
returned to Kabul after campaigning in northern Baghlan and one of
his campaign officials was killed.
2009 Jul 23, In Afghanistan an
operation conducted by US-led coalition forces in the Baidar area of
Gelan district killed eight Taliban, five of them foreigners.
2009 Jul 24, In Afghanistan
four Taliban were killed in a clash with foreign forces In northern
Balkh province. Fighting killed two US soldiers. NATO troops came
under fire in the east and one NATO soldier was killed. Air strikes
followed killing several insurgents. Up to 12 insurgents were killed
in a gun battle with US-led troops in the eastern province of
(AFP, 7/24/09)(AP, 7/25/09)
2009 Jul 25, In Afghanistan 7
suicide bombers tried to storm state targets in Khost, killing one
civilian and wounding others in the third Taliban commando raid in a
week. A British soldier was killed when a bomb exploded in southern
Helmand province. A US service member died during a clash with
insurgents in the south. Afghan elders struck the first local truce
with Taliban insurgents in northwestern Badghis province after
nearly three weeks of talks.
(AFP, 7/25/09)(AP, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 26, It was reported
that Marines in Helmand working alongside DEA-mentored Afghan police
seized 297 tons of poppy seeds, 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of heroin
and 300 pounds (135 kilograms) of opium in raids in mid-July. Some
1,200 pounds (550 kilograms) of hashish and 4,225 gallons (16,000
liters) of chemicals used to convert opium to heroin were also
seized. 5 insurgents were killed in a clash in Kandahar.
(AP, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 27, Afghanistan’s
President Hamid Karzai said he wants new rules governing the conduct
of US-led forces in Afghanistan and would be willing to talk with
Taliban leaders who publicly renounce violence and endorse peace.
The British government announced the end of the first phase of
Operation Panther's Claw against the Taliban in southern
Afghanistan, saying it now needs to hold and build on the ground it
has cleared of insurgents. A Taliban rocket killed 4 civilians at
home in the central province of Ghazni overnight. A civilian was
killed in a bomb blast in eastern Khost province. The US military in
Afghanistan said it has stopped releasing body counts of insurgents
believed killed in operations because the tolls distract from the US
objective of protecting Afghans.
(AP, 7/27/09)(AFP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 28, The top UN
official in Afghanistan urged the Taliban not to disrupt elections,
as militants killed nine people, ambushed a presidential campaign
manager and fired rockets into a UN compound.
2009 Jul 28, Richard Holbrooke,
the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in Brussels
that Taliban militants are receiving more funding from sympathizers
abroad than from Afghanistan's illegal drug trade. NATO military
officials in Afghanistan have estimated that the Taliban raise
between $60-$100 million a year from the trade in illegal narcotics.
2009 Jul 28, A majority of
people in Britain see the Afghan war as impossible to win, according
to a new poll taken amid steeply rising casualties and growing
government emphasis on finding a political solution to the conflict.
2009 Jul 30, The Taliban urged
Afghans to stay away from the Aug. 20 elections, dismissing the
balloting as an "American process" and threatening to block roads to
polling stations. In western Afghanistan a Taliban ambush on a NATO
convoy left nine insurgents and a policeman dead. A Taliban unit
ambushed a convoy of electoral material in Farah province.
Insurgents killed four Afghan soldiers in the gunbattle but the
ballots and other voting material were retrieved.
(AP, 7/30/09)(AP, 7/31/09)
2009 Jul 31, In Afghanistan a
US service member died in the south of the country. In Geneva the UN
issued a report stating that the number of civilians killed in
conflict in Afghanistan has jumped 24% so far this year, with
bombings by insurgent and airstrikes by international forces the
biggest single killers.
2009 Aug 1, In Afghanistan 3 US
troops were killed by improvised explosives in Kandahar province and
a French soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in Kapisa
province. Two more ISAF troops were killed when two bomb blasts
struck their patrol in the south. A dozen rebels were killed in a
gunfight with police in the southwestern province of Nimroz. 4
Afghan soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside
bomb planted by "terrorists" in southern Helmand province. 3
policemen including a senior officer were killed when their vehicle
struck a roadside bomb in the northern province of Baghlan.
(AFP, 8/1/09)(AFP, 8/2/09)
2009 Aug 2, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 American soldiers died in a complex militant ambush,
raising NATO's two-day August death toll to nine and continuing the
bloodiest period of the eight-year war for US and allied troops.
2009 Aug 3, In Afghanistan a
bomb hidden in a rubbish bin exploded near a police convoy in Herat,
killing 12 people, including a woman and a girl and 2 police
officers, as a wave of Taliban violence gripped the nation ahead of
elections. An ambush in Faryab province killed an Afghan driver, but
his passenger, a Korean engineer, escaped without injury.
(AFP, 8/3/09)(SSFC, 8/2/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 3, Anders Fogh
Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister, took office as NATO's new
secretary-general. He said his top priorities would be guiding the
war in Afghanistan to a successful conclusion, repairing ties with
Russia, and expanding NATO's partnership with moderate nations in
North Africa and the Middle East.
2009 Aug 4, In Afghanistan a
string of rockets slammed into Kabul at daybreak in the first major
attack on the relatively calm Afghan capital in the run-up to this
month's presidential election. A child and a man were lightly
wounded when they were hit by flying glass in residential areas next
to the airport, where most of the rockets landed. A suicide bomber
killed five people and wounded 18 in southern Zabul province.
2009 Aug 4, NATO's governing
body approved a plan to reorganize the alliance's command structure
in Afghanistan by setting up a new headquarters to handle the
day-to-day running of the war.
2009 Aug 5, Outraged southern
Afghan villagers said that a pre-dawn airstrike by foreign troops
killed three children and a man in the latest case of civilian
deaths at the hands of Western troops. A US military spokeswoman
said a helicopter had fired on four insurgents carrying jugs on
motorcycles through a field away from a populated area of the local
district, Arghandab. In eastern Nangarhar province a roadside bomb
killed two tribal elders and four armed guards. Across southern
Afghanistan roadside explosions and a US airstrike killed at least
15 people, including members of a family who hit a mine on their way
to a wedding party.
(AP, 8/5/09)(AP, 8/6/09)
2009 Aug 6, In western
Afghanistan four American service members were killed in a roadside
bombing. 3 British paratroopers were killed after their armored
vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb and Taliban opened fire during a
patrol with Afghan forces north of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.
Roadside bombs killed 5 policemen in Kandahar's Arghandab district.
An airstrike in Zabul province killed 3 suspected militants who were
planting a bomb on a road.
(AP, 8/6/09)(AP, 8/7/09)
2009 Aug 7, In eastern
Afghanistan an American service member was killed in an attack on a
convoy. A blast in Kandahar's Zhari district killed an Afghan guard
escorting a NATO supply convoy.
2009 Aug 8, NATO helicopters
wounded five Afghan police by mistake during a battle with
insurgents in Ghazni province. A British soldier, serving with
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was killed by
an improvised explosive device (IED). A US soldier was killed in the
south in a hostile fire incident.
(Reuters, 8/8/09)(AFP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/11/09)
2009 Aug 9, In Afghanistan a
suicide attacker in a bomb-filled vehicle blew up close to a US-led
coalition military convoy in Nangarhar province, but did no harm to
the troops. 3 Afghan army soldiers were killed after their vehicle
was struck by a roadside bomb in Shahjoy district, Zabul province. A
US soldier was killed in the south in a hostile fire incident.
(AFP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/11/09)
2009 Aug 10, At least three
Afghan police and two civilians were killed in a brazen attack by
Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers on government buildings near
Kabul. A US soldier was killed in the south in a hostile fire
incident. 22 Taliban insurgents and two Afghan soldiers also died in
(Reuters, 8/10/09)(AP, 8/11/09)
2009 Aug 11, An Afghan official
said authorities have hired some 10,000 Afghan tribesmen to protect
this month's presidential election, raising the possibility that
village militias could be enlisted to fight against the Taliban. In
southern Afghanistan roadside bombs killed nine civilians. The body
of a Polish soldier, who had disappeared while under fire a day
earlier, was found in Ghazni province.
2009 Aug 12, In southern
Afghanistan helicopter-borne US Marines backed by Harrier jets
stormed a Taliban-held town before dawn, launching a new operation
(Eastern Resolve 2) to uproot Taliban fighters from a longtime base
and provide security for next week's presidential election. Marines
said they killed between seven and 10 militants in Dahaneh and
seized about 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of opium, which the militants
use to finance their insurgency. A blast on a road in the Gereshk
district of Helmand province ripped through a vehicle carrying a
family, killing 11 people, including two women and nine men. In
Kandahar province three children were killed after they started
playing with a bomb which they had found on the side of the road
west of the provincial capital.
(AP, 8/12/09)(AP, 8/13/09)
2009 Aug 12, Australian forces
shot 2 Afghan policemen on a motorcycle at the Dorafshan checkpoint
near Tarin Kowt. One of the Afghans was shot 16 times and died. The
other was wounded. The Australian military later said the soldiers
did not know the men were police and were acting in self-defense.
2009 Aug 15, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb exploded outside the main gate of NATO's
headquarters five days before presidential elections, killing seven
and wounding 91 in the biggest attack in the Afghan capital in six
months. A British soldier succumbed to injuries sustained while out
on foot patrol in Helmand province, becoming the 201st British
military fatality in Afghanistan.
(AP, 8/15/09)(AFP, 8/16/09)
2009 Aug 16, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai took part in a live television debate with two of his
main rivals running in this week's election, a first for an
incumbent head of state in the war-scarred country. The Afghan
defense ministry said that more than 30 rebels, including
foreigners, were killed in an operation pounding Taliban centers in
a bid to secure a northeast troublespot for key elections. Two US
troops and a US civilian died in gun and bomb attacks in eastern
Afghanistan. 3 British soldiers were killed in an explosion in the
(AFP, 8/16/09)(AFP, 8/17/09)
2009 Aug 17, In Afghanistan
former Uzbek militia chief General Abdul Rashid Dostum threw his
support behind President Hamid Karzai one day after returning from
exile in Turkey. Four minor candidates announced they were
withdrawing and throwing their support behind Karzai. A roadside
bomb in southern Afghanistan killed a US service member, while an
American civilian working for the military died after insurgents
attacked a patrol in the east.
2009 Aug 18, A Taliban suicide
bomber attacked a NATO convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, killing 8
people and wounding more than 50, just days before the presidential
election that the militant group has vowed to disrupt. A suicide
bomber struck the gates of an Afghan army base in the southern
Uruzgan province, killing 3 Afghan soldiers and two civilians. Two
US soldiers were killed and 3 wounded in a separate blast in eastern
(AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/19/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 19, Afghan journalists
rejected a Foreign Ministry demand that they suspend the
broadcasting of news about attacks or violence on election day,
accusing the government of unconstitutional censorship. Police
stormed a bank in Kabul and killed three insurgents who had taken it
over, while a wave of attacks killed at least six election workers
around the country on the eve of the presidential election.
2009 Aug 20, Afghans voted to
elect a president for only the second time in history as fears
emerged of poor turnout. Some $300 million was spent in
organizational costs alone. Top security officials said 26 civilians
and security forces have died in election-day militant attacks.
Insurgents launched scattered rocket, suicide and bomb attacks that
closed some polling sites. In northern Baghlan province, insurgent
attacks closed 14 polling sites, and several police were reported
killed. In southern Helmand province more than 20 rockets landed in
the capital of Lashkar Gah, including one near a line of voters that
killed a child. Initial election results weren't expected until Aug
22. Taliban militants cut off the nose and both ears of an Afghan
father of 8 he tried to vote. The attack became the third confirmed
report of the Taliban mutilating people who sought to cast ballots
in the electoral contest. Some 400 insurgent incidents took place
during the poll.
(AP, 8/20/09)(AP, 8/31/09)(Econ, 8/29/09,
p.35)(Econ, 11/7/09, p.40)
2009 Aug 21, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's campaign and chief rival Abdullah Abdullah both said
they had won Afghanistan's election, but Washington's chief envoy
warned candidates not to declare victory prematurely.
2009 Aug 23, Afghan former
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, President Karzai's main
challenger, said he had evidence last week's election had been
widely rigged by the incumbent and that he had lodged more than 100
complaints. The Election Complaints Commission (ECC) said it had
received 225 complaints of which 35 had been labeled a priority. An
American service member died in an insurgent attack. Two Estonian
soldiers were killed after their unit stumbled on a roadside bomb in
southern Helmand province.
(Reuters, 8/23/09)(AP, 8/24/09)
2009 Aug 23, NATO military
commanders told US President Barack Obama's envoy on that they
needed more troops and other resources to beat back a resurgent
Taliban, particularly in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan
2009 Aug 24, Mohammed Jawad
(~21), a Guantanamo prisoner once charged with wounding two US
soldiers and their interpreter was back home in Afghanistan, months
after a war crimes case against him unraveled when a military judge
ruled his confession was coerced.
2009 Aug 24, In the eastern
Pakistani city of Sargodha, police arrested six militants in two
raids. They were said to be linked to Mehsud's Taliban and had
planned to launch strikes next week on at least two places of
worship. Among the six was Zaid Mustafa, said to have recruited
potential suicide bombers for training in Afghanistan and who is
suspected of providing logistics, explosives and other support for
terror attacks in Lahore, Karachi or Rawalpindi. Gunmen shot dead an
Afghan television journalist and severely wounded his colleague in
2009 Aug 25, The Afghan
election commission said President Hamid Karzai and top challenger
Abdullah Abdullah both have roughly 40% of the nationwide vote for
president with 10% of ballots counted. A large explosion detonated
in Kandahar and was followed by gunfire on the street afterward. A
major bombing killed at least 43 people and wounded 65 in Kandahar
just after dark.
(AP, 8/25/09)(AP, 8/26/09)
2009 Aug 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai widened his lead after officials released more partial
vote results. The latest returns boosted Karzai's standing to 44.8%
and Abdullah’s at 35.1%. The count was based on returns from 17% of
polling stations nationwide. In eastern Afghanistan a firefight left
as many as 12 militants dead. Reports of the death toll varied
widely. A spokesman of the governor of Paktika province said 12
militants died, while police said two were killed. The US military
did not report any deaths. 7 insurgents, including a wounded
commander, were detained.
(AP, 8/26/09)(AP, 8/27/09)
2009 Aug 27, In Afghanistan a
US service member died in a militant attack involving a roadside
bomb and gunfire, a death that pushed August into a tie with July as
the deadliest months of the eight-year war.
2009 Aug 27, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber hit a security checkpoint at the main border crossing
for convoys ferrying NATO supplies into Afghanistan, killing at
least 19 security officers. A suspected US drone fired two missiles
at a militant hide-out in northwest Pakistan, killing at least six
people and wounding nine.
2009 Aug 28, Afghan Taliban
insurgents ambushed a police convoy, killing three policemen and
wounding about 30 others near Ghazni. In northern Afghanistan
foreign troops attacked a militant commander in Kunduz province,
killing him and his six men. A female militant who engaged troops
with an assault rifle and with ammunition packed to her chest was
among the dead. In eastern Afghanistan an American service member
died in a bomb blast that also wounded Cami McCormick, a CBS Radio
News correspondent. This made August the deadliest month of the
eight-year war for US forces.
(AP, 8/28/09)(AP, 8/29/09)
2009 Aug 28, NATO’s Sec. Gen.
Fogh Rasmussen ended a 2-day visit to Turkey where he got a
commitment for more Turkish troops to work on reconstruction
projects in Afghanistan.
2009 Aug 29, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai widened his lead in the presidential race as new vote
tallies were released, inching closer to the 50 percent threshold of
votes he needs to avoid a run-off. The latest results show Karzai
ahead with 46.2% of the votes already counted against Abdullah's
2009 Aug 29, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he pledged
to speed up the training of Afghan security forces.
2009 Aug 30, Major allegations
of fraud in Afghanistan's presidential election topped 550, more
than doubling the figure investigators reported just two days
2009 Aug 31, In Afghanistan 2
bombings killed two US service members, the last day of the
deadliest month of the war for US forces.
2009 Sep 1, In southern
Afghanistan an American service member died of wounds suffered in a
bombing the day before.
2009 Sep 2, A Taliban suicide
bomber killed Abdullah Laghmani, Afghanistan's deputy chief of
intelligence, during a visit to a mosque in Laghman province. The
blast east of Kabul also killed the executive director of Laghman's
governor's office, the head of Laghman's provincial council, two of
Laghmani's body guards, and 18 civilians. An intelligence officer
kidnapped a few days ago by Taliban militants in Kunduz province was
found hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Baghlan city. 4
militants were killed overnight when a roadside bomb they were
planting detonated. On Dec 20 Abdul Rahman, a Taliban military
commander in Laghman, and three members of his insurgent network
were arrested for the murder of Laghmani.
(AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 12/29/09)
2009 Sep 2, In central
Afghanistan American troops stormed through a hospital run by a
Swedish charity in Wardak province, breaking down doors and tying up
staff in a search for militants. The charity's country director
later said this went against an agreement between NATO forces and
charities working in the area, and was a clear violation of
internationally recognized rules and principles.
2009 Sep 3, The US Embassy in
Afghanistan said it has banned alcohol and assigned American
personnel to watch over the embassy's security guards following
allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct at their living
2009 Sep 4, The US Embassy in
Afghanistan said it has fired eight security guards following
allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct at their living
quarters. Two other guards resigned and also left. All of them
appeared in photographs that depicted guards and supervisors in
various stages of nudity at parties flowing with alcohol. The
management team of the private contractor that provided the guards
was also to being replaced immediately.
2009 Sep 4, In northern
Afghanistan a US jet blasted two fuel tankers hijacked by the
Taliban in Kunduz province, setting off a huge fireball that killed
dozens of civilians who had rushed to the scene to collect fuel. As
many as 142 civilians died in the German-ordered NATO airstrike. The
strike was ordered by the commander of the German base in Kunduz,
Georg Klein, who feared insurgents could use the trucks to carry out
attacks. A French soldier was killed and nine others injured when
their vehicles were hit by a bomb near Bagram Air Base north of
Kabul. A Polish soldier was killed in the east. A French marine was
killed in an IED attack.
(AP, 9/4/09)(AFP, 9/5/09)(AP, 9/17/09)(AP,
10/8/09)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.37)(AP, 9/4/19)
2009 Sep 5, In Afghanistan a US
soldier serving in the NATO-led coalition died after coming under
fire in the east of the country. Gunmen snatched New York Times
reporter Stephen Farrell, who has dual British-Irish nationality,
and his interpreter Sultan Munadi, while they were reporting on the
aftermath of a NATO air strike on fuel tankers that killed scores of
people. On Sep 9 Farrell was freed in a raid that killed a British
soldier as well as Afghan translator Sultan Munadi (34).
(AFP, 9/5/09)(AFP, 9/9/09)
2009 Sep 8, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai surpassed for the first time the 50% threshold needed
to avoid a run-off in the presidential election, according to
preliminary results, but with fraud allegations rising, a UN-backed
commission ordered a re-count of tainted ballots. A suicide car bomb
exploded outside the gates of the ISAF military airport in Kabul,
killing three civilians and wounding nine people, including four
(AP, 9/8/09)(AFP, 9/9/09)
2009 Sep 8, In Afghanistan
Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer (21) saved the lives of 13 Marines and
23 Afghan soldiers during a 6-hour fight the with Taliban that left
5 other US soldiers dead in Kunar province. Marine Staff Sgt. Juan
Rodriguez-Chavez accompanied Meyer. In 2011 the Kentucky farm boy
was awarded the US Medal of Honor. For his valor, Rodriguez-Chavez,
who hailed originally from Acuna, Mexico, would be awarded the Navy
(SFC, 9/15/11, p.A12)(AP, 9/15/11)
2009 Sep 9, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Camp Bastion NATO base in
southern Helmand province, killing at least two Afghan civilians and
wounding several foreign and local troops. British commandos freed
NY Times reporter Stephen Farrell (46) in a raid on a Taliban
hide-out in northern Afghanistan. Farrell and his translator had
been taken hostage on Sep 5. A British soldier died during the raid
as well as Afghan translator, Sultan Munadi (34) and 2 civilians.
(AFP, 9/9/09)(AP, 9/9/09)
2009 Sep 10, The UN-backed
commission investigating fraud in Afghanistan's election issued its
first orders to exclude some ballots from the final tally, throwing
out votes from 83 polling stations in areas of strong support for
President Hamid Karzai. A US service member was killed in an attack
on a patrol. Another service member was killed after coming under
(AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/11/09)
2009 Sep 11, Afghan former
foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, the chief challenger to
President Hamid Karzai, called for a full investigation of hundreds
of reports of fraud in the Aug. 20 presidential contest. 14
civilians were killed Uruzgan province when their vehicle hit a
roadside bomb in Churra district. In Kandahar six civilians were
killed by an improvised explosive device in the Maiwand district.
Four police were killed in Nangarhar when militants attacked a
border police checkpoint. In eastern Paktika province, a suicide
bomber detonated his explosives in Bermel district. Only the bomber
(AP, 9/11/09)(AP, 9/12/09)
2009 Sep 11, Spain's government
agreed to send 220 more troops to Afghanistan, raising the total to
2009 Sep 12, In Afghanistan a
Taliban ambush killed six private security guards working for a
construction company in the eastern province of Kunar. In Khost
province a suspected militant rocket attack killed three civilians
in Sabari district. In Kandahar 3 suicide bombers tried to attack an
office of the country's intelligence agency. Officers and the
bombers traded gunfire. One bomber blew himself up and killed an
intelligence officer, while the other bombers’ explosives went off
but didn't kill anyone. Coalition and Afghan forces killed 11
militants during an overnight raid in northern Kunduz province. In
Kunduz province a turncoat policeman poisoned 8 other officers at a
guard post, killed his commander and called in the Taliban who
beheaded or shot 7 other policemen. A roadside bomb killed two US
troops in the east. In western Afghanistan 3 US soldiers were killed
following a roadside bomb attack and small arms fire. Altogether 50
civilians, security forces and militants were killed in the spate of
attacks, including 20 noncombatants killed in two roadside bomb
explosions. In western Farah province a battle that included
airstrikes killed about 50 Taliban militants after an insurgent
ambush left 3 US troops and 7 Afghan soldiers dead.
(AP, 9/12/09)(AP, 9/13/09)(SSFC, 9/13/09,
p.A4)(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 13, The Afghan health
ministry said it has so far recorded 673 cases of cholera
countrywide in almost a third of the country's 34 provinces,
including Kabul. No deaths have been reported. A British soldier was
killed in an attack on a foot patrol in Helmand province. A 2nd NATO
service member died in a bomb blast in the south.
(AFP, 9/13/09)(AP, 9/14/09)
2009 Sep 13, Al-Qaida leader
Osama bin Laden described President Barack Obama as "powerless" to
stop the war in Afghanistan and threatened to step up guerrilla
warfare there in a new audiotape released to mark the anniversary of
the Sept. 11 attacks in the US.
2009 Sep 14, Afghan and foreign
forces killed 27 Taliban militants in gunfights and an air strike in
a rebel stronghold of Kandahar province. A Taliban spokesman said
four militants were killed and five civilians died in the crossfire.
2009 Sep 15, In northern
Afghanistan a mass grave was unearthed in Ali Abad district of
Kunduz province, containing at least 20 bodies believed to date from
the Soviet-backed government era. During Soviet-backed rule in the
late 1970s, a group of 35 people were arrested in Ali Abad district
and were never heard of again.
2009 Sep 16, Afghanistan's
election commission released preliminary vote totals showing
President Hamid Karzai with 54.6 percent of the vote in the first
full results to be released since the country's Aug. 20 election. A
UN-backed group investigating fraud has ordered a massive audit and
recount of about 10 percent of the country's voting stations. A NATO
service member died from a bomb strike in the south.
(AP, 9/16/09)(AP, 9/17/09)
2009 Sep 17, In Kabul,
Afghanistan, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives
into two Italian military vehicles killing six of those aboard and
wounding four. 10 Afghan civilians were also killed. A US service
member and a Canadian soldier died in separate roadside bomb
explosions in the south.
(AP, 9/17/09)(AP, 9/18/09)
2009 Sep 18, In Afghanistan
gunmen opened fire in a mosque in Jawzjan province, killing five men
and wounding another two.
2009 Sep 19, In Afghanistan two
children were killed when a suicide attacker, believed to have been
a woman, blew herself up in a crowded area of western Herat city. A
Danish soldier was killed and another injured after they came under
fire during a patrol in Helmand province. A suicide attacker drove a
vehicle into a Hungarian convoy morning in the northern city of
Pul-e-Khumri. The suicide attacker was killed, but there were no
casualties in the convoy. An American soldier died in fighting in
(AFP, 9/19/09)(AP, 9/19/09)(AP, 9/20/09)
2009 Sep 20, In Afghanistan
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said 2 US
soldiers were killed in a noncombat-related incident in the south.
The Afghan defense ministry said Afghan and foreign troops will halt
offensive operations in the war against Taliban-led insurgents for
the UN's International Day of Peace on Sep 21.
2009 Sep 20, German authorities
said al Qaeda threatened Germany with attacks for the second time
this weekend in an online video criticizing the country for its
deployment of troops in Afghanistan. The interior ministry
identified al Qaeda's messenger in the latest video as Bekkay
Harrach (32), a German-Moroccan.
2009 Sep 21, Grant Kippen, the
Canadian head of the UN-backed panel investigating fraud in
Afghanistan's presidential vote, said the panel has agreed to allow
a recount of just a sampling of hundreds of thousands of suspect
ballots to speed the process. In southern Afghanistan a roadside
bomb killed an American service member.
(AP, 9/21/09)(AP, 9/22/09)
2009 Sep 21, A Danish court
rejected the military's request to stop a book by a former special
forces soldier from being published. Denmark's armed forces had
asked the Bailiff's Court in Copenhagen to ban Thomas Rathsack's
book, "Ranger: At War With the Elite," for national security
reasons. It describes operations that he took part in as a member of
an army ranger unit in Afghanistan and Iraq.
2009 Sep 22, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb blast killed five people in western Farah province.
Eight others in the van were wounded.
2009 Sep 23, In Afghanistan a
family of seven died when their vehicle struck a bomb in Panjwayi
district, in Kandahar province. All in the car were killed including
two young children.
2009 Sep 24, Afghan officials
started a partial vote recount from last month's presidential
election in a long-awaited procedure due to bring to an end weeks of
uncertainty over the ballot. The process was expected to take about
two weeks. Four US soldiers died in southeastern Zabul province,
three of them killed when their Stryker vehicle hit a bomb, and the
fourth shot to death in an insurgent attack.
(Reuters, 9/25/09)(AP, 9/25/09)
2009 Sep 25, In Afghanistan an
American died of gunshot wounds from and insurgent attack in Nimroz
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 26, In Afghanistan an
airstrike by international forces in Wardak province, bordering
Kabul, killed three Afghan civilians. 7 Taliban militants were
killed in a gunbattle with police in Kunduz province. 3 Afghan
civilians died when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in western
Farah province. Two US service members died in the south, one from a
roadside bomb explosion and the other from an insurgent attack. 3
French soldiers were killed in a violent storm in northeastern
Kapisa province when one was struck by lightning and two others were
carried off by a flooding river. A 4th French soldier was killed
when an armored vehicle fell into a ravine.
2009 Sep 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb explosion targeting Afghanistan's energy minister
killed four civilians in Herat province. In southern Afghanistan a
roadside explosion killed a British soldier on a vehicle patrol in
Helmand province. Taliban militants ambushed a truck convoy in
eastern Kunar province, killing six drivers and burning their
vehicles. A private van hit a roadside bomb in northern Faryab
province. Six of the people inside were killed and another seven
(AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2009 Sep 28, In Afghan three
civilians, including a woman, were killed when their car hit a bomb
in the road between Herat and Kandahar. A US team and Afghan
soldiers killed 30 Taliban fighters at a militant stronghold in
2009 Sep 29, In southern
Afghanistan at least 30 civilians were killed when a bus hit a
roadside bomb in an attack blamed on the Taliban.
2009 Sep 30, In southern
Afghanistan 9 civilians including six children were killed in a NATO
air strike targeting a Taliban position. Four armed Taliban were
also killed in the air attack in Khoshal village in Helmand
2009 Sep 30, The UN dismissed
Peter Galbraith, the top US diplomat at the UN mission in
Afghanistan, after he quarreled with Kai Eide, his European boss,
over the Afghan presidential election.
2009 Oct 1, In Afghanistan an
American died when Taliban militants fired rocket-propelled grenades
at a patrol in eastern Afghanistan. A British airman was killed when
a bomb exploded alongside his patrol near Camp Bastion in southern
Helmand province. Afghans began cashing in on incentives, which
ranged from $50 to $10,000, for information leading to weapons
caches or "the disruption of enemy activities." By the end of the
year “Operation Jaeza" paid out nearly $200,000.
(AP, 10/2/09)(AP, 1/1/10)
2009 Oct 2, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck a US convoy, killing two
American soldiers. Militants attacked a convoy of empty trucks
returning to Pakistan after delivering supplies to a NATO base in
Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan. One driver was killed, three
were wounded and 13 trucks were burned. An Afghan policeman
conducting a joint operation with US soldiers opened fire on the
Americans, killing two of them before fleeing in Wardak province. A
third US service member died of wounds from a bomb attack in Wardak
the day before.
(AP, 10/2/09)(AP, 10/3/09)
2009 Oct 2, President Barack
Obama, while in Copenhagen, met with General Stanley McChrystal, the
top commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, for the first
time since McChrystal presented a grim assessment of the war effort
and requesting more troops.
2009 Oct 3, In Afghanistan a
Taliban attack on a NATO supply convoy killed a civilian contractor
escorting the trucks. Militant fighters streaming from an Afghan
village and a mosque attacked a pair of remote outposts near the
Pakistani border in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province,
killing 8 US soldiers and 3 Afghan soldiers at Combat Outpost
Keating. 13 Afghan police and 2 journalists were captured by the
Taliban, including the local police chief and his deputy. The bodies
of 5 enemy fighters were found after the battle. NATO later said
enemy forces suffered more than 100 dead during the well-coordinated
defense. A roadside bomb southwest of Kabul killed a US service
(AP, 10/3/09)(AP, 10/4/09)(AFP, 10/6/09)(AP,
2/5/10)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.C1)
2009 Oct 4, James Jones, US
national security adviser, said on CNN that Al-Qaida has fewer than
100 fighters operating in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 10/7/09, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/y8kax72)
2009 Oct 5, Afghan election
workers began recounting ballots from the disputed Aug. 20
presidential election, and a senior official said he expected to
announce late next week whether President Hamid Karzai had won or
would face a runoff with his main rival. One British soldier died
after an explosion in southern Afghanistan. The Afghan defense
ministry said Afghan and American forces killed 40 militants in 24
hours as they hunted in mountainous eastern Afghanistan for
insurgents behind the Oct 3 attacks.
(AP, 10/5/09)(AP, 10/6/09)
2009 Oct 6, Afghan forces also
killed eight militants in two separate battles in Zabul and Wardak
2009 Oct 7, The war in
Afghanistan entered its 9th year. In eastern Afghanistan an
insurgent rocket ripped through a bus on a highway, killing two
people aboard and wounding about 25. A Spanish soldier was killed
when a patrol vehicle drove over a mine near the western town of
Heart. American and Afghan forces battled militants in neighboring
Wardak province, killing a number of insurgents.
(AP, 10/7/09)(AP, 10/8/09)
2009 Oct 8, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle outside the Indian Embassy
in the bustling center of Kabul, killing 17 people in the second
major attack in the city in less than a month. The Afghan Foreign
Ministry hinted at Pakistani involvement, a charge Pakistan denied.
2009 Oct 9, Afghan and
international forces killed nine Taliban in a firefight in eastern
Wardak province. 2 Polish soldiers were killed when their vehicle
hit a roadside bomb also in Wardak province. Four others were
2009 Oct 10, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed the district police chief and district governor
of Shah Khil in Paktika province. A US service member died of wounds
suffered in a bombing in southern Afghanistan. In Helmand province
the Afghan army killed four insurgents in Garmser district. In
eastern Khost province, a police car was struck by a roadside bomb
but none of its passengers was injured. However, shrapnel also hit a
nearby car, killing a 12-year-old girl and wounding three other
(Reuters, 10/10/09)(AP, 10/10/09)(AFP, 10/11/09)
2009 Oct 11, Afghan and US
forces killed 16 insurgents in an overnight operation in eastern
2009 Oct 12, Afghanistan's
election watchdog changed its fraud-tallying rules for the second
time in less than a week, switching back to a formula that lowers
the chance of overturning President Hamid Karzai's first-round win.
Under the new rules the commission will not take into account which
candidate it finds benefited most from any fraud. One of the two
Afghans on the UN-backed commission looking into vote fraud in the
August presidential election resigned, citing interference by
2009 Oct 14, British PM Gordon
Brown ordered hundreds more troops to Afghanistan, pledging to
bolster the international effort on the condition that Britain's
allies also do their fair share to support the war effort. He said
Britain's overall contribution would rise to 9,500 troops, an
increase of about 500.
2009 Oct 15, In southern
Afghanistan 4 American troops died in a bombing, as a UN-backed
panel completed most of its investigation into whether the level of
fraud in the August presidential election would require a runoff.
2009 Oct 15, Italy and NATO
denied a newspaper report that the Italian intelligence secretly
paid the Taliban thousands of dollars to maintain peace in an area
in Afghanistan that was under Italian control. The Times of London
had just reported that Italy had paid "tens of thousands of dollars"
to Taliban commanders and warlords in the Surobi district. It
accused Rome of failing to inform its allies about the payments and
of misleading the French, who took over the Surobi district in
mid-2008, into thinking the area was quiet and safe. An ambush of
the French in a mountain pass on Aug. 18, 2008, was the biggest
single combat loss for international forces in Afghanistan in more
than three years.
2009 Oct 16, Four Afghans,
including at least two civilians, died during a firefight between
militants and a joint international-Afghan force in Ghazni province.
IED bomb attacks claimed the lives of 3 US soldiers. An air strike
killed 20 militants in Urgun district, in southern Paktika province.
5 militants were killed in an Afghan army commando operation in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province. In Sangin district, also in
Helmand, one Afghan soldier was killed and another injured during a
(AP, 10/16/09) (AP, 10/17/09)
2009 Oct 18, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters attacked a NATO convoy in western Badghis province.
6 Taliban were killed including a local commander in Bala Murghab
district. In southern Uruzgan province clashes with Afghan and
international forces left eight Taliban dead and three wounded. One
US service member was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED)
attack in the south.
2009 Oct 19, In Afghanistan
fraud investigators threw out hundreds of thousands of votes for
President Hamid Karzai in the country's disputed August election.
The findings set the stage for a runoff between him and his top
challenger. Taliban militants set fire to 15 trucks carrying
supplies to a military base in eastern Ghazni province. Afghan
security guards killed two militants during the fighting. Two Afghan
security troopers were killed in a gun battle overnight with Taliban
fighters near Ghazni city.
2009 Oct 20, Afghanistan's
election commission ordered a Nov. 7 runoff in the disputed
presidential poll after a fraud investigation dropped incumbent
Hamid Karzai's votes below 50 percent of the total. Karzai accepted
the finding and agreed to a second round vote. Afghan and
international forces killed about half a dozen militants during a
raid on compounds used by a Taliban commander in eastern Wardak
2009 Oct 21, In Afghanistan
ex-Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, President Hamid Karzai's
chief political rival, agreed to take part in the Nov. 7 runoff
election, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown in the face
of Taliban threats and approaching winter snows. One US soldier died
of wounds sustained in a bomb attack in the south.
(AP, 10/21/09)(AP, 10/22/09)
2009 Oct 23, In southern
Afghanistan 2 US soldiers were killed by a home-made bomb. A Danish
soldier lost his life in clashes with Taliban-led insurgents in the
2009 Oct 24, Taliban fighters
warned Afghans not to take part in the war-wracked country's
upcoming presidential runoff, threatening to launch a fresh wave of
violence on polling day to stop them. US troops killed four
civilians when they fired on a van approaching their convoy on the
main highway in southern Kandahar province. A bomb killed an
American service member in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 10/24/09)(AP, 10/25/09)
2009 Oct 25, In Afghanistan 2
American service members died, one in a bomb attack in the east, and
another wounds sustained in an insurgent attack in the same region.
2009 Oct 26, In Afghanistan
Nangarhar province Gov. Gul Agha Sherzai survived an assassination
attempt after a gunman fired automatic weapons at his convoy in
Jalalabad. Sherzai's bodyguards killed the gunman, as well as
another attacker wearing a suicide vest and carrying grenades.
Security forces in Kabul fired automatic rifles into the air for a
second day to contain hundreds of stone-throwing university students
angered over the alleged desecration of Islam's holy book. US and
Afghan authorities have denied any such desecration and insist that
the Taliban are spreading the rumor to stir up public anger. A UH-1
and an AH-1 Cobra helicopter collided in flight before sunrise over
the southern province of Helmand, killing 4 American troops. Another
helicopter went down in the west of the country after leaving the
scene of a firefight, killing 10 Americans, including 7 service
members and 3 Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
2009 Oct 27, In Afghanistan 8
US troops died in "multiple, complex" bomb attacks in the south. One
Afghan civilian was also killed, and several other troops were
wounded and taken to a nearby medical facility.
2009 Oct 27, The NY Times
reported that the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been
getting regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency. The
paper said Ahmed Wali Karzai is a suspected player in Afghanistan's
opium trade and has been paid by the CIA over the past eight years
for services that included helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary
force that operates at the CIA's direction in and around the
southern city of Kandahar. Ahmed Wali Karzai denied reports that he
has received regular payments from the CIA for much of the past
(Reuters, 10/28/09)(AP, 10/28/09)
2009 Oct 27, Greek authorities
said 3 adults and 5 children drowned in the eastern Aegean Sea when
a small boat carrying 17 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan hit
rocks near the shore and sank.
2009 Oct 28, President Barack
Obama signed a defense bill into law containing a new provision to
pay Taliban fighters who renounce the insurgency.
2009 Oct 28, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants wearing suicide vests and police uniforms stormed
a guest house used by UN staff in the heart of Kabul. 11 people were
killed, including 5 UN staff, 3 attackers, 2 security guards and an
Afghan civilian. Liberian election worker Yah Lydia Wonyene (47) was
one of the five UN staffers killed. It was the biggest in a series
of attacks intended to undermine next month's presidential runoff
election. The assault included rocket attacks at the presidential
palace and the city's main luxury hotel. Two NATO members were
killed in bomb blasts in the south, including one American.
(AP, 10/28/09)(AP, 10/29/09)(AP, 11/22/09)
2009 Oct 30, In eastern
Afghanistan a taxi carrying nine civilians hit a bomb buried in the
road, killing everyone inside, including a mother and child.
2009 Oct 30, South Korea
announced plans to send troops to Afghanistan to protect its
civilian aid workers, two years after withdrawing its forces
following a fatal hostage crisis.
2009 Oct 31, Amrullah Saleh,
Afghanistan’s intelligence chief, said authorities have arrested
eight people, including one in Saudi Arabia, in connection with this
week's deadly attack on a guest house used by UN employees. He said
those arrested claimed the assailants came from Pakistan's Swat
Valley. In southern Helmand province a British soldier was killed in
an explosion. An American died of wounds suffered from a bomb
(AP, 10/31/09)(AFP, 11/1/09)(AP, 11/1/09)
2009 Nov 1, Afghanistan
Challenger Abdullah Abdullah pulled out of the nation’s run-off
election, plunging the country into fresh political chaos as
international pressure grew for the race to be scrapped. After
Karzai snubbed a series of demands promoted by his rival as a chance
to avoid a repeat of massive first-round fraud, Abdullah said he saw
no point in standing, but stopped short of calling for a boycott.
2009 Nov 2, Afghanistan's
election commission proclaimed President Hamid Karzai the victor of
the country's tumultuous ballot. The cancellation of the runoff vote
came one day after former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah
announced he was pulling out of the Nov. 7 vote. The commission had
the authority to make the decision because the Afghan constitution
only allows for a runoff between two candidates.
2009 Nov 3, Afghanistan's Pres.
Karzai welcomed his new term, by reaching out to opponents and
promising to banish the corruption that has undermined his
administration. In northern Kunduz province, Afghan and
international troops have been fighting for two days to take the
Taliban-held town of Ghor Tapa. About 200 insurgents were holed up
in the town, including foreign fighters, mostly Chechens. 11
insurgents and one Afghan soldier were killed. A "rogue" Afghan
policeman gunned down five British soldiers at a checkpoint in
Helmand province, fuelling growing questions about the Afghan
(AP, 11/3/09)(AFP, 11/4/09)
2009 Nov 4, In western
Afghanistan 2 US paratroopers went missing while trying to recover
airdropped supplies from a river. The body of one soldier was
reported found on Nov 11.
(AP, 11/6/09)(AP, 11/7/09)(AP, 11/11/09)
2009 Nov 5, Afghan villagers
said an overnight rocket strike by international forces killed nine
civilians, including at least 3 children. Local authorities said
they had no reports of civilian deaths. Residents of Korkhashien
village drove the bodies to the governor's office in the nearby
provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. In eastern Khost province,
several hundred people demonstrated against an overnight raid that
killed a resident of Baramkhil village. NATO said the man was a
militant who was killed when Afghan and international forces were
pursuing an insurgent leader who had been recruiting foreign
fighters to the area. The Afghan Defense Ministry said 17 militants
have been killed in three separate clashes in the last 24 hours. 3
NATO service members, including 2 Americans, were killed in two
bombings in the south.
(AP, 11/5/09)(SFC, 11/7/09, p.A3)
2009 Nov 5, The UN said that it
will send more than half its international staff either out of
Afghanistan or into more secure compounds following last week's
deadly Taliban attack against UN workers, the most direct targeting
of its employees during decades of work in the country.
2009 Nov 6, In Afghanistan
fighting between members of a joint search operation and insurgents
in western Afghanistan left 4 Afghan soldiers, three policemen and a
civilian interpreter dead. It appeared that an airstrike during the
search for two US paratroopers mistakenly killed 8 Afghans and
wounded more than 20 Afghan and American forces. The deputy governor
of the southern province of Zabul, Ali Khail, said NATO forces
raided an Afghan Red Crescent office in the city of Qalat, killing a
security guard and arresting three local Red Crescent employees.
NATO issued a statement saying coalition forces killed a militant
and arrested a few suspected militants, including someone who was
helping insurgents transport weapons and bomb-making materials to
2009 Nov 7, In western
Afghanistan an American service member was killed in an insurgent
attack. A British soldier was killed by an explosion in the southern
province of Helmand. In the east militants twice attacked a fuel
supply convoy as it traveled along a main supply route between
Pakistan and Kabul. Police said at least two private security guards
and a policeman were wounded in the attacks.
2009 Nov 8, Afghan Pres. Karzai
pledged that there would be no place for corrupt officials in his
new administration, a demand made by Washington and its
international partners as they ponder sending more troops to
confront the Taliban and shore up his government. Some 350 Taliban
prisoners began a hunger strike at a prison in Kandahar.
(AP, 11/8/09)(AP, 11/9/09)
2009 Nov 9, The Afghan Ministry
of Public Health said that 710 of the 779 cases of H1N1 reported
since early July have been among Afghan, US and Italian troops. The
11 people who have died from the virus were all Afghans, including
2009 Nov 9, NATO said that 700
members of the Afghan security forces and 50 international troops
were involved in a clearing operation in northern Afghanistan. NATO
said Afghan and foreign troops have killed more than 130 insurgents,
including 8 Taliban commanders, in six days of fierce fighting
during a major offensive in the Charhar Dara district in Kunduz.
2009 Nov 10, In Afghanistan a
US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province.
2009 Nov 10, Japan announced $5
billion in fresh aid to Afghanistan even as it plans to bring home
refueling ships supporting US-led forces there. The pledge came just
days before President Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo for talks that
are sure to focus on the countries' military alliance.
2009 Nov 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives near a NATO
military convoy in the province of Zabul, killing a man and a woman
and wounding another three passers-by.
2009 Nov 12, Afghanistan
exported 12 tons of apples to India and touted the shipment as a key
step in exploring much-needed international markets for its
2009 Nov 12, A Norwegian
freelance journalist kidnapped a week ago in eastern Afghanistan was
released along with his Afghan interpreter. Paal Refsdal was in
Afghanistan filming a documentary for the Norwegian production
2009 Nov 13, In Afghanistan
NATO-led troops mistakenly killed a female civilian during an
operation against militants in eastern Zabul province.
2009 Nov 14, In Afghanistan an
armed woman died during a clash with insurgents in Shindand district
of western Herat province. The district governor, said three
civilian members of one family were killed and three children
wounded. Four Taliban militants were also said to have been killed
in the clash.
2009 Nov 15, In eastern
Afghanistan hundreds of French and Afghan troops pushed into a
hostile valley where militants launch quick attacks, then disappear
into hillside villages. Separately in eastern province of Paktika, a
joint NATO and Afghan force killed a group of militants while
pursuing a commander tied to the militant network run by Jalaluddin
Haqqani. A British soldier was shot and killed while on foot patrol
in Helmand province.
2009 Nov 15, German Federal
Criminal Police Office confirmed a Spiegel Online report that it had
posted notices across Afghanistan warning that Jan Schneider (27), a
Kazakhstan-born ethnic German, may plan attacks on German military
or civilian institutions in Afghanistan. Authorities identified the
German convert to Islam as an al-Qaida associate.
2009 Nov 16, The Afghan
government said it had formed a major crime unit to tackle
corruption, following escalating Western pressure on President Hamid
Karzai to fight graft. Afghan insurgents fired a pair of rockets
into a crowded marketplace in Kapisa province as a French general
met local leaders nearby, killing 14 civilians.
(AFP, 11/16/09)(AP, 11/17/09)
2009 Nov 17, Slovakia pledged
about 250 extra soldiers to the NATO-led force in Afghanistan, the
first of what British PM Gordon Brown said would be a series of
2009 Nov 18, Hillary Rodham
Clinton, on her first trip to Afghanistan as US secretary of state,
said that President Hamid Karzai's inauguration provides a new
chance for him to strengthen government accountability and take
tangible steps to improve the lives of Afghan citizens.
2009 Nov 18, Germany said it
will extend its mission in Afghanistan for another year, despite the
growing unpopularity of the war at home.
2009 Nov 19, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai pledged in his inauguration speech that Afghanistan
will prosecute corrupt officials and control its own security within
five years. A suicide bomber targeting an Afghan security forces
convoy in Uruzgan province killed 10 civilians and wounded another
13. Two US service members were killed in an explosion in Zabul
2009 Nov 20, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck Farah city, the capital of the
southwestern province of Farah, killing 16 people near the
governor's home. A roadside bomb targeted a controversial warlord,
who escaped unscathed but killed five of his bodyguards northwest of
Kabul. A similar device, of the type favored by Taliban insurgents,
killed three civilians in the east.
(AFP, 11/20/09)(SFC, 11/21/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 21, In Afghanistan a
rocket hit outside the luxury Serena Hotel in Kabul, wounding two
people. NATO took command of the training of the Afghan army and
police to consolidate efforts on building an effective security
force, a vital precondition for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
(AP, 11/21/09)(Reuters, 11/21/09)
2009 Nov 22, It was reported
that US and Afghan officials have begun helping a number of
anti-Taliban militias under a plan called the Community Defense
Initiative. In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed five
Afghan border security guards traveling on a heavily used road in
Kandahar province near the border with Pakistan. NATO forces
detained several militants with links to the Taliban. South of
Kabul, an Afghan-international security force detained several
militants near the village of Kashimiri Balat while pursuing an
alleged Taliban member involved in the weapons trade. Also south of
Kabul, a joint force detained several suspected militants, including
a Taliban commander linked with several local Taliban leaders. In
Ghazni province a joint force killed a militant, detained another
and recovered pistols and grenades while pursing a Taliban
commander. 3 Afghan soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in
southern Helmand province. A bomb attack and a firefight killed 3 US
(SSFC, 11/22/09, p.A8)(AP, 11/22/09)(AP,
2009 Nov 23, The US signed an
agreement giving 38.7 million dollars to 27 Afghan provinces that
eliminated or significantly reduced opium production in the world's
biggest supplier country. Afghanistan’s deputy attorney general said
2 Afghan cabinet ministers are being investigated under suspicion of
embezzlement. A suicide bomber, targeting a police convoy, killed
two civilian men and three children in northern Kunduz province.
Five others were wounded in the attack. A bomb attack killed a US
soldier in eastern Afghanistan.
(AFP, 11/23/09)(Reuters, 11/23/09)(AP, 11/23/09)
2009 Nov 24, Afghanistan’s
attorney general's office said 15 current and former Afghan
ministers are under investigation over allegations of corruption
that have plagued the government of President Hamid Karzai.
2009 Nov 25, Mullah Omar, the
Taliban's reclusive leader, issued a Muslim holiday message calling
on Afghans to break off relations with the government, which he
described as a 'stooge' administration.
2009 Nov 25, British PM Gordon
Brown says 10 NATO nations are ready to offer about 5,000 more
troops for the war in Afghanistan.
2009 Nov 27, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai called on the Taliban and other extremist groups to lay
down their weapons and participate in rebuilding the battered
country, as part of reconciliation efforts he has said will be his
main objective during his second term. Turyalai Wesa, the governor
of Kandahar province survived an assassination attempt when a bomb
targeting his convoy exploded as he headed for prayers. An Afghan
Red Crescent official in Takhar province was shot to death in an
apparent attempt to settle a long-standing dispute. Police detained
a father, his son and a nephew.
(AP, 11/27/09)(AP, 11/28/09)
2009 Nov 27, A NATO official
said alliance nations may increase their fighting force in
Afghanistan by up to 6,000 soldiers in response to President Barack
Obama's expected call for 30,000 additional US and allied service
2009 Nov 28, Afghanistan
announced a pay rise of nearly 40 percent for police and military
recruits, as Western countries aim to increase the size and quality
of Afghan security forces so their own troops can go home. Police
said a dozen prisoners escaped jail through a tunnel they dug from
their cell to the outside in western Farah province. 26 militants
were killed in a gun battle with border security guards along the
eastern Pakistan frontier.
(Reuters, 11/28/09)(AP, 11/29/09)
2009 Nov 29, In southwest
Afghanistan a rogue police officer opened fire at a checkpoint in
Nimroz province, killing six police officers and injuring two before
being killed. In northern Jowzjan province two gunmen on a motorbike
shot and killed the head of logistics for the provincial
intelligence service. In southern Helmand province, Afghan and
international forces killed two militants responsible for planting
2009 Nov, Irek Hamidullin
(b.1959), a Russian veteran of the Soviet war in Afghanistan who
stayed in the country and joined the Taliban, was captured after an
attack on Afghan border police and US soldiers in Khost province. In
2014 he appeared in a federal court in Virginia.
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A6)(Reuters, 8/5/15)
2009 Dec 1, President Barack
Obama shared his new US strategy for Afghanistan with President
Hamid Karzai, spending an hour discussing troops levels, security,
political and economic elements of his revised war plan. Obama
planned to send 30,000 more troops to be deployed over the next six
months, escalating the 8-year-old war. In his prime-time speech to
the nation, Obama laid out a rough timeframe, for when the main US
military mission will end. Obama proposed an 18-month timeline for
starting to bring troops home.
(AP, 12/1/09)(Reuters, 12/2/09)
2009 Dec 2, NATO's chief Fogh
Rasmussen said European and other US allies will contribute more
than 5,000 more troops to the international force in Afghanistan,
declaring that "this is not just America's war."
2009 Dec 2, Poland said it
plans to send 600 more troops to Afghanistan next year.
2009 Dec 4, Afghan troops and
US Marines launched the first offensive since President Barack Obama
announced an American troop surge, striking against Taliban
communications and supply lines in Helmand province. About 1,000
Marines as well as Afghan troops were taking part in the operation,
known as "Cobra's Anger."
2009 Dec 4, The New York Times
reported that the White House has authorized the CIA to expand the
use of unmanned aerial drones in Pakistan to track down and strike
suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda members.
2009 Dec 4, NATO said 25
countries had pledged a total of around 7,000 more troops to support
the US-led war in Afghanistan, following President Barack Obama's
commitment of 30,000 extra US troops.
2009 Dec 5, Afghan officials
said US Marines and Afghan troops have killed at least seven Taliban
fighters in Operation Cobra’s Anger in Helmand province. In eastern
Afghanistan a US service member was killed by a planted bomb.
(AP, 12/5/09)(AP, 12/6/09)
2009 Dec 6, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO airstrike killed six militants who were planting
bombs along a road in Laghman province. A group of militants
attacked a police convoy on a main road. Mullah Amiruddin, a key
Taliban leader in northern Faryab province's Ghormach district. 4
police officers were killed in the gunbattle.
(AP, 12/6/09)(AP, 12/7/09)
2009 Dec 7, Afghan lawmakers,
refusing to be a rubber stamp, demanded a full, not partial, list of
President Hamid Karzai's new Cabinet, the first test of the
embattled leader's commitment to clean up graft and bribery in his
government. Kabul Mayor Abdul Ahad Sahebi 963) was found guilty of
awarding a contract for a city project without competition. An
Afghan court sentenced him to four years in jail and ordered him to
repay more than $16,000 involved in the contract. A British soldier
from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was killed in Nad-e
Ali in southern Helmand Province. He became Britain’s 100th soldier
to die in the current war.
(AP, 12/7/09)(AFP, 12/8/09)(AP, 12/9/09)
2009 Dec 8, The Afghan
government said NATO forces killed six civilians during a pre-dawn
operation in eastern Afghanistan. NATO disputed the allegation,
saying only militants died.
2009 Dec 12, In Afghanistan
Wahibuddin Sadat, the deputy mayor of Kabul, was arrested for
alleged misuse of authority, part of a crackdown in the wake of
massive international criticism of corruption in President Hamid
Karzai's government. 3 Taliban fighters were killed when a roadside
bomb they were planting exploded in Helmand province. 4 Afghan
private security guards were killed when their car hit a roadside
bomb elsewhere in Helmand.
2009 Dec 14, In Afghanistan 16
policemen were killed in two separate attacks. 8 police were killed
by militants in Baghlan province. Taliban fighters attacked an
outpost in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, killing
another 8 policemen.
(AP, 12/14/09)(SFC, 12/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai opened a 3-day conference on corruption. He used his
keynote speech to defend the most senior of his officials. He called
for large-scale reform to stamp out the bribery and graft that
permeate ministries and state offices. A suicide car bomber blew up
his vehicle outside a former vice president's home in the heavily
secured main diplomatic and government residential neighborhood of
Kabul, killing eight people and wounding dozens. The wreckage of the
bomber's car was in flames outside the gate to the Heetal Hotel, a
small hotel used by foreigners in the Wazir Akbar Khan district. A
roadside bomb killed four police officers near western Herat city. 2
Afghan army soldiers were killed in militant attacks in eastern
Laghman province and southern Kandahar province.
(SFC, 12/15/09, p.A5)(AP, 12/15/09)(Reuters,
2009 Dec 17, In Afghanistan a
key conference on corruption ended with delegates suggesting the
government end immunity for corrupt officials and intensify the
fight against graft. A suicide attacker wounded 5 Afghan soldiers
and 4 tribal leaders in the central province of Uruzgan.
(AFP, 12/17/09)(AP, 12/17/09)
2009 Dec 19, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai unveiled his choice of cabinet, reflecting a need to
please all his backers from warlords to Washington and commit to
clean government. Out of the 23 nominations, only one woman was put
forward, to head the Ministry for Women's Affairs.
(AFP, 12/19/09)(AP, 12/20/09)
2009 Dec 20, In Afghanistan 8
insurgents were killed in southern Helmand province, 6 in Ghazni in
the east, 7 in northern Kunduz province, 2 in Kandahar province in
the south and one in Wardak, west of Kabul. The joint
Afghan-international force killed several militants after coming
under fire while searching a compound in Wardak province. In eastern
Nangarhar province a civilian was killed and 2 were injured when
their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.
2009 Dec 21, In Afghanistan
police fought a three-hour gunbattle in the center of Gardez, Paktia
province, finally killing two Taliban militants who stormed a
multistory market with dozens of civilians inside.
2009 Dec 22, In Afghanistan 4
militants were killed in two separate operations. In the Qarabagh
district of Ghazni province, 3 insurgents were killed by a joint
Afghan-international force. An Afghan army and police patrol killed
a militant suspected of making bombs in Zabul province. In Kandahar
province, 2 civilians were killed and 3 wounded when a roadside mine
explosion hit their vehicle.
2009 Dec 23, In Afghanistan
Mohammad Yunos Shirnagha, a lawmaker from northern Baghlan province,
was killed as he returned home in an early morning shootout between
his bodyguards and police officers. In Helmand province a bomb
killed three civilians and wounded five people, including a soldier.
A Taliban commander responsible for several roadside bomb attacks
was killed in a clash with Afghan and international forces in Zurmat
district of Paktia province in the southeast. A Canadian soldier was
killed in a roadside bomb attack.
(AP, 12/23/09)(AP, 12/24/09)
2009 Dec 24, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber with a horse and cart detonated himself in Kandahar,
killing 8 people and wounding 5.
2009 Dec 25, In southern
Afghanistan an American service member was killed in an attack in
Kandahar. A joint force in Khost province captured several
militants, including a known operative of the Jalaluddin Haqqani
militant network, which is linked to al-Qaida. The Taliban released
a 36-minute video in which Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl denounced the American
military effort in Afghanistan. Bergdahl went missing on June 30,
(AP, 12/26/09)(SFC, 12/26/09, p.A3)(SFC,
2009 Dec 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a heavily armed Taliban commander was killed during a
pre-dawn shootout at a mosque in Wardak province. An ISAF service
member from the United States died following an IED strike in
southern Afghanistan. Two members of the Afghan National Police were
killed when militants attacked a checkpoint in western Afghanistan.
3 other policemen were missing following the attack in the Qadis
district of Badghis province.
(AP, 12/26/09)(AFP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 27, In Afghanistan 10
civilians, including 8 students, were killed in fighting involving
international forces in eastern Kunar province. Pres. Karzai
condemned the deaths and called for an investigation. Afghan and
international security forces captured militants in Kandahar
province in southern Afghanistan and in Wardak and Khost provinces
in the east. On Dec 30 Asadullah Wafa, a senior adviser to Pres.
Karzai, said that 8 schoolchildren between the ages of 12 and 14
were among the dead discovered in a village house in the Narang
district of Kunar province.
(AP, 12/28/09)(AP, 12/30/09)
2009 Dec 28, In Afghanistan 5
people died in an explosion inside a house where militants were
making homemade explosives near Khost city. In the north 6 militants
were killed and 8 wounded in a clash with Afghan forces in Old
Baghlan town. Two Afghan National Army soldiers and a member of the
Afghan National Police also were killed in the fighting.
2009 Dec 29, In Afghanistan an
American soldier was killed and two Italian soldiers were injured
when an Afghan soldier opened fire on a base in the province's Bala
2009 Dec 30, In Afghanistan
bombings killed 14 people, including 8 Americans and an Afghan in a
suicide attack at a CIA base at the edge of Khost city, and 4
Canadian soldiers and a journalist by a roadside bomb in the
southern Kandahar province. Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi (32), a
physician from Jordan, was an Al-Qaida triple agent. 7 CIA employees
and a Jordanian intelligence officer were among the victims. An
airstrike by international forces in Helmand province killed 7
civilians, 2 Taliban and wounded another civilian. The attack took
place after an international patrol came under fire from insurgents
and called for air support. Suspected Taliban militants kidnapped 2
French journalists, Stephane Taponier and Herve Ghesquiere, working
for France's public television and 3 Afghan companions in Kapisa
province. The release of Taponier and Ghesquiere was announced on
June 29, 2011.
(AP, 12/31/09)(AFP, 12/31/09)(AP, 1/1/10)(AP,
2009 Dec 31, Afghan police said
militants beheaded 6 Afghans for cooperating with government
authorities. The men were killed near the provincial capital of
Tarin Kot. A seventh victim was being treated for serious neck
wounds. A US service member died in eastern Afghanistan of injuries
not related to battle. A British soldier was killed in an explosion
in Helmand province.
(AP, 12/31/09)(AP, 1/1/10)
2009 Ashraf Ghani, later Afghan
president (2014) and Clare Lockhart authored “Fixing Failed States:
A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World."
(Econ, 1/7/17, p.11)
2009 Seth G. Jones authored “In
the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan."
(SSFC, 8/2/09, Books p.F2)
2009 Sam Kiley, British
journalist, authored “Desperate Glory: At War in Helmand with
Britain’s 16 Air Assault Brigade."
(Econ, 10/3/09, p.106)
2009 Colonel Stuart Tootal,
British commander, authored “Danger Close: Commanding 3 Para in
(Econ, 10/3/09, p.106)
2009 The US shut down a
$24 million off the books intelligence-gathering program to track
down suspected insurgent leaders in Afghanistan. The CIA and some
military officials had complained that Michael Furlong, a senior
Defense Dept. official, had hired contractors to run the program.
(SFC, 3/24/10, p.A7)
2010 Jan 1, In Afghanistan 5
civilians were killed when their vehicle hit a bomb on a main road
in Bala Murghab district in the northern province of Badghis. At
least 4 security guards for a road construction crew were killed
when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the northern part
of Khost province.
2010 Jan 2, Afghanistan's
parliament dealt a stinging rebuke to President Hamid Karzai by
rejecting 17 out of 24 of his nominees for a new cabinet, including
a regionally powerful warlord and the country's only female
2010 Jan 3, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai ordered parliament to cancel its winter recess so
lawmakers can consider his new cabinet nominees. In southern
Afghanistan 4 US troops and a British soldier were killed in two
separate roadside bomb attacks.
2010 Jan 6, In Afghanistan an
explosion tore through a group of children gathered around foreign
soldiers visiting a US-funded road project, killing 4 kids and a
policeman and wounding scores, including at least 3 American troops
in eastern Nangarhar province. The blast occurred when a passing
police vehicle hit a mine. In a separate attack in the province, 4
Afghan policeman were killed when a remote-controlled bomb blew up
their vehicle in the Khagyani district. At least 15 people were
injured in an explosion at a market in eastern Khost city. Soldiers
found more than 5,300 pounds (2,400 kg) of processed opium, more
than 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms) of wet opium paste, about 50
pounds (20 kilograms) of heroin and multiple firearms with
ammunition in the Maywand district of Kandahar province.
(AP, 1/6/10)(AP, 1/8/10)
2010 Jan 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed 8 civilians and a senior security commander in
Gardez, the capital of eastern Paktia province, hours after a
provincial governor survived a blast in nearby Khost province. A
roadside bombs in Uruzgan province killed 8 Afghan soldiers. Another
roadside bomb in the east killed a US service member.
(AFP, 1/7/10)(AP, 1/8/10)(SFC, 1/8/10, p.A4)
2010 Jan 8, In Afghanistan two
local intelligence guards were killed at a dog fight in the
provincial capital of Pul-e Alam in Logar province. A suspected
suicide bomber had entered the dog fight and opened fire. Other
intelligence officers killed the gunman, who never detonated his
2010 Jan 9, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai presented a second slate of nominees to fill his
Cabinet after parliament rejected 70 percent of his first picks.
Afghan and NATO officials signed an agreement for NATO to hand over
control of the prison at Bagram airbase near Kabul to Afghan
authorities. A blast hit a convoy carrying a provincial council
member from Wardak province, killing a bodyguard and wounding five
others. Another explosion killed one policeman and wounded two in
Kandahar. In southern Helmand province an explosion outside Nawa
village killed a US Marine and Sunday Mirror journalist Rupert Hamer
(39), a veteran war correspondent. Hamer became the first British
journalist killed in the conflict. Photographer Philip Coburn (43)
was seriously wounded. Mahmoud Mahdi Zeidan, a Jordanian militant
who served as a bodyguard for al-Qaida's No. 3 leader, was killed in
a US drone attack near the Afghan-Pakistan border.
(AP, 1/9/10)(AFP, 1/9/10)(AP, 1/10/10)
2010 Jan 10, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed three charity workers and wounded two others in
Uruzgan province. Bombs killed an American service member and two
Afghan road construction workers in separate attacks in Helmand
(AP, 1/10/10)(AP, 1/11/10)
2010 Jan 11, In Afghanistan 6
NATO service members, including 3 Americans, were killed, making it
the deadliest day for the international force in more than two
months. The Americans died in a firefight with militants during an
"operational patrol" in southern Afghanistan. A French officer was
killed during a joint patrol with Afghan troops in Alasay, some 50
miles (80 km) northeast of Kabul. A French service member was killed
in the clash. A 6th NATO service member was killed by a roadside
bomb in the south. A new poll was released that said nearly 7 in 10
Afghans support the presence of US forces in their country, and 61%
favor the military buildup of 37,000 US and NATO reinforcements now
deploying. A missile fired from an unmanned aircraft killed three
insurgents farther south in the Nad Ali district of Helmand. A
member of the Afghan National Police was killed and two others were
wounded in a suicide at a police station in Uruzgan province. 13
insurgents were killed in the early hours when the Marines called in
a Hellfire missile strike from an unmanned Predator drone into Bar
(AP, 1/11/10)(AP, 1/12/10)(Reuters, 1/12/10)
2010 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
protesters claiming that international troops destroyed copies of
the Quran clashed with Afghan and foreign security forces, leaving
six people dead in Helmand province's Garmsir district. Coalition
troops saw a group of insurgents near a safe house preparing
ammunition as well as insurgent mortar teams moving equipment and
launched one missile in the Naw Zad area of Helmand province,
killing 13 militants. A French army captain died of wounds suffered
a day before during an insurgent ambush in the Alasay valley east of
2010 Jan 13, In Afghanistan 2
US soldiers, a French trooper and 5 Afghans were killed in bomb
blasts. The United Nations reported that 2,412 Afghan civilians
killed in 2009, the highest toll since the US-led invasion in late
2001. Four would-be suicide bombers were killed in a premature
explosion near the city of Kandahar.
(AFP, 1/13/10)(AP, 1/14/10)
2010 Jan 14, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber apparently planning to attack a meeting of NATO and
tribal officials blew himself up in a busy market district in
Dihrawud, Uruzgan province, killing at least 20 people, making it
the deadliest attack against civilians in more than three months.
Another suicide bomber targeted a police patrol in the southern town
of Musa Qala, killing an Afghan national police officer and wounding
2010 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a family traveling home after
visiting a shrine, killing five people, including four children.
Kabul police investigated a rocket attack in the Shar-e-Naw
district, home to embassies, businesses and residences in Kabul.
2010 Jan 15, In Afghanistan Pfc
Andrew Holmes from 5 Joint Base Lewis-McChord killed an unarmed
teenage villager from 15 feet away after fellow soldier Cpl. Morlock
tossed a grenade at him. In 2011 Holmes pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 7 years in prison. Prosecutors said soldiers from Joint
Base Lewis-McChord killed three civilians for sport during patrols
in January, February and May. Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs killed a
second victim with Spc. Michael Wagnon, and tossed an AK-47 at the
man's feet to make him appear to have been an enemy fighter. In May,
Gibbs threw a grenade at the victim as he ordered them to shoot. In
2011 Gibbs (26) was sentenced to 10 years in prison. During his
court-martial Gibbs acknowledged cutting fingers off corpses to keep
as war trophies.
p.A4)(SFC, 11/11/11, p.A18)
2010 Jan 16, Afghanistan's
parliament rejected more than half of President Hamid Karzai's
second list of Cabinet nominees, including two of three women,
dealing him a fresh political blow as his government struggles to
face the growing Taliban threat. The Taliban kidnapped two Chinese
engineers and four Afghans accompanying them in the north of the
(AP, 1/16/10)(AFP, 1/17/10)
2010 Jan 16, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and Iran said they had agreed to work together more
closely to combat extremism, illegal weapons trading and drug
2010 Jan 18, Afghan Taliban
militants wearing explosives vests launched a brazen assault on the
heart of Kabul, as suicide bombings and gunbattles near the
presidential palace and other government buildings paralyzed the
capital for hours. The 12 people killed included 7 attackers, 2 of
whom detonated suicide bombs.
(AP, 1/18/10)(SFC, 1/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 19, A UN report said
corruption in Afghanistan is so entrenched that Afghans had to pay
bribes worth nearly a quarter of the country's GDP last year. 13
Uighers and two Turks were killed by a missile fired by a US
unmanned aircraft near the Pakistan border.
(AP, 1/19/10)(AP, 1/23/10)
2010 Jan 20, The Afghan
government and its international partners agreed to significantly
increase the country's security forces and outlined plans to lure
Taliban militants from the fight and combat corruption in a bid to
turn the tide of the war. A NATO raid in the Qara Bagh district
targeted a Taliban commander and killed 4 suspected insurgents,
including a 15-year-old boy shot while allegedly reaching for a
soldier's gun. Villagers insisted the dead were civilians.
(AP, 1/20/10)(AP, 1/22/10)
2010 Jan 22, Afghanistan banned
the use of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which was also used to make
bombs, giving farmers and other holders a month to turn in their
supplies. 4 Afghan soldiers were killed and one wounded when the
convoy of the governor of Wardak province near Kabul was struck by a
bomb. 7 Afghan civilians were killed and one wounded in the north
when they tried to dig out a bomb left over from the Soviet
(AP, 1/22/10)(AFP, 1/22/10)
2010 Jan 23, Afghanistan’s
Pres. Karzai unveiled an ambitious Western-funded plan to offer
money and jobs to tempt Taliban fighters to lay down their arms.
Militants in the south killed two US soldiers and kidnapped a police
chief in a series of attacks. Insurgents killed 3 Afghan women in
the eastern province of Paktika. 12 militants were killed in
2010 Jan 24, An Afghan official
said authorities have arrested the ringleader of a group that staged
a brazen attack in Kabul and now believe the assault was coordinated
by al-Qaida. 3 US service members were killed in two bombings in the
south. An explosion in the southern of Helmand killed a British
soldier. A rocket attack struck the Kandahar Air Field, injuring
four Bulgarians and at least two Romanians.
(AP, 1/24/10)(AP, 1/25/10)
2010 Jan 25, In Afghanistan a
Norwegian soldier died when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in
Faryab province in the north.
2010 Jan 26, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed 4 policemen overnight in Helmand province. Hours later
a suicide car bomber targeted a US base in Kabul, wounding six
Afghans and 8 Americans. In eastern Kunar province a NATO airstrike
killed several suspected insurgents who were maneuvering into
fighting position in an area previously used to stage attacks on
(AP, 1/26/10)(SFC, 1/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 27, In northern
Afghanistan a joint NATO-Afghan air and ground assault killed 11
suspected Taliban militants, including two senior commanders.
Leaders of the Shinwari, one of the largest Pushtun tribes, agreed
to support the Afghan government and battle insurgents. American
commanders in exchange agreed to channel $1 million in development
projects directly to the tribal leaders, bypassing the Afghan
(AP, 1/27/10)(SFC, 1/28/10, p.A4)
2010 Jan 27, In Britain world
powers gathered in London for talks on how to tackle Al-Qaeda
militants operating out of Yemen. The conference was called to help
world powers chart a roadmap out of Afghanistan amid rising US and
NATO casualties and falling public support.
(AFP, 1/27/10)(AP, 1/28/10)
2010 Jan 27, NATO's top officer
said that Russia had agreed to boost cooperation with the alliance
in Afghanistan, including opening more transit routes for supplies
to international troops and helping service Soviet-built helicopters
used by the security forces. NATO said it had finalized an agreement
with Kazakhstan to open the last leg on an overland route to
Afghanistan from Europe via Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan,
offering an alternative to the one through Pakistan.
(AP, 1/27/10)(AP, 1/28/10)
2010 Jan 28, The Afghan
government invited the Taliban to a peace council of elders, the
strongest signal yet that Kabul and its Western allies are looking
for a way out of the eight-year war in Afghanistan. US soldiers shot
and killed an Afghan cleric as he drove with his young son near an
American base on the eastern edge of Kabul, underscoring the dangers
facing civilians despite NATO efforts to minimize casualties.
(Reuters, 1/28/10)(AFP, 1/28/10)(AP, 1/28/10)
2010 Jan 28, In Britain world
powers agreed on a timetable for the handover of security duties in
Afghan provinces starting in late 2010. The 70 nations said Pres.
Karzai had promised to crack down on corruption and said a summit in
Kabul later this year would offer specific plans to bolster his
faltering government. The Afghan Taliban dismissed the London
conference as a propaganda ploy and said the London summit will fail
to produce results.
(AP, 1/28/10)(AFP, 1/28/10)
2010 Jan 29, Afghan troops
backed by NATO attack helicopters battled Taliban fighters wearing
suicide vests who launched an assault in the heart of a Lashkar Gah
in southern Helmand province. 6 militants were killed in the
assault. In Ghazni province 2 Afghans were killed after failing to
stop their vehicle when ordered. An Afghan interpreter working for
the US military shot dead two American soldiers in Wardak province.
Iranian guards opened fire and killed 5 laborers as they crossed
into Iran from the southwestern province of Nimroz.
(AP, 1/29/10)(AFP, 1/30/10)(SFC, 1/30/10,
2010 Jan 30, A joint US-Afghan
force clashed with Afghan troops manning a snow-covered outpost and
called in an airstrike, killing four Afghan soldiers. Both sides
called the clash a case of mistaken identity.
2010 Jan 31, Afghanistan's
Pres. Karzai appealed to Taliban fighters to lay down their weapons
and accept Afghan laws as the government and its international
allies push a program to entice militants away from the insurgency.
Karzai also said that Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest
countries, is sitting on mineral and petroleum reserves worth an
estimated one trillion dollars.
(AP, 1/31/10)(AFP, 1/31/10)
2010 Feb 2, In Afghanistan
gunmen on a motorcycle killed two associates of Pres. Karzai’s
2010 Feb 2, Saudi Arabia said
it will not get involved in peacemaking in Afghanistan unless the
Taliban stops providing shelter and severs all ties with Osama bin
Laden and Al-Qaeda. Afghan Pres. Karzai was in Saudi Arabia hoping
for an active Saudi role to persuade Taliban militants to switch
(SFC, 2/3/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 3, Afghan and NATO
forces killed 32 suspected militants in southern Helmand province,
the focus an imminent anti-Taliban offensive. Three Afghan soldiers
were killed and four others wounded.
2010 Feb 4, Russia hailed a new
agreement with the United States intended to boost joint anti-drug
efforts, but urged the US and NATO to do more to stem a flow of
drugs from Afghanistan that has sickened millions of Russians.
2010 Feb 5, In Afghanistan a
bomb planted on a motorcycle ripped through a crowd gathered to
watch a dog fight in southern Helmand province, killing three people
and wounding more than 30. Afghan border police mistook a group of
villagers gathering wood near the Pakistan border as insurgents and
opened fire, killing seven civilians. US forces detained Atahullah
Wahaab, deputy police chief in Kapisa province, for alleged
corruption and links to insurgents.
(AFP, 2/5/10)(AP, 2/6/10)(AFP, 2/7/10)
2010 Feb 7, In Afghanistan 2
two British soldiers were killed by an explosion in Sangin in
Helmand Province, taking the death toll in Afghanistan to 255 since
2001. This raised Britain's death toll to that of the Falklands war.
2010 Feb 9, In Afghanistan US
Army soldiers launched a preliminary operation in support of a
planned US-Afghan attack on Marjah, the largest Taliban-controlled
town in the south. Two NATO service members were killed in separate
attacks, including an American who died in a bombing in the south. A
French soldier was killed during a gunfight after insurgents
attacked an Afghan army convoy being escorted by French troops in
the eastern Kapisa province.
2010 Feb 9, In Afghanistan
massive avalanches roared down a northern mountain pass. The death
toll soon reached 171 and it was unclear how many more bodies might
be buried in the snow. Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak said
3,000 people had been trapped in vehicles along the mountain pass at
3,400 meters (11,000) feet.
(AP, 2/9/10)(Reuters, 2/10/10)(AP, 2/11/10)
2010 Feb 11, A Taliban suicide
bomber wearing a border police uniform entered a US military base
near the Pakistani border and blew himself up injuring five
Americans. A joint Afghan-NATO force killed several insurgents
during a raid on a compound where troops discovered the bodies of
two men and two bound and gagged women. Family members accused US
soldiers of killing innocent civilians.
2010 Feb 12, Afghan and US
troops fought back small-scale attacks by Taliban fighters on the
northern outskirts of Marjah, as tribal elders pleaded for NATO to
finish its planned attack on the Taliban stronghold quickly and
carefully to protect civilians. Cars and trucks jammed the main road
out Marjah as hundreds of civilians defied militant orders and fled
the area ahead of the anticipated US-Afghan assault. A joint
international-Afghan patrol fired on two men mistakenly believed to
be insurgents in Gardez, south of Kabul. 3 women were "accidentally
killed as a result of the joint force firing at the men." NATO
confirmed its responsibility for the 5 deaths on April 4.
(AP, 2/12/10)(AP, 4/5/10)(SFC, 4/5/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 13, Thousands Afghan
soldiers and US Marines stormed the Taliban stronghold of Marjah by
air and ground, meeting only scattered resistance but facing a
daunting thicket of bombs and booby traps that slowed their advance.
NATO reported two troop casualties, an American and a Briton, on the
first day of the offensive, called "Moshtarak," or "Together."
(AP, 2/13/10)(AP, 2/14/10)
2010 Feb 14, Twelve Afghans,
including 6 children, died when two rockets fired at insurgents
missed their target and struck a house during the second day of
NATO's most ambitious effort yet to break the militants' grip on the
country's dangerous south. Thousands of NATO and Afghan troops
encountered pockets of resistance, as they moved deeper into Marjah,
a town of 80,000 people that is the linchpin of the militants'
logistical and opium-smuggling network in Helmand province. Afghan
officials said at least 27 insurgents have been killed in the
operation. In the south two British service members died, one from
small-arms fire and the other from a roadside bomb explosion.
(AP, 2/14/10)(AP, 2/15/10)
2010 Feb 15, In Afghanistan
sniper teams attacked US Marines and Afghan troops across the
Taliban haven of Marjah, as several gun battles erupted on the third
day of a major offensive to seize the extremists' southern
2010 Feb 17, Military
commanders raised the Afghan flag in the bullet-ridden main market
of the Taliban's southern stronghold of Marjah as firefights
continued to break out elsewhere in the town between holed-up
militants and US and Afghan troops. Helmand Gov. Gulab Mangal said
about 40 insurgents have been killed since the offensive began Feb
13. Four NATO service members have been killed, and one Afghan
2010 Feb 18, The Afghan
Interior Ministry said a NATO airstrike aimed at insurgents missed
its target, killing 7 policemen in northern Kunduz province. Another
Afghan official said Pakistan has captured two "shadow governors"
belonging to Afghanistan's Taliban movement. The Afghan governor for
Kunduz said Mullah Abdul Salam and Mullah Mir Mohammad, respectively
the shadow governors of the northern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and
Baghlan happened in Pakistan's Baluchistan province and were
captured about a week ago. 9 militants linked to al-Qaida were
nabbed overnight near Karachi. Six coalition troops were killed in
the assault on Marjah, making it the deadliest day since the
offensive began. The death toll so far is 11 NATO troops and one
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 2/19/10)
2010 Feb 18, In Pakistan a bomb
blast at a mosque in the northwestern Khyber tribal region killed 29
people including some militants. Missiles fired from a US unmanned
drone aircraft killed Mohammad Haqqani, the brother of Afghan
Taliban commander Siraj Haqqani, along with 3 associates. Both
Haqqanis are sons of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former US ally in the war
against the Soviets in the 1980s.
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 2/19/10)(Reuters, 2/19/10)(SFC,
2010 Feb 19, In Afghanistan a
Western service member was killed in small arms fire as coalition
forces continued to drive the Taliban from Marjah.
(SFC, 2/20/10, p.A3)
2010 Feb 20, In Afghanistan 2
NATO service members were killed, one by rocket or mortar fire in
the east and another in a bombing in the south. The fatalities was
not related to the Marjah area fighting.
2010 Feb 21, Afghan and US
Marine units converged on a dangerous western quarter of the Taliban
stronghold of Marjah, with NATO forces facing "determined
resistance" as their assault on the southern town entered its second
week. One service member involved in the Marjah offensive was killed
in a roadside bombing. A NATO airstrike killed at least 27 Afghan
civilians in central Uruzgan province, in the third coalition strike
this month to kill noncombatants. A military report released on May
29 said inexperienced operators of a US drone aircraft ignored or
downplayed signs that Afghan civilians were in the convoy in Uruzgan
in which 23 civilians were killed and 12 others wounded.
(AP, 2/21/10)(AP, 2/22/10)(AP, 5/29/10)(SSFC,
2010 Feb 22, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed 15 people in Nangarhar province, including a
key tribal leader who played a major role in a failed attempt to
capture al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora in 2001.
2010 Feb 23, In Afghan Gen.
Stanley McChrystal apologized for the Feb 21 strike in central
Uruzgan province that Afghan officials say killed at least 21
people. The Afghan Cabinet said 27 civilians were killed including 4
women and a child. The video was also posted on a NATO Web site. The
civilian deaths occurred as 15,000 NATO, US and Afghan soldiers were
in their 10th day of fighting insurgents in Marjah, Helmand
province. A Romanian soldier was killed and another was wounded in a
bombing in the south unrelated to the offensive. A morning explosion
in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, left eight people dead and
at least 16 others wounded. The death toll of US troops in the
Afghan war surpassed the grim milestone of 1,000.
(AP, 2/23/10)(SFC, 2/23/10, p.A3)
2010 Feb 24, Afghanistan's main
opposition criticized President Hamid Karzai's removal of foreign
observers from a UN-backed electoral watchdog as "autocratic" and
urged international pressure to ensure impartial elections. The
decree took effect on February 13 and Karzai now has the power to
choose the ECC's members after consulting with the chief justice and
heads of parliament's two chambers.
(AP, 2/24/10)(Econ, 2/27/10, p.48)
2010 Feb 25, The Afghan
government took official control of the southern Taliban stronghold
of Marjah, installing an administrator and raising the national flag
while US-led troops worked to root out final pockets of militants.
2010 Feb 25, Pakistan’s
government confirmed the arrest of Afghan Taliban leader Maulavi
Abdul Kabir. The paramilitary Frontier Corps killed 25 militants
near the northwestern district of Darra Adam Khel during a joint
2-day operation with police.
(SFC, 2/26/10, p.A4)(AP, 2/27/10)
2010 Feb 26, In Afghanistan
insurgents struck in the heart of the Kabul with suicide attackers
and a car bomb, targeting hotels used by foreigners and killing at
least 17 people and wounding dozens. Pres. Karzai said were aimed at
Indians working in Kabul. The dead included 6 Indians, an Italian
diplomat, a French filmmaker and 3 police officers.
(AP, 2/26/10)(SFC, 2/27/10, p.A3)
2010 Feb 26, German lawmakers
voted 429-111 with 46 abstentions to increase the maximum number of
German troops allowed to serve in Afghanistan to 5,350 from 4,500.
2010 Feb 28, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed 11 civilians in the
southern province of Helmand. A security worker was killed in main
Qalat town of Zabul province when his vehicle was hit by a similar
bomb. Elsewhere in Zabul five insurgents were killed during clashes
between Afghan security forces and militants.
2010 Feb, In Afghanistan Mathew
Golsteyn, an American Green Beret, reportedly captured, shot and
buried a suspected IED bomb maker in the Marjah area of Helmand
province. He later went back out with two others to cremate the body
and dispose of the remains. In 2011 Golsteyn reported his actions to
the CIA a few months before he was awarded a Silver Star for other
actions. In 2014 the Silver Star was revoked and in 2015 he faced
possible dismissal for violation Geneva Conventions.
2010 Mar 1, Afghanistan
announced a ban on news coverage of Taliban strikes, saying such
coverage only emboldened the Islamist militants. The move was
denounced by Afghan journalism and rights groups. Two blasts hours
apart killed at least six people in Kandahar. Four NATO service
members died in separate attacks, including a suicide car bomb that
targeted an international military convey as it crossed a bridge in
the Taliban-dominated south.
(AP, 3/1/10)(AFP, 3/1/10)
2010 Mar 2, The Afghan
government denied that it had banned live media coverage of
insurgent attacks, saying it was developing guidelines, not
restrictions, to prevent live footage from aiding fighters at the
2010 Mar 6, British PM Gordon
Brown made a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan.
2010 Mar 7, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai made an unannounced visit to the southern town of
Marjah, promising angry elders that he will rebuild the former
Taliban stronghold after a big NATO operation. Scores of Islamist
militants defected and joined the Afghan government as infighting
among rebel groups left dozens dead including civilians. Regional
police spokesman Laal Mohammad Ahmadzai said 11 Hezb-i-Islami
commanders and 68 of their men in Baghlan province had defected to
the government. Over the weekend 3 men in Helmand and Laghman
provinces and 2 children in Kandahar were killed in a wave of bomb
blasts. 3 NATO service members were killed in attacks, one in the
south and two in the east. A roadside bomb blew up a car in the
southwestern province of Badghis killing 10 civilians. Another
civilian died in a separate bomb blast in the same region.
(Reuters, 3/7/10)(AFP, 3/7/10)(AP, 3/8/10)
2010 Mar 8, In Afghanistan a
pair of would-be suicide bombers armed with automatic rifles tried
to storm government buildings in Khost, but were killed in a
shoot-out with police.
2010 Mar 9, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed two Afghan border police and a
civilian riding in their vehicle. A Taliban operative wearing an
Afghan police uniform infiltrated NATO’s Chergotah base in Khost
province and detonated his explosive vest next to a group of
soldiers who were warming their hands beside a fire. 2 NATO service
members were killed.
(AP, 3/9/10)(AP, 3/10/10)
2010 Mar 10, In Afghanistan a
rocket attack killed an Afghan soldier at a security post in Paktika
province. In southern Helmand province 3 men were killed by a bomb
blast in Marjah.
2010 Mar 11, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, during a visit to Pakistan, said Afghanistan does not
want a proxy war between Pakistan and India or anybody else fought
on its soil. Five Afghan civilians, four of them children, were
killed in an explosion in Kapisa province. A gunmen shot dead a
South African construction contractor and his Afghan colleague in a
separate attack in Khost province. One member of the NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in an
explosion in the south of the country.
2010 Mar 13, Afghanistan's
Pres. Karzai backed off from a much-criticized move to control the
previously independent monitoring body for upcoming parliamentary
elections, offering to allow two foreigners on the commission.
Afghanistan rowed back from a total ban on media broadcasts of
"disturbing" images from insurgent attacks or live pictures of
security operations. Police reported four explosions in
Kandahar. Multiple bomb attacks in Kandahar killed 35 people, but
failed to free insurgents from the city prison. The blasts included
two car bombs, six suicide attackers on motorbikes and bicycles, and
homemade bombs. The attackers targeted the city's prison, police
headquarters, a wedding hall next door and other areas on roads
leading to the prison.
(AP, 3/13/10)(Reuters, 3/13/10)(AP, 3/14/10)
2010 Mar 14, In Afghanistan one
US Marine was killed in a road accident in Marjah. An unmanned
Predator drone aircraft crashed in southern Afghanistan.
2010 Mar 15, In Afghanistan a
rocket attack on Bagram Air Field killed one person. Afghan
authorities in the eastern Paktika province prevented three would-be
suicide bombers from attacking a security post in Barmal district.
Six suspected Taliban also died after their vehicle hit a roadside
bomb in Shah Wali Kot district in Kandahar province. 3 civilians
were killed and 3 others were wounded when their vehicle hit a mine
while they were moving household goods in Ghazni province. Fire from
insurgents killed an Afghan child outside a NATO base in Kunar
2010 Mar 16, In southern
Afghanistan two NATO soldiers were killed by a crude bomb.
2010 Mar 17, In Afghanistan 2
suicide attackers dressed in burqas were shot dead as they attempted
to enter the compound of a US-linked aid organization in southern
Lashkar Gah. Up to 35 people died when a bus carrying passengers
taking home gas canisters collided with a truck on a treacherous
mountain pass in northern Afghanistan.
2010 Mar 18, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai boosted the power of an anti-corruption body that had
faced fierce accusations of being toothless and half-hearted in its
battle to wipe out official graft. US military officials said
operations to push the Taliban out of their Afghan stronghold of
Kandahar are under way and will steadily build in the months ahead.
2010 Mar 21, In southern
Afghanistan at least ten people picnicking by a stream to celebrate
the Afghan new year were killed in a suicide bomb attack. The blast
struck a bridge on the main highway between the capital Kabul and
Herat. In eastern Khost province a roadside bomb killed two
construction company guards when it hit their car. In Wardak
province an elderly man was shot and killed by a joint Afghan-int’l.
force that mistakenly believed he was a threat.
(AFP, 3/21/10)(SFC, 3/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 22, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai met a senior delegation from the insurgent group
Hezb-i-Islami in Kabul, an unprecedented step toward peace that may
signal divisions within the insurgency. NATO reported two more
service members were killed in separate explosions in southern
2010 Mar 23, In northeastern
Afghanistan the bodies of 30 people were recovered from the site of
avalanche in the remote Arghang Khzahkha district north of Faizabad.
The remains of five other people lost in the snow slide that
occurred two weeks ago have not yet been located.
2010 Mar 24, In southern
Afghanistan a bombing killed two NATO service members. A NATO
soldier was killed by small-arms attack in southern Afghanistan. Six
Taliban fighters were killed in Marjah, an area in the southern
province of Helmand captured last month by NATO, US and Afghan
troops during a massive operation. Two Afghan civilians died in the
crossfire of a gun battle between foreign troops and militants in
(AP, 3/24/10)(AFP, 3/25/10)
2010 Mar 24, In China the
presidents of Afghanistan and China oversaw the signing of new
agreements aimed at strengthening the Afghan economy as a step
toward combating the Taliban and achieving political stability.
2010 Mar 25, The top UN envoy
for Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, met with delegates from
Hezb-e-Islami, the country's second-biggest militant group, who are
in Kabul for talks on a possible peace deal. Hezb-e-Islami is headed
by warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is black-listed as a terrorist
by the UN and the US.
2010 Mar 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a gunman attacked a group of German and Afghan aid
workers inspecting a high school under renovation. 2 people died and
a German employed by German humanitarian organization GTZ was among
10 people wounded when assailants opened fire on workers in Khost
(AP, 3/26/10)(AFP, 3/27/10)
2010 Mar 27, In southern
Afghanistan an international service member was killed by a roadside
bomb. 6 civilians were killed in two separate roadside bomb
explosions, one in Sangin district and one in Nawa district.
(AP, 3/27/10)(AP, 3/28/10)
2010 Mar 27, Iran used an
ancient new year celebration to reach out to Afghanistan,
Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Turkey at a summit
meeting that projected Iranian leadership in the strategic region
straddling the Middle East and Central Asia.
2010 Mar 28, President Barack
Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for a firsthand look at
the 8-year-old war he inherited and dramatically escalated. German
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere held talks in Afghanistan on
stuttering progress in training the country's security forces.
Russia accused the US of conniving with Afghanistan's drug producers
by refusing to destroy opium crops, the second time in a week Moscow
has taken a swipe at the West over drug policy.
(AP, 3/28/10)(AFP, 3/28/10)(Reuters, 3/28/10)
2010 Mar 29, In Afghanistan a
NATO helicopter crashed, injuring 14 people in Zabul province.
Elsewhere in the south a service member was killed in a bomb strike.
2010 Mar 30, In western
Afghanistan 5 civilians have been killed after their van hit a bomb
planted in the road outside Herat.
2010 Mar 30, Canada’s PM
Stephen Harper told US Sec. of State Hillary Clinton that its
military mission in Afghanistan will end in 2011.
(SFC, 3/31/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 31, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb concealed on a bicycle killed 13 people, as the
Pentagon's top military officer said NATO forces hope to reverse the
Taliban's momentum in the south with an upcoming offensive in
2010 Mar, British Grenadier
Guardsman Daniel Crook stabbed Ghulam Nabi (10) while on a patrol in
the Nad-e Ali district of southern Helmand province. In 2011 Crook
was jailed for 18 months for bayoneting the boy. The boy's father
said that he had received $800 (600 euros) in compensation but no
2010 Apr 1, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai accused foreign powers of orchestrating enormous fraud
in elections that returned him to power last year. Kosuke Tsuneoka,
a Japanese freelance journalist and veteran of war zones, went
missing after traveling to a Taliban controlled area in the north.
Tsuneoka was released on Sep 4 in good health and was at the
Japanese Embassy in Kabul.
(AFP, 4/2/10)(AP, 9/5/10)
2010 Apr 2, In northern
Afghanistan 3 German soldiers were killed in heavy fighting and five
were severely wounded southwest of Kunduz city. German soldiers
traveling to the scene of the deadly firefight with Taliban
insurgents accidentally killed six Afghan troops.
(AP, 4/2/10)(AP, 4/3/10)
2010 Apr 3, The upper house of
Afghanistan's parliament backed a decree by President Hamid Karzai
that limits foreigners' role in elections, giving him a victory in a
dispute that has led to a quarrel with the White House.
2010 Apr 5, In Afghanistan NATO
forces killed 10 militants in a raid on a compound in Nangarhar
province's Khogyani district. Gunmen seriously wounded an Afghan
provincial councilwoman in a drive-by shooting in Pul-e Khumri,
capital of northern Baghlan province. In Helmand province 4
insurgents and 4 civilians died in a NATO airstrike.
(AP, 4/5/10)(AP, 4/6/10)
2010 Apr 6, In western
Afghanistan 27 insurgents were killed in ground fighting and
airstrikes in Badghis province, in what appeared to be a major blow
to Taliban influence in the region.
2010 Apr 7, Afghan and foreign
troops killed several insurgents during an operation to capture a
senior Taliban commander suspected of providing materials used in
making roadside bombs. 2 insurgents were captured during the
operation in Helmand province's Kajaki Sofla.
2010 Apr 8, Afghan police
thwarted a major attack in Kabul, arresting five would-be suicide
bombers, the largest such group apprehended in the capital. In
Helmand province a local Taliban commander killed a Marjah tribal
leader, his nephew and three others. In eastern Afghanistan one
international service member died in combat with insurgents. A US
Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed in southeastern Zabul province,
killing 3 service members and one government contractor. It was the
first combat crash of the tilt-rotor aircraft, each valued at nearly
(AP, 4/8/10)(AP, 4/9/10)(SFC, 4/10/10, p.A3)
2010 Apr 9, Australia suspended
refugee applications from Afghans and Sri Lankans, citing improved
conditions in those countries. Human rights advocates expressed
concern about the move and an immigrant group condemned it.
2010 Apr 10, Afghan officials
said 2 Italian doctors are among nine people detained in an alleged
plot to kill Helmand's provincial governor. On April 18 Afghan
authorities released three Italian medical workers who had been
detained for a week, clearing them of allegations they were part of
a Taliban plot to kill a provincial governor.
(AP, 4/10/10)(AP, 4/18/10)
2010 Apr 11, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai urged Taliban insurgents to lay down their arms and air
their grievances while visiting a violent northern province, adding
that foreign forces would not leave the country as long as fighting
2010 Apr 12, In Afghanistan
international troops opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan civilians
in Kandahar province, killing four people, setting off anti-American
protests in a key southern city where coalition forces hoped to
rally the public for a coming offensive against the Taliban. In
Kandahar city, 3 suicide bombers attacked an Afghan intelligence
services compound, but security forces repelled them. Roadside bombs
killed four policemen and two Afghan soldiers in Faryab province's
Ghormach district. 3 women died when mortars fired by suspected
insurgents hit their homes in Kapisa province. 2 people were wounded
when their tractor ran over a mine in the far southwestern province
(AP, 4/12/10)(AP, 4/13/10)
2010 Apr 15, In southern
Afghanistan a car bomb outside hotel in Kandahar city, injuring at
least 6 people. A few hours later an Afghan civilian and two
security guards were killed when the car slammed into a compound in
Kandahar used by foreign security firms. A scrap metal dealer and
four children helping him were killed by a suspected homemade bomb
as they loaded materials collected door-to-door in rural Kandahar.
Fighting in the north of the country left four German troops dead.
One civilian was killed and one injured when a bomb blew up beneath
the tractor they were riding near Gardez in the eastern province of
Paktika. 5 Afghan UN employees were missing after their vehicles
were hijacked in northern Baghlan province. The UN employees were
freed in a military operation on May 17.
(AP, 4/15/10)(AFP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/16/10)(AP,
2010 Apr 17, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO solider was killed by a roadside bomb. 2 Dutch
marines were killed in southern Uruzgan province.
2010 Apr 18, The Afghan
Interior Ministry said at least 29 militants, including two
commanders, have been killed over four days of intense fighting
aimed at protecting supply routes through northern Afghanistan. One
person was killed and 14 wounded when a remote-controlled bomb
exploded in the town of Dawlatabad in northern Faryab province.
2010 Apr 19, The Afghan
intelligence service said security forces have arrested nine members
of a terrorist cell and seized nearly a quarter-ton of explosives,
foiling a plot to stage suicide bombings and other attacks in Kabul.
In southern Kandahar province, a remote-controlled bomb planted on a
donkey exploded near a police checkpoint, killing three children
aged 11, 12 and 15. An American and an Afghan soldier were killed by
a suicide bomber at an Afghan National Army facility just outside
Kabul. 3 students and a police officer were killed in crossfire
between foreign soldiers and insurgents in eastern Khost province.
Insurgents killed Azizullah Yarmal, the vice mayor of the southern
city of Kandahar, as he prayed at a mosque.
(AP, 4/19/10)(AFP, 4/20/10)(AP, 4/20/10)(AP,
2010 Apr 21, Afghan and NATO
officials announced that authorities captured a local Taliban
commander, Mullah Faqir, earlier this month after a gunbattle in
2010 Apr 21, Germany recognized
14 US soldiers serving in Afghanistan for risking their lives to
help German soldiers in a firefight on April 2, Good Friday,
awarding them the country's Gold Cross medal.
2010 Apr 22, Afghan and NATO
forces came under heavy fire while searching a compound in eastern
Logar province, sparking a gunbattle that killed two US soldiers and
2010 Apr 23, NATO ministers
meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, agreed to begin handing over control of
Afghanistan to the Afghan government this year, a process that if
successful would enable President Barack Obama to meet his target
date of July 2011 for starting to bring US troops home.
2010 Apr 25, In Afghanistan 13
girls became sick in northern Kunduz province. Another 47 had
complained of dizziness and nausea the day before, and 23 fell ill
on April 21. A strange odor in their classrooms, prompted an
investigation into whether they were targeted by militants who
oppose education for girls or victims of mass hysteria. Hundreds of
people blocked a main road in Logar province, and burned several
trucks to protest what they said were civilian deaths in NATO
operations. In southern Zabul province a suicide bomber attacked
private security guards while they were at a bazaar, killing four
Afghans and wounding 12. One Afghan police officer was killed and
another was wounded during an attack on a militant compound in the
Wordoch district of Badakshkhan province northeast of Kabul. 2
militants were killed in the operation. Government forces on a
mission to eradicate poppies in eastern Nangrahar province came
under fire. During the gunbattle three Afghans were killed. Six
Taliban militants were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010 Apr 26, In Afghanistan two
explosions killed two civilians and injured one police officer and
one civilian in Kandahar. Another policeman was injured in the blast
in the city's north. The wave of violence in Kandahar has forced the
UN to tell more than 200 of its Afghan employees there to stay home.
Several foreign UN employees have been temporarily moved to Kabul.
2010 Apr 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier was killed following a gun attack.
2010 Apr 29, NATO troops in
Nangarhar province raided the home of a prominent Afghan lawmaker
overnight, killing one of her relatives. In Laghman province a
suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near an Afghan
army training facility, killing a soldier.
2010 Apr 30, In southern
Afghanistan foreign troops killed two women and a girl as they
traveled by car.
2010 May 2, In southern
Afghanistan a British soldier died in an explosion while protecting
fellow troops as they returned from a patrol.
2010 May 3, In southern
Afghanistan two NATO service members died, one from a roadside bomb,
the other in a vehicle accident. A joint operation between Afghan
and NATO forces killed five militants in central Afghanistan.
Several militants also were arrested in the operation in Gezeb
district of Daykundi province. In eastern Afghanistan a suicide
bomber killed one civilian outside the Camp Chapman CIA base.
(AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/4/10, p.A2)
2010 May 4, In Afghanistan
Hayat Khan, a tribal elder, was gunned down while he was shopping in
the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the latest targeted killing
ahead of a NATO-led operation there that will be a critical test of
the Afghan war. A former member of southern Zabul province's women's
affairs department was fatally shot. In northern Kunduz province
Taliban militants killed two civilians they accused of spying for
2010 May 5, In southwestern
Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers disguised as police attacked a
government compound in Nimroz province. 8 attackers blew themselves
up and police shot the ninth. Two police officers and a provincial
council member died. 3 explosions targeted the vehicles of private
development companies in the southern provinces of Kandahar and
Zabul. One person was killed and 11 were wounded in the blasts.
Floodwaters coursed through several villages while residents slept
in western Herat province. At least 20 people were killed and 30
(AP, 5/5/10)(AP, 6/11/10)
2010 May 6, Afghan officials
said the Taliban have ordered mobile phone operators to shut down
their networks during the night in a northern Afghan province, a
sign of the militants' increasing influence in a once peaceful area.
A NATO service member was killed in a roadside bomb in southern
Afghanistan. Another died from a mortar or rocket attack in the
(Reuters, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/7/10)
2010 May 7, Afghan civilians
traveling south of the capital of Kabul died when their vehicle hit
a large roadside bomb. A NATO service member died following an
insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 5/7/10)(AP, 5/8/10)
2010 May 8, In eastern
Afghanistan private security guards opened fire and killed a
30-year-old civilian after the guards' vehicle hit a roadside bomb
in Wardak province.
2010 May 9, In Afghanistan an
insurgent rocket, apparently fired at a NATO convoy, missed its
target and hit a civilian vehicle in southern Helmand province
killing four civilians. A NATO service members died in an insurgent
attack in eastern Afghanistan. Allied forces fired five illumination
rounds while pursuing Taliban suspects in an orchard in the Mizan
district of southeastern Zabul province. NATO spokesman Lt. Col.
Todd Vician later said a canister from one of the flares may have
landed on the roof of an Afghan home and killed two people and
injured two others.
(AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/13/10)
2010 May 10, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai arrived in Washington, seeking to show a united front
with the United States during a pivotal time in the nine-year war.
In northeast Afghanistan heavy rain sent floodwaters tearing through
villages, killing at least 10 people and destroying hundreds of
homes. A roadside bomb struck a car in southeastern Zabul province,
killing two civilians. Afghan and NATO forces killed 18 militants
and arrested six in the Sangin district of southern Helmand
province. The NATO alliance killed "several insurgents" in Khost.
(AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/11/10)
2010 May 11, Afghanistan's
government, facing international pressure to wipe out corruption,
said it had dissolved 152 Afghan and 20 international aid
organizations, some for misconduct. A bomb attack killed two US
service members in southern Afghanistan. In northern Kunduz province
about 50 students at a girls' school were hospitalized after losing
consciousness or vomiting in what the top local health official
called a suspected poison gas attack. 4 teachers and 9 students were
hospitalized after a bomb went off underneath a stairwell at a boys'
school in the Smalhail district of eastern Khost province. In the
Mizan district of southern Zabul province, a rocket fired in clashes
between allied and Taliban fighters hit a civilian home, killing two
girls and injuring a mother and son.
(AFP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/12/10)
2010 May 12, President Barack
Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met at the White House in a
show of unity aimed at patching over differences at a pivotal time
in the nearly nine-year-old war.
2010 May 12, In southern
Afghanistan violence erupted where an American and a Romanian
soldier were killed. Attackers on motorcycles shot and killed the
No. 2 prisons official in the southern province of Kandahar. The
Taliban claimed responsibility for assassinating the prison official
and an explosion injured at least three people. A bomb exploded near
a police training center in Kandahar city, injuring at least three
people. Allied forces killed five insurgents after a joint patrol
came under fire in the Sangin district of Helmand province while
searching for a Pakistan-based Taliban commander.
(AP, 5/12/10)(AP, 5/13/10)
2010 May 13, In Afghanistan
officials said at least three dozen suspected insurgents were killed
in two days of joint NATO and Afghan operations across the country.
A NATO service member died following in a roadside bombing in the
(AP, 5/13/10)(AP, 5/14/10)
2010 May 14, In eastern
Afghanistan hundreds of protesters brandished sticks, threw stones
and burned an American flag as they accused NATO forces of killing
civilians in an overnight raid, but the alliance said eight
insurgents were killed in the attack. NATO said at least nine
insurgents were killed the previous night during a pursuit of
suspected militants in the Tarnak Wa Jaldak district of eastern
Zabul province. An American service member died in an insurgent
attack in the east. A suicide bomber in Gardez jumped in front of a
vehicle in a convoy of the governor of eastern Paktiya province, who
narrowly escaped the attack. A civilian was killed and four other
people injured. Afghan and coalition forces conducted sweeps across
Afghanistan that left at least 30 militants dead, while insurgents
in the east killed five security guards in an ambush on a convoy. 8
militants were killed and two others wounded in a joint raid by
Afghan and coalition forces in Nangahar province. Allied forces led
joint operations in northern Baghlan, eastern Logar, and southern
Kandahar provinces, in which a total of seven insurgents were
(AP, 5/14/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010 May 15, Afghan police
officers came under attack from insurgents while working to defuse a
roadside bomb in eastern Paktia province. One militant was killed
and two others arrested after a gunbattle. Zabiullah Mujahid, a
Taliban spokesman, boasted that the group had kidnapped and killed 4
Afghan interpreters in Khost province. Insurgents attacked a convoy
in Andar district of Ghazni province, killing one private security
guard and injuring two others.
(AP, 5/16/10)(SSFC, 5/16/10, p.A7)(AP, 5/17/10)
2010 May 15, British PM David
Cameron and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed to strengthen ties
between London and Kabul in the first meeting between the new
British PM and a foreign leader.
2010 May 16, An Afghan official
said a mystery disease infecting opium poppies in Afghanistan could
cut this year's illicit crop in some areas by up to 70 percent. A US
service member was killed following an insurgent attack in southern
Afghanistan. 2 militants on a motorbike opened fire on a car
belonging to a National Security Directorate official who was on his
way to work. The intelligence official's driver was killed. The
appellate court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force reported
that drug-traffickers from the provinces of Nangarhar, Herat,
Kapisa, Helmand, Panjshir, Kunar, Kandahar and Wardak were fined and
sentenced to prison last week. Militants shot and killed Rahman Gul,
a prominent Muslim cleric who had called for peace, along with two
members of his family in Kunar province. 2 US service members died
in southern Afghanistan. One was killed in an insurgent attack, and
the other died of injuries sustained a day earlier.
(AP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/17/10)
2010 May 17, In northern
Afghanistan a Pamir Airways passenger plane crashed with 44 people
on board. The British Embassy in Kabul confirmed that three British
nationals were among 6 foreigners on the plane. Poor weather
hampered search efforts. No survivors were found. 5 Afghan UN
staffers kidnapped in northern Afghanistan a month ago were freed in
a military operation. 2 Italian soldiers in the NATO mission were
killed by a roadside bomb while riding in a convoy near the western
city of Herat. Two other soldiers were wounded. Two other NATO
service members died in separate bomb attacks.
(AFP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/17/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010 May 18, A Taliban suicide
car bomber struck a NATO convoy in Kabul, killing six troops 5
American and one Canadian. Twelve Afghan civilians also died, many
of them on a public bus in rush-hour traffic.
2010 May 19, In Afghanistan
insurgents launched a brazen pre-dawn assault against the giant
US-run Bagram Air Field, killing an American contractor and wounding
nine troops in the second Taliban strike at NATO forces in and
around the capital in as many days. 10 guerrillas were killed
including 4 with suicide vests.
(AP, 5/19/10)(SFC, 5/20/10, p.A3)
2010 May 20, In the Maldives 15
representatives of the Afghan government met with 7 Taliban members
for talks, which would continue over the weekend. A Taliban
statement the next day said those at the talks claiming to be from
the Taliban are no longer active members and have "surrendered" to
President Hamid Karzai's government.
(SFC, 5/21/10, p.A2)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010 May 22, In southern
Afghanistan 3 foreign soldiers and one civilian working with NATO's
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in two
separate incidents. At least a dozen people were killed south of
Kabul after US troops spotted two insurgents trying to plant bombs.
(AFP, 5/22/10)(AP, 5/22/10)
2010 May 24, Afghan authorities
announced the arrest of seven people in last week's car suicide car
bombing that killed six NATO soldiers, including three American
colonels and a Canadian colonel.
2010 May 26, In Afghanistan a
car bomb exploded outside a small NATO military base in Kandahar
City, wounding two Afghans and destroying several cars. A British
soldier was shot dead while on foot patrol in southern Helmand
province. In eastern Nuristan province, police have been battling
hundreds of insurgents for four days. Militants made a push to
capture all of Barg-e-Matal district on the Pakistan border,
sparking heavy fighting throughout the area. A senior border police
official said he had credible reports that Taliban commander Maulana
Fazlullah was killed. At least seven militants and one police
officer have died so far in the fighting in Nuristan's Barg-e-Matal
(AP, 5/26/10)(AFP, 5/26/10)(AP, 5/27/10)
2010 May 28, Afghan forces
battled militants in a remote region near the Pakistan border for a
sixth day, as officials tried to confirm reports that a key
Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in the fighting. The US military
suffered its 1,000th death in the nearly 9-year-old Afghan war. In
eastern Afghanistan militants ambushed an Afghan police convoy in
Paktia province, killing five officers with a roadside bomb and
opening fire before fleeing when NATO aircraft started a
bombardment. A senior Taliban leader in Baghlan province was killed
in a NATO airstrike. The man, who was not named, was said to be the
Taliban's "shadow governor" of the region and was responsible for
organizing and directing attacks on coalition forces.
(AP, 5/28/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010 May 28, US Gen. Stanley
McChrystal, and other dignitaries officially launched the
construction of a rail link between northern Afghanistan and
2010 May 29, Taliban insurgents
claimed a victory when they captured an Afghan government outpost in
a remote mountainous region near the Pakistan border. Officials said
up to a dozen Taliban-linked militants, including their commander,
were killed when NATO and Afghan troops backed by air support struck
their sanctuaries in the northern Baghlan mountains.
(AP, 5/29/10)(AP, 5/30/10)
2010 May 30, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck a police patrol in remote northeastern
Badakhshan province, killing 7 officers. NATO helicopters raided a
militant hideout in Panjwayi district, killing up to 8 insurgents. A
local farmer at the Kandahar city hospital said that the strike had
injured 4 civilians, including his father. Elsewhere in Kandahar,
Afghan men evacuating wounded relatives said NATO helicopters struck
their mudbrick homes, killing one and injuring 4 others. Gen.
Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO and US forces, stressed that
progress toward real stability in Afghanistan will be slow as
international troops painstakingly try to win over a population that
includes its enemies and has little trust in the government. In
Khost province men using rocket-propelled grenades and bombs blew up
a barely completed school built with int’l. aid at a cost of
(AFP, 5/30/10)(SFC, 5/31/10, p.A3)
2010 May 31, Afghan authorities
suspended two Christian foreign aid groups on suspicion of
proselytizing in the strictly Islamic nation and said a follow-up
investigation would include whether other groups were trying to
convert Muslims. US-based Church World Service and Norwegian Church
Aid will not be allowed to operate while the allegations are
investigated. About 180 Taliban attacked a police post in the
Purchaman district in southwestern Farah province, triggering hours
of fighting that killed 15 insurgents. A NATO service member was
killed by a makeshift bomb in southern Afghanistan. In Khost
province on Pakistan's border, NATO and Afghan forces captured
several commanders of the Haqqani group.
(AP, 5/31/10)(AP, 6/1/10)
2010 May, In Afghanistan Sayed
Mussa was arrested in late May after an Afghan television station
broadcast images of alleged Christian baptisms in Kabul. He was
released in Feb, 2011, after an intense campaign by international
diplomatic missions and Christian activists.
2010 Jun 1, US helicopters flew
Afghan troops into a district of Nuristan province, overrun by the
Taliban, and recaptured Barg-e-Matal, the main town, without firing
a shot. 54 militants were killed or wounded in fighting and
airstrikes before this operation began. 2 police died. A US soldier
died from militant gunfire in Kandahar province.
(AP, 6/1/10)(AP, 6/3/10)
2010 Jun 2, Taliban militants
launched a suicide attack on Afghanistan's national peace conference
as President Hamid Karzai interrupted his opening remarks to
reassure nervous delegates hearing the thump of rockets and rattle
of gunfire outside. At least two attackers were killed in fighting
with Afghan security forces near the giant tent erected for the
3-day gathering. Five militants were killed and eight others in
addition to district-level Taliban commander, Mullah Habibullah,
were arrested in the operation in Sayed Abad district of Wardak
province. In Zabul province an operation by NATO and Afghan forces
killed five Taliban insurgents. A clash between Afghan forces and
Taliban militants left four civilians dead in Helmand province. A
roadside bombing in the same province killed four other civilians.
(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/3/10)
2010 Jun 4, An Afghan national
peace conference urged the government to take formal steps toward
negotiating with insurgents, boosting President Hamid Karzai's plans
to open talks with the Taliban. NATO forces said NATO and Afghan
troops have killed Mullah Zergay, a top Taliban commander for
Kandahar city, along with several of his guards last week. 2 British
soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with insurgents in southern
Helmand province. NATO aircraft pounded a target in Kunar province,
killing 9 Taliban militants including 3 Pakistanis. Three insurgents
were killed and four wounded in a gunbattle with Afghan forces in
(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/5/10)
2010 Jun 5, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded outside the provincial governor's office in Kandahar
city, killing one policeman and wounding at least 14 civilians.
Afghan and foreign forces killed 25 Taliban militants in two
separate military operations in central Uruzgan province.
(AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010 Jun 6, In Afghanistan 5
NATO soldiers were killed in a day of violence which left another
six dead and 26 wounded. President Hamid Karzai ordered a review of
all cases of suspected insurgents in jails in Afghanistan and called
for the release of those being held without sufficient evidence.
Pres. Karzai accepted the resignations of Interior Minister Hanif
Atmar and intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh after an investigation
into a June 2 Taliban attack.
(AFP, 6/6/10)(Reuters, 6/6/10)
2010 Jun 6, Russia urged NATO
forces in Afghanistan to crack down harder on drug production and
smuggling, and offered to help put a security ring around the
2010 Jun 7, In Afghanistan 10
deaths marked the deadliest day of the year for ISAF. The dead
included 7 Americans, 2 Australians and a French Legionnaire. They
were killed in five separate insurgent attacks in the south and east
of the country. Two civilian contractors training police, an
American and a Nepalese, also died in a suicide attack in Kandahar
city. In Badghis, Afghan special forces backed by US helicopter
gunships battled insurgents for 12 hours overnight in a remote
Taliban-controlled region, killing 23 militants.
2010 Jun 8, In Afghanistan 2
American troops were killed by a roadside bomb and a British soldier
was shot dead on patrol. Kandahar's provincial government said in a
statement that Afghan and NATO troops had battled Taliban militants
in the Mianshen district, killing 14 insurgents. The Interior
Ministry said seven Afghan private security guards were killed two
separate attacks in eastern Ghazni province.
2010 Jun 9, In southern
Afghanistan Insurgents shot down a NATO helicopter and killed four
American troops in Helmand province. A local official said the
Taliban hanged a 7-year-old boy in public in Helmand province for
alleged spying. A 12-13 year-old suicide bomber detonated his vest
at a wedding party for a family with ties to police in the Taliban's
heartland, killing over 40 people and wounding dozens more in
Nadahan village in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province.
Insurgents dragged a Kandahar provincial council member, Amir
Mohammad Noorzai, from his house and fatally shot him.
(AP, 6/9/10)(AP, 6/10/10)(SFC, 6/10/10,
p.A2)(SFC, 6/11/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 10, Britain’s PM David
Cameron made his first official visit to Afghanistan, ruling out the
prospect of sending extra forces and calling for quicker progress to
bring troops home.
2010 Jun 11, NATO leaders
declared that the alliance had regained the initiative in the Afghan
war, promising that the gains could result in a handover of security
responsibilities in some parts of the country to local authorities
by year's end. Two US troops and at least 11 civilians died in
violence across southern Afghanistan, including one attack in which
a suicide bomber wearing a burqa blew himself up in a bazaar.
2010 Jun 13, In central
Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked a police post, sparking a
day-long battle which killed 8 policemen, 4 civilians and 9
militants in the Kijran district of Day Kundi province.
2010 Jun 14, A spokesman for
Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai's said US geologists have discovered vast
mineral wealth in Afghanistan, possibly amounting to $1 trillion.
Militants attacked Afghan and NATO forces outside of Jalalabad city.
The resulting firefight left two police officers and five attackers
dead. Roadside bombs killed four police officers in Wardak province
and one in Kandahar province. A remote-controlled explosive killed
four people in Helmand province. A second roadside bomb killed two
others in western Herat province.
(AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)
2010 Jun 15, In Afghanistan 5
international coalition troops died and an Afghan district official,
his son and a body guard were assassinated in Kandahar province
where the Taliban are targeting people loyal to the government and
its foreign partners. Militants attacked a police checkpoint in
eastern Ghazni province before dawn, killing five officers and
2010 Jun 16, In northern
Afghanistan a roadside bombing killed two US service members. US and
Afghan forces conducted an operation in Baghi Shirkat in which 12
militants were killed, including two local Taliban commanders. 3
Afghans working for a private security company were killed when
their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Muqar district of Ghazni
2010 Jun 18, NATO said 2
Americans have died in southern Afghanistan where militants have
stepped up their attacks as NATO and Afghan forces ramp up security
in Taliban strongholds.
2010 Jun 19, Two Afghan
policemen were killed and five others were wounded when their
vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Gereshk district. A NATO rocket
landed on a house in Qarghay district of Laghman province, killing
two women and injuring two other adults. 10 militants were killed
and eight others wounded in a 30-minute clash in Sherzad district,
2010 Jun 20, In southern
Afghanistan 2 bombs set up in push carts exploded minutes apart in
Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province. 3 Taliban
militants were killed and 33 others were wounded in a clash with
police. A NATO rocket, apparently targeting an airport in the Behsud
district of Nangarhar province, struck a house, killing two children
and injuring three men and a woman.
2010 Jun 21, In southern
Afghanistan 3 Australian commandos and a US soldier were killed when
a helicopter crashed in Kandahar province, where NATO forces are
mounting an ambitious campaign to flush out Taliban militants. 5
other NATO service members, including 4 Americans, were killed in
separate attacks in the east and south. A UN survey warned that 8
percent of Afghans suffer from drug addiction, a rate twice the
global average and a "major" growing problem for the world's leading
narcotic producer. Afghan and US officials said up to 26 Taliban
suspects have been freed from jails in Afghanistan as part of
efforts to persuade Islamist insurgents to make peace.
(AFP, 6/21/10)(SFC, 6/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 22, In northern
Afghanistan Dr. Azizullah Safari, the head of a provincial health
department, was killed by a bomb planted in his private clinic in
Kunduz province. Two NATO service members were killed in attacks.
NATO and Afghan forces captured a senior Taliban figure in an
2010 Jun 22, General Stanley
McChrystal, the US military commander in Afghanistan, was summoned
to the White House after he and his aides mocked and criticized top
officials including President Barack Obama in an explosive interview
with Rolling Stone magazine. US defense officials said Duncan
Boothby, a senior media aide to McChrystal, has resigned after a
magazine article portrayed the military commander and his team
making critical comments about the Obama administration.
(AFP, 6/22/10)(Reuters, 6/22/10)
2010 Jun 22, A US congressional
hearing was held on a new report titled “Warlond Inc., which focused
on the Pentagon's system of outsourcing to private companies the job
of moving supplies in Afghanistan. According to the report, "The
principal private security subcontractors are warlords, strongmen,
commanders and militia leaders who compete with the Afghan central
government for power and authority." The report described a mafia of
politically warlords enriched by contracts to protect NATO convoys,
which some also allegedly attack.
(Econ, 6/26/10, p.30)(http://tinyurl.com/2722o2r)
2010 Jun 23, In southern
Afghanistan 4 British soldiers were killed in a vehicle crash. Seven
Afghan construction workers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in
2010 Jun 23, Bulgaria says it
will send 65 more troops to the NATO-led force in Afghanistan in
2010 Jun 24, Afghan and NATO
coalition troops destroyed a bomb factory and killed a Taliban
district commander in Kandahar province. In all, 15 insurgents were
killed in the attack.
2010 Jun 25, In Afghanistan 3
international troops, including 2 American, were reported killed.
The bodies of 11 men, some beheaded, were found in Uruzgan province.
NATO and Afghan forces in Logar province killed Ghulam Sakhi, a
Taliban commander involved in making and deploying IEDs. Afghan and
NATO forces also killed several insurgents in an air strike night in
the southern province of Zabul.
(AP, 6/25/10)(AP, 6/26/10)
2010 Jun 26, In Afghanistan
Adm. Mike Mullen, the US military's top officer assured, President
Hamid Karzai that Gen. Petraeus, new NATO commander, will pursue the
same war strategy crafted by ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal. NATO
announced the death of three more alliance soldiers following two
Taliban-style bomb attacks in the south of the country.
2010 Jun 27, In Afghanistan 4
Norwegian soldiers died after a roadside bomb exploded near their
vehicle in Faryab province. NATO forces killing a local leader of
the Haqqani group, a Taliban faction with close ties to al-Qaida, in
an airstrike in Khost province. The leader, known only as Satar, was
responsible for planting roadside bombs in the area. The US-led
operation, began in the region around Kunar province. 2 US troops
were killed in the operation. Up to 150 Taliban insurgents were
killed in battles along the Kunar border.
(AP, 6/27/10)(AP, 6/28/10)(AP, 6/29/10)
2010 Jun 28, In Afghanistan
NATO said that a Taliban commander was among several armed people
killed during a search operation in Kandahar, but residents claimed
the troops killed eight innocent civilians, including two elderly
men. In eastern Ghazni province, a minivan exploded when it struck a
roadside bomb in Andar district. At least eight people were killed
and two wounded in the blast. 4 Afghan National Police officers were
killed by a roadside bomb in the Dularam district of Farah province.
(AP, 6/28/10)(AP, 6/30/10)
2010 Jun 29, Afghan police said
16 people, including civilians and policemen, were killed in
separate attacks blamed on the Taliban over the last 24 hours. A UN
vehicle was shot up at a busy traffic circle in Kabul, and at least
one person was wounded. A roadside bomb killed two civilians and
wounded two others in Khakrez district of Kandahar province.
2010 Jun 30, In eastern
Afghanistan militants set off a car bomb and stormed the entrance to
a major NATO air base outside Jalalabad city. 8 insurgents died in
the failed assault. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said six
suicide attackers killed 32 foreign and Afghan security forces at
the airport. NATO said a US trooper died of wounds sustained in a
gunbattle with insurgents. Two patients waiting for a doctor were
wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his vest of explosives
behind a clinic in the Dularam district of Farah province. 43
insurgents were reported killed or captured in a 3-day operation
aimed at disrupting insurgents in Panjwai district of Kandahar
province. Afghan and int’l. troops captured Mullah Nazar Mohammad,
the Taliban district chief of Now Zad and Mullah Malang, a Taliban
commander in Baghran, Helmand province. Some Taliban were killed or
(AP, 6/30/10)(WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A10)(SFC, 7/2/10,
2010 Jun, A US Congressional
report said the Watan Group, run by relatives of President Hamid
Karzai, bribed Afghan officials to get exclusive control over a key
NATO supply route in southern Afghanistan and paid Taliban
commanders to avoid attacks along the highway. As of Dec 6 Watan was
given a "proposed debarment status," which prevented it from signing
new contracts with the US government or renewing existing contracts.
2010 Jul 2, In northern
Afghanistan Taliban suicide attackers stormed a four-story house
used by an American AID organization in Kunduz, killing four people
before dying in a fierce, 6-hour gunbattle with Afghan security
(AP, 7/2/10)(SFC, 7/3/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 4, In Afghanistan a
joint force in Kunduz province discovered rocket-propelled grenades,
automatic weapons and a roadside bomb near a mosque. A 2-day
drug-sweeping operation ended in the south with security forces
killing 63 smugglers and terrorists.
(AP, 7/7/10)(SFC, 7/5/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 5, Newspapers reported
that at least $4.2 billion in cash have left Kabul airport in the
past three-and-a-half years, raising fresh concerns about corruption
in war-torn Afghanistan.
2010 Jul 6, In Afghanistan 3
American soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in the south. A
NATO airstrike in Paktika province killed several suspected
insurgents and led to the arrest of several others. Coalition and
Afghan special forces arrested a Taliban commander in the eastern
province of Nangarhar.
(AP, 7/7/10)(AP, 7/9/10)
2010 Jul 6, Britain’s Guardian
newspaper, citing unnamed political sources, said British troops
will turn over responsibility for one of the deadliest districts in
southern Afghanistan to Americans in a reconfiguration of NATO-led
forces in the area, and that Britain would soon withdraw its 1,000
soldiers from the Sangin district of Helmand province, where they
would be replaced by US troops who now outnumber them in Helmand.
Britain’s Defense Secretary Liam Fox confirmed the announcement the
(Reuters, 7/6/10)(AFP, 7/7/10)
2010 Jul 7, In Afghanistan NATO
mistakenly killed five of its Afghan army allies in an airstrike
while they were attacking insurgents in Ghazni province. Britain
announced that it will withdraw its troops from a volatile district
in the south, turning over responsibility to US forces.
(AP, 7/7/10)(SFC, 7/8/10, p.A3)
2010 Jul 8, In Afghanistan two
international troops died in insurgent attacks as violence spiraled
across the country. NATO forces overnight captured a suspected
Taliban-linked supplier of bomb-making materials in Khost province.
2010 Jul 9, In Afghanistan an
explosion ripped into a convoy of NATO and Afghan forces in eastern
Nangarhar province, killing one civilian and wounding nine others.
Australian Pvt. Nathan Bewes was killed just before midnight by a
homemade bomb, the 6th Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan in
just over a month.
2010 Jun 9, A US district Court
in Manhattan sentenced Syed Hashmi (30), a Pakistani American, to 15
years in prison for helping an Al-Qaida operative supply raincoats,
ponchos and waterproof socks to militants in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 6/10/10, p.A5)
2010 Jul 10, In Afghanistan 6
American service members and at least a dozen civilians died in
attacks in the east and south. Afghan and int’l. forces in a
combined commando unit killed a Taliban operative and captured 8
others in an overnight raid in Paktia province, though local
villagers claimed the men were innocent civilians. In the northern
city of Mazar-i-Sharif, thousands of Afghan's staged an anti-US
protest over another night raid that killed two security guards.
Insurgents in Kunduz province overran a checkpoint near the northern
border with Tajikistan, killing at least six of the nine border
police stationed there. 3 border police stationed at the checkpoint
were missing. In Kunduz militants killed Malem Nazir, the chief of
Qala Zal district and his body guard by remotely detonating a bomb
as he passed in his car. Five other police died when their vehicle
hit a roadside bomb in northeastern Badakshan province, next to
Kunduz. A joint Afghan-international force killed a Taliban
commander, Malauwi Shahbuddin, along with several armed insurgents
in the Shahjoy district of Zabul province. A provincial spokesman
said 13 Taliban were killed in the attack.
(AP, 7/10/10)(AP, 7/11/10)
2010 Jul 11, In Afghanistan a
US service member died following an insurgent attack.
2010 Jul 13, A renegade Afghan
soldier killed 3 British army Gurkha troops in a "suspected
premeditated attack" in Helmand province. The attacker remained at
large. A suicide attacker slammed a car bomb into the gate of the
headquarters of the elite Afghan National Civil Order Police in
Kandahar. Minutes later, insurgents opened fire with machine guns
and rocket-propelled grenades. Three US troops, an Afghan policeman
and five civilians died in the attack. Insurgents manning a
makeshift checkpoint pulled Saleh Mohammad, a member of a local
tribal council in Khas Uruzgan district, out of his vehicle and shot
him dead in the road.
(AFP, 7/13/10)(AP, 7/14/10)(AP, 7/15/10)
2010 Jul 14, In Afghanistan 4
American troops were killed by a roadside bomb in the south, while
one more US service member died the same day of wounds from a
gunbattle. 9 Afghan civilians died in the south when their vehicle
hit a roadside bomb in the volatile district of Marjah in Helmand
province. Another homemade bomb killed 2 security guards traveling
on a road in eastern Paktika province. 2 suspected Taliban also died
in Helmand's Lashkar Gar district when the roadside bomb they were
trying to plant exploded prematurely. Gunmen kidnapped five Health
Ministry employees in Kandahar province.
(AP, 7/14/10)(AP, 7/15/10)
2010 Jul 15, In Afghanistan
police said they have killed a local Taliban commander, identified
as Mullah Dawood, in a gunbattle. A NATO airstrike killed a Taliban
commander, alias Qari Latif, responsible for a suicide attack
on a US aid program. 12 other insurgents were also killed in the
attack in Kunduz. A raid killed insurgent, Mullah Akhtar, who
smuggled in foreign fighters through Iran, along with several other
insurgents in Farah province.
(AP, 7/15/10)(AP, 7/16/10)
2010 Jul 16, In
Afghanistan 2 NATO soldiers including one British and one American
died in Taliban-style bomb attacks.
2010 Jul 17, In Afghanistan a
British and an American soldier died in Taliban-style bomb attacks.
Another NATO soldier was killed in a separate attack. 4 Afghan
policemen died when insurgents attacked a checkpoint in Gereshk
district of Helmand province. One Afghan soldier died and another
was wounded in Sabari district of Khost province after their vehicle
hit a roadside bomb.
(AFP, 7/17/10)(AP, 7/18/10)
2010 Jul 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber slipped through Kabul’s tight security ring, killing
three civilians near a busy market two days before an international
conference hosting representatives from about 60 nations. An
American service member was killed by a roadside bomb in the south.
The Taliban staged a brazen jailbreak in the western province of
Farah, where a smuggled bomb exploded at a prison, allowing 11
inmates, including suspected insurgents, to escape from the facility
that held about 350. In Kandahar city 2 police officers and a
civilian died when a roadside bomb exploded near a hospital. A car
bomb exploded near the largest US base in Afghanistan, but killed
only the suicide attacker.
2010 Jul 18, Afghanistan and
Pakistan announced a trade agreement, which the US helped to forge,
to facilitate the shipment of goods between and through the two
(SFC, 7/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 19, Six Afghan
policemen and two US troops were killed by roadside bombs in
southern Afghanistan. Afghan and coalition forces killed five
insurgents and detained five more near Tatang in Nangarhar.
(AP, 7/19/10)(AP, 7/23/10)
2010 Jul 20, In northern
Afghanistan 2 American civilians and an Afghan soldier were killed
in a shooting on an Afghan military base. An Afghan soldier who
trained others at the base outside Mazar-e-Sharif started shooting
during a weapons exercise. The shooter was killed. The international
community endorsed sweeping Afghan government plans to take
responsibility for security by 2014, forge peace to end nine years
of war and take greater control of aid projects. NATO forces
detained a Taliban operative who had been in the final preparation
stages for attacks against an int’l. conference.
(AP, 7/20/10)(AFP, 7/20/10)(AP, 7/22/10)
2010 Jul 21, In northern
Afghanistan insurgents beheaded six policemen after attacking their
checkpoint in Baghlan province's Dahanah-ye Ghori district. A Danish
service member was killed by an explosion in the south. In Kabul
NATO and Afghan forces captured another suspected insurgent who had
planned attacks against this week's international conference.
(AP, 7/21/10)(AP, 7/22/10)(SFC, 7/22/10, p.A4)
2010 Jul 22, In southern
Afghanistan a helicopter crashed killing two US service members. The
Taliban claimed it shot down the craft, but NATO said it was still
investigating. Several Taliban figures, including a former spokesman
for the insurgents, were captured in raids by coalition and Afghan
forces across the country. In Uruzgan province the Taliban shot and
killed the head of the Khas Uruzgan district development council and
his assistant as they were leaving a house.
(AP, 7/22/10)(AP, 7/23/10)
2010 Jul 22, The US Treasury
Department sanctioned three insurgent leaders, including Nasiruddin
Haqqani, an emissary for the Haqqani Network (Afghanistan-Pakistan)
and brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani who leads the group with his
2010 Jul 23, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb exploded inside a mosque, seriously wounding a
candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections and at least 16 other
people. Two American service members left their compound in Kabul
and failed to return. They were believed to have been captured by
insurgents somewhere in Logar province. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah
Mujahid later said the pair drove into an area of Logar province
that is under insurgent control. He says that during a brief
gunfight, one American was killed and the other was captured. The
body of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley (30) was found
on July 25. On July 28 the body of the 2nd sailor, Petty Officer 3rd
Class Jarod Newlove (25) was recovered. In southern Helmand province
at least 45 civilians, many women and children, were killed in a
rocket attack by the NATO-led foreign force. Alliance and
Afghan troops came under attack about 6 miles (10 km) south of the
village and responded with helicopter-borne strikes. Coalition
forces reported six insurgents killed, including a Taliban
(AP, 7/23/10)(Reuters, 7/24/10)(AP,
7/25/10)(Reuters, 7/26/10)(AP, 7/28/10)(SFC, 7/28/10, p.A3)(AP,
2010 Jul 26, WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange promised that the release of some 91,000 secret US
military documents on the Afghanistan war is just the beginning,
adding that he still has thousands more Afghan files to post online.
Pakistan's most powerful spy agency on Monday lashed out against a
trove of leaked US intelligence reports that alleged close
connections between it and Taliban militants fighting NATO troops in
Afghanistan, calling the accusations malicious and unsubstantiated.
2010 Jul 27, In southern
Afghanistan a US service member died. A NATO drone went down in a
Taliban-held area of northern Afghanistan because of mechanical
2010 Jul 28, In southern
Afghanistan a packed bus hit a roadside bomb killing 25 people
aboard. An Afghan villager, who was said to be carrying a rifle, was
killed by US soldiers in the volatile Arghandab Valley, a strategic
area near Kandahar City. In central Uruzgan province 3 Afghan
soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. German
Army Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz told reporters in Kabul that the
Taliban's senior leadership ordered the assassination of multiple
tribal elders in an area of Uruzgan.
2010 Jul 29, In southern
Afghanistan 3 American service members died in two separate blasts.
2010 Jul 30, In Afghanistan an
SUV, driven by US contract employees, was involved in a traffic
accident. One Afghan died in the wreck and rioting followed. Kabul
police later said the Afghan driver had caused the accident. A US
service member died following an insurgent attack and two others
were killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan. British
and Afghan troops launched a new offensive in the Sayedebad area of
Helmand to try to deny insurgents a base from which to launch
attacks in Nad Ali and Marjah. 4 Afghan civilians were killed and 3
were injured when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Zabul
province of southern Afghanistan. When police arrived at the scene,
Taliban fighters opened fire. One insurgent was killed. In Kandahar,
a candidate in September's parliamentary election escaped
assassination when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded. A woman
and a child were killed and another child was wounded.
(AP, 7/30/10)(SFC, 8/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 31, Afghanistan’s
national disaster authority chief said flash floods have killed at
least 65 people and affected more than 1,000 families.
2010 Aug 1, In southern
Afghanistan a minibus full of civilians struck a roadside bomb in
Kandahar, and six of those on board were killed. A NATO service
member died after an insurgent attack in south.
2010 Aug 1, Dutch troops ended
their mission in Afghanistan after four "proud" years, in a
departure experts say signals the beginning of a drawdown of foreign
forces that will leave a worrying void. Troops held a "change of
command" ceremony at the main military base in central Uruzgan
province where most of the country's 1,950 soldiers have been
deployed. About 150 Dutch fighting forces were left in country, and
they are set to leave next week.
(AFP, 8/1/10)(AP, 8/1/10)
2010 Aug 2, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber blew himself up next to a police
truck bringing an official to work, killing six children nearby.
Militants attacked a second government official in the east the same
day. In eastern Nuristan province, NATO and Afghan troops attacked
two villages that had been held by Taliban fighters, killing more
than 30 insurgents as they secured the Bachancha and Badmuk
villages. Two Afghan soldiers were killed. In northern Balkh
province 6 Afghan private security guards were poisoned and fatally
stabbed during a bank robbery.
(AP, 8/2/10)(AP, 8/3/10)
2010 Aug 3, In Afghanistan
insurgents wearing suicide vests tried to storm NATO's largest base
in the south, but did not breach its defenses. All of the attackers
were killed in the fighting including "approximately four" people in
suicide vests. New Zealand suffered its first combat fatality in
Afghanistan when a soldier died in an ambush that left another two
New Zealand soldiers and an Afghan interpreter wounded in central
Bamiyan province. An Afghan operation began in a rugged region east
of Kabul in Laghman province to flush out the Taliban. Commanders
called for backup from foreign forces after at least 10 Afghan
soldiers were killed and up to 20 captured.
(AP, 8/3/10)(AFP, 8/13/10)
2010 Aug 4, In Afghanistan NATO
operations killed as many as 26 civilians. 9 civilians travelling to
collect voting cards were killed in southern Helmand province when
their vehicle struck an insurgent-placed roadside bomb.
2010 Aug 5, Afghan Pres. Karzai
departed to attend a summit held among the presidents of host
country Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Following the summit Feda
Hussein Maliki, Iran’s ambassador to Afghanistan, handed Umar
Daudzai, Karzai’s chief of staff, a large plastic bag stuffed with
euro bills. The money was part of a secret stream of Iranian cash to
buy the loyalty of Daudzai and promote Iran’s interests in
Afghanistan’s presidential palace. It was later reported that
Daudzai owns at least 6 homes located in Dubai, in the UAR and in
(SSFC, 10/24/10, p.A8)
2010 Aug 5, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber struck a convoy of NATO troops and
Afghan police, killing seven police officers and wounding at least
11 people. 9 civilians were killed by a remote-controlled bomb in
the Bar Kunar district of Kunar province. 3 civilians were killed
and others were wounded in a different blast in the Qarabagh
district of Ghazni province. In the south, Malak Janan, a tribal
chief in Kandahar province's Dand district, and his son were killed
when gunmen entered their home and shot them. 10 members of a
medical team were shot and killed by militants as they were
returning from providing eye treatment and other health care in
(AP, 8/5/10)(AP, 8/6/10)(AP, 8/15/10)
2010 Aug 6, In northern
Afghanistan the bodies 10 members of a medical team, including six
Americans, were recovered. They had been shot and killed by
militants as they were returning from providing eye treatment and
other health care in remote villages. The Taliban claimed the next
day it killed them for being "Christian missionaries." The beheaded
body of Parliamentary candidate Najibullah Gulistani, who was
abducted 18 days ago, was found in Ghazni province.
(AFP, 8/7/10)(SFC, 8/7/10, p.A5)(AP, 8/9/10)
2010 Aug 8, In Afghanistan
Pres. Karzai said foreign security companies should all be replaced
by Afghan police, the same day that the bodies of 10 members of a
medical team, killed on Aug 5, were returned to Kabul. 52 companies
employed about 30,000 people, most of them former military officers.
(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.E7)(http://tinyurl.com/34uqwfs)
2010 Aug 9, Bibi Aisha, a young
Afghan woman who said her nose and ears were sliced off last year to
punish her for running away from her violent husband, gained
worldwide attention when she appeared on the cover of Time magazine.
She was sent to Los Angeles over the summer for reconstructive
surgery. In November her father-in-law was arrested on charges of
disfiguring Aisha and of being part of a Taliban network in Uruzgan
province. The only suspect arrested in the case was released in
(AP, 12/8/10)(SFC, 7/12/11, p.A2)
2010 Aug 10, In Afghanistan 2
gunmen with explosives strapped to them tried to storm the office of
an international security company in Kabul. When guards fought back,
the men detonated their explosives, killing two Afghan drivers. This
followed a UN report that the number of civilians killed in the
Afghan war jumped 25 percent in the first half of 2010 compared with
the same period last year, with insurgents responsible for the
2010 Aug 11, In Afghanistan
about 350 of the country’s Islamic clerics, or ulema, ended a 3-day
meeting with a declaration calling on President Hamid Karzai to
enact sharia, or Islamic law, including punishments such as
stonings, lashing, amputation and execution.
2010 Aug 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a crowd of about 300 villagers yelled "Death to the
United States" and blocked a main road as they swore that US forces
had killed three innocent villagers. NATO forces rejected the claim,
saying they had killed several suspected insurgents and detained a
local Taliban commander in the overnight raid. Elders from Zarin
Khil village said American troops stormed into a family's house and
shot three brothers, all young men, and then took their father into
custody. In nearby Paktiya province NATO and Afghan troops killed
more than 20 armed insurgents in an ongoing operation to disrupt
insurgents in the area around Dazadran district. US and Afghan
forces stepped up operations against a Taliban faction linked to
al-Qaida, arresting several key figures in the network in raids in
two eastern provinces. A British serviceman, who was injured Aug 10
in an incident involving a helicopter at a patrol base in the Nahri
Sarraj district of Helmand, died at a hospital in Britain.
(AP, 8/12/10)(AP, 8/13/10)
2010 Aug 13, In southern
Afghanistan a member of the international coalition died after an
insurgent attack. A British soldier was also killed by small-arms
fire in the Sangin district of Helmand province. Three small
children were killed and their mother was wounded when a civilian
house was hit by an insurgent rocket in Khost city. Two private
security guards and two militants were killed in a gunbattle in the
Karukh district of Herat province, 12 other guards were wounded in
the skirmish. 3 Afghan civilians were killed and another was wounded
by insurgents in three separate incidents in Kandahar province.
(AP, 8/13/10)(AP, 8/14/10)
2010 Aug 14, In Afghanistan the
international coalition said more than 20 insurgents including Arab,
Chechen and Pakistani fighters have been killed by NATO and Afghan
forces who are ramping up operations in the east against a Taliban
faction linked to al-Qaida. Four police were killed and four others
wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Gereshk district
in Helmand province. NATO and coalition troops killed two insurgents
after a patrol came under small arms and rocket-propelled grenade
fire in Kunduz province. NATO forces killed two insurgents who
attacked a police station by hitting their truck with an airstrike
as they fled an area in northern Kunduz province. One police officer
was reported killed in the fighting.
(AP, 8/14/10)(AP, 8/15/10)
2010 Aug 15, In Afghanistan Abu
Baqir, a man described as a Taliban sub-commander and al Qaeda group
leader, was killed, along with another insurgent, when an alliance
aircraft fired on a truck in Kunduz province. Siddiqa (19) and her
fiance Khayyam (25) were stoned to death in public in northern
Kunduz over an alleged illicit love affair. They had tried to elope
against their families’ wishes. The stoning was captured on video.
(AP, 8/16/10)(SFC, 2/1/11, p.A2)
2010 Aug 16, In Afghanistan 6
police officers in Kandahar province were poisoned by a cook who
defected to the Taliban.
(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 17, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai issued a decree ordering that all private security
firms in the country should be disbanded within four months.
2010 Aug 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed a car into a police vehicle, killing a
district police chief, two other policemen and a civilian on a
bridge leading into Kandahar city. An American service member was
killed in fighting in the south. A joint Afghan and NATO force
killed 12 insurgents in Puli Alam district of Logar province.
(AP, 8/18/10)(AP, 8/19/10)
2010 Aug 18, WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange said the US Army has expressed willingness to discuss
the online whistleblower's request for help in reviewing classified
documents from the Afghan war and removing information that could
harm civilians. The Pentagon said it would not negotiate with
WikiLeaks to create "a sanitized version" of a second batch of
classified Afghan war documents the whistleblower website plans to
(AP, 8/18/10)(AFP, 8/18/10)
2010 Aug 18, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev offered Pakistan support in dealing with
catastrophic floods as he hosted the leaders of Afghanistan,
Pakistan and Tajikistan for talks on efforts to stabilize the
2010 Aug 19, In Afghanistan one
NATO soldier, several policemen and more than two dozen rebels were
killed in attacks and counter-insurgency operations across the
country. This day August 19 commemorates the signing of the Treaty
of Rawalpindi in 1919, which granted Afghanistan full independence
from Britain. An American soldier was killed in the south. At least
7 members of a road construction crew were killed when they were
attacked by insurgents in Helmand's volatile Sangin district.
25 security guards were killed in the clash with Taliban fighters
with another 15 wounded. An assistant police chief was killed by a
roadside bomb and three other policemen were injured when insurgents
attacked a police post in the Dihrawud district of Uruzgan province.
3 civilians were killed in the same district by a bomb that was
meant for another police official.
(AFP, 8/19/10)(AFP, 8/20/10)(AP, 8/20/10)(SSFC,
2010 Aug 20, In Afghanistan 2
NATO soldiers died in a roadside bombing. A woman and two
children died in an operation against Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in
western Farah province. 6 insurgents were killed and several
suspected insurgents were detained. 6 police officers were killed by
men who approached their post posing as guests and then opened fire
in Nahri Sarraj district of Helmand province. 3 Afghan police were
apparently killed as a result of a NATO airstrike in Jowzjan
(AP, 8/20/10)(AP, 8/21/10)(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 21, It was reported
that the cost of sustaining each American soldier in Afghanistan is
about $1 million.
(Econ, 8/21/10, p.33)
2010 Aug 21, In Afghanistan 2
foreign soldiers fighting the Taliban were killed in separate
attacks. 5 civilians were killed in northern Afghanistan when an IED
detonated. In the north insurgents, using a bomb detonated by remote
control, destroyed the vehicle in which former guerrilla commander
Salaam Pahlawan was traveling as he made his way to government
offices in Faryab province's Al Mar district. The attack also killed
two of Pahlawan's sons, ages 5 and 10, and two bodyguards. In Herat
province insurgents ambushed a convoy carrying a provincial council
member running for a seat in next month's elections for the national
parliament, killing the man's brother. Insurgents in Kandahar
province killed the head of a private security company, while one
civilian was killed and five wounded by a land mine in Herat's Anjil
district. At least 15 police officers were killed across the
country. This included 6 killed while asleep at a checkpoint on ring
Road in Helmand province.
(AFP, 8/21/10)(AP, 8/22/10)(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 22, In Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai defended his decision to disband private
security contractors, charging that they loot and steal, have links
to criminal groups and might even fund insurgents. 2 US soldiers
died in insurgent attacks in the east and 2 others died in separate
incidents in the south. The second-in-command of security for the
inter-provincial Kandahar-Uruzgan highway was shot dead by
unidentified gunmen. At least 9 insurgents, including a commander,
were killed in a joint 24-hour operation in Kandahar between NATO
and Afghan security forces. 6 men, one woman, and one child were
reportedly killed during a coalition raid in the village of
(AFP, 8/22/10)(AP, 8/23/10)(AP, 8/24/10)
2010 Aug 23, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs killed four members of the international security
force in Afghanistan, including an American, two French marines, and
a Hungarian soldier. US troops fired warning shots to disperse a
protest near Bagram air base over the arrest of a religious leader
suspected of a rocket attack.
2010 Aug 24, In Afghan heavy
fighting overnight was reported in the southwestern provinces of
Nimroz and Uruzgan, adjoining the insurgent strongholds of Helmand
and Kandahar provinces. Numerous Taliban were reported killed. NATO
said Afghan and international forces have killed an estimated 40
Taliban fighters east of Kabul as part of operations to provide
security ahead of parliamentary elections next month. Two coalition
servicemen, including one American, were reported killed in fighting
in the south where the insurgency is most heavily entrenched.
2010 Aug 25, Pres. Karzai fired
senior prosecutor Fazel Ahmed Faqiryar (72) after he repeatedly
refused to block corruption investigations of more than 2 dozen
senior Afghan officials. An Afghan driver for the Spanish police
contingent opened fire during a training exercise, killing 2 Spanish
officers and their interpreter in what appeared to be the latest in
a series of attacks by infiltrators linked to the insurgency. 10
campaign workers were kidnapped while traveling in the western
province of Herat. 3 Afghan civilians were killed by a homemade bomb
in Kandahar's Arghandab district. 2 Taliban commanders were killed
in fighting with a joint Afghan-Taliban force in Uruzgan province,
along with 12 regular insurgent fighters. In Badakhshan province
Afghan army commandos aided by US special forces discovered a major
weapons cache in the remote village of Nawci. Weapons found included
78 rockets with launchers, 47 mortar rounds, more than 9,000 rounds
of ammunition, and 24 rocket-propelled grenades. All were destroyed.
(AP, 8/25/10)(AP, 8/26/10)(AP, 8/27/10)(SSFC,
2010 Aug 26, In Afghanistan
more than 10 militants attacked a police checkpoint outside the
northern city of Kunduz. Police suspected the attackers were
jihadists from Russia's Chechnya region who are active in the
surrounding province, also called Kunduz. The attack killed 8 Afghan
police. A roadside blast tore through a crowded market, killing 3
police and 2 civilians in Archi town, Kunduz province. In eastern
Ghazni province's Andar district, two Afghan guards working for a
private security company were killed in a Taliban attack on a supply
convoy. Two attackers were killed, including a senior regional
commander, Mullah Mohmmadi.
(AP, 8/26/10)(AP, 8/27/10)
2010 Aug 27, Homemade bombs
killed 3 US troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan. 3 insurgents
were reported killed and 3 detained in eastern Paktiya province by
Afghan and coalition forces pursuing a Taliban sub-commander.
2010 Aug 27, The Washington
Post reported that the CIA is making payments to a significant
number of officials in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's
administration. The Post also cited a former CIA official as saying
that the CIA payments to Afghan officials were necessary because
"the head of state is not going to tell you everything" and because
Karzai often seems unaware of moves that members of his own
2010 Aug 28, Afghanistan's
presidential office condemned US media reports that Afghan
government officials have received payments from the CIA in return
for information. In eastern Afghanistan about 30 Taliban militants,
at least some dressed in US military uniforms, were killed after
launching pre-dawn attacks at NATO Forward Operating Base Salerno
and nearby Camp Chapman. 2 Afghan soldiers were killed and 3 wounded
in the fighting. In the southern provinces of Nimroz and Zabul, a
total of seven Taliban were killed in fighting. Unidentified gunmen
killed a candidate for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections in the
west of the country, the fourth candidate to be killed ahead of the
September 18 poll. NATO said one of its patrols mistakenly fired on
a vehicle carrying private security contractors in Wardak province
west of Kabul, killing two men. 48 schoolgirls, boys, and teachers
were hospitalized in the second case this week of suspected
poisoning caused by an unidentified chemical substance. 2 US
soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in the south and 3 more in
fighting in the east. in Herat, male parliamentary candidate Abdul
Manan was shot and killed on his way to a mosque by an assassin
traveling on the back of a motorcycle. Up to 15 insurgents were
killed in joint Afghan-NATO operations in Paktiya province,
including a Taliban commander, Naman, accused of coordinating
roadside bomb attacks and the movement of ammunition, supplies and
fighters. ISAF said 8 civilians were killed in a wave of attacks
including a suicide bombing. 3 Oxfam workers were killed when their
vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb suspected to have been set by
(AP, 8/28/10)(AFP, 8/28/10)(Reuters, 8/28/10)(AP,
8/29/10)(AFP, 8/29/10)(AP, 9/1/10)
2010 Aug 29, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said Washington's war strategy for Afghanistan needed a
rethink. In southern Afghanistan 2 American servicemen died in
bombings. Officials found the bodies of five campaign aides,
kidnapped on Aug 25, who worked for a female candidate in the
western province of Herat. 2 suicide bombers attempted to climb over
the back wall of a compound housing the governor of the far western
province of Farah, but were spotted by guards and shot.
(AFP, 8/29/10)(AP, 8/29/10)
2010 Aug 30, In southern
Afghanistan 7 US troops were killed in two Taliban-style bomb
attacks. An 8th soldier, a 20-year-old Estonian, died of his
injuries after insurgents set off an improvised explosive device
(IED) in Nad-e-Ali in Helmand province. A bomb blast in Jalalabad
killed a district chief and wounded up to five others. A French
soldier was killed when the armored vehicle he was travelling in
tumbled into a ravine.
(AFP, 8/30/10)(AP, 8/31/10)
2010 Aug 31, In Afghanistan 6
US soldiers were killed, including 4 in an IED attack.
(AFP, 8/31/10)(AP, 9/1/10)
2010 Aug 31, British aid group
Oxfam said it had suspended operations in a northern Afghan region
after two employees and a local volunteer were killed there on Aug
(Reuters, 8/31/10)(AP, 9/1/10)
2010 Sep 1, In Afghanistan
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reported
September's first death, another American, in an insurgent attack in
the south. A Muslim leader, Mohammad Hassan Taimuri, was killed in
Kandahar city by a remote-detonated bomb hidden on a motorcycle that
exploded in a downtown square. One other person was killed in the
attack and two people were wounded. The Afghan Health Ministry said
blood samples taken from Afghan schoolgirls who collapsed in
apparent mass poisonings showed traces of toxic chemicals found in
herbicides, pesticides and nerve gas.
2010 Sep 1, US newspapers
reported that the Afghan central bank had replaced the bank's two
top executives, Khalillulah Ferozi and chairman Sher Khan Farnud --
and ordered Farnud to hand over 160 million dollars' worth of luxury
property purchased in Dubai for himself and for cronies. Anxious
Afghan customers withdrew 80 million dollars.
2010 Sep 2, Afghan financial
authorities and the owners of Afghanistan's biggest bank said that
Kabul Bank was in no danger of collapsing, as people across the
country rushed to withdraw their money. Over the next few days
withdrawals drained over half of the bank’s $500 million in liquid
cash. Authorities soon barred the sale of Kabul properties held by
the bank’s principal owners, but excluded Mahmoud Karzai, Pres.
Karzai’s brother. Mahmoud, the bank’s 3rd largest shareholder, had
purchased a $5.5 million home in Dubai with Kabul Bank funds.
Mahmoud Karzai had bought his 7% share in Kabul Bank with a $5
million loan from the bank.
(AFP, 9/2/10)(SFC, 9/6/10, p.A2)(Econ, 9/11/10,
2010 Sep 2, In Afghanistan 2
American troops died in fighting, while NATO and local officials
said coalition and Afghan forces killed dozens of insurgents in a
series of ground and air engagements. President Hamid Karzai said 10
Afghan civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on three vehicles
carrying election campaign workers in the north. Candidate Abdul
Wahid Khorasani was wounded and 10 relatives working on his campaign
were killed in what appeared to be a mistaken NATO airstrike. Abdul
Rahman, a candidate in this month's parliamentary elections, was
wounded in a grenade attack in Ghazni.
(AP, 9/2/10)(AFP, 9/2/10)(AP, 9/3/10)
2010 Sep 4, President Hamid
Karzai said an Afghan peace council to pursue talks with the Taliban
has been set up, the latest step in a gradual move toward
reconciliation with the Islamist insurgents.
2010 Sep 5, Afghanistan's
Taliban said they would attempt to disrupt the Sep 18 elections and
warned Afghans to boycott the vote, the first explicit threat
against the poll by the hardline Islamists. A British soldier was
killed by an exploding grenade. The death takes to 333 the British
death toll in Afghanistan since 2001. Afghan journalist Sayed Hamid
Noori was found outside his Kabul home covered in stab wounds. Noori
had once been an anchor for state television and a newspaper editor.
More recently, he held a leadership position in Afghanistan's
Association of Independent Journalists and teacher of young
(Reuters, 9/5/10)(AFP, 9/5/10)(AP, 9/6/10)
2010 Sep 6, The Afghan central
bank ordered frozen the assets of Kabulbank's former chairman, Sher
Khan Farnood, and chief executive officer, Khalilullah Fruzi,
together with those of several other shareholders and major
borrowers. Farnood and Fruzi both own a 28 percent stake in
2010 Sep 6, In Afghanistan
Nahrin district chief Rahmad Sror Joshan Pool was killed when
rocket-propelled grenades hit his vehicle, setting it on fire.
Pool's bodyguard was also killed in the attack. One militant died
and two were wounded in the ensuing fire fight with police. 5
children were killed and five wounded in Yaya Khil district in the
southern province of Paktika when an insurgent rocket fired at an
Afghan army base hit a home. Kidnappers seized two electoral workers
and their two drivers in the western province of Ghor. NATO reported
the death of an American service member in an insurgent attack in
2010 Sep 8, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's brother said he made at least $800,000 by buying and
then reselling a high-end Dubai villa using a loan provided by the
chairman of the troubled Kabul Bank.
2010 Sep 9, An Afghan insurgent
commander, who was allegedly planning bombings in Kabul on the eve
of the Sept. 18 parliamentary elections, and two of his associates
were killed in a NATO airstrike. Intelligence sources had tracked
Nur Mohammed and two armed militants to a field in the remote Musahi
district of Kabul province.
2010 Sep 10, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai used his traditional message marking the Eid Muslim
holiday to call on the leader of the Taliban to stop fighting and
join peace talks to end Afghanistan's long war. Meanwhile thousands
of Afghans protested across the country after an evangelical pastor
in the United States said he planned to burn copies of the Koran to
mark the anniversary of the September 9, 2001 attacks on the New
York and Washington. An Afghan was shot dead when an angry crowd
attacked a German-run base in the northeast.
(AFP, 9/10/10)(Reuters, 9/12/10)
2010 Sep 11, Afghans set fire
to tires in the streets and shouted "Death to America" for a second
day despite a decision by an American pastor to call off plans to
burn copies of the Islamic holy book. Four protesters were wounded
in Logar province. A Taliban commander who had been plotting rocket
attacks on polling stations was killed in eastern Nangarhar
(AP, 9/11/10)(Reuters, 9/12/10)
2010 Sep 12, In Afghanistan 2
protesters were shot and killed in Logar province and 4 were injured
as Afghans protested for a third day against a plan by an American
pastor to burn copies of the Islamic holy book, despite his decision
to call off the action. A series of NATO airstrikes killed 14
insurgents after a joint patrol with Afghan soldiers came under fire
in Uruzgan province. A rocket was fired by militants toward an
Afghan army supply base in Jalalabad city, in eastern Nangarhar
province. The rocket missed its target and slammed into a house,
wounding nine civilians, including four children, all members of one
(Reuters, 9/12/10)(AP, 9/13/10)
2010 Sep 13, Afghan and NATO
troops killed 23 insurgents in southern Helmand province.
2010 Sep 14, Afghan and NATO
troops killed 3 insurgents in eastern Wardak province. Four Taliban
were killed in southeastern Zabul province.
2010 Sep 15, In Afghanistan at
least one person was killed when police fired into the air to
disperse angry anti-US protesters in Kabul, highlighting security
concerns three days before a parliamentary election. It was reported
that printers in Peshawar, Pakistan, say they have produced
thousands of fake voter registration cards at the request of Afghan
politicians for use in that country's Sep 18 parliamentary
elections. 8 insurgents who "actively" planned to execute attacks
during the elections were killed in an airstrike and a follow-up
ground operation against a Taliban district commander in northern
Kunduz province. 2 campaign workers were gunned down in northern
(Reuters, 9/15/10)(AP, 9/15/10)(AP, 9/16/10)
2010 Sep 16, Afghan election
officials announced they will close about 300 additional voting
centers because of security concerns, dropping the number of polling
stations to 5,516. About 100 rock-throwing protesters moved toward a
NATO military base in Chora district of Uruzgan in southwest
Afghanistan. Provincial governor, Khudi Rahim, said one person was
killed. A NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack in
2010 Sep 17, Afghan officials
said 19 election-related kidnappings have taken place in the country
despite tightened security on the eve of a parliamentary poll the
Taliban has vowed to disrupt. In northern Kunduz Afghan and NATO-led
troops killed a Taliban commander who was planning election attacks.
It was reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty this week started
distributing 20,000 free radio sets to Afghans, including those in
distant mountain villages and refugee camps. The operation, which
will last for several weeks, will cost $500,000.
(Reuters, 9/17/10)(AP, 9/17/10)
2010 Sep 17, In southern
Afghanistan Corporal Dipprasad Pun, a Nepalese soldier in the
British army, fired more than 400 rounds, launched 17 grenades and
detonated a mine to repel the Taliban assault on his checkpoint near
Babaji in Helmand Province. In 2011 Pun was awarded the Conspicuous
Gallantry Cross (CGC).
2010 Sep 18, Afghans braved
Taliban rockets and polling site bombings to vote for a new
parliament in elections seen as a measure of the government's
competence and commitment to democratic rule. The governor of
Kandahar province survived a bomb attack. Insurgent leader in Shigal
Wa Sheltan district in eastern Kunar province was killed in a
precision airstrike as he was attempting to attack a polling site. A
rocket in northern Baghlan province killed two civilians. Another
civilian was killed by a rocket that hit a house in eastern Kunar
province. In northern Kunduz province militants tried to
disrupt security in Gortepa, near Kunduz city. In a preventive
strike, Afghan security forces killed five militants, injured two
and arrested one. Afghan election officials declared the elections a
success despite widespread reports of fraud. 4.3 million ballots
were cast. Attacks across the country killed at least 21 civilians
and 9 police officers. Journalist, Hojatullah Mujadadi, a radio
station manager in Kapisa province north of Kabul, was arrested by
(AP, 9/18/10)(Reuters, 9/19/10)(AP, 9/21/10)(AP,
9/23/10)(Econ, 9/25/10, p.55)
2010 Sep 19, In Afghanistan the
bodies of three election officials kidnapped during voting were
found in northern Balkh province. The Free and Fair Election
Foundation of Afghanistan reported "extensive irregularities"
ranging from the destruction of polling centers to ballot stuffing,
erratic opening and closing times of polls and interference by
candidates. Allegations of fraud and a low voter turnout
overshadowed vote counting in the parliamentary election. 6 children
were killed in an insurgent rocket attack in northern Kunduz
(Reuters, 9/19/10)(AFP, 9/19/10)(AP, 9/19/10)
2010 Sep 20, Afghan election
observers urged President Hamid Karzai's government to allow an
independent investigation into reports of widespread fraud during
last weekend's parliamentary elections, including intimidation of
voters and interference by powerful warlords. Britain's military
handed the US responsibility for northern Sangin district in Helmand
province. Afghan and NATO forces ended a 2-day operation to disrupt
the Taliban's freedom of movement outside its heartland of Kandahar
city, killing at least 11 insurgents and destroying several
improvised explosive devices. The US military arrested Rahmatullah
Naikzad, an Afghan journalist in the eastern region of Ghazni,
saying it is investigating suspicions he may have been too close to
(AP, 9/20/10)(AP, 9/21/10)
2010 Sep 21, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crashed killing 9 international troops
in a region where forces are ramping up pressure on Taliban
insurgents. It was the deadliest chopper crash for the coalition in
four years. 5 Afghan road construction workers were killed and 4
wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Shinwari district
of Parwan province. In Khost province insurgents attacked a NATO and
Afghan army outpost near the Pakistan border and at least 25 of the
militants were killed in the resulting skirmish.
(AP, 9/21/10)(AP, 9/22/10)
2010 Sep 22, A US official in
Washington confirmed reports that the CIA is running an all-Afghan
paramilitary group in Afghanistan that has been hunting al-Qaida,
Taliban, and other militant targets for the agency. A security
professional in Kabul familiar with the operation said the
3,000-strong force was set up in 2002 to capture targets for CIA
interrogation. Al-Jazeera cameraman Mohammad Nadir was arrested in
Kandahar. In Helmand province a Danish soldier was killed and
another wounded by a homemade bomb.
(AP, 9/22/10)(AP, 9/23/10)
2010 Sep 23, Afghan Pres.
Karzai called for the quick release of 3 Afghan journalists. All 3
were picked up over the past week, two by a joint NATO and Afghan
force and one by Afghan intelligence officials. Analysts said the
arrests were reminiscent of a strategy the US military used in Iraq
to detain local journalists as a way to disrupt insurgents'
propaganda networks. Coalition forces conducted an airstrike in
Kabul province, killing Qari Mansur, a senior Haqqani operator who
was linked, along with five of his associates, to an attack against
an Afghan National Police unit earlier in the week.
(AP, 9/23/10)(AP, 9/24/10)
2010 Sep 24, Three Afghan
journalists (Hojatullah Mujadadi, Mohammad Nadir and Rahmatullah
Naikzad), arrested by coalition forces over the past week, were
released. NATO had said it had information linking the men to
networks that act as a mouthpiece for the Taliban and spread
insurgent propaganda. A suicide bomber in a car targeted a NATO
convoy on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif city in Balkh province in
the north. One child was killed and 28 people were wounded in a
wedding party bus that was passing by. In Khost province and more
than 30 insurgents died in an airstrike following an attack on an
Afghan National Security Force outpost.
(AP, 9/24/10)(AP, 9/26/10)
2010 Sep 25, In Afghan NATO
said 3 service members were killed in two bomb blasts. A follow-up
operation in Khost province left several more insurgents dead. 2
Afghan civilians riding a motorcycle were killed after failing to
stop while approaching a security perimeter in Helmand province.
Precision NATO bombing in Kunar province killed Abdallah Umar
al-Qurayshi, leader of Al-Qaida affiliated Arab fighters, and Abu
Atta al-Kuwaiti, an Al-Qaida explosives expert.
(AP, 9/25/10)(AP, 9/26/10)(SFC, 9/30/10,
2010 Sep 25, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected US missiles targeted a vehicle, killing four
alleged militants. It was the 17th such attack this month, the most
intense barrage since the airstrikes began in 2004. Al-Qaida
commander Sheikh Fateh al-Masri was believed killed in the drone
attack. The latest strike occurred some hours after gunmen killed
two worshippers in Bahawalpur. NATO helicopters in eastern
Afghanistan launched rare airstrikes into Pakistan, killing more 49
militants and prompting a protest from Islamabad. A second attack
occurred when helicopters returned to the border area and were
attacked by insurgents based in Pakistan. It killed at least four
(AP, 9/25/10)(AP, 9/27/10)(SFC, 9/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 26, Afghanistan's
election commission ordered a recount of votes in some areas for
recent parliamentary elections, raising further concerns of
misconduct and fraud during the Sep 18 polls. NATO said 2 of its
service members were killed in a bomb blast in the south. A female
British aid worker and 3 Afghan colleagues were kidnapped in the
country's northeastern Kunar province. NATO forces said one Afghan
civilian was killed by a coalition service member in Laghman's
(AP, 9/26/10)(AP, 9/28/10)
2010 Sep 27, Pakistani
intelligence officials said two NATO helicopters carried out a third
strike inside Pakistani territory, killing five militants and
wounding nine others. A suspected US missile strike killed four
people near Mir Ali, North Waziristan. Pakistan's Frontier Corps
paramilitary said it had recovered a huge hoard of military
equipment stolen from NATO supply convoys travelling to Afghanistan.
The equipment was looted during the last five to six months.
(AP, 9/27/10)(AFP, 9/27/10)
2010 Sep 27, In Afghanistan a
Polish soldier died of injuries sustained when a land mine exploded
under his patrol vehicle in the eastern province of Ghazni. US
General David Petraeus said many small insurgent groups had already
made "overtures" to NATO forces about quitting the fight.
(AP, 9/27/10)(SFC, 9/28/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 27, In a videotaped
statement US Spec. Jeremy Morlock (22) admitted involvement in a
plan to kill 3 Afghan civilians in Kandahar between January and May
this year. He sought to shift blame for the plot on his squad’s
staff sergeant, who he said planted the idea. In March 2011 Morlock
was sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to three
counts of murder, as well as conspiracy and other charges. He said
the killings were part of a deliberate plan to murder Afghan
civilians. Dan Krauss directed the documentary film “The Kill Team"
(2014) featuring Adam Winfield, Andrew Holmes and Jeremy Morlock,"
the soldiers involved in the Maywand District murders of Afghan
(SFC, 9/28/10, p.A6)(AP, 3/30/11)
2010 Sep 28, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed Deputy Gov. Khazim Allayar
and five others. Later, a tearful Pres. Karzai decried the violence,
fretting that young people will choose to flee their country. The
Afghan government announced who will sit on a 70-member peace
council, formalizing efforts already underway to reconcile with top
Taliban leaders and lure insurgent foot soldiers off the
(AP, 9/28/10)(AFP, 9/28/10)
2010 Sep 29, The Afghan
government announced that it is investigating whether the relatives
or close associates of high-ranking officials are receiving improper
payments, kickbacks or bribes.
2010 Sep 30, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber detonated a bomb-laden sedan near an alliance convoy,
killing three Afghan civilians nearby. NATO-led soldiers were killed
in separate attacks, two in homemade bomb explosions and the third
in a firefight with insurgents. Afghan and international forces
captured a senior Taliban leader based in the Panjwai district of
Kandahar province. Afghan and coalition security forces in Khost
captured a Haqqani Network operative involved in indiscriminate
explosive attacks and providing support to Taliban insurgents.
Another Haqqani senior leader and 6 insurgents were also killed in
an operation in Khost.
(AFP, 9/30/10)(AP, 10/1/10)
2010 Sep 30, The UN's drug
agency said Afghanistan's opium production has fallen by almost half
in 2010 due largely to the spread of a disease that damaged poppy
plants, but the amount of land used for growing the crop remained
the same after two years of declines.
2010 Oct 1, In southern
Afghanistan 2 coalition soldiers were killed in a blast while on
patrol. NATO said it has captured more insurgent leaders and
announced it has detained at least 438 suspected militants over the
last month. Just north of Kandahar, two Romanian soldiers were
killed and one injured when their Humvee was struck by an improvised
explosive device some 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Qalat in Zabul
2010 Oct 2, In Afghanistan at
least three civilians were killed along with 17 insurgents in a NATO
air strike targeting senior Taliban commanders in southern Helmand
province. ISAF accidentally killed two civilians when insurgents
attacked a military base in Baraki Barak district of Logar province
south of Kabul.
2010 Oct 2, Australian PM Julia
Gillard met the chief of international forces in Afghanistan and
vowed support for the US-led mission in a surprise visit to troops
on her first overseas trip as leader.
2010 Oct 3, The Afghan
government said it has started dissolving private security firms in
the country by taking steps to end the operations of eight
companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater and three
other international contractors. An insurgent with the Haqqani
network responsible for attacking coalition and Afghan troops was
captured in an operation in eastern Khost province. 3 insurgents
died in an Afghan and NATO operation in Kandahar province's
Arghandab district. The raid in Khisroo village also recovered
explosive material and an anti-personnel mine that were destroyed.
At least 3 Afghan civilians were killed along with 17 insurgents in
a NATO air strike in Helmand.
(AP, 10/3/10)(AP, 10/4/10)(Reuters, 10/4/10)
2010 Oct 4, In Afghanistan 3
NATO service members were killed by bombings in the south and an
insurgent attack killed another in the east, raising the coalition's
death toll to 11 in the first four days of October. NATO announced
that a joint Afghan-coalition unit launched a night mission that
killed a senior Taliban leader named Farman and two other militants
in eastern Paktia province. A police convoy was ambushed in Khash
Rod district. 5 militants were killed, 3 others wounded and two
captured during a gunbattle. Habibullah Aghonzada, a former district
chief, was gunned down by assailants as he prayed at a packed mosque
in Kandahar city. 3 night time explosion in Kandahar City killed up
to 4 Afghan police officers. Noor Ahman, deputy mayor in Kandahar,
was killed in an insurgent attack. In the southwest 2 civilians
riding a motorcycle died when a roadside bomb exploded as they
passed. 2 others were killed by rockets in the country's east.
(AP, 10/4/10)(AP, 10/5/10)(SFC, 10/5/10,
2010 Oct 5, In Afghanistan
roadside bombings in Kandahar city killed 9 people, including 5
children, and 30 left injured, including many police officers. A
major shipment of drugs was intercepted by a combined force after a
highway gunbattle in Kandahar that killed an unspecified number of
"insurgents." A NATO airstrike killed Qari Ziauddin, identified as
the Taliban's "shadow" governor of Faryab province, and four other
insurgents. In neighboring Badghis province, a helicopter-borne raid
by a joint force led to a gunbattle that killed Mohammad Ismail
Quarisaderdin, another Taliban leader described as a shadow
governor. Five other Taliban commanders also died in the operation.
2010 Oct 6, It was reported
that Afghan Pres. Karzai has begun secret talks over a negotiated
end to the war. Sources said that for the first time Taliban
representatives are fully authorized to speak for the Quetta Shura,
the Afghan Taliban organization based in Pakistan, and its leader
Muhammad Omar. Taliban commander Maulawi Jawadullah, accused of
organizing deadly ambushes, roadside bombings, and abductions of
Afghan police and soldiers in northern Afghanistan, was killed in an
airstrike in Yangi Qala district. A NATO service member died in a
roadside bombing in the south. An Afghan-NATO force killed six
insurgents and destroyed a compound used for making improvised
explosive devices in Arghandab district of Kandahar province. 3
militants were killed in Zabul province during a firefight with a
joint force. 16 militants were killed in air raids and ground
fighting overnight in the Darqad, Yangi Qala and Khwaja Bahawuddin
districts of Takhar province.
(SFC, 10/6/10, p.A2)(AP, 10/7/10)(AP, 10/8/10)
2010 Oct 7, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai hosted the inaugural session of a new peace council set
up to guide efforts to reconcile with the Taliban and other
insurgent groups. In the north a Taliban suicide attack killed a
German soldier and wounded six others in Baghlan province. The death
brought to 44 the number of German troops killed in the Afghan war.
A senior Taliban leader, accused of commanding an "assassination
cell" in Kandahar city, was captured. 4 militants were killed and
one captured by an Afghan-NATO force in eastern Wardak province's
Chaki Wardak district. A joint force also recovered and destroyed
almost 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) of narcotics during two operations in
Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces.
(AP, 10/7/10)(AFP, 10/7/10)(AP, 10/8/10)
2010 Oct 8, In northern
Afghanistan Kunduz provincial governor Mohammad Omar and at least 19
other people were killed by a massive bomb blast inside a packed
mosque during Friday prayers in Takhar province. NATO helicopters
killed six Afghan militiamen in eastern Khost province. An insurgent
attack killed a NATO service member and two others died in separate
roadside bombings in the south. Armed men burst into a mosque and
shot dead religious scholar Molvi Mohammad during Friday prayers in
Kandahar city. Linda Norgrove (36) a British aid worker was killed
during a botched US rescue raid. She had been abducted at gunpoint
on Sep 26. A rescue team was closing in on the house where Norgrove
was being held when a grenade was thrown into the room where she was
kept, killing her. Troops opened fire and killed all the captors. An
investigation over her death confirmed that a grenade thrown by US
forces had killed Norgrove.
(AP, 10/8/10)(AFP, 10/9/10)(AFP, 10/11/10)(AP,
2010 Oct 8, A US Senate report
said US funds for private security contractors in Afghanistan have
flowed to warlords and Taliban insurgents, undermining the war
effort and fueling corruption. A congressional report called
"Warlord, Inc." said trucking contractors pay tens of millions of
dollars annually to local warlords across Afghanistan in exchange
for guarding their supply convoys, some of which are suspected of
paying off the Taliban.
(AFP, 10/8/10)(AP, 7/31/12)
2010 Oct 9, President Hamid
Karzai told Afghans in Kandahar that it was their duty to return to
their homes and help protect their villages in the Kandahar region
where international troops are trying to rout insurgents. 4 Italian
soldiers were killed in an insurgent attack in the west.
Intelligence sources tracked a Taliban commander, identified as
Mullah Jamaluddin, as he traveled in western Badghis province's
Murghab district. A gunbattle erupted and the Taliban leader and two
militants were killed. Taliban leader, Ajmal Agha Jan, was killed in
southern Helmand province's Marjah district after he pulled a pistol
on a joint force that raided his compound.
(AP, 10/9/10)(AP, 10/10/10)
2010 Oct 10, The Afghan
government named former President Burhanuddin Rabbani as the chief
of a new peace council tasked with talking to insurgent groups. A
roadside bomb killed 5 members of a family in Paktia province. 2
NATO troops were killed by a roadside bomb in the south. A suicide
bomber blew up his vehicle near a military convoy, killing a child
and wounding two other people in Khost province.
2010 Oct 11, In Afghanistan a
coalition airstrike killed Taliban commander Shirin Agha and another
militant in northern Kunduz province.
2010 Oct 12, In Afghanistan a
commander and 3 other militants from the Haqqani network, a
Pakistan-based faction of the Taliban with close ties to al-Qaida,
were killed in a firefight overnight with NATO and Afghan forces in
eastern Khost province's Spera district.
2010 Oct 12, In Afghanistan a
cargo plane, carrying NATO supplies went down east of Kabul shortly
after taking off from Bagram Air Field. The bodies of 5 of 8 people
on board were recovered the next day. The plane, owned by United
Arab Emirates-based TransAfrik, was under contract by the US-based
company National Air Cargo.
2010 Oct 13, Gen. David
Petraeus, NATO's top commander in Afghanistan, offered a cautiously
optimistic assessment of the transition of security duties to Afghan
forces during a briefing with alliance representatives in Brussels.
A senior NATO officials said the alliance had facilitated contacts
between senior Taliban members and the highest levels of the Afghan
government. In Afghanistan insurgents killed 6 NATO service members,
including 4 who died in a single bomb blast in the volatile south.
Insurgents at a market fatally shot Ahmed Khan, chief of Dihrawud
district in southern Uruzgan province.
(AP, 10/13/10)(SFC, 10/14/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 13, Italy became the
latest NATO ally to detail plans to scale down its military presence
and hand over territory to Afghan security forces by the end of next
2010 Oct 14, Afghan officials
requested NATO's support in smoothing new peace efforts with the
Taliban, including by halting military operations in areas where
reconciliation talks could take place. 7 NATO soldiers were killed
in separate bomb attacks, bringing to 586 the total number of
personnel killed so far this year. ISAF said 13 civilians had been
killed in militant attacks over the past week, including nine who
died in a single IED blast.
(AFP, 10/14/10)(Reuters, 10/14/10)
2010 Oct 15, The Afghan
government said a system meant to ensure Afghan officials are
consulted on sensitive international military operations has been
"ineffective." 3 NATO troops were killed in a surge of attacks that
raised the death toll to 17 over the past three days for
international troops in the country. In the southeast 6 civilians
were killed when a roadside bomb detonated beside their vehicle near
(AP, 10/15/10)(AP, 10/17/10)
2010 Oct 16, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast struck the police headquarters in the southern city of
Kandahar, killing one civilian and wounding 4 others. Two Taliban
commanders, identified as Kaka Abdul Khaliq and Kako, were killed in
an operation in Kandahar's Zhari district. Taliban fighter, Mullah
Rahmatullah, was captured in the raid.
(AP, 10/16/10)(AP, 10/17/10)
2010 Oct 17, Afghanistan issued
a statement issued by the president's office saying that private
security firms will not only be able to operate inside international
compounds, but also travel with diplomats and work as protection for
international military installations. A NATO service member was
killed by a bomb blast in the south. Afghan and Western officials
said that fraud was pervasive in the Sep 18 elections and that 25%
or 800,000 to a million votes would be likely thrown out. air
strikes killed a Taliban "military leader" and 15 other insurgents
in the northern province of Baghlan. A Taliban prisoner, Mullah
Muhebullah, was found shot dead while under US guard in an Afghan
holding facility. Pfc. David Lawrence (20) was soon placed under
custody in a criminal investigation of Muhebullah’s death.
(AP, 10/17/10)(SFC, 10/18/10, p.A3)(AFP,
10/19/10)(SFC, 12/1/10, p.A6)
2010 Oct 17, In Afghanistan
about this time 3 Taliban leaders secretly met with Pres. Karzai in
an effort to weaken the Haqqani network, the US-led coalition's most
2010 Oct 18, Afghan and NATO
forces killed "numerous insurgents" in Shah Wali Kot district of
2010 Oct 18, Iran took part for
the first time in talks in Rome with the international contact group
on Afghanistan that set "sufficient stability" and basic human
rights as the most realistic aims for the war-torn nation.
2010 Oct 19, The Afghan
government said it had ordered an audit of all private banks
following a corruption scandal that threatened to bring down the
country's top lender. In the south 3 NATO soldiers were killed,
bringing to 596 the number of foreign troops to die in the Afghan
conflict so far this year. US officials said they have begun
training Afghans on how to disrupt the flow of billions of dollars
in cash being smuggled out of their country.
(Reuters, 10/19/10)(AFP, 10/19/10)(AP, 10/19/10)
2010 Oct 20, Afghanistan
released full preliminary results from last month's parliamentary
election. About 1.3 million votes were disqualified out of 5.6
million. That means about 23 percent of ballots were discarded
because of ballot-box stuffing or re-jiggered totals. A four-day
operation ended in which NATO troops and the Afghan army killed more
than 10 insurgents and recovered four weapons caches in Kunar
(AP, 10/20/10)(AP, 10/23/10)
2010 Oct 21, Afghanistan's new
peace council said it would be willing to make concessions to bring
insurgents to the negotiating table, and called for Saudi Arabia's
help in mediating peace talks.
2010 Oct 22, In southeastern
Afghanistan Taliban fighters attacked a NATO convoy and killed three
drivers before setting 13 fuel tankers ablaze.
2010 Oct 23, In western
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber and three armed militants wearing
explosives vests and dressed as women attacked a UN compound, but
Afghan security forces killed the attackers and no UN employees were
harmed. NATO forces killed two civilians, including a teenage boy,
during a fight with insurgents in Wardak province. In Kandahar a
suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up before reaching a
checkpoint, killing two civilians and wounding two others. A Danish
soldier was killed in Helmand province after insurgents attacked his
patrol. Joao Silva (44), a photographer for The New York Times, was
seriously injured when he stepped on a mine in Kandahar province.
2010 Oct 23, In western
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber and three armed militants wearing
explosives vests and dressed as women attacked a UN compound in
Herat, but Afghan security forces killed the attackers and no UN
employees were harmed. NATO forces killed two civilians, including a
teenage boy, during a fight with insurgents in Wardak province. In
Kandahar a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up before
reaching a checkpoint, killing two civilians and wounding two
others. A Danish soldier was killed in Helmand province after
insurgents attacked his patrol. Joao Silva (44), a photographer for
The New York Times, was seriously injured when he stepped on a mine
in Kandahar province.
(AP, 10/23/10)(SSFC, 10/24/10, p.A8)
2010 Oct 23, The whistleblowing
organization WikiLeaks said it will soon publish 15,000 more secret
Afghan war documents.
2010 Oct 24, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai signaled his willingness to backtrack on a blanket ban
on all private security firms, asking the foreign community for a
list of projects needing protection. ISAF said one of its service
members was killed by a homemade bomb in the south of country.
(AFP, 10/24/10)(Reuters, 10/24/10)
2010 Oct 25, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said that once or twice a year Iran gives his office
$700,000 to $975,000 for official presidential expenses, and that
Washington also provides "bags of money" because his office lacks
funds. Gunmen seized a Dutch aid worker and his Afghan driver in
Takhar province. The NATO-led International Security and Assistance
Force (ISAF) said at least 15 insurgents were killed in a NATO raid
and air strike targeting a Taliban commander overnight in southern
Afghanistan. In Logar province a senior Taliban leader, who is
believed to have played a role in the kidnapping and subsequent
murder of two US sailors in July, was captured along with two of his
associates. An air strike killed Qari Mahmad Umar, a senior leader
of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, who was serving as a Taliban
chief in the northern Takhar province where violence is on the rise.
(AP, 10/25/10)(Reuters, 10/25/10)(AP, 10/26/10)
2010 Oct 26, In western
Afghanistan a bombing killed four Afghan policemen, including a
local police chief in Herat province.
2010 Oct 26, Iran acknowledged
that it has been sending funds to neighboring Afghanistan for years,
saying the money was intended to aid reconstruction of the embattled
2010 Oct 26, An annual report
by Transparency Int’l. marked Somalia as the most corrupt county in
the world, followed by Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq. Denmark, New
Zealand and Singapore tied as the world’s least corrupt nations. The
US declined to 22nd from 19th last year.
(SFC, 10/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 27, President Karzai
said Afghanistan will extend a deadline for private security firms
to disband through early next year in a face-saving compromise that
could preserve foreign reconstruction projects worth billions of
dollars. A roof collapsed at an Afghan wedding party, killing
more than 40 women and children in Warchi village of Jalga district
of Baghlan province. The international military coalition said nine
insurgents were killed in a battle in the southern province.
(AP, 10/27/10)(AFP, 10/27/10)
2010 Oct 28, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb targeting the car of a district police
chief killed three police officers in Zabul province. A NATO
airstrike killed a Taliban leader and another militant in southern
Zabul province as he was showing his fighters a new anti-aircraft
heavy machine gun mounted on the back of his vehicle. Militants shot
and killed a government official in charge of the water supply in
Dand district of Kandahar province as he was walking near his home.
A NATO service member died following a bomb attack in southern
Afghanistan. In Khost province a NATO airstrike killed one insurgent
believed to be a senior leader of the Haqqani network. In
neighboring Mando Zayi district of Khost, one civilian was killed
and two others were wounded in fighting. US and Russian special
forces and Afghan police ended an operation raiding 4 drug labs in
an unprecedented collaborative military operation, destroying some
$56 million worth of heroin in Nangarhar province. Months earlier
Russia had provided US officials in Kabul with the coordinates of
175 laboratories where heroin is processed but the US failed to act.
A NATO helicopter killed more than 20 insurgents after it was fired
on during an operation in Kandahar province.
(AP, 10/28/10)(AP, 10/29/10)(AP, 10/31/10)
2010 Oct 29, In Afghanistan’s
western Herat province, insurgents surrounded a checkpoint manned by
local police in the Chishti Sharif district and opened fire, killing
10 officers and wounding 12. A NATO soldier died in an attack in the
(AP, 10/29/10)(AP, 10/30/10)
2010 Oct 30, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai demanded that NATO forces explain why they had carried
out a joint counter-narcotics operation with Russian forces inside
Afghanistan, calling it a violation of sovereignty. At least 40
Taliban insurgents were killed during a failed attack on a NATO
combat outpost in Barmal district near the North Waziristan border.
A NATO soldier died in an attack in the volatile south. Afghan and
NATO troops killed 17 insurgents in an hours-long gunbattle in
southern Helmand province.
(Reuters, 10/30/10)(AFP, 10/30/10)(AP,
2010 Oct 31, Afghan militants
attacked a convoy carrying supplies for the police, Education
Ministry, and the UN's World Food Program in western Nimroz
province. Six militants were killed and one policeman was wounded in
the gunbattle. A two-day battle over a bomb-making factory in
Reg-i-Khan Nishin district ended with NATO and Afghan troops killing
(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/1/10)
2010 Nov 1, In eastern
Afghanistan the Taliban briefly overran a district seat and torched
government buildings there. Government forces who regained control
of Ghazni province's Khogyani district headquarters a few hours
later discovered that the 16 Afghan policemen stationed there were
missing. (The bodies of four of the policemen were found a few days
later in Ghazni city. 5 more bodies were found on Nov 6. Seven
remained missing) 2 Afghan women were found shot to death in Helmand
province. They had been running a small organization helping other
women set up businesses before their bodies were found in
Naway-e-Barakzayi district. A bomb that killed two coalition
service members. A suicide attack aimed at NATO troops in Zhari
district killed one civilian.
(AP, 11/1/10)(AP, 11/2/10)(AP, 11/7/10)
2010 Nov 2, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died after an insurgent attack.
2010 Nov 3, The United States
announced that it is bolstering its presence in Afghanistan with a
500 million dollar expansion of its Kabul embassy and the
construction of two consulates. Taliban militants carried out two
attacks against Afghan security forces, targeting a police station
and a border patrol in strikes that left nine people dead. NATO said
insurgents killed one service member in the north, while a roadside
bomb killed another in the south. A coalition airstrike killed 5
militants planting a roadside bomb in Khost province.
(AFP, 11/3/10)(AP, 11/3/10)(AP, 11/4/10)
2010 Nov 3, The Czech
Parliament approved a government plan to increase the number of
Czech troops in Afghanistan during the next two years. It allows the
deployment of up to 720 service members in Afghanistan in 2011, and
up to 640 in 2012. The current mandate was no more than 535.
2010 Nov 3, Slovakia’s
government agreed to deploy up to 348 service members in the
NATO-force in Afghanistan next year, up from the current 299. The
decision still needed parliamentary approval.
2010 Nov 4, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban militants killed a NATO service member.
2010 Nov 5, In Afghanistan a
teenage suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazaar in the
northwest, killing at least nine people and wounding 30 others. The
attack targeted the head of the Faryab provincial council, Mullah
Rahmatullah Turkistani. NATO said three of its service members were
killed. An Afghan and NATO force captured the Haqqani network's
shadow governor for Spera district in Khost province during an
overnight operation. An Afghan soldier reportedly shot and killed 2
NATO service members on their base in the Sangin district of Helmand
province and then defected to the insurgency.
(AP, 11/5/10)(AP, 11/6/10)
2010 Nov 6, The Afghan attorney
general's office said that it plans to indict an ex-minister for
allegedly overcharging the government nearly $20 million for fuel,
one of 20 cases involving government officials accused of corruption
or misuse of power. An insurgent attack killed a NATO service member
in the south. In the southeast a joint Afghan and coalition force
killed Mullah Mohammadullah, a Taliban leader in Shahidi Hassas
district of Uruzgan province, along with an associate as they were
trying to escape on a motorcycle.
(AP, 11/6/10)(AP, 11/7/10)
2010 Nov 6, Saudi Arabia's
foreign minister said Riyadh has halted mediation efforts between
the Afghan government and the Taliban because the fundamentalist
movement has refused to break ties with al-Qaida.
2010 Nov 7, In eastern
Afghanistan two NATO service members died in two different
insurgents attacks. A vehicle hit a mine in Helmand province,
killing five civilians. In Kandahar a government employee working at
a prison in the city was shot and killed by insurgents. Afghan and
NATO forces targeted suspected insurgent strongholds in a joint
operation in southern Kandahar province, killing 15 and capturing
13. A rocket exploded in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province,
killing one civilian and wounding four. Gunmen set fire to the
girls' middle school in Laghman province, burning the structure and
(AP, 11/7/10)(AP, 11/8/10)
2010 Nov 8, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed by a bomb. Another died
following an insurgent attack in the east.
(AP, 11/8/10)(AP, 11/9/10)
2010 Nov 9, Afghan security
forces arrested a member of the deadly Haqqani network and three
other associates after ordering the plane flying him to Saudi Arabia
to return to the capital. A NATO service member was killed in a bomb
attack in the south. In the eastern province of Paktia, militants
killed the chief of Shewak district by blowing up his car with a
roadside bomb. NATO announced the capture of a senior Taliban leader
responsible for attacks in the Dand and Panjwai districts of
Kandahar province, as well as another Taliban member linked to
multiple bombings in the provincial capital. In Zabul province
Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban insurgent responsible
for moving weapons and coordinating attacks in the Shahjoy district.
4 policemen were killed in an ambush as they were driving through
Imam Sahib district along the border with Tajikistan. A NATO service
member was killed by a bomb blast in the south.
(AP, 11/9/10)(AP, 11/10/10)
2010 Nov 10, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber blew himself up at a bazaar in Khost province in
the country's east, killing a policeman and an Afghan soldier. A
NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack in the south.
Another coalition service member died in fighting in the east. At
least one de-miner was killed and another was wounded in Chaparhar
district of Nangarhar province when the de-mining team's vehicle hit
a roadside bomb. Attacks across the country left 10 dead altogether.
(AP, 11/10/10)(SFC, 11/11/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 11, The Afghan
election commission said that it had opened an investigation into
allegations that a top government official pressured an election
worker to rig the results of the parliamentary ballot in western
Afghanistan. At least 15 insurgents were killed by in a fierce round
of fighting in Helmand province. 2 Taliban bomb makers were captured
in an area of Kandahar province near the Pakistan border.
(AP, 11/11/10)(AP, 11/12/10)
2010 Nov 12, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber targeted foreign forces in Kabul but the device
detonated early, slightly injuring an Afghan soldier and a NATO
service member. An ISAF soldier died after an attack by militant
fighters in the east of the country. 15 militants were detained
during three overnight operations targeting Taliban leaders across
(AFP, 11/12/10)(AP, 11/12/10)
2010 Nov 13, Afghan Pres.
Karzai said the US must reduce its visibility and the intensity of
its military operations and end increased night raids by Special
Operations forces. In eastern Afghanistan a group of would-be
suicide bombers tried to storm a major NATO base on the edge of
Jalalabad city, but were repelled before they could enter. Six
insurgents were killed, including two who were wearing bomb-laden
suicide vests. Insurgents in the same area set fire to a NATO fuel
convoy. The truck drivers quickly fled and the insurgents set 12
tankers ablaze A bomb hidden in a motorbike also exploded on a busy
street in the Imam Sahib district of the northern province of
Kunduz, killing 10 people. Insurgents killed 3 coalition service
members in an attack in the south.
(AP, 11/13/10)(AP, 11/14/10)(SSFC, 11/14/10,
2010 Nov 13, Afghan diplomat
Abdul Khaliq Farahi was freed in eastern Afghanistan in a joint
effort by officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan and returned to
Kabul. He was seized by gunmen on Sep 22, 2008, in the Pakistani
city of Peshawar.
2010 Nov 14, In Afghanistan a
series of bomb blasts and insurgents attacks killed 11 people across
the country, including five NATO service members and three Afghan
police taking part in Operation Bulldog Bite in Kunar province. A
total of 7 ISAF troops were killed today.
(AP, 11/14/10)(Reuters, 11/18/10)
2010 Nov 15, Afghanistan's
government played down comments by President Hamid Karzai calling on
the US military to scale back its operations and reduce its
"intrusiveness" on everyday life in the country. Taliban leader
Mullah Omar, rumored to be in Pakistan, said in a statement that
reports of peace talks between militants and the Afghan government
were "misleading rumors" and dismissed the coalition surge as
2010 Nov 16, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai urged insurgents to abandon violence and accept offers of
reconciliation from the government, using the Muslim holiday of Eid
al-Adha to issue a plea for peace. In Kunduz province two Afghan men
with government ties were killed by a bomb that had been hidden near
the grave of one of their relatives. A British soldier was killed by
insurgent gunfire in the southern province of Helmand. A homemade
bomb also killed an ISAF service member in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 11/16/10)(Reuters, 11/18/10)
2010 Nov 18, Afghan troops and
the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wrapped
up the four-day operation in the Pech River valley of volatile Kunar
province. Reports said Operation Bulldog Bite may have killed more
than 40 insurgents. 2 insurgents were killed when Afghan and foreign
troops targeted a suspected Taliban leader in the Now Zad district
of Helmand province.
(Reuters, 11/18/10)(AFP, 11/19/10)
2010 Nov 19, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier was killed in a bomb attack as leaders
met in Portugal to determine the future of the alliance's
mission. ISAF reported the capture of a leader from the
hardline, Pakistan-based Haqqani network in eastern Khost province.
In Baghlan a joint force targeted a series of compounds and captured
another key Haqqani figure, who served as a liaison between the
network and Taliban operatives in northern Afghanistan. Six of his
associates were taken into custody as well. In Kunar province ISAF
troops killed three civilians and wounded four others during
fighting with militants.
(AP, 11/19/10)(AFP, 11/20/10)
2010 Nov 19, NATO leaders began
a 2-day meeting in Portugal. A top official said it will start
drawing down its troops in Afghanistan next July and its combat role
in the war-torn nation will end by 2014 or earlier so security can
be turned over to the Afghans. NATO leaders planned to approve a new
10-year vision for NATO.
(AP, 11/19/10)(Reuters, 11/19/10)
2010 Nov 20, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers on bicycles killed four people
and wounded 31. Hafiz Janan, a Taliban leader involved in training
foreign fighters, was killed in the Bakwa district of Farah
province. Another Taliban leader was captured in Baraki Barak
district of Logar province.
(Reuters, 11/20/10)(AP, 11/22/10)
2010 Nov 20, NATO nations
meeting in Portugal formally agreed to start turning over
Afghanistan's security to its military next year and give them full
control by 2014. The US and its allies appeared to take conflicting
views on when NATO combat operations would end. NATO
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he did not expect NATO
troops to stay in the fight against the Taliban after 2014. Russia
was receptive but stopped short of accepting a historic NATO
invitation to join a missile shield protecting Europe against
(AP, 11/20/10)(Reuters, 11/20/10)
2010 Nov 21, In Afghanistan 3
civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province. Small
arms fire and a rocket attack killed the police chief of Musa Khel
district of Khost province. ISAF said more than 20 militants were
killed in air strikes and fighting, mainly in the restive south. The
watchdog panel charged with rooting out fraud in the recent
parliamentary election disqualified 19 candidates who had been
announced as winners in preliminary results. A man working on a
stream clearing project in Kandahar province was killed by an
unknown gunman in front of his children in Zhari district. 7 were
killed, two were wounded and four were captured during a clearing
operation that ended in Herat province. In northern Kunduz province,
insurgents attacked a checkpoint set up by a local police force,
sparking heavy fighting. Two of the local police were killed, along
with 17 of the attackers. A NATO service member died in an insurgent
attack in southern Afghanistan.
(AFP, 11/21/10)(AP, 11/21/10)(AP, 11/22/10)(AP,
2010 Nov 21, in Afghanistan US
Marine Cpl. William Carpenter took a blow fram a grenade to save a
fellow Marine in Helmand province and was severely wounded. In 2014
Pres. Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor.
(SFC, 6/20/14, p.A6)
2010 Nov 22, In eastern
Afghanistan homemade bombs killed 4 Afghan civilians, including two
children, riding on a tractor in the Zurmat district of Paktia
province. In an overnight operation in the same district, a joint
Afghan and NATO force killed Fared Gul, a Taliban fighter involved
in planting roadside bombs. 2 NATO coalition service members were
killed in the south. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest
while driving a motorcycle down a main road in Mohmand Dara
district, Nangarhar province. Haqqani network leader Wahidullah was
killed by an airstrike in the Sabari district of Khost province.
(AP, 11/22/10)(AP, 11/25/10)
2010 Nov 23, An Afghan close to
negotiations with the Taliban said a man leading the Taliban side of
peace talks with the Afghan government was an impersonator, in a
setback to efforts to negotiate an end to the war.
2010 Nov 24, Afghan election
officials announced final vote totals for 33 of 34 provinces. 1.3m
of 5.6m ballots were discarded for fraud and 19 candidates were
disqualified for cheating. The top prosecutor announced a new
investigation into allegations of ballot manipulation, potentially
dealing another setback to a fraud-marred parliamentary election
just as many had hoped a declaration of final results would allow
the country to move on. Emerging opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah
said that more than 90 of his supporters had won seats in
parliament, following the announcement of certified results. Abdul
Hadi, a Taliban leader, was killed when he pulled a pistol on Afghan
and NATO forces who were trying to arrest him during a raid in the
Khogyani district of Ghazni province.
(AP, 11/24/10)(AFP, 11/24/10)(AP, 11/25/10)(SFC,
11/26/10, p.A5)(Econ, 11/27/10, p.50)
2010 Nov 25, The Afghan deputy
attorney general said his office has arrested two employees of the
nation's electoral commission and two people working in the money
transfer business on allegations of fraud in the September
parliamentary elections. In eastern Afghanistan 2 insurgent
facilitators were arrested on separate operations. NATO captured a
Haqqani leader in the eastern Afghan province of Khost.
(AP, 11/25/10)(AP, 11/28/10)
2010 Nov 27, In Afghanistan 2
suicide bombers blew themselves up at an Afghan police headquarters
in eastern Paktika province, killing 13 police officers near the
Pakistan border. A NATO service member also was killed in a bomb
attack in eastern Afghanistan. Afghan and coalition forces killed at
least 15 insurgents during an overnight search for a senior Taliban
leader in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar province.
(AP, 11/27/10)(AP, 11/28/10)
2010 Nov 28, In Afghanistan
gunmen firing on a car killed Abdullah Ahmadzai, a local government
official, and two of his relatives in Logar province. Coalition
forces launched an airstrike in Nad Ali district in Helmand
province, killing a Taliban leader who planned and coordinated
roadside bombs against Afghan and NATO forces.
2010 Nov 29, Afghanistan said
its relations with the United States would not be affected by leaked
cables portraying President Hamid Karzai as weak and paranoid, and
his brother as a corrupt drugs baron. 6 NATO troops were shot dead
by a man wearing an Afghan border police uniform during a training
exercise in Nangarhar province. The shooter was killed. 9 Afghan
private security guards from a construction company were kidnapped
in Kabul province. Coalition forces killed Haji Ibrahim, a former
chief of Gereshk district, Helmand province, and arrested six
members of his family.
(AFP, 11/29/10)(Reuters, 11/29/10)(AFP,
2010 Dec 1, In Afghanistan
gunmen kidnapped 16 deminers but released nine of them hours later
before taking the rest to an unknown location. A coalition service
member was killed in a roadside explosion in the south. The
remaining 7 deminers were freed in Pakistan on Dec 3.
(AFP, 12/1/10)(AP, 12/2/10)(AFP, 12/3/10)
2010 Dec 2, In Afghanistan 2
coalition service members were killed by bombs and insurgent
fighting in the south and east. Afghan and coalition forces detained
numerous suspected insurgents during two security operations in the
south and east.
2010 Dec 3, President Barack
Obama slipped unannounced into Afghanistan, one year after widening
an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the
9-year-plus conflict. Due to weather Obama planned a secure video
conference with Pres. Karzai from Bagram Air Field.
2010 Dec 3, US diplomatic
cables, revealed today by WikiLeaks, portrayed Afghanistan as rife
with graft to the highest levels of government, with tens of
millions of dollars flowing out of the country and a cash transfer
network that facilitates bribes for corrupt Afghan officials, drug
traffickers and insurgents.
2010 Dec 5, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up next to a string of shop
stalls inside the eastern Gardez army base, killing two NATO service
members and at least two civilians. In the south another NATO
service member was killed in an insurgent attack while an Afghan
employee of an American contractor was shot dead in the city of
Lashkar Gah. A British soldier was killed during an operation in the
Nad-e Ali District of Helmand province. Supporting fire from a US
aircraft was suspected. He was the 346th death among British forces
and civilian defense workers in Afghanistan since 2002. Four Afghan
election commission employees were arrested in a sign that the
political intrigue over September's fraud-tainted parliamentary
election is not over.
(AP, 12/5/10)(AP, 12/6/10)
2010 Dec 7, Maj. Gen. Richard
Mills, a senior US Marine general in Afghanistan, declared the
battle in the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah "essentially
2010 Dec 8, In Afghanistan a
Taliban leader and three of his family members were killed in a
coalition airstrike on their car, which was traveling in Nad Ali
2010 Dec 8, In Russia drug
control agencies from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan
agreed to step up cooperation to stop the flow of drugs through
2010 Dec 9, In southern
Afghanistan insurgents killed a NATO service member.
2010 Dec 10, In Afghanistan, in
recognition of International Human Rights Day, several hundred
demonstrators, some holding photographs of victims of three decades
of war, shouted for justice and peace in Kabul, just hours before a
suicide car bomber blew himself up in Nangarhar province, killing
two civilians. In the south a NATO service member was killed by a
roadside bomb. 15 civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in Helmand province.
(AP, 12/10/10)(Reuters, 12/11/10)
2010 Dec 11, In Afghanistan a
car bomb blast near the police headquarters in Kandahar City wounded
four Afghan police and two civilians. The suicide attacker in Kunduz
province drove a police vehicle and targeted an Afghan National Army
convoy, wounding five soldiers and four civilians. An air strike by
the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed
seven road construction company employees overnight. ISAF said
Afghan and foreign troops were approached and then fired on by armed
men while hunting an insurgent and shot back, killing seven. The
disputed incident sent hundreds pouring onto the streets of Gardez
city in a protest that turned violent.
2010 Dec 11, Turkmenistan
signed broad agreements with Afghanistan, India and Pakistan at a
summit in its capital Ashgabat on the 1,700-km (1,050-mile) TAPI
pipeline. Afghanistan the next day said it will deploy up to 7,000
troops to secure the major transnational gas pipeline, slated to run
through some of the most dangerous parts of the war-torn country.
2010 Dec 12, In southern
Afghanistan an insurgent attack killed at least six foreign troops
and two Afghan soldiers in Kandahar's Zhari district. Several
suspects were arrested for the suicide attack that killed six US
troops when an explosives-packed minibus blew up at the entrance of
a joint NATO-Afghan base.
(Reuters, 12/12/10)(AP, 12/13/10)
2010 Dec 13, Afghan lawmakers
demanded that President Hamid Karzai inaugurate a new parliament on
December 19 and draw a line under disputed results of a fraud-hit
2010 Dec 14, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died from a roadside bomb.
Jordanian-Palestinian militant Mahmoud Abu Reidah (38) was killed by
US forces. An al-Qaida operative better known as Abu Rasmi, he was
granted political asylum in Britain in 1998.
(AP, 12/14/10)(AP, 12/22/10)
2010 Dec 15, In southern
Afghanistan a bicycle bomb killed three children and wounded six
civilians near Kandahar City at a temporary camp for pilgrims
returning from Mecca. A NATO service member was killed in a blast in
(AFP, 12/15/10)(AP, 12/15/10)
2010 Dec 16, President Barack
Obama said the United States will start withdrawing US troops from
Afghanistan in July as promised. He still warned of sobering days,
saying the war will remain a "very difficult endeavor." In
Afghanistan a bomb killed 14 members of the same family north of
Herat city. 4 Afghan soldiers died overnight in a NATO air strike in
(AP, 12/16/10)(AFP, 12/16/10)
2010 Dec 17, In Afghanistan
kidnappers killed a Bangladeshi working for a South Korean firm and
held 3 road workers hostage after storming their camp at gunpoint
between the northern provinces of Balkh and Samangan. Haitham
Mohammed al-Khayat (26), a prominent Jordanian-Palestinian militant
better known in extremist circles as Abu Kandahar al-Zarqawi, was
killed by US forces. He was an administrator of the online jihadi
forum, Al-Hesbah, according to Islamist militant websites.
(AFP, 12/18/10)(AP, 12/22/10)
2010 Dec 18, In eastern
Afghanistan NATO troops killed more than 20 insurgents in fighting
after a patrol came under fire. German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid
an unannounced visit to northern Afghanistan to boost German troops'
morale for a war that is deeply unpopular at home and to meet with
the Afghan president. A leader of the Haqqani network was killed in
an operation by international forces and their Afghan counterparts
in the eastern Khost province. A man was captured during a night
raid in the Zharay district of southern Kandahar province by Afghan
and coalition forces, who described him as "a key Taliban weapons
(AP, 12/18/10)(Reuters, 12/18/10)(AP,
2010 Dec 19, In northern
Afghanistan troops shot dead rebels at an army recruitment center in
Kunduz to end a day-long siege following 2 attacks by militants that
killed at least 13 security personnel. In Kabul two suicide bombers
targeted an army bus, killing five military personal. One civilian
was killed and four children were wounded when their vehicle was
struck by a roadside bomb in Panjwayi district, in Kandahar
2010 Dec 21, In southern
Afghanistan a British soldier was one of two NATO service members
killed in Helmand. 5 civilians died as militants attacked coalition
forces in the Sangin district. Seven insurgents were killed in the
(AP, 12/21/10)(AP, 12/22/10)
2010 Dec 22, Afghan officials
said Iran has banned fuel exports to Afghanistan, stranding about
3,000 fuel trucks at the border and driving up wholesale prices for
the refined products ahead of what many Afghans fear will be a
blistery winter in their oil-poor nation.
2010 Dec 22, A joint Afghan and
NATO patrol killed several insurgents in the southern province of
Helmand during an operation targeting a mid-level Taliban leader
involved in roadside bomb attacks. A Taliban leader involved in the
Dec 19 bus bombing in Kabul and two other insurgents in an airstrike
in Ghazni province in the center of the country. A roadside bomb
struck a tractor pulling a cart loaded with passengers, killing a
child and wounding nine people in the Garm Ser district of Helmand
2010 Dec 23, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed an Afghan policeman and wounded five civilians
in Kunduz. A blast in Ghazni killed a man suspected of being either
a suicide bomber or of trying to plant a bomb under a truck. A NATO
helicopter opened fire on a convoy of cars heading to an event
hosted by the head of a local council in Faryab province, killing a
police officer and the brother of a lawmaker. It was reported that
US-donated medicines and pharmaceutical supplies meant to keep the
new Afghan army and police healthy have been disappearing before
reaching Afghan military hospitals and clinics.
(AFP, 12/23/10)(AP, 12/23/10)
2010 Dec 24, In Afghanistan 2
Afghan security guards were killed after coalition forces raided the
compound of Tiger International, an Afghan private security company,
in Kabul over an alleged plot to attack the United States embassy. A
policeman and one civilian were killed by a mine near Khost. A
policeman was killed and another injured when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb near the main road between Jalalabad and Torkham in
(AFP, 12/24/10)(AP, 12/26/10)
2010 Dec 24, The leaders of
Afghanistan and Pakistan met in Istanbul for a new round of talks
aimed at building trust between the two neighbors. Turkey’s Pres.
Gul said a railroad between Turkey and Pakistan should be extended
to Afghanistan and flights between the three countries should be
expanded for better cooperation.
2010 Dec 26, The Afghanistan
Defense Ministry said it will investigate missing US-donated
medicines and pharmaceutical supplies meant for its army and police.
"Numerous insurgents were killed" in two separate incidents in
Helmand and Kandahar during a NATO operation targeting suspect
vehicles. Several suspected insurgents were detained.
(AP, 12/26/10)(AP, 12/27/10)
2010 Dec 27, In Afghanistan a
Taliban car bomb targeted a bank where police queued for salaries in
Kandahar, killing three people. NATO said one of its service members
was killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 12/27/10)(AFP, 12/27/10)
2010 Dec 28, An Afghan soldier
was killed in a suicide attack in the eastern Paktika province. NATO
said that it, in conjunction with Afghan forces, had killed more
than 15 insurgents over the past 24 hours.
2010 Dec 29, In eastern
Afghanistan US forces clashed with insurgents, fending off a Taliban
assault for the second time in as many days. NATO said it and Afghan
forces have detained a Taliban leader in the southwestern province
of Nimroz. NATO forces killed at least 5 Taliban fighters over night
in Nangarhar province. Two slain Taliban commanders were identified
as Shir Zaman and Zhir Gull.
(AP, 12/29/10)(SFC, 12/30/10, p.A4)
2010 Dec 30, In southern
Afghanistan 14 Afghan civilians were killed and four others injured
when a minivan struck a roadside bomb in Helmand province. Several
insurgents and a child were killed in fighting during a joint
operation with Afghan forces targeting a Taliban logistics officer
in a compound in Wardak province. Afghan and coalition troops killed
Maulvi Bahadar (Bahadur), the Taliban "shadow governor" of northern
(AFP, 12/30/10)(AP, 12/31/10)(AP, 1/2/11)
2010 Dec 31, Afghan forces
conducted an overnight raid in two compounds in Tahar province
killing a Taliban district chief in a gunfight that also left an
Afghan policeman and a border guard dead, NATO said insurgents
attacks claimed the lives of two coalition service members.
Coalition forces killed Abdul Hai, a Taliban leader in Kunduz.
(AP, 12/31/10)(AP, 1/2/11)
2010 Sebastian Junger authored
“War," an account of his experiences as an embedded journalist in
(SSFC, 5/16/10, p.F1)
2010 Afghanistan’s central bank
spent $820 million of its reserves bailing out Kabul Bank.
(Econ, 6/18/11, p.47)
2010 In Afghanistan some 2,043
civilians died this year as a result of Taliban attacks and military
operations targeting the militants. Roadside bombs killed 268
American troops this year, a 60% increase over the year before.
(AP, 1/19/11)(AP, 1/26/11)