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2008-2010 2011 Jan 1, In
Afghanistan NATO forces captured two key insurgent leaders. 2
insurgents were killed in a NATO airstrike in the Kandahar
province's Zhari district. A NATO service member was killed in a
deadly bombing that raised to three the number of coalition troops
killed since the new year began. NATO said coalition and Afghan
forces captured a Taliban insurgent who provided the materials used
in the Dec. 5 bombing of a NATO base in Khost province.
2011 Jan 2, In Afghanistan
gunmen entered a mosque in Baghlan province's Markazi district,
killing four civilians and wounding two. A fifth person was killed
in a bombing outside a butcher's shop in Herat.
2011 Jan 3, US Marine Maj. Gen.
Richard Mills, the senior Marine general in Afghanistan, said the
leaders of the largest tribe in a Taliban stronghold in the southern
Helmand province have pledged to halt insurgent attacks and expel
2011 Jan 4, Afghanistan's Pres.
Karzai told foreign powers to stop meddling in the country's
internal affairs. A bomb exploded in central Kabul, killing one
police officer and wounding three other people. Hundreds of police
swept through villages 220km northeast of Kabul, killing at least
eight rebels in an operation against militants. In Kandahar province
four rebels were killed when an IED they were planting on a road
went off prematurely.
(AP, 1/4/11)(AFP, 1/4/11)
2011 Jan 5, Afghanistan's
intelligence agencies said that they have thwarted two major attacks
in Kabul in the past 20 days: a plot to assassinate the country's
first vice president and a bombing near the president's palace. NATO
said two of its service members were killed by roadside bombs, one
in southern Afghanistan and the second in the east.
2011 Jan 6, The Pentagon said
the US will temporarily send 1,400 more Marines to Afghanistan in an
effort to hold onto fragile security gains, but overall troop levels
will not surpass previously announced limits.
2011 Jan 7, In southern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber in Spin Boldak
assassinated a police commander named Ramazan and killed 16 others
at a public bath. Criminal investigation police chief Farid Ahmad
was killed in a drive-by shooting in Kandahar. Hundreds of Afghans
demonstrated outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul to protest Iran's
blocking of thousands of fuel trucks at the border with Afghanistan,
a step that has sent domestic fuel prices soaring as the country's
harsh winter sets in.
2011 Jan 8, In Afghanistan 3
civilians, including a child, were killed in crossfire as militants
battled NATO forces in Helmand province. 2 civilians were killed and
three wounded when a rocket struck their home in Helmand. A roadside
bomb killed a coalition soldier in the east.
(AP, 1/9/11)(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A5)
2011 Jan 9, In Afghanistan’s
northern province of Kunduz, NATO forces, in tandem with their
Afghan counterparts, arrested five people in connection with a Dec.
19 attack that killed at least eight Afghan security soldiers and
police in the area. Hundreds gathered in the main mosque in Kunduz
to protest the arrest of Mullah Nurallah, the apparent target of the
raid. Irate Afghan authorities denied that local forces were
2011 Jan 10, In southern
Afghanistan 3 policemen were killed in a car bombing claimed by the
Taliban in Kandahar province. Vice President Joe Biden arrived on a
trip for talks with President Hamid Karzai and visit with US troops.
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said a
recent pledge by a southern Afghan tribe to stand up to the Taliban
shows that the military push in the region is making headway.
(AFP, 1/10/11)(Reuters, 1/10/11)
2011 Jan 11, An Afghan
government delegation said a major coalition military operation
under way in Kandahar has caused about 100 million dollars worth of
damage to property. Operation Omaid, which started in April, was
aimed to root out the Taliban in Kandahar.
2011 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
attacks against the intelligence service and international forces
killed at least nine people. A suicide bomber on a motorbike
targeted a minibus carrying Afghan intelligence service employees.
The attack left at least two people dead and wounded more than 30.
Two roadside bombs killed four international troops. A fifth
international service member was killed in an insurgent attack in
eastern Afghanistan, and another died in the east from a "non-battle
related injury. Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban
operator in Behsud district of Nangarhar province.
(AP, 1/12/11)(AP, 1/13/11)
2011 Jan 13, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb in a marketplace killed a child outside a music
cassette shop in Jalalabad. The Afghan fuel ministry said that Iran
currently was allowing 1,000 tons of fuel to enter Afghanistan at
three border crossings each day, compared with 3,000 to 4,000 tons
daily before the trucks were blocked.
2011 Jan 14, In southern
Afghanistan insurgents detonated a roadside bomb that killed seven
civilians they had released only moments earlier following a brief
detention on a highway in Zabul province. NATO said in a statement
that its regional command in the south had received more than 800
claims for compensation since Nov. 2 and that it had settled more
than half, paying out a total of $1.4 million.
2011 Jan 15, In southern
Afghanistan a US Marine shot and killed an Afghan policeman after an
argument at a patrol base in Sangin, Helmand province. A joint
Afghan and NATO force killed several armed insurgents while tracking
a Taliban operator in Nirkh district of Wardak province, west of
Kabul. 13 militants were killed in the operation. A bicycle bomb
targeting police vehicles near the center of Kandahar city wounded
at least 10 people. 6 civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in
Helmand province and six died after an air strike by foreign forces
in mountainous eastern Kunar.
(AP, 1/15/11)(Reuters, 1/16/11)
2011 Jan 16, In northern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a car carrying nine people to
a wedding in Baghlan province, killing everyone inside including a
child. A joint Afghan and NATO force killed 3 more militants in
2011 Jan 18, Afghanistan's
trade associations said they have halted trade with neighboring Iran
to protest against an unexplained fuel blockade which has been
choking the Afghan economy. An Afghan soldier shot dead one Italian
troop and seriously wounded another at an army post in northern
Afghanistan. 50 Taliban fighters laid down their arms and joined
pro-government forces in northern Afghanistan. A rocket hit a
civilian house during a firefight between insurgents and NATO forces
in Herat province. One child was killed and another 10 people were
(Reuters, 1/18/11)(AP, 1/18/11)(AP,
2011 Jan 18, In Afghanistan an
unknown assailant sprayed acid in the face of a prominent Afghan
journalist and author, apparently in retaliation for his politically
charged writing. Razaq Mamoon was not critically injured, but his
face was splotchy with red and black patches.
2011 Jan 19, In eastern
Afghanistan a total of 13 civilians including children and women
were killed by a Taliban-style roadside bomb in Paktika province. A
roadside bomb in southern Zabul province killed four border police
officers who were patrolling the area. Pres. Karzai’s office said he
would defer by a month the already delayed inauguration of
parliament. Legislators said they start their work unilaterally.
(AFP, 1/19/11)(AP, 1/19/11)(SFC, 1/20/11, p.A3)
2011 Jan 20, The Islamic
Movement of Uzbekistan said in an online post that Bekkay Harrach,
known by the pseudonym Abu Talha al-Almani, "Abu Talha the German,"
was killed leading an attack on the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
It didn't specify when.
2011 Jan 21, Afghan leader
Hamid Karzai paid his first state visit to Russia amid political
mayhem at home that saw a delay in the seating of a new parliament
and renewed questions about his ability to lead the war-ravaged
state. A joint statement said Pres. Medvedev has gratefully accepted
Hamid Karzai's invitation to visit Afghanistan.
2011 Jan 21, Osama bin Laden
demanded that France withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in
exchange for the release of French hostages being held by al-Qaida
affiliates, according to an audio message broadcast on an Arabic
2011 Jan 23, Afghan lawmakers
set aside a demand for President Hamid Karzai to scrap a
controversial court probing election fraud, paving the way for
parliament to convene in three days after weeks of in-fighting.
2011 Jan 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai inaugurated parliament, ending weeks of political
infighting, but took a dig at the West saying "foreign interference"
had been a serious problem.
2011 Jan 28, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed 9 people, including 3 foreign women, inside a
high-end grocery store in the heart of a heavily guarded district of
Kabul that's home to many diplomats and Westerners. Six of the
victims were the son of a former Afghan senator (Mahbooba Huqoqmal),
his rights activist wife and their four children. On Feb 10 an
Afghan man publicly confessed to helping a suicide bomber cross the
Pakistani border so he could attack the Kabul supermarket popular
(AP, 1/28/11)(AFP, 1/29/11)(AP, 2/10/11)
2011 Jan 29, In Afghanistan
Abdul Latif Ashna, the deputy governor of southern Kandahar
province, was killed by a suicide bomber. The Taliban claimed
responsibility for the attack.
2011 Jan 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a NATO service member.
2011 Feb 2, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai arrived in New Delhi to discuss efforts to restore
security in Afghanistan and to attend a conference on sustainable
2011 Feb 2, Afghanistan's
Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal called for an investigation into
allegations he personally benefited from corruption at Kabul Bank,
the country's largest bank. Details of alleged improper interest
payments were made public by The Wall Street Journal a day earlier.
2011 Feb 2, In Afghanistan
Australian Corporal Richard Edward Atkinson (22) was killed while on
patrol in Uruzgan's Deh Rahwod. This upped the number of Australian
troops killed in the conflict to 22.
2011 Feb 3, The US military
said Awal Gul (48), an Afghan prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, collapsed
and died, apparently from natural causes, after exercising inside
the jail. Gul fell in the shower Feb 1 after working out on an
elliptical machine in Camp 6, a communal section of the Guantanamo
reserved for well-behaved prisoners, and died at the base hospital.
He was an "an admitted Taliban recruiter" who operated an al-Qaida
guesthouse and had met several times with Osama bin Laden. Gul
resigned from the Taliban more than a year before the attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001, because he considered them "corrupt and abusive." He
was arrested by US forces in December 2001 when he voluntarily
traveled to meet with American military officials in Afghanistan.
2011 Feb 4, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb struck outside the house of Kandahar
city police chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid, wounding at least 2 people.
It was the 2nd attack on him this week.
2011 Feb 5, In southern
Afghanistan two NATO service members were killed in separate bomb
attacks. NATO troops captured 48 Iranian-made warheads, 49 fuses,
and 49 rocket mortars. They were being transported in a three-truck
convoy, in southern Nimruz, near the Iranian and Pakistani borders.
(AP, 2/5/11)(AP, 3/9/11)
2011 Feb 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed one person and wounded five others in Kandahar
city, hours after attackers gunned down a local government chief in
the country's volatile eastern borderlands. David Hillman, a retired
customs officer who had worked for the US government for 30 years,
died in the blast at the Inland Customs Warehouse in Kandahar. Giles
Duley (39), British photographer, was severely injured in a roadside
bombing during a foot patrol in Kandahar province. He underwent
multiple amputations and was flown back to Britain for further
(AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/12/11)
2011 Feb 8, Afghan Pres. Karzai
seconded a request by the High Peace Council calling for the release
of Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, to join in reconciliation talks.
Khairkhwa, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2002, was a Taliban
interior minister and governor of Herat province during the Taliban
(SFC, 2/9/11, p.A3)
2011 Feb 8, Lithuania sent an
8-member team to train Afghan army helicopter pilots. Defense
Minister Rasa Jukneviciene said the Lithuanian military could hand
over the central Afghan province of Ghor to local forces by the end
of 2012. A Lithuanian force of some 150 has been at the helm since
2005 of what is known in NATO jargon as a Provincial Reconstruction
Team in Ghor. Lithuania first sent troops to Afghanistan in 2002
after the US-led overthrow of the Taliban regime.
2011 Feb 9, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO service members died. In the north a roadside
bomb exploded and killed the director of criminal investigations in
Chimtal district of Balkh province.
2011 Feb 9, US authorities
ordered sanctions on two Afghan nationals said to be part of the
financial network that supports Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the
Haqqani network. The US Treasury named as Specially Designated
Global Terrorists Said Jan Abd Al-Salam and Khalil Al-Rahman
2011 Feb 10, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed Chardara district governor Abdul
Wahid Omerkhail and two others after walking into the
administrator's office in Kunduz province to hand over a letter.
2011 Feb 12, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide bombers killed 19 people, including 15 police and an
intelligence agent, in an assault on police headquarters in Kandahar
2011 Feb 14, Afghan government
prosecutors and police stormed into election commission offices in
Kabul to seize control of vote data, accusing the body of not
cooperating with a probe into fraud. A suicide bomber blew himself
up at the entrance of a Kabul shopping and hotel complex, killing
two security guards in the second attack at a site frequented by
foreigners and westernized Afghans in less than a month. Officials
said 9 employees of Afghanistan's Central Bank and a troubled
private bank (Kabul Bank), have been accused of stealing $1.5
million through a fake check scheme. The suspects were arrested two
(AFP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/14/11)
2011 Feb 17, Afghan and NATO
forces said they have captured leaders of an insurgent group in
eastern Afghanistan, including one believed to be linked to last
month's suicide attack on a Kabul supermarket. Insurgent attacks
elsewhere killed three, including a NATO service member. The
multinational force said it killed a member of the Haqqani network
in an airstrike in Khost province. An Afghan National Police officer
was killed when he was hit by a NATO convoy in a traffic circle near
the US Embassy in Kabul. A NATO operation in Kunar province killed
number of insurgents. Afghan civilians were later reported killed in
(AP, 2/17/11)(Reuters, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)
2011 Feb 18, In northern
Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on
German troops working on a vehicle, killing two soldiers and
wounding at least eight others. A suicide car bomber struck a police
station in the eastern city of Khost, killing 11 people — one Afghan
policeman and 10 civilians. A roadside bomb killed three Afghan
policemen and wounded two others in Shinwar district of the eastern
province of Nangarhar. A roadside bomb also killed a coalition
service member in the south.
2011 Feb 18, The United States
sanctioned the New Ansari Money Exchange, a major Afghan
money-exchange outfit, suspected of laundering billions of dollars
in drug money.
2011 Feb 19, In eastern
Afghanistan gunmen and suicide bombers dressed as border police
killed 38 people and wounded more than 70 in an attack on a bank in
Jalalabad. Seven insurgents had attacked the bank, three of them
detonating explosive vests inside the building. On June 20 two men
were hanged in Kabul's Pule Charkhi prison for their part in the
(Reuters, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP,
2011 Feb 19, An Australian
soldier and an Afghan interpreter were shot dead by insurgents in
Uruzgan province, bringing Australia's death toll from the conflict
2011 Feb 20, Afghan provincial
Governor Fazlullah Wahidi said 64 civilians, including women and
children, were killed in 4 days of operations by NATO and Afghan
forces in eastern Kunar province. NATO said 36 armed insurgents were
killed. Coalition forces fired at three insurgents planting a
roadside mine near a NATO base in Nangarhar province. One weapon
missed the target, hit a house and killed a couple and their four
(Reuters, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)
2011 Feb 21, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a government
office in Kunduz province, killing at least 30 people, many who were
waiting in line to obtain government identification cards. A NATO
service member was killed in a roadside bombing in the south.
2011 Feb 24, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb attack killed an intelligence agent and wounded 26
other people in Spin Boldak, a town on the Pakistan border.
2011 Feb 26, In northwest
Afghanistan amid screams of "Suicide bomber! Suicide bomber!" an
insurgent detonated his vest of explosives, killing at least four
people at a sports field. A roadside bomb killed nine people near
the eastern city of Khost.
2011 Feb 27, Afghanistan's
government said that its investigations have found NATO killed 65
civilians, many of them children, during recent operations in a
remote northeastern militant stronghold. The parliament elected
Abdul Rahoof Ibrahimi, a former Uzbek warlord, as speaker, ending a
month of squabbling over the position that has further undermined
the credibility of an assembly tainted by electoral fraud.
(AFP, 2/27/11)(Reuters, 2/27/11)
2011 Feb 28, In Afghanistan 4
NATO service members, including a 37-year-old Italian lieutenant,
were killed by roadside bombs and an insurgent attack. 8 Afghan
policemen left their checkpoint in Helmand province and never
returned. The bodies of 4 of the policemen were found the next day.
A bombing in the east killed two coalition troops.
(AP, 2/28/11)(AP, 3/1/11)
2011 Mar 1, In Afghanistan an
insurgent attack killed a NATO service member in the south.
Residents in Ghazni burned blankets, clothing and other items that
they said coalition troops had distributed in the city a day
earlier. 9 young children died in a NATO strike as they collected
firewood in Darah-Ye Pech district of northeastern Kunar province.
The incident happened after an insurgent rocket attack on a military
base prompted coalition forces to return fire.
(AP, 3/1/11)(AP, 3/2/11)
2011 Mar 4, In southern
Afghanistan a bombing killed a NATO service member.
2011 Mar 5, In Afghan Staff
Sgt. Mark Wells (31), a US army explosives technician from San Jose,
Ca., was killed in Helmand province when he stepped on a hidden
(SFC, 3/8/11, p.C3)
2011 Mar 6, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai told General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and
NATO forces in Afghanistan, his apology for a foreign air strike
that killed nine children on March 1 was "not enough." 12 civilians,
including 5 children, were killed when their vehicle was hit by a
roadside bomb in southeastern Paktika province.
2011 Mar 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb in Jalalabad killed two policemen and wounded another
2011 Mar 10, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai’s brother said a relative was killed overnight by
international forces. ISAF had initially issued a statement saying
that the man killed in the operation was the father of a Taliban
leader who was responsible for distributing car bombs to insurgents
in Kandahar city and coordinating weapons supplies from outside
Afghanistan. US Army Staff Sgt. Eric Trueblood (27) was killed by an
IED in Kandahar province.
(AFP, 3/10/11)(SFC, 3/12/11, p.C2)
2011 Mar 11, NATO defense
ministers in Brussels endorsed a list of the first cities and
provinces where Afghan police and soldiers will take control of
security, a key element in the West's exit strategy from the
2011 Mar 13, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four Afghan civilians in a car in
Kandahar province's Shorabak district. Two NATO service members were
killed this weekend. One died in an insurgent attack in the east and
another in a bomb attack in the south.
(AP, 3/13/11)(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 14, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber posing as an army volunteer struck an Afghan army
recruitment center in the northern province of Kunduz, killing 35
volunteers. A civilian car struck a roadside bomb in Zabul
province's Mazana district, setting off an explosion that killed all
three men inside. A bomb blast killed three Afghan civilians in
Nangarhar province's Sorkh Rod district. Two brothers, aged 11 and
17, were killed by a NATO strike while tending fields on their
family farm in Kunar's Chawkay district.
(AP, 3/14/11)(AP, 3/15/11)(AP, 3/16/11)
2011 Mar 15, The Afghan
interior ministry announced that seven private security companies
are being dissolved. "Based on our commitment to transparency and
the rule of law, the private security companies have been informed
that they have been dissolved because of their connection to
officials of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan." The government
ordered all private security companies to disband by March 21 next
year. Two bombings killed a local legislator in Laghman province and
a school principal in Nangarhar province. A NATO service member was
killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan.
(AFP, 3/15/11)(AP, 3/16/11)
2011 Mar 17, In northern
Afghanistan gunmen on motorcycles kidnapped six road engineers and
their driver as they were traveling to a work site.
2011 Mar 22, Afghan Pres.
Karzai said that his nation's security forces will take over from
the US-led coalition in seven parts of the country, a first step
toward his goal of having Afghan police and soldiers in charge by
the end of 2014 so foreign combat troops can go home.
2011 Mar 23, In Afghanistan a
NATO helicopter gunship inadvertently killed two civilians while
attacking suspected insurgents in the eastern province of Khost. 2
British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province.
2011 Mar 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai left on a visit to Tehran, where he will meet his
Iranian counterpart following a row over fuel imports and attend a
ceremony to mark the Persian new year. 3 militants and 4 civilians
died when two cars they were traveling in were hit by NATO fire in
Helmand province. 3 lower ranking Taliban fighters were killed in
one vehicle and 4 civilians were killed in a second vehicle. Taliban
militants kidnapped some 40 policemen after being tipped off that
they would be traveling in Kunar province.
(AFP, 3/26/11)(AP, 3/27/11)(SFC, 3/28/11,
2011 Mar 27, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in a roadside bombing.
A team of suicide bombers shot their way into the compound of a road
construction company in eastern Afghanistan and detonated a truck
loaded with explosives, killing at least 24 people and wounding 56
others in Paktika province.
(AP, 3/27/11)(AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 28, In Afghanistan
former transport minister Inayatullah Qasimi was arrested on charges
of corruption. He was released 3 days later, but faced trial for
misuse of public funds and abuse of authority. Qasimi was accused of
corruption and abuse of power while in office between 2004 and 2005.
2011 Mar 29, In northeast
Afghanistan about 300 Taliban fighters overran the tiny capital of a
remote mountainous district, forcing police to retreat from their
small outpost in the Waygal district of Nuristan province. The
Taliban said 12 police officers and their weaponry were captured.
Police chief Shamsul Rahman denied that any of his men were
captured. 6 NATO troops were killed in three separate incidents
during an operation in Kunar province.
(AP, 3/29/11)(AP, 3/30/11)
2011 Mar 31, In Afghanistan
NATO soldiers killed two civilians after opening fire on a car which
the force said had tried to attack a patrol in Kandahar city. A
local official said an ISAF soldier opened fire after a civilian car
hit one of their vehicles in a traffic accident.
2011 Mar 31, Indonesia arrested
43 Afghans who were trying to reach Australia illegally.
2011 Apr 1, In Afghanistan 7
foreigners including 4 Nepalese guards were killed after
demonstrators protesting a reported burning of the Muslim holy book
stormed a UN office in Mazar-e-Sharif, opening fire on guards and
setting fires inside the compound. Those killed included Nepalese
guards who were working for the UN and other foreigners employed at
the complex, as well as Joakim Dungel (33), a Swede who worked on
human rights; Lt. Col. Siri Skare (53), a female pilot from Norway
who was an adviser; and Filaret Motco (43), a Romanian who worked in
the political section of the UN Five Afghan protesters were also
killed and others wounded.
(AP, 4/1/11)(Reuters, 4/2/11)(SFC, 4/2/11,
2011 Apr 2, In Afghanistan at
least 10 people were killed and 83 wounded in Kandahar city, on a
2nd day of violent protests over the burning of a Koran by a radical
fundamentalist Christian in the US. A suicide attack also hit a NATO
military base in the capital Kabul. The attacks were sparked by the
actions of Christian preacher Terry Jones who supervised the burning
of the Koran in front of about 50 people at a church in Florida on
2011 Apr 3, In Afghanistan
demonstrators battled police in Kandahar city, where an officer was
shot dead. Demonstrators also took to the streets of Jalalabad for
the first time as Western pleas failed to halt a third day of rage
over a Florida pastor's burning of the Quran. A NATO service member
was killed in an insurgent attack in the east.
(AP, 4/3/11)(AP, 4/4/11)
2011 Apr 3, In Afghanistan
Lance Cpl. Harry Lew shot himself following hazing by fellow
Marines. 3 Marines were later accused of hazing Lew. In 2012 lance
Cpl. Jacob Jacoby was sentenced to 30 days in jail and reduction in
rank. Two others faced trial.
(SFC, 2/2/12, p.A6)
2011 Apr 4, In northern
Afghanistan two American trainers were killed by a person with a
police uniform in Maymana, the capital of Faryab province. A night
raid by NATO-led forces in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul
targeted a Taliban provincial shadow governor. Local officials said
6 civilians were killed.
(AP, 4/4/11)(SFC, 4/6/11, p.A5)
2011 Apr 5, In eastern
Afghanistan NATO forces killed seven insurgents who tried to storm
their way onto a base in Jalalabad.
2011 Apr 7, Six Afghan security
personnel were killed as Taliban gunmen detonated a bomb hidden in
an ambulance at a police centre near the key southern city of
Kandahar. 3 insurgents were also killed. Demonstrations against the
burning of a copy of the Koran by an American pastor entered a
seventh day when several hundred people gathered for a peaceful
protest outside a Kabul mosque. A roadside bomb killed a coalition
service member in the south.
(AP, 4/7/11)(AP, 4/8/11)
2011 Apr 8, In northern
Afghanistan insurgents gunned down Daud Esiq Zai, police chief of
the Ghosfandi district in Sari Pul province, where the Taliban has
intensified attacks, especially against those aligned with the
2011 Apr 10, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed three tribal elders, possibly in
retaliation for their cooperation with the government. A NATO
service member was killed in an attack in the north of the country.
Kareem Daad, a district-level Taliban commander, was captured in an
overnight raid in southern Uruzgan province.
2011 Apr 11, Afghanistan's
Pres. Karzai strongly rebuked his international backers, saying
Western financial advisers may be tried for contributing to the
country's banking crisis and he would now dictate the terms of any
future US presence. Ghulam Dastageer, a district council member in
Helmand province, was killed by insurgents while he was praying in a
(AP, 4/11/11)(AP, 4/12/11)
2011 Apr 11, Turkey said it is
willing to consider the idea of hosting a political office for
Taliban militants from Afghanistan in order to promote talks to end
the war there, and an Afghan official said Turkish planning is
already in progress.
2011 Apr 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed five road construction workers
who were in a car driving near the Pakistani border. A roadside bomb
killed two Afghan police officers as they were destroying opium
poppies in Kandahar province. 3 children died from an insurgent
grenade tossed during a NATO operation in northern Faryab province.
2011 Apr 13, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed 10 people in an attack on peace talks between
tribal elders in eastern Kunar province. Former mujahideen commander
Mohammad Zarin died along with nine others. Abu Hafs al-Najdi,
described as an "Al-Qaeda senior leader," was killed in an air
strike in Kunar province. NATO made the announcement on April 26.
The Saudi man was also known as Abdul Ghani.
(Reuters, 4/13/11)(AFP, 4/26/11)
2011 Apr 14, In Afghanistan 3
policemen were killed when 3 Taliban suicide bombers struck a police
training centre in Paktia province. A second suicide attacker was
gunned down before blowing up himself. The third attacker escaped.
Two other suicide attacks in Kabul and Kandahar city left 7 people
2011 Apr 15, In Afghanistan
Khan Mohammad Mujahid, the police chief in Kandahar city, was killed
by a Taliban suicide bomber along with two of his bodyguards.
2011 Apr 16, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai and visiting Pakistani PM Yusuf Raza Gilani agreed to
boost joint peace efforts with Taliban insurgents. In eastern
Laghman province a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform
blew himself up inside a military base, killing five NATO soldiers
and four Afghan soldiers. Two bomb blasts in the south killed three
(AFP, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/17/11)
2011 Apr 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed two soldiers in the Defense Ministry in Kabul
in the third attack on security installations in four days. The
attacker was shot dead before he set off his explosives. Afghan and
Iranian officials said armed assailants have kidnapped 12 Iranians
and 2 Afghans building a road in western Farah province. 3 of the
men were released April 19 and the rest on April 20 with the help of
local tribal elders.
(Reuters, 4/18/11)(AP, 4/19/11)(AP, 4/20/11)
2011 Apr 19, In Afghanistan 17
insurgents, including foreign fighters, were killed in Kunar
province by Afghan and coalition forces searching for a senior
leader of the al-Qaida network.
2011 Apr 20, In Afghanistan a
French soldier was killed and nine others were wounded when their
armored vehicle struck a road side bomb in Kapisa province. A
Haqqani operator was captured in Tere Zayi district of Khost
province, which borders Pakistan. Several suspected insurgents were
detained in the provincial capital of Khost. Coalition and Afghan
troops took the leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)
and two of his associates into custody in Khan Abad district of
(AP, 4/21/11)(AP, 4/22/11)
2011 Apr 20, The Afghan
government said the scandal-plagued Kabul Bank would be split in
two, one good bank and one filled with bad loans, as part of a
drastic overhaul to save it from failure.
(SFC, 4/21/11, p.A5)
2011 Apr 21, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast killed three Afghan policemen on a bus in Nangarhar
province. The nephew of a militant network run by Gulbuddin
Hekmatyar was killed in fighting in Wardak province. In Khost
province 3 Afghan men, who were part of a civilian police force
guarding a road construction project, were killed by coalition
forces in Spera district.
(AP, 4/21/11)(AP, 4/22/11)
2011 Apr 22, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed five Afghan border policemen. An
insurgent attack left one NATO service member dead in the east.
Afghan forces killed eight insurgents in a gunbattle in the Pech
Valley area of eastern Kunar province. A suicide attacker on foot
detonated a vest packed with explosives at the entrance to a
building used by education officials in Jayi Maydan district of
Khost province. The bomber died in the attack and four people were
(AP, 4/22/11)(AP, 4/23/11)
2011 Apr 23, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents shot down a NATO helicopter in the Alasay
district of Kapisa province where fighting has intensified. The only
two crew members were recovered alive. One foreign service member
was killed. Militants ambushed an Afghan police vehicle, killing 2
policemen and wounding 2 others in Dara Nur district of Nangarhar
province. A roadside bomb killed 2 NATO service members. A gunman
shot dead Abdul Zahir, deputy of the Helmand provincial peace
(AP, 4/23/11)(AP, 4/24/11)
2011 Apr 24, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed a NATO service members. NATO confirmed that
Afghan and coalition forces have killed three leaders of the Haqqani
network, including Salih Khan, a senior Haqqani leader in Nadir Shah
2011 Apr 25, In southern
Afghanistan some 488 Taliban fighters and commanders escaped
overnight from a prison in Kandahar in an audacious jailbreak which
the government admitted was a security "disaster." The Taliban later
said 541 prisoners escaped including 106 military commanders.
(AFP, 4/25/11)(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A5)
2011 Apr 26, The Afghan
government said its forces have recaptured at least 65 of the
prisoners who escaped from Kandahar’s largest prison, as it
scrambled to recover from the massive security breach that allowed
480 inmates to be spirited out in a stunning jailbreak.
2011 Apr 27, In Afghanistan 8
American troops and a US contractor died after Afghan military pilot
Ahmad Gul (48) opened fire during a meeting at Kabul airport.
2011 Apr 28, Afghan authorities
said 74 escapees had been recaptured and 2 more killed following the
April 25 prison break.
(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A5)
2011 Apr 30, The Afghan Taliban
announced the beginning of their spring military offensive against
the US-led coalition.
2011 May 1, Militants in
Afghanistan killed at least 11 people in bombing and shooting
attacks, the first day of the its announced spring offensive. In
Kandahar, policemen receiving NATO-donated supplies including caps
and protective eyewear drew guns and fought over the items, leaving
one policeman dead and four wounded. President Hamid Karzai accused
the Taliban of using a 12-year-old as a suicide bomber and sending
him to carry out an attack that killed a local council member.
(AP, 5/1/11)(Reuters, 5/1/11)
2011 May 3, Afghan security
forces killed and wounded 25 foreign fighters overnight after they
crossed the border to Nuristan province from Pakistan.
2011 May 5, In Afghanistan some
2,000 protesters gathered to criticize President Hamid Karzai's
willingness to start peace talks with the Taliban. A roadside bomb
killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan. In Baghlan
province a torrential downpour flooded several districts, killing
(AP, 5/5/11)(AP, 5/6/11)
2011 May 6, Afghan police
killed 10 militants in a gun battle in eastern Paktika province.
2011 May 7, In Afghanistan the
Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks on government targets in
Kandahar city. At least 10 blasts, including seven suicide attacks,
rocked the city as assaults spread to other sites including police
stations and the office of the National Directorate of Security
(NDS). Afghan intelligence service paraded five alleged suicide
bombers from Pakistan, all boys in adolescence or even younger,
before reporters, photographers and cameramen at a news conference
in an effort to turn public opinion against the Taliban.
(AFP, 5/7/11)(AFP, 5/8/11)(AP, 5/15/11)
2011 May 8, In Afghanistan
gunfire rang out through Kandahar after government troops fought
running battles with Taliban fighters, the second day of fighting
since scores of insurgents launched waves of attacks on key
government and police targets. The fighting left 23 attackers killed
as well as two members of the security forces. Nearly all the
insurgents killed so far had escaped late last month from Kandahar
city's main Sarposa prison. NATO said it had seized more than six
tons of hashish during an operations against insurgents in Kandahar
province's Panjwai and Zhari district.
(Reuters, 5/8/11)(AP, 5/8/11)
2011 May 9, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO service members were killed by roadside bombs.
2011 May 10, In Afghanistan
hundreds of insurgents launched a large-scale attack against Afghan
police in remote Nuristan province, a part of the country that is
largely under Taliban control. A NATO service member was killed by a
roadside bomb. In southern Zabul province NATO and Afghan forces
killed 10 militants. In eastern Paktika, the provincial governor's
office said six insurgents were killed and another eight captured in
Afghan police operation.
(AP, 5/10/11)(AP, 5/11/11)
2011 May 11, Afghan police
engaged in fierce battles with about 100 Taliban fighters on
motorcycles who had attacked Abduraman village in northern Jawzjan
province. In an overnight firefight that raged intensely for two
hours, 17 insurgents and one villager were killed.
2011 May 12, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh offered Afghanistan $500 million in fresh aid, during his
first visit to the war-torn country since 2005.
2011 May 13, In Afghanistan two
NATO service members were killed in Helmand province by an Afghan
policeman, who was wounded and hospitalized. Another NATO service
member was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 5/13/11)(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A2)
2011 May 15, In southern
Afghanistan a British marine was killed in a blast while searching a
compound in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province.
2011 May 16, In southern
Afghanistan 4 NATO service members were killed in an explosion.
2011 May 17, In eastern
Afghanistan NATO and Afghan overnight joint operations killed at
least 12 insurgents in Paktika province. Another four insurgents
were killed today in a raid in Mata Khan district. A NATO raid late
in the day killed two men and two women who were inside a home in an
area known as Gawmal, Takhar province.
(AP, 5/17/11)(AP, 5/18/11)
2011 May 18, In Afghanistan
hundreds of protesters, angered by an overnight NATO raid that they
believed killed four civilians, clashed with security forces on the
streets of Taloqan, Takhar province. At least 12 people died in the
fighting. A suicide bomber crashed a car into a police bus, killing
14 people and wounding 16 in Nangarhar province. In the south a NATO
service member died in an insurgent attack.
(AP, 5/18/11)(AP, 5/19/11)(SFC, 5/20/11, p.A2)
2011 May 19, In Afghanistan
insurgents firing heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and
assault rifles killed 35 workers and guards in an attack on a
NATO-funded road construction site in a remote area of Paktia
2011 May 21, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 6 medical students and wounded 23
more at a military hospital in a heavily-guarded area of Kabul. 3
Afghan policemen were killed and 3 wounded when their vehicle was
struck by a roadside bomb in the western province of Herat. A border
police officer was killed when his vehicle was struck by a roadside
bomb in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar.
(AFP, 5/21/11)(AP, 5/22/11)
2011 May 22, In Afghanistan 6
members of the Afghan security forces died when the Taliban stormed
a traffic police office in Khost city and two suicide bombers
detonated themselves, triggering a nine-hour stand-off. Two female
civilians died and five others including four women were wounded in
the southern province of Zabul when the tractor they were travelling
in hit a roadside mine.
2011 May 23, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died in an explosion. NATO forces
in southern Helmand province conducting a search shot and killed an
Afghan who they said acted hostile and raised an object toward
troops. The object was a flashlight. An unnamed intelligence source
said Taliban leader Muhammad Omar was shot dead 2 days earlier as he
moved from Quetta, Pakistan, to North Waziristan. There was no
(AP, 5/24/11)(SFC, 5/24/11, p.A3)
2011 May 24, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 10 workers, and NATO again
promised that the coalition would not abandon the country even if
some members plan to withdraw their forces. The Taliban shot dead
the principal of a boys' only high school in Logar province. A NATO
service member died in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 5/24/11)(AP, 5/25/11)
2011 May 25, In Afghanistan
airborne NATO and Afghan soldiers expelled Taliban fighters from a
government building they occupied in Do Ab, Nuristan province, and
forced them to flee to surrounding mountains. At least 10 Taliban
fighters were killed. Provincial officials later said over 20 police
officers dressed in civilian clothes were killed. A NATO service
member died in a bomb attack in northern Afghanistan.
(AP, 5/25/11)(SFC, 5/30/11, p.A3)
2011 May 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crash killed one service member. 8 US
troops were killed while on foot patrol in southern Afghanistan.
They were hit by two consecutive blasts, with one explosion going
off as troops rushed to aid those wounded from the first blast. 2
Afghan policemen were also killed in the blasts in Kandahar
(AP, 5/26/11)(AP, 5/27/11)(SFC, 5/27/11, p.A2)
2011 May 27, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
2011 May 28, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai traveled to neighboring Turkmenistan on a trip aimed at
drumming up regional support for his struggling nation's economic
2011 May 28, In Afghanistan the
top German commander was wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a
provincial governor's compound in the north of the country. Mohammed
Daoud Daoud, the police chief of northern Afghanistan, the
provincial police chief of Takhar and 3 German soldiers were
among 7 people killed in the suicide bombing at the Takhar
governor's office. US Marines called in air support after their base
in Nawzad district came under attack from small arms fire. The
provincial administration said two civilian houses were targeted
which killed 14 civilians. The dead included 5 girls, 7 boys and 2
(AP, 5/28/11)(AFP, 5/29/11)(AP, 5/29/11)
2011 May 29, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 American troops were killed in a bomb attack.
2011 May 30, In western
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents led by suicide bombers attacked an
Italian military base and set off another explosion that left dozens
wounded. 4 insurgents died. An Afghan policeman and four civilians
were killed in the explosions in Herat. 4 NATO soldiers were killed
in other parts of the country. NATO officials apologized for an
airstrike on May 28 that inadvertently killed women and children,
saying that they thought that only insurgents were inside the
targeted compound when they ordered the strike. An Afghan soldier
shot dead his Australian mentor in Uruzgan province. A night raid
carried out by Afghan forces under NATO direction in the northern
province of Balkh resulted in the arrest of a man believed to have
taken part in the May 28 attack that killed two Afghan police
officials and wounded a German general.
(Reuters, 5/30/11)(AP, 5/30/11)(AP, 5/31/11)(AP,
2011 May 31, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said he will no longer allow NATO airstrikes on houses,
issuing his strongest statement yet against strikes that the
military alliance says are key to its war on Taliban insurgents. A
NATO spokeswoman said attacks on houses in Afghanistan are necessary
and will continue in cooperation with Afghan security forces. A NATO
service member was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern
(AP, 5/31/11)(AP, 6/1/11)
2011 Jun 1, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
2011 Jun 1, India pledged to
help strengthen the capabilities of Afghanistan's security forces
after a meeting between the defense ministers of both countries in
2011 Jun 2, In Afghanistan a
German soldier died and five were wounded when their tank was hit by
a roadside bomb in Baghlan province.
2011 Jun 3, In southern
Afghanistan two coalition service members were killed in separate
insurgent attacks. An Italian paramilitary Carabinieri was killed in
northeastern Panjsher province. Lt. Col. Cristiano Congiu, a member
of the anti-drug and security squad at the Italian embassy, was
involved in an altercation on a narrow village street. He allegedly
fired his pistol and wounded a youth, aged 18 or 19. Villagers then
fired their own weapons and killed Congiu.
2011 Jun 4, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four NATO service members. In the
east a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives near a
coalition convoy, wounding three Afghan guards in Kunar province. In
Nangahar province at least two Taliban gunmen shot to death a local
counterterrorism official in the Khogyani district.
(AP, 6/4/11)(AP, 6/5/11)
2011 Jun 5, In eastern
Afghanistan a coalition helicopter crashed, killing two on board in
Khost province. In the south an insurgent attack killed a NATO
service member. A bomb killed two Afghan security guards near the
entrance of a Kabul Bank branch in the Maidan Shahr district of
2011 Jun 7, In Afghanistan the
decapitated remains of Jawad Zehak, a Bamiyan provincial politician,
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 9, The Afghan
government said gunmen have killed 9 people in a nighttime attack on
a wedding party in Nangarhar province.
(SFC, 6/9/11, p.A2)
Jun 11, In Afghanistan at least 21 people were killed across the
country. A report from the UN Mission to Afghanistan noted that the
month of May was especially deadly for Afghan civilians. 368 deaths
were reported and 593 civilians were wounded.
(AP, 6/11/11)(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 15, In Afghanistan an
insurgent shell struck a new $106-million police training center
during inauguration ceremonies in Wardak province.
(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 16, More than 200
militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and attacked a
border village with rockets, mortars and machine guns, killing five
people and kidnapping more than 20. A bomb attack in southern
Afghanistan killed a NATO coalition service member.
(AP, 6/16/11)(AP, 6/17/11)
2011 Jun 17, A rocket fired
during fighting in Pakistan's tribal region landed in eastern
Afghanistan, killing four children in an area where militants launch
attacks on US-led forces.
2011 Jun 18, In Afghanistan
insurgents targeted a police station in a suicide attack in Kabul,
killing nine people, including five civilians, before they were
eventually gunned down. 8 NATO service members were killed. Four
died in fighting in the south and east, while another four died in a
vehicle accident in the south.
2011 Jun 19, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew up his explosives-laden car next
to a German military convoy, killing three Afghan civilians. An
Afghan soldier who shot dead his Australian mentor last month was
killed when he tried to pull his pistol on troops attempting to
capture him in Khost province.
(AP, 6/19/11)(AP, 6/20/11)
2011 Jun 20, In Afghanistan's
violent east one of the leaders of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani
network said they will target courts and judges after the execution
of two fighters convicted over the brutal Feb 19 bank raid in Kabul.
2011 Jun 22, President Barack
Obama mapped a course for drawing down the nearly 10-year war in
Afghanistan and set a target of bringing home 33,000 troops by next
(AP, 6/22/11)(AP, 6/23/11)
2011 Jun 23, A special Afghan
tribunal overturned nearly 25 percent of last year's legislative
election results, alleging massive fraud and putting into question
who will control the parliament, one of the few checks on President
Hamid Karzai. The Afghan government said that ten Pakistani
artillery shells landed in Sarkano district of Kunar province,
killing four children.
(AP, 6/23/11)(Reuters, 6/24/11)
2011 Jun 23, France said it
will pull its 4,000 troops out of Afghanistan on the same staggered
timetable as the US withdrawal, helping pave the way for drawdowns
by other allies.
2011 Jun 24, In northern
Afghanistan a bicycle rigged with explosives ripped through a bazaar
in the Khanabad district of Kunduz province killing at least 10
2011 Jun 24, In Iran Pakistani
president Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai
held a three-way summit with Iran ahead of attending an
2011 Jun 25, Afghanistan's
political crisis worsened with lawmakers voting to sack the five
most senior judicial officials and international consternation
growing after a presidential tribunal threw out a quarter of
parliament. In the east a suicide bomber blew up a sport utility
vehicle outside a small clinic in Logar province, bringing the
building down on those inside. At least 38 people were reported
killed and 50 wounded.
(AFP, 6/25/11)(AFP, 6/26/11)
2011 Jun 25, In Iran Pakistani
Pres. Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai
attended an international anti-terrorism conference alongside
Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir, Iraqi Pres. Jalal Talabani and Tajik
Pres. Emomali Rahmon. The presidents of Afghanistan, Iran and
Pakistan agreed to join forces in combating militancy.
(AP, 6/25/11)(AFP, 6/25/11)
2011 Jun 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai accused Pakistan of firing 470 rockets into two of its
eastern border provinces in a three-week barrage. Security forces
said that 36 people have died in the barrages, which hit civilians
in areas where NATO forces have withdrawn. Two Spanish soldiers were
killed, and another three were injured, when their armored vehicle
hit an improvised explosive device.
(AP, 6/26/11)(AFP, 6/26/11)
2011 Jun 27, In northern
Afghanistan a senior leader of a leader of the Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan was captured in Kunduz city dressed up like a woman. Two
associates were also captured.
2011 Jun 28, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's government dismissed the claims made by Abdul Qadir
Fitrat, chairman of Da Afghanistan Bank, insisting his life was not
under threat and calling him a "runaway governor". The central bank
governor has resigned and fled to the United States, saying his life
is in danger over a corruption probe targeting influential figures
connected to the government, and that the Karzai government was
refusing to prosecute those allegedly involved in fraudulent loans.
(AFP, 6/28/11)(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 28, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed two women and injured a child who were walking
in Panjwai district of Kandahar province. A NATO service member was
killed in an insurgent attack. Heavily armed Taliban militants
stormed a top Kabul hotel, sparking a ferocious battle involving
Afghan commandos and a NATO helicopter gunship that left 20 people
dead including nine attackers. The hotel was hosting delegates
attending an Afghan security conference and a large wedding party
when the insurgents struck late in the day.
(AP, 6/28/11)(AFP, 6/29/11)(AP, 6/30/11)
2011 Jun 29, In Afghanistan
Ismail Jan, the deputy to the senior Haqqani commander inside
Afghanistan, and other Haqqani fighters died in the airstrike in
Gardez. He was suspected of having provided assistance, including
weapons, fighters and training, to the gunmen who attacked the
Inter-Continental hotel a day earlier.
2011 Jun 29, Afghan authorities
arrested two former executives of Kabul Bank in connection with a
scandal at the troubled country's biggest private lender. Sherkhan
Farnood and Khalilullah Ferozi, the bank's former chairman and chief
executive, had initially been held under a loose form of house
arrest in Kabul but had now been taken into detention.
2011 Jun 29, France-3
television said that their reporters Stephane Taponier and Herve
Ghesquiere, held hostage in Afghanistan since December 2009, have
2011 Jun 30, In southern
Afghanistan roadside bombs killed two NATO service members in
separate attacks. A man, woman and four children were killed when
the car in which they were riding hit a roadside bomb in Marjah
district, Helmand province. Militants captured two de-mining workers
and seized five of their vehicles in Gardez.
2011 Jun, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai confirmed published accounts about US talks with the
Taliban via Tayyab Aga, a personal emissary of Taliban leader Mullah
Mohammed Omar. He did not publicly detail the content, format or
participants. The first contact was held in late 2010 followed by at
least two other meetings in early spring of this year. The sessions
were held in Germany and Qatar.
2011 Jul 1, In Afghanistan two
civilians riding a donkey were killed when the animal stepped on a
bomb in Kandahar’s Maruf district. When villagers came to recover
the bodies, another roadside bomb went off and killed two more
civilians. A NATO coalition service member was killed in a roadside
bombing in the south.
2011 Jul 2, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 13 people when an explosion
ripped through the van they were traveling in. Two gunmen on a
motorcycle killed Wakil Mohammad Khan, a member of the local council
in Nahri Sarraj district of Helmand province. Italian coalition
service member was killed in a roadside bombing in the west. In
Kabul, about 500 demonstrators chanted "Death to the Pakistan
military!" and "Long live Afghanistan!" as they protested against
rocket attacks that have killed at least 36 civilians in recent
2011 Jul 3, In north
Afghanistan a suspected militant on a motorbike threw a hand grenade
at the gates of a school in Maimana, Faryab province, injuring 17
children. Police arrested the gunman.
2011 Jul 4, In Afghanistan the
Taliban said that British soldier Scott McLaren (21), who was
reported missing, was captured by their fighters and then died in
the crossfire during a battle with NATO troops in the Babaji area of
Helmand province. The top Afghan commander said McLaren was found
dead in a stream that ran through his military base, after
apparently drowning, and his body was later shot by insurgents. A
NATO service member was killed in a bomb attack in the east.
(AP, 7/4/11)(AFP, 7/6/11)
2011 Jul 4, Around 60 Afghan
militants attacked a Pakistani paramilitary checkpoint in a
cross-border raid, killing one soldier and sparking a gunbattle that
lasted for more than two hours. Militants used mortar and rocket
fire to cover their advance into the Bajur tribal area.
2011 Jul 5, In Afghanistan
civilians were killed during a fight between insurgents and an
Afghan-led security force, which was searching for a leader of the
Haqqani network. 13 people — including the Haqqani leader.
Provincial authorities in southern Ghazni province said two
civilians were killed and one other injured in a military incident.
(AP, 7/7/11)(AFP, 7/7/11)
2011 Jul 6, In Afghanistan an
Azerbaijani cargo plane carrying supplies for the Afghan NATO
mission crashed into treacherous mountains killing all nine crew on
board outside Kabul. The nine crew were from Azerbaijan and
Uzbekistan. The plane was operated by private Azerbaijani airline
2011 Jul 6, Six Afghan
policemen and a civilian were killed when their car drove over a
landmine in the southern province of Uruzgan. Taliban fighters
attacked several border police checkpoints killing nearly 2 dozen
officers in Nuristan province. A NATO patrol came under fire in
Khost province and an air strike was called in. 3 women and 6
children were killed along with 4 insurgents. NATO acknowledged that
civilians were killed.
(AFP, 7/7/11)(SFC, 7/7/11, p.A2)(SFC, 7/8/11,
2011 Jul 6, British PM David
Cameron confirmed that the UK will withdraw 500 troops from
Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
2011 Jul 6, Pakistani troops
backed by attack helicopters clashed with Taliban fighters in
Miranshah, North Waziristan. A night of political violence left 24
people dead in Karachi. Hundreds of militants crossed from
Afghanistan and attacked several Pakistani border villages,
triggering shootouts with local militias that killed at least 5
(AFP, 7/6/11)(AP, 7/6/11)
2011 Jul 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed 8 Afghan policemen on a patrol in the northern
district of Fayz Abad. A NATO service member died as a result of a
non-battle related injury in the south. In the east a NATO
helicopter crashed in Parnwan province, but the crew was recovered.
Up to 13 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in a NATO
air strike in the eastern province of Khost.
(AP, 7/7/11)(AFP, 7/7/11)
2011 Jul 7, Canada formally
ended its combat mission in Afghanistan after years of being on the
front lines of the fight against Taliban insurgents in the south.
2011 Jul 9, The Afghan defense
ministry said military officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan have
agreed to hold more high-level talks to defuse a row over a series
of attacks across their porous border. Four Taliban fighters were
killed in daylong fighting in Ghazni province. In central Uruzgan
province, a raid on insurgents sparked fighting that left 10
militants and three Afghan police officers dead.
(AFP, 7/9/11)(AP, 7/10/11)
2011 Jul 10, In Afghanistan a
spate of attacks across the country killed three NATO service
members. Officials said that insurgents have killed six Afghan
deminers from a group of 32 that was kidnapped last week in the
country's southwest. Mohammad Dawood, the chief of Muqur district in
Badghis province, was killed by a roadside bomb while driving to his
office. In Kandahar a roadside bomb killed three police officers.
2011 Jul 12, Ahmad Wali Karzai,
the younger half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and one of
the most powerful and controversial men in southern Afghanistan, was
shot dead at his home by Sardar Mohammad, a senior and highly
trusted bodyguard. A NATO soldier in the south was killed in a bomb
(AP, 7/12/11)(AFP, 7/13/11)
2011 Jul 12, President Nicolas
Sarkozy said that France would withdraw a quarter of its 4,000
troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.
2011 Jul 13, In Afghanistan 5
French soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing in the northeastern
province of Kapisa. A NATO soldier in the south was killed in an
2011 Jul 14, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation into provincial government
claims that a NATO raid killed six civilians in Khost province. NATO
said its troops killed insurgents linked to the Haqqani network
during gunfights in the area and that only one civilian was wounded.
A demonstration broke out after bodies of the dead were carried
through Khost and the provincial council announced it was going on
strike in protest over the deaths. A suicide bomber hiding
explosives in his turban blew himself up inside a mosque during a
memorial service for the slain half brother of President Karzai,
killing at least 5 people. A French soldier was killed in a skirmish
with insurgents in Kapisa province.
(AFP, 7/14/11)(AP, 7/14/11)
2011 Jul 15, In western
Afghanistan insurgents killed at least six Afghan soldiers in an
ambush on an army patrol.
2011 Jul 16, In southern
Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a NATO
soldier. A British soldier on a routine patrol was shot dead in
southern Afghanistan, the 376th British serviceman to die there
(AFP, 7/16/11)(AFP, 7/17/11)
2011 Jul 17, Afghanistan began
handing responsibility for security from NATO soldiers to its own
troops, igniting a process designed to leave the country free of
foreign combat forces by 2014. Afghan and NATO troops killed at
least 13 Taliban fighters in Nangarhar province after an overnight
gunbattle ended with an airstrike on a building occupied by the
insurgents. Gunmen wearing suicide vests attacked the home of Jan
Mohammed Khan, an adviser to President Karzai, killing him and
Uruzgan lawmaker Mohammed Ashim Watanwal. One attacker was killed
and the other blew himself up.
(AFP, 7/17/11)(AP, 7/17/11)(AP, 7/18/11)(SFC,
2011 Jul 18, US General David
Petraeus, Washington's new intelligence chief, handed over command
of US and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan to US Marine Corps General
John Allen. A British soldier was killed in an explosion in Helmand
province. 7 Afghan policemen manning a checkpoint in Helmand
province were fed poisonous food and shot dead. In a separate
incident two civilians were kidnapped and killed by insurgents.
(AP, 7/18/11)(AFP, 7/19/11)(AFP, 7/19/11)
2011 Jul 19, Mortar shells from
Afghanistan killed four Pakistani soldiers, the latest cross-border
escalation as Afghan Pres. Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart
called for peace. NATO handed over responsibility for the security
of Mehterlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province, to Afghan
(AFP, 7/19/11)(AP, 7/19/11)
2011 Jul 20, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed four people in Mazar-i-Sharif.
2011 Jul 21, Afghan security
forces took over responsibility for the city of Herat, the country's
western capital. 2 British nationals were reported detained in Herat
as part of a counter-terrorism operation to stop a possible attack
2011 Jul 22, In Afghanistan the
NATO said int’l. and Afghan troops battled heavily armed insurgents
holed up in caves and bunkers that served as a way station for
foreign fighters crossing into the country from Pakistan. The two
days of fighting in Paktika province killed more than 80 militants.
An eight-year-old boy kidnapped by insurgents in southern Helmand
province was hanged by the militants.
(AP, 7/22/11)(AP, 7/24/11)(SSFC, 7/24/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 23, In Afghanistan
NATO troops handed control of the northern capital Mazar-i-Sharif to
local forces. It was the sixth of seven areas to transition to
Afghan control. A NATO helicopter attack wounded 5 children in
Helmand province. On July 25 Britain took responsibility for the
attack, voicing "deep regret" and saying an investigation was under
(AFP, 7/23/11)(AFP, 7/25/11)
2011 Jul 24, In Afghanistan
NATO forces battling insurgents along a highway in Wardak province
accidentally killed three civilians who were caught in the
2011 Jul 27, In Afghanistan
Kandahar Mayor Ghulam Haidar Hamidi (64), a close ally of Afghan
President Hamid Karzai, was assassinated in a suicide attack.
(AFP, 7/27/11)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.75)
2011 Jul 28, In Afghanistan
triple suicide blasts and shootings killed 21 people including a
local BBC reporter in an ongoing attack on Uruzgan province. It was
the deadliest to hit Afghanistan in more than a month. On September
8 NATO acknowledged that Afghan journalist Ahmed Omed Khpulwak (25)
was accidentally killed by an American soldier, who mistook him for
a suicide bomber.
(AFP, 7/28/11)(AP, 7/29/11)(SFC, 9/9/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 29, In Afghanistan 18
civilians died when a roadside bomb destroyed their minivan in
Helmand province. In a separate incident one person was killed and
four others wounded when their tractor hit an improvised bomb in the
Garmser district of Helmand. 4 policeman were also killed and
another wounded in fighting with insurgents overnight in Helmand.
Insurgents killed seven Afghan soldiers and a translator alongside
two NATO service members in a bombing and ambush in eastern Paktia
province. Police acting on tips in Kunar province intercepted six
would-be suicide bombers who local residents said were on their way
to conduct an attack in the provincial capital of Asadabad.
(AP, 7/29/11)(AP, 7/30/11)
2011 Jul 30, The Afghan
intelligence service said it has arrested army officer Gul Mohammad,
a senior Defense Ministry official, who allegedly leaked secrets
that helped the Taliban stage suicide attacks in Kabul. The agency
also it has arrested Maulvi Rahimullah, a senior Taliban official
accused of leading an insurgent propaganda campaign in eastern
Afghanistan, and Maulvi Sabor, an insurgent who allegedly helped
organize an April 1 attack. 10 Afghan security guards were killed in
Ghazni in an attack on a convoy carrying supplies to international
(AP, 7/30/11)(AFP, 7/31/11)
2011 Jul 31, A top Afghan
prosecutor said up to 40 people were allegedly involved in scams to
bilk hundreds of millions of dollars from Kabul Bank, which nearly
collapsed last year. Deputy Attorney General Rahmatullah Nazari said
that nearly half the cases will be referred to Afghan courts next
(AP, 7/31/11)(AFP, 7/31/11)
2011 Jul 31, In Afghanistan 12
policemen and a child were killed when a suicide car bomber struck
outside police headquarters in the southern city of Lashkar Gah. 3
foreign troops died “as a result of a non-battle related injury" in
the west. Another ISAF soldier died after an insurgent attack in the
south. A NATO airstrike in the Wama district of Nuristan province,
near the border with Pakistan, killed four Afghan police officers at
a checkpoint. Coalition forces detained 12 police officers following
(AFP, 7/31/11)(AP, 8/1/11)
2011 Aug 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew up his car outside a compound frequented by
foreigners just after dawn, killing four guards, as two other
militants stormed the building in Kunduz city and engaged the Afghan
police in a two-hour gunbattle. The building was used by two
security companies, at least one of whom provides security for GIZ,
a German development and assistance organization that contracts
mostly with the German government.
2011 Aug 3, In Afghanistan 3
members of the US-led military coalition were killed. Two died in a
roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan where foreign forces are
trying to hold the ground they seized from Taliban insurgents in
major offensives over the past year. The third soldier died in a
noncombat-related incident in east Afghanistan.
2011 Aug 4, In Afghanistan a
man in an Afghan police uniform shot dead a NATO service member in
the east of the country, the 2nd such killing in less than a month.
Another NATO service member died following an insurgent attack in
eastern Afghanistan. An employee with the Afghan national
intelligence service was killed when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb
just outside Kunduz city. 3 children were wounded in the blast and
one died on the way to hospital.
2011 Aug 5, In southern
Afghanistan insurgents opened fire on police at an anti-NATO rally
in Qalat, Zabul province, sparking a gunbattle that killed three
civilians and a police officer. The townspeople were protesting an
overnight NATO operation that killed 3 suspected insurgents,
including a local Taliban commander. NATO said insurgents killed 2
alliance service members. In the east a CH-47 military helicopter
crashed killing 30 US special operation troops, an interpreter and 7
Afghan commandos. The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter
with rocket fire while it was taking part in a raid on a house where
insurgents were gathered in Wardak province. In southern Helmand
province NATO troops attacked a house and inadvertently killed eight
members of a family, including women and children. A British
coalition service member was killed in the south.
(AP, 8/5/11)(AFP, 8/5/11)(AP, 8/6/11)
2011 Aug 6, In southern
Afghanistan a coalition service member was killed.
2011 Aug 7, In Afghanistan two
French Foreign Legion soldiers and five others were injured in a
clash with insurgents in the northeastern Tagab valley. They were
among four NATO troops killed in two separate insurgent attacks.
(AFP, 8/7/11)(AP, 8/7/11)
2011 Aug 8, In
Afghanistan coalition forces in a midnight bombing raid killed the
Taliban insurgents responsible for the Aug 5 attack on a US
helicopter. The F-16 strike killed the "shooter" as well as a
Taliban militant, Mullah Mohibullah.
2011 Aug 9, Around 200 Afghans
burned tires and blocked key roads near the presidential palace in
angry protests after at least three people were killed over a land
dispute. Members of the Kuchi nomadic tribe had clashed with guards
working for a housing project linked to the family of lawmaker Qais
Hasan. NATO troops reportedly killed four Afghan policemen by
accident in Kandahar province.
(AFP, 8/9/11)(AP, 8/10/11)
2011 Aug 10, Afghanistan's
Pres. Karzai issued a decree stating that the country's courts do
not have the power to alter election results, appearing to bow to
pressure to resolve an impasse over the parliament's legitimacy that
threatened to create a constitutional crisis. Karzai handed
authority for resolving a lingering dispute over last year's
fraud-hit Afghan parliamentary elections to the Independent Election
(AP, 8/10/11)(AFP, 8/10/11)
2011 Aug 11, In southern
Afghanistan 5 NATO soldiers were killed by a bomb. Another NATO
service member died in an insurgent attack in the south. The Taliban
rejected a US claim to have killed the fighters who shot down an
American helicopter killing 38 troops. 5 Afghan police were killed
in an overnight clash with the Taliban in Helmand province. 2 Afghan
soldiers, abducted a day earlier, were found dead in Logar province.
A French soldier was killed when a roadside bomb exploded on a
convoy in Kapisa province.
(AFP, 8/11/11)(AP, 8/12/11)
2011 Aug 12, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO service members were killed in separate roadside
bombings. Afghan security forces recovered the bodies of five
policemen and three intelligence agents who were kidnapped by
insurgents a day earlier in Wardak province.
(AP, 8/12/11)(AP, 8/13/11)
2011 Aug 13, In Afghanistan a
minivan struck a roadside bomb in the Gereshk district of Helmand
province, killing five civilians. 2 policemen and 4 insurgents were
reported killed in shootout in Herat province.
2011 Aug 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a team of six suicide bombers, some wearing explosive
vests, stormed a provincial governor's compound, killing 22 people
in the Parwan provincial capital of Charikar. 3 of the attackers
were killed as they approached the governor's house. 16 of the dead
were civilian Afghan government employees and 6 were policemen. A
French soldier was killed by isolated fire during an operation in
the northeast province of Kapisa.
2011 Aug 15, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents attacked a district government center,
sparking a gunbattle that lasted for hours and left a police officer
and four militants dead in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province.
Militants attacked a fuel tanker depot outside the main
international military base in Kandahar city, killing four security
(AP, 8/15/11)(AP, 8/16/11)
2011 Aug 15, The US Defense
Department announced that it had selected 20 separate contractors
for the new National Afghan Trucking Services contract potentially
worth $983.5 million to replace Host Nation Trucking. Officials said
the new arrangement will reduce the reliance on subcontractors and
diminish the risk of money being lost.
2011 Aug 16, In Afghanistan a
gunman riding a motorcycle killed Rabia Sadat, a woman who works for
the Afghan government, in a drive-by shooting outside of her home in
Kandahar. A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded at a market in
Uruzgan province killing 8 people.
(AP, 8/16/11)(SFC, 8/17/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 18, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed at least 21 passengers traveling
on a minibus. In the east a suicide car bomber attacked a coalition
base, killing two Afghan security guards.
2011 Aug 19, In Afghanistan at
least 4 suicide attackers stormed a British compound in Kabul,
killing 9 people in a series of explosions and a more than
eight-hour gunfight on the anniversary of the country's 1919
independence from Britain. Two of the bombers were killed by police;
the other two detonated their explosives. Two Germans citizens went
missing at the south end of the Salang Pass, north of Kabul. On Sep
5 a rescue team reached their bodies in Parwan province and the two
men had bullet wounds in their chests.
(AP, 8/19/11)(AFP, 8/20/11)(AP, 8/23/11)(AP,
2011 Aug 20, In southern
Afghanistan a passenger bus careened off a road, killing 35 people.
A string of insurgent attacks across the country killed five people.
Insurgents in Kunar province stoned, hanged and shot two Afghan
national Army soldiers returning from leave.
(AP, 8/20/11)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A3)
2011 Aug 21, Afghan election
officials said that nine parliamentarians should be removed from
their posts because of election fraud allegations, an attempt to put
an end to a nearly yearlong state of limbo in the legislature. 3
government officials were gunned down, 2 in Helmand province and one
in Kandahar city. A district education director and two tribal
leaders were shot and killed by Taliban militants in Paktika
province's Omany district. Two Afghan civilians were killed in
Paktika’s Yahyakhail district when their motorbike hit a roadside
bomb. Villagers in Helmand province stoned to death a Taliban
commander and his bodyguard after they killed a local man (60)
accused of aiding the government.
(AP, 8/21/11)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A3)
2011 Aug 22, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb hidden in a scrap metal shop blew up in a market,
killing two civilians in Helmand province. An Australian soldier was
killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Uruzgan
province with members of the Afghan National Army.
2011 Aug 23, In Afghanistan two
gunmen on a motorcycle fired at a member of the Nawa district
council in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province.
The councilman was rushed to a hospital but died of his wounds. 2
Afghan policemen died when their vehicle hit a roadside mine in
Chimtal district of Balkh province.
2011 Aug 24, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
Four rockets fell in Zurmat district of Paktia province. One rocket
hit a vegetable market and killed three civilians and wounded eight
2011 Aug 25, In Afghanistan a
coalition service member was killed in an insurgent attack, raising
to four the number of foreign troops killed. The US-led coalition
said the three other troopers were killed in two separate roadside
2011 Aug 26, In northwest
Afghanistan a bomb exploded at an outdoor mosque, killing four
worshippers in Faryab province. In western Herat a bomb placed on a
small cart exploded, killing an Afghan woman and wounding seven
other civilians. A NATO airstrike reportedly killed six civilians,
including four women, in Logar province.
(AP, 8/26/11)(AP, 8/27/11)
2011 Aug 27, In Afghanistan a
car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province,
killing four people, including 3 children. Less than three hours
later, two explosions hit Kandahar. The first blast, a car bomb
outside the city's main hospital, wounded seven people. Soon after,
a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near a police compound,
killing 3 civilians and wounding more than 20 people. A NATO service
member was killed in a roadside bombing in the south.
(AP, 8/27/11)(AFP, 8/27/11)
2011 Aug 27, In Pakistan some
200 to 300 "terrorists" based in Afghanistan attacked seven
paramilitary Frontier Corps checkposts in the northwestern district
of Chitral. 25 Pakistani troops were killed in the cross-border
2011 Aug 28, In southern
Afghanistan 4 Taliban suicide attackers struck at a US-led NATO
reconstruction team in Qalat, Zabul province. One suicide attacker
was arrested with a rocket launcher and AK-47, another suicide
attacker was arrested wounded, a third one ran away. A government
health worker and his driver were killed in a roadside bomb blast in
the north. Two NATO service members were killed, one in an insurgent
attack and the other in a bomb blast.
(AFP, 8/28/11)(AP, 8/28/11)
2011 Aug, Afghan Pres. Karzai
pardoned two dozen boys who had been caught trying to carry out
suicide attacks. In 2012 two of the boys (10) were rearrested for
again attempting to carry out bombings.
(SFC, 2/14/12, p.A3)
2011 Sep 1, Pakistani Taliban
in Afghanistan kidnapped more than 30 Pakistani boys who had
mistakenly crossed the unmarked border from the country's lawless
northwest. Gunmen killed 7 Shiite Muslims in the Kurram tribal
region. Two people died in a suicide car bomb attack on a police
(AFP, 9/2/11)(SFC, 9/2/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 2, Afghan and NATO
forces killed Saber Lal Melma, a former Guantanamo detainee. He had
returned to Afghanistan after being released in 2007 to become a key
2011 Sep 3, In Afghanistan
officials said NATO forces killed a child and a shopkeeper who were
caught up in a firefight between a military patrol and a gunman in
Kandahar. NATO said that one of its service members was killed in an
insurgent attack in the south but did not say if it was the same
incident. , Afghan and NATO troops assaulted the house of former
Guantanamo inmate Sabar Lal Melma in Jalalabad. Malma was shot dead
by soldiers after he confronted them with an AK-47. 3 visiting
Afghan men were arrested.
(AP, 9/3/11)(AP, 9/10/11)
2011 Sep 4, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed three Afghan private security guards and
wounded another 20 in Kandahar city.
2011 Sep 5, In Afghanistan 5
civilians were killed when a roadside bomb exploded next to their
vehicle in western Faryab province. An American civilian employee
was killed in Kabul province.
(AP, 9/5/11)(AP, 9/6/11)
2011 Sep 6, In Afghanistan a
district government head and three of his bodyguards were killed in
a roadside bomb blast in Nangarhar province.
2011 Sep 7, The Afghan
government charged that a NATO decision to stop transferring
detainees to some Afghan-run detention centers is unjustified and
damages the handover of security to local forces. A French
paratrooper was killed by insurgent fire during an operation in the
eastern province of Kapisa. A roadside bomb in eastern Khost
province killed five Afghan soldiers. A Turkish engineer was killed
by a roadside bomb in Herat province.
(AP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/8/11)
2011 Sep 8, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO service members were killed by roadside bombs. A
suicide bomber in a car packed with explosives had attacked security
forces in the Sangin district center, next to the Marine battalion
headquarters. Three Afghan police and four civilians were killed.
(AP, 9/8/11)(AP, 9/9/11)
2011 Sep 10, In eastern
Afghanistan 77 American soldiers were wounded and five Afghans
civilians were killed in a Taliban suicide truck bombing
targeting Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province.
2011 Sep 12, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) published a report saying the Afghan police force, funded and
supported by the United States, is getting away with serious abuses
including rape and murder.
2011 Sep 13, In Afghanistan
Taliban gunmen with suicide bombs and heavy weaponry launched
coordinated attacks in Kabul targeting NATO's headquarters and the
US embassy, killing at least six people.
2011 Sep 14, In Afghanistan a
20-hour insurgent assault in Kabul ended leaving 27 dead, including
police, civilians and insurgents. The Insurgents had fired rockets
into the US Embassy compound from a nearby unfinished high-rise
where they may have stored heavy weapons ahead of time. 4 other
attackers served as suicide bombers in coordinated attacks in
several areas of Kabul. 3 of them were killed by police before they
could detonate their explosives.
2011 Sep 16, In northwest
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed nine civilians, including five
children, as they were herding cattle.
2011 Sep 17, In Afghanistan one
NATO service member died following an insurgent attack.
2011 Sep 18, In Afghanistan 2
NATO service members were killed by bombs.
2011 Sep 19, In Afghanistan a
NATO service member died as a result of an attack.
2011 Sep 20, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber in Kabul, with concealed explosives in a
turban, assassinated former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani
(1992-1996), who was leading government peace efforts. In Feb, 2012,
Pakistan arrested two people in connection with the assassination.
(AFP, 9/20/11)(AP, 2/10/12)
2011 Sep 23, Former US Army
soldier Andrew Holmes (21) was sentenced to 7 years in prison for
the 2010 murder of a teenage villager in southern Afghanistan. He
pleaded guilty to participating with other soldiers in the thrill
killing of Afghan civilians. 5 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers
were accused of taking part in the murder of three Afghans.
(SFC, 9/24/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/3cw8y5u)
2011 Sep 24, In Afghanistan an
insurgent attack killed one NATO service member. 4 Afghans were
wounded in suicide bombings in the east and north. A German tourist
was shot dead and two Afghan companions were injured when they were
attacked by armed men while traveling in Ghor province.
(AP, 9/24/11)(AFP, 9/24/11)
2011 Sep 25, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorbike has detonated his explosives outside a
local police headquarters, killing four people in Yahya Khel
district, Paktika province. Police officers shot dead two men
wearing explosives vests, foiling a planned suicide attack on a
government building in Zabul province. The Ministry of Interior said
more than 340 rockets have been fired in the past week from Pakistan
into two east Afghan provinces. An Afghan employed by the US
government killed one American and wounded another in an attack on a
CIA office in Kabul. The assailant was killed.
(AP, 9/25/11)(AP, 9/26/11)(SFC, 9/27/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 27, In western
Afghanistan 16 wedding guests, including 11 children, were killed
when a bus hit a roadside bomb in Herat province. 5 people were
killed in a suicide car bombing near the police headquarters in
Lashkar Gah, southern Helmand province. Police claimed
pro-government forces killed 25 Taliban insurgents who attacked a
logistics convoy in Ghazni province. NATO captured Haji Mali Khan, a
senior Haqqani leader inside Afghanistan along with other
insurgents. Khan’s arrest was later described as a "significant
milestone" in disrupting the terror group's operations.
(AFP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)(AP, 10/1/11)
2011 Sep 28, In southern
Afghanistan gunmen killed 8 policemen at checkpoint in Helmand
province. In Uruzgan province a district police chief was killed and
three of his bodyguards were injured when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb. The UN said the average number of armed clashes,
roadside bombings and other violence in the country each month is
running 39% higher in 2011 compared to last year. NATO said Afghan
and US-led coalition troops destroyed drugs worth more than $350
million and 3 drug laboratories in what is believed to be
Afghanistan's largest drug seizure this past decade. A New Zealand
special forces soldier was shot in the head and killed during a
gunbattle with suspected insurgents in Kabul. 3 foreign soldiers
were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the east, and
another 3 died in another IED attack in the south, along with two
others in separate incidents.
(AP, 9/28/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)(AFP, 9/29/11)
2011 Sep 29, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed three NATO service members, while
a bomb targeting Afghan policewomen killed three people in Herat.
2011 Sep 30, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said in a videotaped speech that attempts to negotiate
with the Taliban insurgent movement are futile and efforts at
dialogue should focus instead on Pakistan.
2011 Oct 1, Afghanistan's
intelligence service said it has given Pakistan hard evidence that
Rabbani's Sep 20 assassination was planned in the southern outskirts
of Quetta where key Taliban leaders are based. 7 Afghan soldiers
were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in eastern Paktia
province. One NATO service member died in a bomb attack in the
(AP, 10/1/11)(AP, 10/2/11)
2011 Oct 2, The Afghan
government urged neighboring Pakistan to take concrete steps to help
end the Taliban insurgency and use its influence to bring the
militants to direct peace talks.
2011 Oct 3, In Afghanistan 2
suicide bombers in separate attacks struck Kandahar city, killing
three people. US Pvt. Danny Chen (19) was found in a guard tower at
Combat Outpost Palace with what the Army described as "an apparent
self-inflicted gunshot wound." In December 8 soldiers from Chen's
company faced charges relating his death, including dereliction of
duty, assault, negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter. In
2012 a court-martial found Army Sgt. Adam Holcomb guilty of
maltreatment and assault of Chen. On Aug 13 Spec. Ryan Offutt
pleaded guilty to hazing and mistreatment and was sentenced to 6
months in prison.
(AFP, 10/3/11)(AP, 12/21/11)(SFC, 7/31/12,
p.A7)(SFC, 8/14/12, p.A4)
2011 Oct 4, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai met with PM Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. They agreed to
enhance their strategic partnership with India training Afghan
(AP, 10/4/11)(SSFC, 10/9/11, p.A4)
2011 Oct 5, The Afghan
intelligence service said 6 people, including a palace guard, have
been arrested after an alleged Al-Qaeda plot to assassinate Afghan
President Hamid Karzai was foiled. The men were arrested a week ago
and were said to have carried out training for the attack last
(AFP, 10/5/11)(AP, 10/8/11)
2011 Oct 6, Some 300 Afghan men
and women marched through Kabul, the eve of the 10-year anniversary
of the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan, to condemn the United
States as occupiers and demand the immediate withdrawal of all
foreign troops. A NATO service member died, but NATO did not
disclose any other details.
(Reuters, 10/6/11)(AP, 10/7/11)
2011 Oct 7, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai admitted his government and NATO had failed to provide
security to Afghans, as Afghanistan marked the 10th anniversary of a
war that has cost thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of
dollars. Karzai claimed the Taliban are being propped up by
Pakistan, saying the militants can't lift a finger without the
Pakistanis. A suicide bomber and rocket fire struck 3 US-run
outposts near the Pakistani border.
(AFP, 10/7/11)(AP, 10/7/11)(SFC, 10/8/11, p.A4)
2011 Oct 9, In Afghanistan
ousted parliamentarian Simeen Barakzai began her eighth day of
a hunger strike. Through chapped lips and in a rough voice, she said
she would not drink or eat anything until President Hamid Karzai
opened an investigation into vote fraud by the woman who has taken
over her seat in Herat province.
2011 Oct 10, In eastern
Afghanistan 6 civilians died in twin explosions in the Dangam
district of Kunar province. NATO said one of its service members
died in the south.
(AFP, 10/10/11)(AP, 10/10/11)
2011 Oct 10, The UN issued a
74-page report that found that detainees in 47 facilities in 24
provinces run by the Afghan National Police and the Directorate of
Security suffered interrogation techniques that constituted torture
under both international and Afghan law.
2011 Oct 13, Afghan police took
ousted parliamentarian Simeen Barakzai (30) to hospital by ambulance
and dismantled the tent where she had observed a 12-day hunger
strike to protest against being disqualified from parliament.
2011 Oct 14, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew up an explosives-packed car
while it was being inspected at a border police checkpoint that had
been set up because of a warning of an imminent attack. 3 officers
and one civilian were killed. NATO and Afghan forces killed 13
insurgents in an overnight operation targeting local Taliban
leaders. One police officer was killed in the operation. 3 NATO
service members were killed in separate attacks. Violence left at
least 30 dead across Afghanistan.
(AP, 10/14/11)(AP, 10/15/11)
2011 Oct 15, In eastern
Afghanistan militants tried to blast their way into an American
base, striking before dawn with rocket-propelled grenades and a car
bomb. All four attackers were killed as well as two truck drivers
parked nearby. This was the first suicide attack of the war in the
province of Panjshir. In the west 5 Afghan soldiers were killed and
three others wounded in a Taliban ambush.
(AP, 10/15/11)(AFP, 10/17/11)(AFP, 10/26/11)
2011 Oct 15, Egypt's Gamaa
Islamiya, or Islamic Group, posted on its website a notice mourning
the death in Afghanistan of Ahmed Abdel Rahman, the son of the
"Blind Sheik" now serving a life sentence in the US for his
involvement in a plot to blow up NYC landmarks.
2011 Oct 16, Afghan police shot
dead three suicide bombers attempting to target mayoral offices in
Gardez. A car bomb set up for the attack blew up, killing one
2011 Oct 17, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeted a car carrying Sayed Ahmad
Sadat the chief of National Directorate of Security (NDS) for Faryab
province, wounding six intelligence officials and killing a child.
Sadat died of his injuries on Oct 26.
(AFP, 10/17/11)(AP, 10/26/11)
2011 Oct 19, US Marine Gen.
John Allen, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, said the
international coalition has unleashed a new offensive against the
Haqqani group, one of the country's most lethal militant networks,
and will ramp up operations next year along the Pakistan border to
better secure the Afghan capital before the US drawdown gathers
2011 Oct 19, In Afghanistan
ousted lawmaker Simeen Barakzai ended her hunger strike after 18
days and a direct appeal by Subghatullah Mujaddedi, a revered elder
who also served as the head of the upper house of parliament and
briefly as president in 1992. A roadside bomb killed two NATO
service members in the east. 5 Afghan soldiers and an officer were
killed by a roadside bomb in Herat province. The first 200 French
soldiers left Afghanistan, kickstarting troop withdrawals announced
three months ago by Paris.
(AP, 10/19/11)(AFP, 10/19/11)
2011 Oct 22, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, in an aired interview with private Pakistani
television station GEO, said that if the United States and Pakistan
ever went to war, his country would back Islamabad.
2011 Oct 23, In Afghanistan
bodyguards for Interior Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi shot and
killed a would-be suicide bomber who was waiting for the minister's
convoy in Sayyed Khel district of Parwan province. NATO said two of
its service members were killed in the last 24 hours in separate
clashes with insurgents in the south and east of the country. 5
villagers were killed while trying to remove a roadside mine planted
by the Taliban in the western province of Herat.
2011 Oct 24, Hundreds of
Afghans took to the streets in Kabul, shouting "death to America" in
an angry protest urging the government not to sign a strategic
partnership with the US. The US coalition said tens of thousands of
Afghan and NATO troops killed or captured 200 insurgents in eastern
Afghanistan during two operations targeting the Haqqani network.
(AFP, 10/24/11)(SFC, 10/25/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 25, In Afghanistan a
bomb hidden inside a fuel truck in Parwan province exploded, killing
at least five people. Local residents claimed more than 10 people
2011 Oct 26, In Afghanistan at
least 10 people were killed and two dozen wounded when a fuel truck
supplying the Bagram NATO base erupted in flames after being bombed
in Parwan province. In eastern Afghanistan a NATO service member
died in an insurgent attack, raising the number killed so far this
year to 479.
(AFP, 10/26/11)(AP, 10/26/11)
2011 Oct 27, In Afghanistan
insurgents attacked a US-run civilian and military base with
rocket-propelled grenades and guns in a brazen early afternoon
assault in Kandahar city. Two attackers were killed. Earlier in the
day, a 13-year-old girl died from injuries sustained after her
family's home was struck by an insurgent's missile in Kandahar
province's Zhari district. A suicide attacker in a car struck a NATO
convoy. At least one civilian was killed in the blast in Kandahar’s
Panjwai district. An Afghan policeman was killed when his vehicle
hit a roadside bomb in Farah province.
2011 Oct 28, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents attacked a convoy of Afghan and international
troops, starting a firefight that left about 30 militants dead in
Nangarhar province. In the south a NATO service member was killed in
a roadside bombing in Kandahar province. A civilian car struck a
roadside bomb in Nangarhar province's Khogyani district, killing two
men, a woman and a child.
2011 Oct 29, In Afghanistan a
Taliban car bomber struck a NATO military convoy in the Kabul,
killing at least 17 people, including 5 NATO troops, one Canadian
and 8 civilians. 3 Australian army trainers were killed when an
Afghan soldier in Uruzgan province turned his gun on them. In the
eastern city of Asadabad in Kunar province, a female suicide bomber
blew herself up outside a local branch of Afghanistan's spy agency,
wounding two guards.
(AFP, 10/29/11)(AFP, 10/30/11)(AP, 10/31/11)
2011 Oct 31, In Afghanistan
insurgents driving a suicide truck bomb and attacking on foot killed
five people, including three UN employees, near the offices of the
UN's refugee agency in the Kandahar city. Afghan forces and the
militants exchanged fire for nearly seven hours before the militants
2011 Nov 1, Turkey hosted the
presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan for a trilateral summit
designed to reduce tensions and promote cooperation between the two
neighbors amid stepped-up Taliban attacks.
2011 Nov 2, NATO said it is
pouring extra resources to set up an Afghan force to take over from
private security firms after a report showed the Afghans are
unlikely to be ready for the planned disbanding of private security
companies in March.
2011 Nov 2, In Turkey regional
leaders pledged to find ways to improve security and economic
development in Afghanistan as international combat forces prepared
to leave by the end of 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his
Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, discussed a joint inquiry
into the Sept. 20 killing by a suicide bomber of Burhanuddin
Rabbani, a former Afghan president and peace council leader.
2011 Nov 3, Two Afghan guards
were killed when suicide bombers and attackers besieged the offices
of a logistics firm working with NATO forces outside Herat city. 5
insurgents died in the attack.
(AFP, 11/3/11)(SFC, 11/4/11, p.A4)
2011 Nov 4, NATO said US Major
General Peter Fuller, deputy commander of NATO's mission to train
and equip Afghan forces, has been dismissed after making
"inappropriate public comments." He had accused leaders including
President Hamid Karzai of being out of touch and ungrateful for
2011 Nov 6, Afghan Pres. Karzai
met with Australian PM Julia Gillard, who made an unannounced trip
to the country. In the north 2 suicide bombers targeted worshippers
on a key Muslim festival, killing seven, including two local police
commanders of Old Baghlan City. A roadside bomb ripped through a
police vehicle in the south, killing a district police chief and two
of his bodyguards.
(AP, 11/6/11)(AFP, 11/7/11)
2011 Nov 7, In Afghanistan six
police officers were wounded when a suicide car bomber blew himself
up when targeting the house of a local elder involved in efforts to
make peace with the Taliban in Baghlan province. A roadside bomb
killed 11 people mainly from one family in Badghis province.
(AFP, 11/7/11)(AFP, 11/8/11)
2011 Nov 8, In eastern
Afghanistan up to 70 Taliban fighters were killed after trying to
attack a foreign troop base in Paktika province. Mohammad Akbar, the
governor of Sar Hawza district in Paktika, died in hospital after
his car struck a roadside bomb in the province. A rogue Afghan
soldier shot and wounded 3 Australian troops at a joint base at
Charmistan, Uruzgan province. In February, 2012, a Taliban video had
Mohammed Roozi talking about how he attacked Australian and Afghan
soldiers at Patrol Base Nasir, saying he turned a machine gun and
rocket launcher on them before going into hiding.
(AFP, 11/9/11)(AFP, 2/10/12)
2011 Nov 10, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 Afghan policemen were killed and 3 US troops injured
when a team of Taliban suicide attackers stormed a government office
in Paktia province. 4 attackers were reported killed. 2 civilians
were killed when a car bomb targeting an ISAF military convoy
detonated in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.
2011 Nov 11, In Afghanistan a
mother and daughter were killed in their home in Ghazni city by
armed men who apparently accused them of "immoral activities."
Afghan police arrested two men in connection with the case. A NATO
soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in the south.
2011 Nov 14, In Afghanistan a
suspected suicide bomber carrying a bag of explosives was shot dead
in Kabul near the site of a major meeting of Afghan elders set to
discuss relations with the US.
2011 Nov 15, Afghanistan got a
new, 3-year, $133.6 million line of credit from the International
Monetary Fund, which said the struggling government had taken steps
to address governance and accountability issues that surfaced during
the Kabul Bank crisis. A bomb strapped to a donkey blew up in
northern Faryab province, killing a policeman and 2 civilians,
including a child. 17 other people were wounded.
(AP, 11/15/11)(AP, 11/16/11)
2011 Nov 16, Afghan Pres.
Karzai, at the opening of a grand council, or "loya jirga," told
tribal elders that any ongoing partnership with the United States
would need to include an end to widely unpopular nighttime raids by
NATO and on the international forces handing over control of
detention centers to Afghan troops. NATO said that three of its
service members were killed in attacks in the south.
2011 Nov 18, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb exploded near a playground, killing four children and
wounding six. A group of aid agencies warned that more than 2
million people are facing food shortages in northern Afghanistan
after a drought and the situation could get even worse if winter
snows cut off access to remote regions. A roadside bomb killed a
member of the NATO-led military force in the south.
2011 Nov 19, A traditional
Afghan national assembly endorsed President Hamid Karzai's decision
to negotiate a long-term security pact with the US but imposed some
conditions, including an end to unpopular night raids by military
forces searching for insurgents.
2011 Nov 20, In eastern
Afghanistan over 1,000 university students blocked a main highway
Jalalabad city to protest any agreement that would allow US troops
to remain in the country after a planned transfer of authority in
2014. The Interior Ministry said Afghan and international forces
killed 16 insurgents in fighting over the past three days in
2011 Nov 22, A British soldier
was reported killed by an explosion in Afghanistan while on patrol
in Central Helmand province.
2011 Nov 22, The European
Commission announced that it will send additional aid to Afghanistan
to help drought victims in need of food for themselves and their
animals before winter snows block roads. That brings the total
commission response to the Afghan drought to euro4.5 million, or
about $6.1 million.
2011 Nov 24, Pres. Karzai
accused NATO-led international forces of killing 7 civilians, most
of them children, in an air strike in the southern province of
Kandahar. At least 10 Afghan security guards were killed when
Taliban militants ambushed a logistics convoy destined for NATO
forces in Farah province. Pres. Karzai nominated Noorullah Delawari
to head the central bank.
(AP, 11/24/11)(AFP, 11/24/11)
2011 Nov 26, Afghan MPs
approved Noorullah Delawari, a US-educated banker, as governor of
the troubled central bank. MPs also granted a trust vote to
Rahmatullah Nabeel, President Karzai's candidate to head
Afghanistan's intelligence agency (NDS). Karzai approved a second
list of areas, home to half the nation's population, where Afghan
forces will soon start taking the lead from foreign troops.
(AFP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011 Nov 26, Pakistan accused
NATO helicopters and fighter jets of firing on two army checkpoints
in the country's northwest and killing 24 soldiers. Afghan troops,
who came under fire while operating near the Pakistan border, called
in the NATO airstrikes. Islamabad retaliated by closing the border
crossings used by the international coalition to supply its troops
in neighboring Afghanistan.
(AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011 Nov 27, In Afghanistan
NATO said two of its service members have been killed, one in combat
operations in the east and the other by a roadside bomb in the
2011 Nov 29, Pakistan decided
to boycott a key international conference on Afghanistan next month
in Bonn, widening its protest over lethal cross-border NATO strikes
and exacerbating a deep crisis in US ties. Islamabad communicated
with the alliance to prevent an exchange of artillery fire from
turning into another international incident.
(AFP, 11/29/11)(AP, 11/30/11)
2011 Nov 30, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a NATO service member.
2011 Dec 1, Afghan Pres. Karzai
pardoned an Afghan woman (19) serving a 12-year sentence for having
sex out of wedlock after she was raped by a relative. Karzai said
she had agreed to marry her attacker. She had a child while in
prison and had previously refused a judge’s offer of freedom in
exchange for marrying the rapist.
(SFC, 12/2/11, p.A5)
2011 Dec 1, A second wave of
Afghanistan's transition from NATO to local control officially
started as international forces handed over most of a peaceful
province. All but two districts of Parwan province, north of the
capital Kabul, were being handed to Afghan control.
2011 Dec 1, Berlin-based
Transparency International (TI) said corruption is hampering efforts
to tackle the eurozone debt crisis, as Greece (80) and Italy (69)
scored badly in a list of nations seen to be the most sleaze-ridden.
Nepal ranked 154th out of 183 countries. New Zealand ranked the
cleanest, while the US ranked 24th. Afghanistan ranked 180.
2011 Dec 2, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew up a truck full of explosives
outside a joint Afghan-NATO combat outpost, killing one Afghan
civilian and wounding dozens of other people in Logar province.
2011 Dec 3, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 troops from the NATO-led International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed by a roadside bomb.
2011 Dec 5, In southern
Afghanistan a minibus full of civilians struck a roadside bomb,
setting off an explosion that killed five passengers in Uruzgan
province. Militants abducted 11 Afghan policemen during an ambush in
Wardooj district of Badakhshan province. Two policemen were killed
and four others wounded during the kidnapping. The 11 policemen were
freed on Dec 16 and some two dozen suspected insurgents were
(AP, 12/5/11)(AP, 12/17/11)
2011 Dec 5, In Bonn, Germany, a
global conference on Afghanistan's future opened. It was
overshadowed by the absence of key regional player Pakistan. The US
and other nations vowed to keep supporting Afghanistan after most
foreign forces leave the country in 2014.
2011 Dec 6, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers at a mosque in
Kabul, killing at least 56 people in the deadliest of two attacks on
a Shiite holy day. 4 other Shiites were killed in the northern city
of Mazar-i-Sharif when a bomb strapped to a bicycle exploded as a
convoy of Afghan Shiites was driving down the road. The Taliban
strongly condemned the two attacks. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a
Pakistan-based group, claimed responsibility for the bombing. The
death toll in the attacks was soon raised to at least 80. On June
19, 2012, authorities in Kabul announced that two men have been
charged in connection with the suicide bombing.
(AP, 12/6/11)(AP, 12/7/11)(AP, 12/11/11)(AP,
2011 Dec 7, In southern
Afghanistan a minibus struck a roadside bomb, triggering an
explosion that killed 19 Afghan civilians in Helmand province.
2011 Dec 9, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a mosque, assassinating a
district police chief and killing at least five other people in
2011 Dec 10, In Afghanistan a
bicycle bomb killed at least two people, including a member of the
peace council, and left 16 wounded when it exploded in Kunduz city.
3 people were killed in Kandahar province when their vehicle hit a
2011 Dec 11, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said foreigners are fueling the problem of corruption
by, for example, awarding contracts to high ranking government
2011 Dec 14, In Afghanistan
Massoud Khan, district chief of Khanishin, Helmand province, was
killed in a roadside bombing along with two bodyguards.
(SFC, 12/15/11, p.A6)
2011 Dec 14, An Indian
newspaper reported that plans were being finalized for a Taliban
office in the Gulf state of Qatar.
2011 Dec 17, In Afghanistan
international troops exchanged gunfire with guards at a house in
Paktia province, and detained a counternarcotics chief and two of
his sons. An Afghan woman and another member of the counternarcotics
chief's family were killed and three other women were injured. Three
policemen were killed when their patrol vehicle was caught in the
blast from a roadside bomb on the main highway between Farah and
(AP, 12/17/11)(AFP, 12/18/11)
2011 Dec 17, In Afghanistan the
US military began testing Kaman K-MAX helicopters, a revolutionary
new drone for its arsenal. The pilotless helicopters will fly cargo
missions to remote outposts where frequent roadside bombs threaten
access by road convoys.
2011 Dec 18, In eastern
Afghanistan 18 civilians and two policemen were wounded when a man
threw grenades at a police vehicle in Khost city.
2011 Dec 21, Operators ran the
first train down Afghanistan's first major railroad, clearing the
way for a long-awaited service from the northern border that should
speed up the US military's crucial supply flow and become a hub for
future trade. Uzbekistan's state-owned SE Sogdiana Trans will run
the commercial train service.
2011 Dec 21, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb blast killed five Polish soldiers in
Ghazni province. Afghan police shot dead a would-be suicide bomber
before he was able to attack a police station in Khost province.
2011 Dec 22, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed by a roadside bomb.
Insurgents tried to overrun a police checkpoint in western Ghor
province. One attacker was killed and three policemen were wounded
in the clashes.
(AP, 12/22/11)(AP, 12/23/11)
2011 Dec 23, Afghanistan's
leading human rights activist, Nader Nadery (36), said that
President Hamid Karzai has fired him and two others from the
government's own rights commission. The claim came as the
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission was working on a
landmark report about abuses in the country. Karzai's spokesman said
Nadery’s five year term was over and the president did not renew his
2011 Dec 23, The Afghan
Interior Ministry said three civilians have died in an explosion of
a truck in the south of the country. The truck appeared to have been
transporting a bomb through a town in Takhta Pul district in
Kandahar province. An explosion at a coal mine in Baghlan province
killed 11 miners. They were all working at the site without
(AP, 12/23/11)(AP, 12/24/11)
2011 Dec 24, A gunman wearing
an Afghan soldier’s uniform was killed in a gunfight with US troops
at an outpost in Bala Boluk district in southwestern Farah province.
(AFP, 12/25/11)(AP, 12/26/11)
2011 Dec 25, In northeastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a funeral, killing at least 19
people including an MP and wounding dozens of others in Takhar
province. In eastern Afghanistan an ISAF service member died after
an insurgent attack. Afghan security forces over the last 24 hours
killed 30 armed insurgents in various operations around the country
in which a number of weapons were found.
2011 Dec 29, A man dressed in
Afghan army fatigues shot dead two French soldiers. The Taliban
claimed responsibility, saying the soldier joined the army in order
to carry out his attack in Kapisa province. A roadside bomb killed
10 Afghan police returning from a recruitment center in Helmand
province. Another roadside bombing killed a local police commander
in the southern province of Kandahar.
(AFP, 12/29/11)(AFP, 12/30/11)
2011 Dec 30, Afghan security
forces took control of Nad Ali, Nawa and Marjah as part of the
second wave of security transition. A roadside bomb killed four
civilians in Uruzgan province. A suicide bomber and his accomplice
were killed on a motorbike in Trinkot city. A British ISAF service
member was killed by an IED in Helmand province.
(AFP, 12/30/11)(AFP, 12/31/11)
2011 Dec 31, Afghan child
bride, Sahar Gul (15), spoke of how she was tortured by her
mother-in-law who locked her in a toilet for six months, beat her,
pulled out her fingernails and burned her with cigarettes. She was
found in the basement of her husband's house in the northeastern
Baghlan province late Dec 26. On May 5, 2012, her in-laws were
sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse and human rights
(AP, 12/31/11)(AP, 5/5/12)
2011 Dec 31, Georgia’s defense
ministry said a Georgian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, the
11th from the ex-Soviet state to die serving alongside NATO-led
forces fighting the Taliban.
2011 Jonathan Steele authored
“Ghosts of Afghanistan: The Haunted Battleground."
(Econ, 11/19/11, p.91)
2011 In Afghanistan opium
seizures this year rose 13 percent and those of hashish climbed 59
percent, while the amount of marijuana and morphine confiscated
soared 1,208 percent and 10,113 percent respectively, according to
figures from ISAF, which did not give the amounts of drugs seized.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in October said opium
production in Afghanistan rose 61 percent in 2011 from the previous
year, when the harvest was hit by disease.
2011 The UN mission in
Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in its annual report, made public on Feb 4,
2012, that a total of 3,021 Afghan civilians died in 2011 -- mostly
at the hands of insurgents -- up eight% from 2,790 in 2010.
2011 In Afghanistan at least
430 employees of US contractors were reported killed. This compared
to 418 US soldiers reported killed this year.
(SSFC, 2/12/12, p.A12)
2012 Jan 1, Afghan Pres. Karzai
along with US embassy officials met a delegation from Hezb-i-Islami,
Afghanistan's second largest militant group led by former Afghan
prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
2012 Jan 3, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck in Kandahar, killing four
civilians and a policemen. 3 explosions today killed 13 people
Kandahar. The dead include a child and four police officers. The
Taliban announced that they had come to an "initial agreement" to
open their first political overseas office, possibly in Qatar, in
the first public gesture towards peace talks with the US.
(AP, 1/3/12)(AFP, 1/3/12)
2012 Jan 3, Afghan police
arrested two British private security contractors and two Afghan
colleagues and ordered their company, GardaWorld, closed down after
finding a cache of weapons in their vehicle in Kabul.
2012 Jan 5, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai ordered the transfer of the prison at Bagram, sometimes
called "Afghanistan's Guantanamo," to Afghan control within a month,
citing reports of human rights violations there. Four US soldiers
from the Indiana National Guard were killed by a roadside bomb in
southern Afghanistan as they worked to clear a supply route.
(AFP, 1/5/12)(SSFC, 1/8/12, p.A5)
2012 Jan 6, In Afghanistan 6
children and a civilian were killed when a bomb planted in a garbage
bin exploded in Tirin Kot, Uruzgan province. 5 NATO soldiers were
killed in two roadside bomb blasts. A policeman turned his gun on
his colleagues in their headquarters of Shahrak district, central
Ghor province, killing two before being gunned down himself.
2012 Jan 8, An Afghan soldier
shot dead a NATO colleague and was himself killed when a dispute
ended in a shoot-out.
2012 Jan 10, In southeastern
Afghanistan 3 policemen and 4 civilians were killed when a group of
suicide bombers stormed a government building in Sharana, the
capital city of Paktika province. One bomber was gunned down by
police, the two others detonated themselves. Four Afghan National
Army soldiers killed in a Taliban mortar attack in Kunar province.
2012 Jan 11, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber slipped inside police headquarters in
Kandahar, detonating his cache of explosives and wounding one
2012 Jan 12, Afghanistan,
Washington and the Taliban condemned a video purporting to show US
Marines urinating on corpses of insurgents. The troops in the
inflammatory video were soon identified as being from the 3rd
Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, North
Carolina. In southern Afghanistan a suicide car-bomber killed five
people and wounded 10 others near Kandahar city. The dead included
Fazludin Agha, the chief of Panjwayi district, his two sons and two
(AFP, 1/12/12)(AFP, 1/13/12)
2012 Jan 16, In southern
Afghanistan a civilian helicopter crashed, killing all three people
on board. Police said the Russian-made aircraft probably went down
because of a technical malfunction. At least 14 people died in
avalanches after heavy snowfall in the mountainous Badakhshan
(AP, 1/16/12)(AP, 1/17/12)
2012 Jan 17, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai urged the Taliban to allow teams conducting a polio
vaccination campaign to reach areas under the insurgents' control.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the last three nations
where polio remains endemic.
2012 Jan 17, In Afghanistan
assailants gunned down Mohammad Nahim Agha Mama, a prominent
anti-Taliban tribal leader as he was praying in a mosque in
Kandahar. A suicide car bomber slammed into the entrance of a
military base jointly run by NATO and Afghan troops in Nangarhar
province, wounding three Afghan private security guards. NATO forces
reportedly killed 5 civilians, including a woman and 2 children,
during an overnight raid in Kunar province.
(AP, 1/17/12)(AP, 1/18/12)
2012 Jan 18, In southern
Afghanistan 12 people were killed by a suicide bomber on a
motorcycle at a bridge under construction in Helmand province. An
Afghan intelligence official in Nad Ali district of Helmand province
and two of his body guards were killed in an explosion. Afghan
security forces said they have killed nine armed insurgents and
captured 23 suspects in a series of raids in the past 24 hours.
2012 Jan 19, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed at least seven people and
wounded eight in an attack at Kandahar international airport.
Hundreds of people took to the streets in Dewa Gul Vally, Kunar
province, in protest over a recent night raid by Afghan and NATO
forces that allegedly killed six civilians. A NATO-US
helicopter crashed killing 6 Marines. Taliban fighters attacked a
police checkpoint in Helmand province. At least 2 police officers
and 12 Taliban fighters were killed.
(AFP, 1/19/12)(SFC, 1/20/12, p.A2)(SFC, 1/21/12,
2012 Jan 20, An Afghan soldier
shot dead four unarmed French troops during a sports session inside
a base. Pres. Sarkozy suspended French military training and joint
combat operations with Afghan troops, and sent Defense Minister
Gerard Longuet to probe the attack in which at least 15 French
soldiers were also wounded.
2012 Jan 21, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said that he personally held peace talks recently with
the insurgent faction Hizb-i-Islami. At least 13 people, including
five Afghan border police, a NATO soldier and two would-be suicide
bombers, were killed across the country.
(AP, 1/21/12)(AFP, 1/21/12)
2012 Jan 23, An Afghan toddler
was accidentally killed and the child's parents were wounded when
Danish soldiers blew up a roadside bomb in Helmand province.
2012 Jan 24, Afghan officials
said heavy snow and avalanches in Afghanistan's far northeast have
killed at least 46 people since last week.
2012 Jan 25, In eastern
Afghanistan a rocket fired by Taliban insurgents killed a woman and
her child in Kapisa province.
2012 Jan 26, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated a car laden with powerful
explosives, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding 31 other
2012 Jan 27, France announced
it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan a year earlier than
the 2014 date agreed by NATO. Pres. Sarkozy, alongside Afghan
President Hamid Karzai who was in Paris for a previously planned
visit, said France had told the US of its plan, and will present it
at a Feb. 2-3 meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.
2012 Jan 30, A Riyadh-based
Afghan diplomat said Afghan officials and representatives of the
Taliban insurgents are to hold peace talks in Saudi Arabia.
2012 Jan 30, Afghan police said
a woman has been strangled to death, apparently by her husband, who
was upset that she gave birth to a second daughter rather than the
son he wanted. Sher Mohammad fled the Khanabad district in Kunduz
province last week, about the time a neighbor found Estorai, his
22-year-old wife, dead in their house.
2012 Jan 31, In southern
Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a
NATO service member, the latest in a rising number of similar
2012 Feb 1, NATO confirmed a
secret report saying that the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set
to retake control of Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw,
raising the prospect of a major failure of Western policy after a
2012 Feb 3, In Afghanistan an
American soldier shot and killed an Afghan guard at a base in the
country's north, apparently because the American thought the guard
was about to attack him.
2012 Feb 5, In Afghanistan 9
people, including 7 policemen, were killed in a suicide car bomb
attack on police headquarters in Kandahar, a bastion of Taliban
2012 Feb 7, Pakistani PM Yousuf
Raza Gilani held talks with Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa
al-Thani, on the 2nd day of an official visit expected to focus on
Afghan peace efforts.
2012 Feb 8, In Afghanistan a
NATO airstrike reportedly killed 8 children in Kapisa province. On
Feb 13 NATO conceded that several children died during the bombing
(AFP, 2/9/12)(AFP, 2/13/12)
2012 Feb 10, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle on patrol, leaving
five policemen dead and one wounded in Trin Kot, the capital of
Uruzgan province. A car was also hit by a roadside bomb in the
Khinjak area of Trin Kot, killing one person and wounding two
2012 Feb 11, In eastern
Afghanistan gunmen burst into a family home of a provincial judge,
killing him and his niece in the latest assassination of an Afghan
government official. Mohammad Nasir, the head of the appeals court
for Kunar province, was visiting family in neighboring Nangarhar
province. A helicopter operated by US military contractors crashed
in the mountains of Zabul province, killing all four Tajik crew
2012 Feb 12, The Afghan Health
Ministry said that the director of a medical clinic in Helmand
province was found dead after being kidnapped a week ago by unknown
gunmen. The provincial government of Helmand province said a
roadside bomb killed three civilians in Washir district.
2012 Feb 13, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's office said the government has signed a long-term
partnership with Italy for continued financial support and military
training. The agreement states that Italy will continue these
efforts after 2014, when the Afghan government is expected to take
the lead in securing the country. In the south a NATO service member
died in an insurgent attack.
2012 Feb 15, Afghan police in
Kunar province rescued 41 children from becoming suicide bombers as
they were about to be smuggled across the mountains into Pakistan.
2012 Feb 16, Pakistan welcomed
the leaders of Afghanistan and Iran for a regional summit at a key
juncture in peace efforts with the Taliban and amid rising tensions
between Tehran and Israel.
2012 Feb 16, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon urged Afghanistan to make fighting drug trafficking a
priority as opium harvests soar in the world's top producer, and
said the world must help in the effort in his opening address in
Vienna of a Paris Pact meeting to fight drug trafficking in
2012 Feb 18, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai met with Maulana Samiul Haq, a Pakistani cleric linked to
Taliban insurgents. The meeting in Islamabad marked the first public
contact between an Afghan official and members of the Afghan
Taliban's support network in Pakistan.
2012 Feb 19, In Afghanistan
insurgents beheaded four people in Washer district, Helmand
province, on the charge that they were spies. A roadside bomb killed
four civilians in southern Kandahar province.
(AP, 2/21/12)(AP, 2/19/12)
2012 Feb 20, In Afghanistan 3
Italian soldiers were killed when their armored jeep overturned in a
river in Herat province as it raced to the rescue of another unit
blocked by adverse weather conditions. Afghan police opened fire on
int’l. troops killing one Albanian soldier. 11 Afghan policemen were
(AFP, 2/20/12)(SFC, 2/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 21, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai invited the Taliban leadership to direct talks, while urging
Pakistan to facilitate negotiation efforts towards ending 10 years
of war. Demonstrators gathered outside the Bagram US base in Parwan
province as word spread that Muslim holy books were burned in a pile
of garbage. The US apologized for burning the copies of the Quran. A
NATO service member died as a result of a non-battle related injury.
(AFP, 2/21/12)(AP, 2/22/12)
2012 Feb 22, The Afghan
Interior Ministry said seven people have been killed in clashes
between Afghan security forces and protesters demonstrating against
the burning of Muslim holy books at a NATO military base.
2012 Feb 23, President Barack
Obama apologized over the burning of Korans at a US airbase in
Afghanistan, where three days of protests have killed 14 people,
including two American soldiers.
2012 Feb 24, In Afghanistan
anti-US protesters tried to storm a US consulate and march on NATO
headquarters in Kabul as violent demonstrations over the burning of
Korans pushed into a fourth day, pushing the death toll to 24
2012 Feb 24, Pakistan publicly
called on the Taliban for the first time to engage the Afghan
government in US-backed peace talks, a potentially significant move
that could help pave the way for a settlement to end the decade-long
war. Suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades attacked a police
station, killing four officers in the second attack in as many days
in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Militants attacked troops
deployed in Khyber tribal district and the ensuing fighting left
three soldiers and seven militants dead. Hundreds of Pakistani
activists took to the streets, chanting "Death to America",
demanding that their leaders resign and setting fire to a US flag
over the burning of Korans in Afghanistan.
(AP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/24/12)
2012 Feb 25, In Afghanistan 2
American members of NATO forces were shot dead in the interior
ministry in Kabul. Five people were reported killed in the attack,
taking the five day death toll from protests over the burning of
Korans at a US-run military base to 29. Six Afghan soldiers were
killed and 16 others wounded while trying to defuse a roadside bomb.
(AFP, 2/25/12)(AP, 2/25/12)
2012 Feb 26, In northern
Afghanistan protesters angry over Quran burnings by American troops
lobbed grenades at a US base in Kunduz province and clashed with
police and troops in a 6th day of violence that left 7 American
troops wounded and two Afghans dead.
(AP, 2/26/12)(AFP, 2/27/12)
2012 Feb 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide car bomber targeting NATO troops at
Jalalabad airport killed 6 civilians, an Afghan soldier and 2 local
guards, the 7th day of violence over the burning of the Koran at a
US airbase. An Afghan official said severe cold weather has killed
35 children in the past two days in northeastern Badakhshan.
2012 Mar 1, In Afghan 2
American soldiers were killed by Afghan colleagues in Kandahar
province, the latest in a series of such attacks after the burning
of the Koran at a US base sparked widespread violent protests.
2012 Mar 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a NATO convoy in the
Kandahar province, wounding seven people including four soldiers.
2012 Mar 4, In northeastern
Afghanistan an avalanche buried a village of about 200 people in
Badakhshan province. At least 50 people were killed with dozens
trapped under the snow. At least 145 people were missing and
"presumed dead" after an avalanche.
(AFP, 3/6/12)(AP, 3/7/12)(AFP, 3/10/12)
2012 Mar 6, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai endorsed the Ulema Council's “code of conduct" document
issued March 3. It allows husbands to beat wives under certain
circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes.
2012 Mar 7, In Afghanistan 6
British soldiers were killed when a massive explosion hit their
armored vehicle, taking the British toll in the war against Taliban
insurgents to more than 400. In Uruzgan province 9 policemen were
killed by Taliban insurgents after a checkpoint guard allowed them
to enter a sleeping area.
(AFP, 3/7/12)(SFC, 3/9/12, p.A3)
2012 Mar 9, In Afghanistan the
US signed a deal transferring the controversial Bagram prison to
Afghan control, marking a breakthrough in negotiations over a
strategic treaty between the two nations. The US would maintain a
presence at the prison to provide advisory, technical and logistical
support for a year. Insurgents attacked a checkpoint in Nangarhar
province. Two border policemen and three attackers were killed in
the ensuing firefight.
(AFP, 3/9/12)(AP, 3/10/12)
2012 Mar 10, Afghan officials
said 5 top Taliban leaders held by the US in the military prison at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, told a visiting Afghan delegation they agree
to a proposed transfer to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar. The US has
not yet agreed to the transfer but is considering it as an incentive
for the Taliban to participate in peace talks.
2012 Mar 11, In Afghanistan an
American soldier opened fire on villagers near his base and killed
16 civilians. 9 children and 3 women were among the dead in Kandahar
province. A US service member was detained at a NATO base as the
alleged shooter. The soldier was transferred to Kuwait on March 14
and on to the US on March 16. On March 16 the soldier was identified
as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (38) of Lake Tapps, Wa.
(AP, 3/11/12)(AP, 3/16/12)(Reuters, 3/16/12)
2012 Mar 13, In Afghanistan
gunmen attacked a memorial service for 16 villagers killed by a US
soldier, shooting dead a member of the Afghan military and wounding
a policeman in a hail of gunfire. About 400 university students
chanting "Death to America -- Death to Obama" took to the streets of
Jalalabad, in the first protest against the US army sergeant's
2012 Mar 14, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb attack killed 8 civilians in Helmand province as US
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited troops in a military camp in
the southern Afghan province. An Afghan interpreter crashed a truck
while speeding toward Marines waiting for Panetta to land. The
interpreter died of his wounds the next day. A motorcycle bomb blast
in Kandahar city shortly before the Helmand attack killed at least
one Afghan security officer and wounded two others.
(AFP, 3/14/12)(AP, 3/15/12)
2012 Mar 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai demanded NATO troops immediately pull out of rural
areas in the wake of the killing of 16 civilians. The Taliban broke
off talks with the US. Karzai also said he now wants Afghan forces
take the lead for countrywide security in 2013, a year ahead of
2012 Mar 16, Afghan Pres.
Karzai angrily accused the US of not sharing information about how
an American soldier allegedly shot and killed 16 Afghans in two
2012 Mar 16, In Afghanistan a
Turkish helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of Kabul,
killing 12 Turkish soldiers and two Afghan civilians.
2012 Mar 17, A senior Iranian
military commander, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, urged Afghans to use force
to kick American troops out of their country, hinting that "new
resistance groups" could launch attacks on US interests in
2012 Mar 20, Afghans celebrated
their solar-based new year.
2012 Mar 22, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said the West will subsidize Afghan security forces by
more than $4 billion a year after US-led troops leave in 2014,
implicitly accepting a cut in the planned size of his military.
Western officials said no final agreements had been reached. In
Kandahar a suicide car bomber blew himself up at a security
checkpoint outside a police station, killing two children nearby.
(AFP, 3/22/12)(AP, 3/22/12)
2012 Mar 23, Afghan police in
Kandahar province seized two tractor-towed trailers with at least 17
tons of explosives insurgents were planning to use for improvised
explosive devices. The shipment was coming from Quetta, Pakistan,
and the drivers were killed in the operation. An Afghan civilian was
killed when a NATO vehicle collided with another driven by a local
resident in Lashkar Gah.
(AP, 3/24/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)
2012 Mar 23, The US military
filed charges against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales including 17
counts of premeditated murder, more than half of them children,
during a march 11 shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan.
2012 Mar 24, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb detonated by remote control killed five
people, including a former Afghan senator and tribal leader who
worked to foster peace and development. In the east a NATO service
member died as a result of a non-battle related injury. Eight Afghan
security personnel and a foreign soldier were among 10 people killed
in a Taliban-style roadside bombing in Kandahar province.
(AP, 3/24/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)
2012 Mar 24, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari
arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader
2012 Mar 25, Afghan officials
said the US paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed
and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly
carried out by a rogue American soldier on March 11.
2012 Mar 26, In Afghanistan a
member of the Afghan national army opened fire at entrance gate to
the British headquarters at Lashkar Gah city, killing the two
British service personnel. The assailant was killed by return fire.
A joint Afghan and coalition force in Faryab province killed Makhdum
Nusrat, leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
(Reuters, 3/26/12)(AP, 4/7/12)
2012 Mar 28, In Afghanistan a
NATO supply convoy came under attack in Farah province. 37 people
were reported killed, including 28 Taliban attackers.
(SFC, 3/30/12, p.A3)
2012 Mar 28, Human Rights Watch
said hundreds of Afghan women were languishing in prison for
so-called moral crimes, which included running away from home and
having sex outside marriage. The group estimated a total of 400
women were in prison and girls in juvenile detention facilities
having been accused or convicted of offences including "running
away", which is not a crime under the Afghan penal code.
2012 Mar 29, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died in an insurgent attack.
2012 Mar 30, An Afghan
policeman shot to death nine of his fellow officers as they slept in
a village in Paktika province, an eastern Taliban stronghold. He
then took their weapons, piled them in a pickup truck and sped away.
A motorcycle bomb parked by the side of a road exploded, killing an
Afghan police officer and wounding another in Sangin district of
southwest Helmand province. A NATO service member died in a southern
roadside bomb explosion.
2012 Mar 30, In Afghanistan the
bodies of a boy (15) and a girl (12) were discovered in wasteland in
the Esfandi area of Ghazni province. They were killed in an acid
attack. Witnesses claimed it was because of their friendship.
2012 Mar 31, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb in the Gizab district of Uruzgan province killed two
local council members and an Afghan policeman.
2012 Apr 1, In Afghanistan Toor
Jan, an officer in charge of several checkpoints in Uruzgan
province's capital Tarin Kot, died along with one of his bodyguards
when their vehicle passed through an area where explosives had been
2012 Apr 2, In Afghanistan a
motorcycle bomb killed one police officer and wounded two others in
Kandahar city. Twin bomb blasts in the city of New Baghlan wounded
23 people, including eight police officers near a market selling
computer equipment. Insurgents attacked a checkpoint in the Nahri
Sarraj district of Helmand province. Four police officers were
killed and two were wounded in the attack. The bodies of two
civilians also were found at the checkpoint. Insurgents killed three
police officers and abducted 11 in an attack on a checkpoint in
Wardoj district of Badakhshan province.
(AP, 4/2/12)(AP, 4/3/12)
2012 Apr 3, In Afghanistan two
police officers were killed when their vehicle ran over a roadside
bomb in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province. Two NATO
service members were reported killed in the east. One died in a
roadside bombing, and the other died as a result of a non-battle
2012 Apr 4, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked foreign military forces,
killing at least 13 people including three American troops in
Maymana, capital of Faryab province. Gunmen attacked an outpost of a
government-sponsored militia and killed 10 members of the security
force in Khaki Safed district, Farah province
(AFP, 4/4/12)(AP, 4/5/12)
2012 Apr 5, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck a bazaar in a northeastern district, killing
two people and wounding 16 others in the Kishim district of
Badakhshan province. A NATO service member died in a roadside bomb
explosion in the south.
(AP, 4/5/12)(AP, 4/6/12)
2012 Apr 6, Four Afghan
policemen were killed in 3 separate incidents in Helmand province. A
fuel tanker overturned and caught fire, killing 7 people. A suicide
bomber assassinated the head of the peace council in Kunar province.
His son died in a hospital where he and the bodyguard were treated
for their injuries. A NATO service member died following an
insurgent attack in the east. A member of the Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan (IMU), an al-Qaida-linked group who helped finance
attacks against Afghan and foreign forces, was captured in Faryab
(AP, 4/6/12)(AP, 4/7/12)
2012 Apr 7, In Afghanistan 3
employees of an Afghan construction company died when their vehicle
struck a roadside bomb.
2012 Apr 8, The Afghan
government and the US signed a deal governing special operations and
night raids by American troops. The document gave the Afghans
authority over the raids and gave the Americans an Afghan partner
that will now be held equally to account if there are civilian
casualties or allegations of mistreatment.
(AP, 4/8/12)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.52)
2012 Apr 10, In Afghanistan
suicide bombers struck two government offices in the south and west,
killing 16 people as militants step up attacks across the country
with the arrival of spring temperatures. In addition 3 local
policemen were killed in Musa Qala district when a suicide bomber on
a motorcycle blew himself up near their vehicle.
(AP, 4/10/12)(AP, 4/11/12)
2012 Apr 11, In Afghanistan 2
bomb explosions and an insurgent attack killed two NATO service
members and a local Afghan government in different parts of the
2012 Apr 14, In Afghanistan
Salahuddin Rabbani, the son of a former peace council chairman
killed by a suicide bomber on Sep 20, 2011, was elected to succeed
his father as head of the 70-member Afghan High Peace Council,
tasked with reaching out to the Taliban to find a political
resolution to the decade-long war.
2012 Apr 14, Afghan forces with
air support from NATO combed through the country's mountainous
northeast in their third day of a major offensive against militants
in a province that serves as an insurgent supply route from
Pakistan. A spokesman for Nuristan province said nearly 30
insurgents have been killed and at least 30 have been wounded in the
operation that began in Kamdesh district.
2012 Apr 14, Indonesian
authorities said they had found a boat reported missing en route to
Australia and that some 60 asylum seekers it was carrying were
believed to have fled. The mostly Afghan asylum seekers on board
made a distress call to Australia on April 11, saying they were in
rough seas and their boat was sinking.
2012 Apr 15, In Afghanistan
suicide bombers struck across the country in coordinated attacks
claimed by Taliban insurgents as the start of a spring offensive. A
total of 19 insurgents died and 14 police and nine civilians were
2012 Apr 16, In Afghanistan an
18-hour attack, allegedly carried out by Pakistan-based militants on
targets in the Afghan capital, including the US Embassy, ended today
killing 11 people. 36 insurgents were also killed. A gunman arrested
in the attacks told authorities the simultaneous strikes in Kabul
and three other cities were carried out by the Haqqani network.
2012 Apr 17, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said he wanted "at least $2 billion" a year from the
United States after it withdraws its troops in 2014. Karzai said the
US should specify in a partnership agreement to be signed between
his country and the US how much money it will give to Afghanistan
after they leave.
2012 Apr 17, Australia said it
will bring its troops home from Afghanistan a year earlier than
planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant
security gains over the past 18 months.
2012 Apr 18, The Los Angeles
Times published 2 pictures, dating back to 2010, showing US soldiers
posing with the remains of Taliban insurgents. One showed members of
the 82nd Airborne Division posing in 2010 with Afghan police holding
the severed legs of a suicide bomber. The 2nd appeared to show the
hand of a dead insurgent resting on a US soldier's shoulder as the
2012 Apr 19, In Afghanistan a
US Army helicopter crashed in bad weather during a night flight to
the scene of a suicide bombing. All 4 American crew members were
killed. 4 Afghan police officers were killed and 7 others were
wounded in the suicide attack on the checkpoint in Helmand province.
2012 Apr 19, Australia vowed in
an apparent U-turn to keep combat troops in Afghanistan through 2014
after PM Julia Gillard had indicated they would come home earlier
2012 Apr 21, An Afghan official
said security forces arrested five militants on April 13 with 10,000
kilograms (22,000 pounds) of explosives that they smuggled in from
Pakistan to carry out a massive attack in Kabul, as well as another
three suspects, arrested on April 15, allegedly planning to
assassinate the vice president.
(AP, 4/21/12)(AFP, 4/21/12)
2012 Apr 22, Afghanistan and
the US agreed on a much-delayed strategic partnership (SPA) deal
that is meant to govern the US role in Afghanistan as international
forces draw down and for decades after. The agreement pledged US
support for 10 years.
(AP, 4/22/12)(SFC, 4/23/12, p.A3)(Econ, 4/28/12,
2012 Apr 24, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed by an improvised
explosive device. Another NATO service member died of non-battle
injuries in the east.
2012 Apr 25, In southern
Afghanistan another NATO service member was killed by an improvised
explosive device. Another NATO service member died of non-battle
injuries. A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform shot and
killed a US soldier and an Afghan interpreter in Kandahar province.
The shooter was killed when coalition forces returned fire.
(AP, 4/25/12)(AP, 4/26/12)(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A3)
2012 Apr 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a mortar fired during heavy fighting between NATO forces
and the Taliban hit a house killing three women. In the northeast
another group of Taliban fighters launched an overnight attack on a
police post, killing four officers and abducting 16. Afghan border
police killed eight insurgents who they found placing a bomb near a
road in Spin Boldak district.
2012 Apr 27, It was reported
that the Taliban have succeeded in closing or partly closing some 50
schools in southern Afghanistan in response to a government decision
last fall to ban motorcycles in the southern districts of Ghazni
province. A British soldier was shot dead in the southern province
of Helmand. NATO said 3 US service members were killed in a bomb
attack in the east.
(SFC, 4/27/12, p.A2)(AFP, 4/28/12)(SFC, 4/28/12,
2012 Apr 28, In southern
Afghanistan 2 Taliban militants hiding handguns in their shoes
slipped into the Kandahar governor's compound, setting off a fierce
gunbattle that left two security guards and both attackers dead. A
roadside bomb killed 10 Afghan security forces in eastern Wardak
2012 Apr 29, In eastern
Afghanistan a buried bomb killed two children who triggered the
explosive when they were playing outside near their village in
2012 Apr 30, In Afghanistan a
NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack in the south.
4 children died during an exchange of fire between Taliban
insurgents and ISAF and Afghan security forces in Shahjoy, Zabul
province. In Laghman province an Afghan-led and coalition supported
security force conducted an operation to detain a Taliban leader
today. 2 young men were reported killed.
(AP, 4/30/12)(AFP, 5/1/12)
2012 May 1, Pres. Barack Obama
made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, the eve of the one-year
anniversary of the assassination of Osama bin Laden. In a swift and
secretive trip Obama signed an agreement vowing long-term ties with
Afghanistan after America's combat forces come home.
2012 May 2, In Afghanistan 7
people were killed after attackers in burqas detonated a suicide car
bomb and clashed with guards at the "Green Village" complex of
guesthouses used by the EU in Kabul. The Taliban militia announced
they would launch their annual "spring offensive," code-named
Al-Farouq, across Afghanistan on May 3.
2012 May 3, In Afghanistan six
Taliban militants were killed and two others wounded in eastern
Paktya province when the roadside bomb they were building in a
mosque exploded. Four of those killed were foreign fighters. The
Afghan intelligence agency arrested a Pakistani citizen driving a
truck in Kabul packed with explosives.
2012 May 4, In southern
Afghanistan two NATO coalition service members were killed in an
insurgent attack. A remote-controlled roadside bomb killed five
border police in Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan.
(AP, 5/4/12)(AP, 5/5/12)
2012 May 6, In Afghanistan a
soldier with NATO's US-led coalition was killed by a man in Afghan
army uniform, in the latest so-called "green-on-blue" attack. The
individual who opened fire was killed when coalition forces returned
fire. ISAF announced that one coalition service member died in a
roadside bomb attack in the east of the country. 4 gunmen took over
a tall building in Paktika province and started shooting down into
surrounding government compounds, wounding one civilian before
security forces killed them.
(AFP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/10/12)
2012 May 6, In northern
Afghanistan a flash flood swept through a village, killing 21
people, many of them members of a wedding party in Dhy Marda village
in Sari Pul province. Floods overnight in two other districts in the
province killed three people.
2012 May 7, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 soldiers serving with international coalition forces
were killed in a bomb attack.
2012 May 8, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of education officials in
Paktika province. 5 officials were killed and 3 others wounded.
(SFC, 5/9/12, p.A2)
2012 May 10, In Afghanistan 6
suicide attackers wearing police uniforms killed five people when
they were caught trying to sneak through a checkpoint in Paktika
province's Yayakhil district. 4 attackers detonated their
explosives-rigged suicide vests and 2 were shot and killed.
2012 May 11, In Afghanistan a
man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot dead a US service member in
Kunar province. The Taliban took credit for the attack. NATO said a
second service member died following an insurgent attack in southern
2012 May 11, In northern
Afghanistan a flash flood swept through villages in a mountainous
area, killing at least 17 people in Takhar province.
2012 May 12, In Afghanistan
insurgent attacks killed three NATO troops, while a fourth died of
non-battle related injuries. A roadside bomb in the northwest killed
four Afghan policemen. Two members of the Afghan police opened fire
on British soldiers who were mentoring them in Lashkar Gah, killing
two. One of the gunmen was killed and the other escaped.
(AP, 5/12/12)(Reuters, 5/13/12)
2012 May 13, In Afghanistan
Arsala Rahmani, a former Taliban minister, senior Afghan peace
negotiator and close ally of President Hamid Karzai, was shot dead,
dealing a major blow to Kabul's efforts to broker peace with Taliban
insurgents. The radical Mullah Dadullah Front later claimed
(AFP, 5/13/12)(SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A9)
2012 May 14, In Afghanistan
remotely-detonated bomb ripped through a bazaar in Faryab province,
killing seven civilians, including provincial councilor Amanullah
Shahabzai, and injuring eight other people.
(AFP, 5/14/12)(SFC, 5/15/12, p.A3)
2012 May 16, Australia said it
will contribute $100 million annually for three years beginning in
2015 toward the $4 billion a year cost of running the Afghan
National Security Forces after they take responsibility for their
2012 May 17, In southwest
Afghanistan gunmen dressed in Afghan police uniforms and wearing
suicide vests stormed a government compound in Farah, killing 7
people and wounding 12 others.
2012 May 18, In Afghanistan
rockets crashed into a US base and a house in a remote area of the
northeast, killing two NATO service members and three civilians in
Kunar province. A NATO airstrike killed 8 militants in Sayd Abad
district of Wardak province. In the west, three members of the
Afghan security forces, two soldiers and an intelligence official,
and 11 militants were killed in a gunbattle in Farah province.
2012 May 18, In Afghanistan Lal
Bibi (18) was abducted, chained to a wall, sexually assaulted and
beaten for five days. She later said she was raped because her
cousin offended a family linked to a local militia commander, who
then had his men abduct her. A policeman said a mullah had married
them just before intercourse.
(http://tinyurl.com/7tunl8o)(SFC, 6/28/12, p.A4)
2012 May 18, French Pres.
Francois Hollande, on his first visit to the Oval Office, told Pres.
Obama that he will withdraw all French troops from Afghanistan by
(SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)
2012 May 19, In southeast
Afghanistan a suicide bomber in Khost province struck at a lunch
gathering of Afghan police and local civilians killing at least 13
people, 3 of them policemen.
2012 May 19, In northern
Afghanistan flood waters ravaged a provincial capital, killing at
least 19 people and destroying hundreds of homes. About 60 other
people were missing.
2012 May 20, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO soldiers were killed in an attack as alliance
leaders gathered in Chicago for a summit dominated by plans to pull
troops out of the Afghan war. 2 children also died and several
civilians were wounded as a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in
Tirin Kot, capital of southern Uruzgan province.
2012 May 22, In northeast
Afghanistan 2 foreign doctors and their 3 Afghan colleagues were
kidnapped in a remote area of Badakhshan province. Officials said
one managed to escape and alerted authorities.
(AP, 5/23/12)(SFC, 5/24/12, p.A2)
2012 May 23, In Afghanistan
five insurgents were arrested before they carried out a suicide
attack along a main road leading to the Kabul’s international
2012 May 26, Afghanistan's
parliament approved a strategic partnership agreement with the
2012 May 25, French President
Francois Hollande for the first time provided details of his plan to
pull France's combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the
year, saying he would leave around 1,400 soldiers behind to help
with training and logistics.
2012 May 26, Afghanistan's
parliament approved a strategic partnership agreement with the
United States. A NATO night airstrike reportedly killed 8 members of
a family in Paktia province. A NATO official the next day said that
so far, there was no evidence of any civilian casualties. 4 NATO
coalition service members were killed in separate bomb attacks in
the south. Captain Stephen James Healey became the 415th British
serviceperson to die since the military mission in Afghanistan
started in 2001.
(AP, 5/26/12)(AP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)(AFP,
2012 May 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO coalition service member died in a roadside bomb.
Two civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb
in Marjah district of Helmand province. Al-Qaeda's 2nd in command in
Afghanistan was killed in an air strike in Kunar province.
Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi (aka Mushtaq and Nasim) had commanded
foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.
(AP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)
2012 May 28, In eastern
Afghanistan a helicopter crash killed two NATO service members. An
insurgent attack in the south killed a NATO service member. Gunmen
killed a member of the community council in southern Helmand
province's Sangin district. A roadside bomb killed seven people in
northeastern Baghlan province.
2012 May 29, In Afghanistan
Taliban attacked a hilltop police post in northern Badakhshan
province's Warduj district, triggering heavy fighting that killed
eight policemen and six militants.
2012 May 30, In southern
Afghanistan an insurgent attack and a homemade bomb killed two NATO
service members. 3 district government employees were killed by a
roadside bomb as they were traveling to work in eastern Nangarhar
province's Deh Bala district.
2012 May 31, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives
outside a district police headquarters, killing five policemen in
Kandahar province. A homemade bomb killed a member of the US-led
NATO force. A pair of attacks killed five policemen in Kunduz and
2012 May, In Afghanistan the
film "Kabul I Love You," got a warm reception when it was screened
at the French cultural center in Kabul. It was funded by the UN
mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, as a means of giving the country's
cinema a boost.
2012 Jun 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide attacker rammed a truck packed with explosives into an outer
security checkpost of NATO’s Forward Operating Base Salerno, killing
up 14 militants in Khost province. A British soldier was shot dead
while on patrol in Helmand province.
(AFP, 6/1/12)(AFP, 6/2/12)(SFC, 6/2/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 2, In Afghanistan NATO
special forces rescued two foreign women and killed five kidnappers
in a "breath-taking" pre-dawn raid on a cave in the remote and
mountainous Badakhshan province. Two Afghan colleagues kidnapped
with them on May 22 were also freed unharmed.
2012 Jun 3, In Afghanistan
British forces recovered a kidnapped policeman, but one of their
soldiers was killed and another wounded in Helmand province.
2012 Jun 4, NATO concluded
agreements with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to allow it to
evacuate military equipment from Afghanistan and completely bypass
(SFC, 6/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 5, In Afghanistan two
separate roadside bomb blasts killed five people. This included four
policemen killed in Wardak province and a civilian in Ghazni
2012 Jun 6, In Afghanistan 3
suicide attackers blew themselves up in Kandahar city, killing 22
people and wounding at least 50 others in a dusty marketplace.
Afghan officials and residents said a pre-dawn NATO airstrike
targeting militants killed 18 people celebrating a wedding,
including women and children. A NATO forces spokesman said they had
no reports of civilians being killed in the overnight raid to
capture a local Taliban leader in Logar province. Provincial Police
Chief Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Roogh Lawanay said there was no wedding
party. He said the gathering was a meeting of Taliban commanders in
the province. Villagers displayed 18 bodies at the provincial
capital, including 5 women, 7 children and 6 men. 2 NATO service
members were killed in a helicopter crash in Ghazni province.
(AP, 6/6/12)(AP, 6/7/12)
2012 Jun 6, The Afghan
government accused the Taliban of poisoning schoolgirls by bribing
students and workers to sneak toxic chemicals into drinking water or
spread it around school grounds, sickening scores. 15 suspects have
been arrested. National Directorate of Security spokesman Lutfullah
Mashal accused Pakistani spies of poisoning the schoolgirls. In July
a UN agency expressed concern that torture may have been used to
extract confessions over the alleged serial poisoning, which experts
say is more likely to be mass hysteria.
(AP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 7/10/12)
2012 Jun 7, In northern
Afghanistan a bomb was detonated on the outside of one of the prison
walls in Sar-e-Pul province and 32 prisoners, including criminals
and members of the Taliban, escaped through the rubble. Inmates
reportedly made the bomb inside the compound and blew up a prison
tower. 18 were soon re-captured and 14 remained at large.
(AP, 6/8/12)(AFP, 6/9/12)
2012 Jun 7, Chinese President
Hu Jintao announced an SCO plan whereby China, Russia and four
Central Asian states would grant Afghanistan observer status in
their regional group. This was announced at the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization's annual summit in Beijing.
2012 Jun 8, In Afghanistan NATO
commander General John Allen flew to Logar province "to see local
leaders and the population to apologize and offer condolences to the
families," of those killed in a June 6 airstrike.
2012 Jun 9, The Afghan
government sacked five officials for "negligence" after 32
prisoners, including members of the Taliban, escaped on June 7 when
gunmen attacked a jail. A suspected Taliban suicide bomber wearing a
burqa killed 4 French soldiers and wounded five others in an attack
on a convoy of NATO-led troops in Kapisa province.
2012 Jun 11, In northern
Afghanistan an ambulance struck a roadside bomb while rushing a
pregnant woman and her family to a hospital, killing four of her
family members. The woman delivered her baby a few hours later.
Earlier today two women and two children were killed in the east
when a mortar fired by insurgents hit their home in Ghazni province.
NATO said it is limiting airstrikes against houses to self-defense
for troops, following a strike last week that killed women and
children alongside insurgents.
(AP, 6/11/12)(SFC, 6/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 11, In Afghanistan 2
shallow earthquakes less than half an hour apart shook the
mountainous Hindu Kush region, starting a slide of debris that
smashed into a remote village, burying mudbrick houses to a depth of
up to 100 meters. Over 70 people were feared killed.
2012 Jun 12, Afghanistan Pres.
Karzai declared that NATO aircraft can no longer fire at homes under
any circumstances. Taliban bomb attacks killed at least eight
people, including women and children in Balkh and Wardak provinces.
(SFC, 6/13/12, p.A2)(AFP, 6/12/12)
2012 Jun 14, In Afghanistan
neighbors and regional heavyweights met in Kabul to try to tackle
common threats and problems together. The one-day conference
included Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey,
Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Representatives
of 15 other countries, most of them Western, and a dozen regional
and international organizations were also attending. 3 border police
officers were killed when their truck hit a roadside bomb in
Nangarhar province. An officer with the national intelligence
service was killed in a suicide bombing in Kunar province.
2012 Jun 14, Britain’s Ministry
of Defense said a British soldier has been killed in a grenade
attack in southern Afghanistan. This brought to 418 the number of
British troops killed since operations in Afghanistan began in
2012 Jun 18, In southern
Afghanistan individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned
their guns on their US partners, leaving one American service member
dead and nine other US troops injured.
2012 Jun 19, In southern
Afghanistan militants stormed a NATO military base in Kandahar
province. All 7 attackers were reported killed. 3 policemen were
killed and 9 others were injured during an hour-long gun battle that
ensued after militants attacked a police checkpoint in Kandahar
City. 8 civilians died in a roadside bomb explosion in Helmand
2012 Jun 20, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked US and Afghan forces at a
checkpoint in Khost, killing 21 people, including 3 US soldiers. In
Logar province 7 civilians, including 3 women and 4 children, were
killed by a roadside bomb.
2012 Jun 22, In Afghan a
12-hour long rampage ended after heavily armed insurgents stormed
into the Spozhmai hotel at Qargha Lake north of Kabul and opened
fire on guests inside, killing 18 people, most civilians. Police
said 5 Taliban attackers were shot and killed. 2 NATO service
members were killed by insurgents in the south.
2012 Jun 23, Afghan Pres.
Karzai called for subjects such as medicine and engineering to be
taught in international languages such as English or German, and
invited foreign institutions to come and fund Afghan faculties. One
NATO service member died in an insurgent attack and another in a
bomb blast. Authorities said flash floods in the north have killed
at least 37 people.
(AP, 6/24/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)(SSFC, 6/24/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 24, In
Afghanistan 2 NATO service members died in a traffic accident
in the south.
2012 Jun 26, In Afghanistan a
militants' ambush killed 4 police on patrol in Herat province.
2012 Jun 27, In Afghanistan 4
policemen were killed in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province
when a roadside bomb they were trying to defuse exploded. Another
roadside blast killed two policemen and wounded two others in Kunduz
2012 Jun 29, In eastern
Afghanistan suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gate of a
government compound, opening the way for armed insurgents to storm
the facility and touching off an hours-long gunbattle that left 10
people dead in Nuristan province. The dead included 4 women, 3
policemen and 3 members of a government-sponsored militia. The
gunfight finally ended when the last of 17 militants were killed in
the late afternoon. Four children, aged between six and ten, found
an "unexploded ordnance" in Pajwayi district of Kandahar province
and brought it home. They were playing with it when it exploded
killing all four.
(AP, 6/29/12)(AFP, 6/30/12)
2012 Jun 29, The IMF said
Afghanistan has made progress on structural reforms despite a
difficult environment, as it approved the release of $18.2 million
in new funds under its loan program.
2012 Jun 30, In Afghanistan an
explosive strapped to a bicycle went off near a Kabul Bank branch in
Gardez killing 2 policemen.
2012 Jul 1, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed five civilians, including women and children,
riding in a bus near Ghazni city. Another 11 were wounded. 3 British
soldiers were shot dead by a man in Afghan police uniform at a
checkpoint in Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand province, where they were
meeting local elders.
(AP, 7/1/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jul 1, In Pakistan US
missiles fired from a drone in North Waziristan killed eight
suspected militants. The latest attack killed fighters loyal to
militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Dozens of militants based in
Afghanistan attacked a checkpost in Upper Dir, a district in the
government-controlled part of Pakistan, for the second time in eight
days. 6 militants were reported killed.
(AP, 7/1/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jul 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed 7 people and wounded 23 near Kandahar
University. Logar province spokesman Din Mohammad Darwesh said NATO
forces were on a foot patrol in Charkh district when they came under
fire from insurgents. He said they called in an airstrike and the
bombardment killed three shopkeepers.
2012 Jul 2, Pakistani officials
accused up to 60 Afghan soldiers of crossing into Pakistani
territory and sparking clashes that killed two tribesman in Upper
2012 Jul 3, A man in Afghan
army uniform opened fire on NATO soldiers at a military base near
Kabul, wounding five. The attacker fled the area.
2012 Jul 4, In Afghanistan the
French military handed over Kapisa province to local forces,
completing an important stage in France's accelerated withdrawal
from the war-torn country.
2012 Jul 5, The first trucks
supplying NATO troops in Afghanistan crossed the border from
Pakistan after Islamabad ended a 7-month blockade. 560,000 rupees
($6,000) compensation per vehicle would be paid to the truck owners
by NATO subcontractors.
(AFP, 7/5/12)(AFP, 7/6/12)
2012 Jul 6, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast killed three children and wounded two others in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province.
2012 Jul 7, The Obama
administration declared Afghanistan the United States' newest "major
non-NATO ally," an action designed to facilitate close defense
cooperation after US combat troops withdraw from the country in
2014. Afghanistan was the 15th such country to receive the
2012 Jul 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb ripped through a pickup truck in the Chora district of
Uruzgan province killing six people. Another bomb exploded in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province, killing one child and wounding
another. A rocket attack targeting the governor's office in Farah
province killed one civilian and wounded 26 others. A NATO service
member was killed in southern Afghanistan in a roadside bomb
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 7, A video obtained by
Reuters showed a man shooting dead a woman accused of adultery in
front of a crowd near Kabul. Provincial Governor Basir Salangi said
the video was shot a week ago in the village of Qimchok in Shinwari
district. Salangi said two Taliban commanders were sexually involved
with the woman, either through rape or romantically, and decided to
torture her and then kill her to settle a dispute between the two of
2012 Jul 8, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs killed 18 civilians, including 7 women, traveling in
three vehicles in southern Kandahar province close to the Pakistan
border. A NATO service member was killed in southern Afghanistan
during an insurgent attack. 5 Afghan policemen were killed while
responding to a gun battle being waged against insurgents at a
checkpoint in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province. 6
Americans were killed when their armored vehicle struck a bomb
planted in Wardak province.
(AFP, 7/8/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AP, 7/9/12)
2012 Jul 8, Donor nations
meeting in Tokyo pledged $16 billion for Afghanistan to prevent the
country from sliding back into turmoil when foreign combat troops
depart, but called on Kabul to implement reforms to fight graft. The
conference hosted representatives from about 80 nations and
international organizations in a gathering aimed at adopting the
"Tokyo Declaration," pledging support and cash.
2012 Jul 9, Afghan suicide
bombers in Kandahar city killed 2 children and wounded 6 others,
when their explosive vests detonated prematurely as they went to
attack police. 3 insurgents were killed after they launched an
attack on Kandahar city police headquarters. A suicide bomber on a
bicycle tried to attack a police vehicle in Shibirghan, the capital
of Jawzjan province. The explosive-laden bicycle detonated before
reaching its target and wounded 24 civilians and 2 police. Gunmen
assassinated a chief prosecutor in Ghazni province.
(AFP, 7/9/12)(AP, 7/9/12)
2012 Jul 12, In Pakistan dozens
of militants coming from Afghanistan took scores of villagers
hostage in the northwest Bajur tribal area, sparking fighting that
killed at least 10 people. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah
Ahsan claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge
for police torture of their fighters in prison. The militants fled
that night leaving their hostages behind. Gunmen in Lahore shot dead
nine Pakistani police prison staff as they slept. Pakistan's main
umbrella Taliban faction claimed responsibility.
(AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/12/12)(AP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 13, In western
Afghanistan, Abdul Salam Rahimi, the mayor of Shindand district in
Herat province, was assassinated by two gunmen on a motorbike. A
civilian, who was wounded in the shooting, later died at a hospital.
The Laghman provincial women's affairs director, Hanifa Safi, was
killed when a bomb attached to her vehicle exploded, critically
wounding her husband and daughter.
(AP, 7/14/12)(AFP, 7/15/12)
2012 Jul 14, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up in a wedding hall. 23
people were killed including Ahmad Khan Samangani, a prominent
warlord-turned-politician who was greeting wedding guests, and three
security officials in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province. 2
NATO service members were killed in eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 7/14/12)(AFP, 7/15/12)(AP, 7/17/12)
2012 Jul 16, Afghan soldier
Abdul Sabor was sentenced to death for killing four French troops on
Jan 20, 2012, in eastern Afghanistan. Insurgents twice ambushed the
convoy of Nuristan provincial Gov. Tamim Nuristani, but he escaped
unharmed both times. One policeman was killed in the 2nd ambush. A
magnetic bomb attached to the vehicle of the chief of Khan Abad
district of Kunar province exploded, killing one policeman and
wounding eight civilians.
2012 Jul 17, Two Afghan police
and three civilians were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside
bomb in Bati Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province. 9 Afghan
soldiers were killed in an attack by Taliban insurgents on an army
post in Helmand province.
(AP, 7/17/12)(AFP, 7/18/12)
2012 Jul 18, In northern
Afghanistan a Taliban bomb attack in Samangan province destroyed 22
fuel tankers carrying supplies for NATO forces. 2 NATO soldiers were
killed in an improvised bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a district police chief and four
other policemen in Uruzgan province.
2012 Jul 21, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died in an insurgent attack.
Taliban insurgents whipped two men 40 times in public in a village
south of Kabul after accusing them of attempting to kidnap a young
boy for ransom.
2012 Jul 21, Nearly 400 rockets
and shells were fired into Afghanistan and killed at least four
people in Dangam district along the border with Pakistan.
2012 Jul 22, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs killed 2 NATO service members in the east and 2 more
in the south. NATO said that it killed a number of insurgents with
an airstrike in the Mohammad Agha district of eastern Logar
province. The bodies of 5 kidnapped Afghan men, working a base joint
operated by Afghan and NATO forces, were discovered in Wardak
province. An Afghan policeman killed 3 civilian contractors, 2
Americans and a British citizen, working for NATO in Herat province.
(AP, 7/22/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)(SFC, 7/23/12,
p.A2)(SFC, 7/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 23, An Afghan army
soldier turned his gun on his NATO colleagues injuring two US troops
in Faryab province. Gunmen killed 3 people in an ambush on a van in
northern Parvan province, including an American electrical engineer
who had lived in the country for decades.
(AFP, 7/23/12)(AP, 7/24/12)
2012 Jul 24, In Afghanistan at
least six children were killed after a bomb exploded in the central
2012 Jul 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, who is under pressure from the international community
to do more to battle corruption, issued an ambitious list of
government reforms that orders his ministries, prosecutors and
judiciary to fight bribery, nepotism and cronyism. A bomb in the
south killed 2 NATO service members.
(AP, 7/27/12)(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 28, In Afghanistan two
NATO service members were killed in an insurgent attack in the east
of the country.
2012 Jul 31, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents pulled four civilians off a minibus, shot
them and left their bodies on the side of the road.
2012 Jul 31, Pakistan signed a
deal with the United States allowing NATO convoys to travel into
Afghanistan until the end of 2015, seeking to draw a line under a
7-month border blockade.
2012 Aug 2, In Afghanistan five
insurgents linked to the Haqqani network were killed in a pre-dawn
gunbattle in an area of Kabul home to Western embassies.
2012 Aug 3, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled bomb in a busy market killed two policemen and one
civilian in the country's northwest. Officials looked for a member
of a government-backed village defense force suspected of killing 11
civilians at a house in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 8/3/12)(AP, 8/4/12)
2012 Aug 4, The Afghan
parliament voted to dismiss the country's defense and interior
ministers, a move that threatens to throw the country's security
apparatus into confusion as foreign forces withdraw. Two New Zealand
soldiers were killed and six wounded in a battle in Bamiyan
(AP, 8/4/12)(AFP, 8/5/12)
2012 Aug 5, In Afghanistan NATO
forces killed Sher Mohammad Hakimi, a leader of the Haqqani
insurgent group, in an airstrike in Logar province.
2012 Aug 6, In Afghanistan a
bomb strapped to a donkey by Taliban insurgents killed a district
police chief and wounded three others in Charsada, Ghor province.
2012 Aug 7, In Afghanistan an
American soldier was killed when two individuals wearing Afghan
National Army uniforms turned their weapons against ISAF service
members in Paktia province. 9 civilians were killed in a roadside
bomb explosion on the outskirts of Kabul. A suicide truck bomb
attack was launched against a NATO base south of the capital. A
French soldier and around 10 Taliban fighters were killed in an
early morning ambush and subsequent firefight during a joint
operation with the Afghan army in Kapisa province near Kabul.
(AFP, 8/7/12)(AFP, 8/10/12)
2012 Aug 8, In eastern
Afghanistan two suicide attackers hit a NATO patrol, killing 3
American coalition service members and USAID foreign service officer
Ragaei Abdelfattah. Afghan officials added that a civilian was also
killed in the bombing in Kunar province.
(AP, 8/8/12)(AP, 8/10/12)
2012 Aug 9, An Afghan soldier
turned his weapon on NATO allies in Laghman province. No ISAF
soldiers were killed as they returned fire, killing the attacker.
2012 Aug 10, In southern
Afghanistan two Afghans, including a policeman, shot and killed six
US service members in separate attacks in Helmand province.
Elsewhere in Helmand province six Afghan civilians were killed when
their car hit a roadside bomb.
(AP, 8/10/12)(AP, 8/11/12)
2012 Aug 11, In southwestern
Afghanistan a member of the Afghan National Police opened fire at
his colleagues at a checkpoint in Nimroz province, killing 11 of his
fellow policemen before being killed in an ensuing gunbattle. A
Taliban attack on a police checkpoint sparked a gunbattle that left
two police officers and two Afghan civilians dead in Kandahar
province. Security forces arrested 4 Afghans and a Pakistani in
Kabul, foiling an insurgent plot.
(AP, 8/11/12)(AP, 8/12/12)(SFC, 8/13/12,
2012 Aug 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed district government chief
Faridullah Niazi and three of his bodyguards in Laghman province.
2012 Aug 13, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled roadside bomb exploded killing 5 people, including
provincial peace councilor Mohammad Hashim and Abdul Aziz, the mayor
of Ishkamesh district, Takhar province. Insurgent gunmen also
attacked the convoy of the same district's police chief and chief
administrator, sparking a battle on the road. 2 Taliban gunmen were
killed in the fighting and another was captured. An Afghan policeman
opened fire on NATO forces and Afghan soldiers in Nangarhar province
in the fifth attack reported in a week by Afghan security forces on
their international partners. No coalition service members were
killed. At least one Afghan intelligence agent was wounded and the
2012 Aug 14, In Afghanistan
suicide attacks involving as many as 14 bombers killed at least 27
people in Nimroz province. Police killed and captured several of
them. A separate market bombing in Kunduz province, killed 10
people, including five children. In the east a car hit a roadside
bomb killing 4 children in Paktika province. The day’s death toll
reached 50 including 11 police and 39 civilians. At least 110 people
were wounded in all the attacks.
(AP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 15, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 grenades exploded inside a mosque compound during
morning prayers in Khost province, wounding at least 9 worshippers.
2012 Aug 16, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters reportedly shot down a NATO helicopter during a
firefight in Kandahar province. 11 people were killed in the crash,
including 7 Americans and 4 Afghans. An Afghan army vehicle hit a
roadside bomb in Baghlan province, killing 3 Afghan soldiers and
wounding 3 others.
(AP, 8/16/12)(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A3)
2012 Aug 17, Two Afghan
security personnel opened fire on Western colleagues, killing two US
soldiers and causing a number of other casualties in two separate
attacks in Farah province. The attacker was shot and killed. Hours
later ISAF confirmed that "a number" of foreign and Afghan soldiers
were shot and wounded by an Afghan soldier in the southern province
of Kandahar. A British died as a result of enemy action while on
sentry duty in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand province.
(AFP, 8/17/12)(AP, 8/18/12)
2012 Aug 18, In Afghanistan a
bomb in a busy market killed four people in the western province of
Herat. The director of a prison in Helmand province's Grish
district, Mohammad Ismail, died when a bomb attached to his car
2012 Aug 19, In Afghanistan
attackers killed two pairs of brothers in Helmand and Farah
provinces with links to the government. NATO reported 3 service
members killed in the east. An airstrike by coalition forces in the
northeast killed as many as 50 Taliban fighters and a local
insurgent leader in Kunar province. 2 Afghan policemen turned their
weapons on US troops in Kandahar province, killing an American
service member. One of the attackers was killed when the troops
returned fire and the other escaped.
(AP, 8/19/12)(AP, 8/20/12)
2012 Aug 20, In Afghanistan
three Afghans from a politically connected family were killed when
their car struck a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Paktia.
2012 Aug 23, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents kidnapped three Afghan soldiers and another
man from a bus and killed all four in Paktia province. 6 civilians
were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb as they traveled
in the southern province of Kandahar.
2012 Aug 24, A NATO strike in
Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province killed Mullah Dadullah, the
self-proclaimed Taliban leader in Pakistan's Bajur tribal area.
Pakistani intelligence officials said Dadullah and 19 others were
killed in the attack.
2012 Aug 26, In Afghan
insurgents attacked a large party in a Taliban-controlled area of
Helmand province and beheaded 17 people. 10 Afghan soldiers were
killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the south, and five were
either kidnapped or joined their assailants. In Ghor province in the
east, officials said three students were killed in what looked like
a revenge killing by the family of a Taliban commander who died
recently in an explosion.
2012 Aug 26, In northwest
Pakistan dozens of militants from Afghanistan attacked an
anti-Taliban militia post in the Bajur tribal area for the third
day, sparking fighting that killed one soldier and 20 militants.
Locals and officials said thousands of people have fled North
Waziristan in recent days, fearing a military offensive against
(AP, 8/26/12)(AFP, 8/26/12)
2012 Aug 27, In Afghanistan 2
American soldiers were shot and killed by one of their Afghan
colleagues in Laghman province. A NATO helicopter crashed in Logar
province, but NATO said no one was killed.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AP, 8/28/12)
2012 Aug 28, Afghan authorities
said a "massive" suicide truck bombing in Kandahar city killed four
civilians and wounded the provincial police chief overnight.
2012 Aug 29, In Afghanistan
five Australian soldiers were killed, three when an Afghan soldier
turned his gun on them inside a base in Uruzgan province and two
from a helicopter crash. A rocket hit a civilian house in Logar
province and killed one woman inside. A 12-year-old boy was
kidnapped and killed in southern Kandahar province, his severed head
placed near his body to send a warning to police.
(AP, 8/30/12)(Reuters, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 30, In Afghanistan
insurgent rockets killed five civilians while they were waiting on
the side of a road for a bus in Logar province. A 6-year-old girl
was beheaded in eastern Kapisa province.
(AFP, 8/30/12)(Reuters, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 31, Afghan officials
said that a 16-year-old boy accused by the Taliban of spying for the
government was beheaded and skinned in late July.
2012 Sep 1, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 suicide attackers, one driving a fuel tanker, blew
themselves up near a US base, killing at least 12 people in Wardak
province. The dead included 8 civilians and 4 Afghan police. 2 US
soldiers were killed in Ghazni province.
2012 Sep 3, In Afghanistan the
international military coalition said one of its service members has
died in a bomb attack.
2012 Sep 4, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed at least 25 civilians and
wounded another 30 at a funeral for a village elder in the village
of Shagai in the Durbaba district of Nangarhar province.
2012 Sep 4, The foreign
ministers of Germany and Pakistan signed an agreement in which the
two countries committed to a "strategic dialogue" on security
issues, particularly regarding Afghanistan.
2012 Sep 5, Afghanistan's
Defense Ministry said it has detained or removed hundreds of
soldiers from its military's ranks as part of an investigation into
the backgrounds of its troops after a surge in insider attacks
against foreign forces. NATO said two of its service members died in
a helicopter crash in Logar province.
2012 Sep 8, In Afghanistan a
teenage suicide bomber blew himself up outside NATO headquarters in
Kabul, killing at least six civilians in a strike that targeted the
heart of the US-led military operation in the country. The Taliban
2012 Sep 9, In western
Afghanistan two bomb blasts near the governor's compound in Farah
province killed a 12-year-old boy and wounded 16 other civilians. A
NATO service member was killed by a roadside bomb in the south.
2012 Sep 10, In Afghanistan US
officials handed over formal control Bagram prison to Kabul. Some 99
percent of 3000 detainees captured before 9 March were transferred
to Afghan authority. Shortly after the handover ceremony, a suicide
bomber in the northern city of Kunduz killed 15 people and wounded
2012 Sep 11, Afghan insurgents
bombarded the US Bagram Air Field and destroyed a NATO helicopter,
killing three Afghan intelligence employees. There were also NATO
personnel aboard and wounded, the coalition said without providing
further details. A teenage suicide bomber walked into a shop in
Herat province and blew himself up, killing five people.
2012 Sep 14, Hundreds of
Afghans, some shouting "Death to America," burned the US flag and an
effigy of President Barack Obama during a protest against an
anti-Islam film outside the eastern city of Jalalabad. Heavily armed
insurgents attacked the British Camp Bastion air base in Helmand
province, killing two US Marines and wounding several other troops.
6 Harrier fighter jets were destroyed. 14 insurgents were killed.
(AP, 9/14/12)(AP, 9/16/12)
2012 Sep 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a bus and truck collided and burst into flames in Ghazni
province, killing at least 51 people.
2012 Sep 15, In southern
Afghanistan a man believed to be a member of the Afghan local police
turned his weapon on US-led coalition forces, killing two British
soldiers in Helmand province.
(AP, 9/15/12)(AP, 9/16/12)
2012 Sep 16, An Afghan police
officer turned his gun on NATO troops at a remote checkpoint in the
south of the country before dawn, killing four American troops.
Airstrikes by NATO planes reportedly killed 8 women and girls in
Laghman province. NATO forces said that the strike killed a large
number of insurgents, as many as 45, but may have also killed
civilians. Gen. John Allen ordered a temporary scaling back of joint
operations with Afghan police and soldiers.
(AP, 9/16/12)(Economist, 9/22/12, p.50)
2012 Sep 17, In Afghanistan
hundreds of protesters burned cars and threw rocks at a US
military base in Kabul.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 18, In Afghanistan a
female suicide bomb attack on a minivan carrying foreign workers
that killed 12 people. Afghan militants claimed responsibility
saying it was retaliation for a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.
2012 Sep 20, US officials said
the last of the US surge troops have left Afghanistan. This left
68,000 American forces still in the war zone.
(SFC, 9/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 22, NATO said a
service member with the international military force in Afghanistan
has been killed in an insurgent attack in the eastern part of the
2012 Sep 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide attack on a NATO patrol killed two service
members in the U.S.-led coalition in Logar province.
2012 Sep 29, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed two policemen in Herat province,
just hours before a ceremony to hand a nearby police training
academy over from NATO to Afghan control. An Afghan soldier turned
his gun on American troops at a checkpoint in Wardak province,
killing two Americans and at least two fellow members of
Afghanistan's army. The shooting marked the 2,000th US troop death
in the long-running war.
(AP, 9/29/12)(AP, 9/30/12)
2012 Oct 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed
his bike into a joint Afghan-American patrol in Khost city, killing
at least 14 people including three US troops and their translator.
2012 Oct 6, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents killed two American troops in Wardak
province, an area that has seen heavy fighting in recent months. An
Afghan policeman was killed and another was wounded when a
remote-controlled bomb planted on a motorbike was detonated in
Sangin district of Helmand province. A roadside bomb killed another
Afghan policeman in Kandahar city.
2012 Oct 8, In Afghanistan a
bomb hidden in a parked minibus exploded outside a government
building, killing two Afghan intelligence officers in Lashkar Gah,
2012 Oct 8, In Afghanistan
Caitlan Coleman (27), an American woman disappeared with her
Canadian husband, Josh. They were passing through Wardak while
traveling from Ghazni province south of Kabul to the capital.
2012 Oct 13, In southern
Afghanistan 6 people, including 2 Americans, were killed an attack
where a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at a local
intelligence office in Kandahar province. The bomber wore a uniform
of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, or NDS. A second
attack killed two Afghan policemen and left three others wounded in
Qalat, the capital of neighboring Zabul province. A NATO service
member with the US-led coalition was killed in a roadside bombing in
(AP, 10/13/12)(AP, 10/16/12)
2012 Oct 14, Afghan
counternarcotics police poured gasoline on more than 24 tons of
narcotics and other illegal substances, then set the pile ablaze on
the outskirts of Kabul.
2012 Oct 15, Russia said it is
appealing to the Afghan authorities and the public to provide
information on some 265 Soviet troops — including 30-40 who may
still be alive — listed as missing since Soviet forces ended their
occupation of Afghanistan in 1989.
2012 Oct 16, Afghanistan's
security service denied claims that a suicide bomber who killed two
American troops and four Afghans on Oct 13 was a member of the
country's intelligence agency.
2012 Oct 17, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near the gate
of a US-Afghan combat outpost, wounding 10 Afghan soldiers.
2012 Oct 19, In northern
Afghanistan an explosion from a roadside bomb tore into a minibus
carrying people to a wedding, leaving 19 dead and 16 wounded.
Separately six football fans died and 36 were injured when their bus
collided with a fuel tanker on a narrow road about 400 km (240
miles) northwest of Kabul.
2012 Oct 20, Afghan officials
said an Afghan police officer and cook poisoned two colleagues at a
checkpoint in an assault coordinated with insurgent fighters who
killed 4 other officers in Helmand province. Another Taliban attack
in Helmand killed two district community council members. A
Taliban-fired rocket-propelled grenades destroyed a warehouse full
of food destined for the Bagram US base.
2012 Oct 21, In Afghanistan a
NATO raid in Logar province reportedly killed four children.
2012 Oct 22, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents killed 10 Afghan troops in an ambush in western
Herat province. Afghan police said a man in Herat has confessed to
stabbing his wife to death to prevent her from taking a job outside
(AP, 10/23/12)(AP, 10/22/12)
2012 Oct 23, In Afghanistan an
American service member was killed in an insurgent attack in the
2012 Oct 24, In Afghanistan two
British troops and an Afghan policeman were gunned down in Helmand
2012 Oct 25, In Afghanistan a
man in an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two American service
members in Uruzgan province.
2012 Oct 26, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque,
killing 41 people and wounding 23 in Maymana, Faryab province.
Taliban militants pulled five Afghan civilians off a bus in Ghazni
province and shot them dead.
(AP, 10/26/12)(AP, 10/27/12)
2012 Oct 29, In Afghanistan a
pre-dawn Afghan army and NATO raid in the eastern province of Ghazni
killed four Taliban and three civilian bystanders.
2012 Oct 30, In southern
Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan police uniform killed two NATO
2012 Nov 1, In southern
Afghanistan a US service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
2012 Nov 2, In Afghanistan 4
Afghan police officers were shot dead in southern Helmand province
in an insider attack by their colleagues.
2012 Nov 3, In Afghanistan
Rahmatullah Khan, district police chief in Kandahar province, died
while trying to reach a police outpost under Taliban attack.
2012 Nov 8, In Afghanistan 10
civilians, including a child and four men, died as their vehicle
struck a land mine in Helmand province. A suicide bomber on a
motorcycle blew himself up amid a police patrol in Kandahar city,
killing the 3 policemen and wounding two. 5 troops died when their
convoy hit a land mine in Laghman province. 2 boys were killed by a
roadside bomb in Zabul province.
2012 Nov 9, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
Another died as a result of a non-battle related injury in the
2012 Nov 11, In Afghanistan a
gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a member of
the US-led coalition forces in Helmand province. 11 Afghan civilians
were killed by land mines in explosions in the east and south.
2012 Nov 11, Afghan
forces of killed at least four Pakistani civilians in a cross-border
shelling attack. Pakistani intelligence officials and a local
resident put the death toll at five, four men and a child.
2012 Nov 12, In Afghanistan an
international military coalition service member was been killed in
an insurgent attack in the country's east.
2012 Nov 13, In Afghanistan at
least four rockets were fired into Kabul, killing one man and
injuring three other people.
2012 Nov 14, Afghan police say
Taliban insurgents have shot and killed two young Afghan men who
were working as translators for NATO forces in Logar province.
2012 Nov 14, Pakistan freed at
least seven Taliban prisoners at the request of the Afghan
government and agreed to free many more, in a move meant to help
jumpstart a shaky peace process with the militant group in
(AP, 11/14/12)(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 16, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 17 civilians traveling to a
wedding in Farah province. 2 service members with the US-led
military coalition were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern
2012 Nov 19, A spokesman for
Afghan Pres, Karzai told reporters that more than 70 detainees
continue to be held by the Americans despite being ordered released
by Afghan courts.
2012 Nov 20, In western
Afghanistan a bombing in Farah province killed, Noor Mohammad
Jahani, a former Taliban commander who had left the insurgency two
years ago and joined the Afghan police force.
2012 Nov 20, In Afghanistan 8
prisoners were hanged. Pres. Karzai had signed off on the execution
of 16 prisoners. The remaining 8 were executed the next day.
(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 20, France ended its
combat operations in Afghanistan, pulling hundreds of troops from a
base in a volatile region northeast of Kabul and fulfilling promises
to end its combat role on a faster track than other NATO allies.
2012 Nov 20, A UN report said
Afghan efforts to stamp out opium poppy cultivation are failing
because of high prices for the illicit crop, pushing farmers to grow
18 percent more in 2012 than last year.
2012 Nov 21, In Afghanistan two
men wearing suicide vests blew themselves up near a US base in
Kabul, killing two Afghan guards in the heart of a neighborhood
filled with foreign forces and embassies.
2012 Nov 21, In Afghanistan
Sayid Mohammad (23), a farmer from Karim Dad village, was arrested
by US Army A Team members. His footless body was found on May 21,
2013, near a former US Special Forces base in Wardak province.
(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A3)
2012 Nov 23, In eastern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a truck full of
explosives, killing three Afghan civilians and wounding more than 90
people, including several Afghan and NATO troops in Maidan Shahr,
Wardak province. Police in Kabul were reported to have arrested two
men with four explosive vests.
2012 Nov 24, In Afghanistan a
fight between Shiite and Sunni students broke out at Kabul Univ.
killing one student and injuring six others. Classes were postponed
for 10 days.
2012 Nov 26, In eastern
Afghanistan several thousand university students demonstrated to
denounce Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, burning
Israeli and US flags as well as a Christian cross. A bomb strapped
to a bicycle exploded, wounding 26 civilians in Khost. A service
member with the international military coalition was killed in a
roadside bombing in the south.
2012 Nov 27, An Afghan girl
(14) was beheaded and killed in an attack by two men, one of whom
apparently asked her to marry him. Gasitina, a student, was beheaded
in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province. The two men were
2012 Nov 28, An int’l.
investigating committee reported that a small clique of executives
and shareholders had run Afghanistan’s Kabul Bank for their own
enrichment. When the bank failed in 2010 over 90% of its loan book
was extended to just 12 individuals and their companies.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.47)
2012 Nov 29, In Afghanistan 2
roadside bombs exploded in Khost and Uruzgan provinces, killing at
least 12 people and injuring 16 others.
2012 Nov 30, Pakistan agreed to
free more Taliban prisoners in the future, a move considered a key
step to coaxing the militant group into peace negotiations to end
the 11-year-old war in Afghanistan.
2012 Nov, In Afghanistan Pierre
Borghi, a freelance French photographer, was kidnapped in Kabul. His
release was confirmed on April 8, 2013.
2012 Dec 1, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber killed three civilians and wounded
another six in Uruzgan province. In Kapisa province Hanisa (22), a
female vaccine worker, was shot to death by 3 men on a motorcycle on
her first day of work to vaccinate children against polio.
(AP, 12/1/12)(SSFC, 12/9/12, p.A24)
2012 Dec 2, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers attacked Forward Operating Base
Fenty, a joint US-Afghan air base in Jalalabad city, detonating
explosives at the gate and sparking a gunbattle that lasted at least
two hours. 9 attackers and 3 Afghan security members were killed.
(AP, 12/2/12)(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A3)
2012 Dec 3, In Afghanistan two
NATO coalition service members were killed in a bomb attack in the
2012 Dec 6, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber posing as a messenger of peace blew himself
up near Asadullah Khalid, the newly appointed intelligence chief,
seriously wounding him. 5 children were killed and two others were
wounded by a mine in Sangin district, Helmand province, while
collecting scrap items they hoped to sell.
2012 Dec 8, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said that the Dec 6 assassination attempt on the
country's intelligence chief was planned in Pakistan, but vowed it
would not stop him from seeking Islamabad's help in coaxing
militants to the negotiating table.
2012 Dec 9, In eastern
Afghanistan Dr. Dilip Joseph, an American doctor abducted by the
Taliban five days ago in Kabul province, was rescued in a US-led
operation. Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque (28), a Navy
SEAL, died of injuries sustained in the successful rescue of Dr.
(AP, 12/9/12)(AP, 12/10/12)
2012 Dec 10, In Afghanistan a
Taliban bombing killed the Afghan provincial police chief of Nimroz
province. Gunmen fatally shot and killed Najia Sediqi, the official
in charge of women's affairs for the eastern Laghman province. In
the south a NATO service member was killed in a bomb attack.
2012 Dec 11, A US watchdog
agency said that Afghan officials were resisting US efforts to help
track billions of dollars being flown out of Kabul airport every
year, some likely linked to crime and drugs.
2012 Dec 11, Iran's official
news agency reported that the country has closed its consular
section in the western Afghan city of Herat, after anti-Iranian
protests at the site on Dec 9. Afghan demonstrators were protesting
the alleged killing of Afghan emigrants at nearby border crossings
in recent months.
2012 Dec 13, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 14 others
near Kandahar Airfield, the main US military base in the south.
2012 Dec 17, In Afghanistan a
car bomb outside a compound housing a US military contractor on the
outskirts of Kabul killed at least two Afghan workers and wounded
more than a dozen other people. In Nangarhar province a British-made
anti-tank mine, left over from the time of the Soviet invasion,
killed ten girls ages 9-11.
(AP, 12/17/12)(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A3)
2012 Dec 18, In Afghanistan a
coalition soldier went missing. Afghan police found the body and
turned it over to NATO forces on Dec 29. He was one of 1,560 troops
serving from the former Soviet republic of Georgia. 18 Georgian
soldiers have been killed since the country joined the international
military operations in Afghanistan in August 2009.
(AP, 12/21/12)(AP, 12/30/12)
2012 Dec 20, In Afghanistan a
powerful roadside bomb killed five civilians and two police officers
near a police checkpoint in Nimroz province.
2012 Dec 21, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed eleven Pakistanis and Afghans in a border
town as they were trying to cross to Iran to travel on to Europe as
2012 Dec 22, In Afghanistan US
Navy Seal Cmdr. Job W. Price (42) of Pottstown, Pa., died of a
noncombat-related injury in Uruzgan province. His death was being
investigated as a suicide.
2012 Dec 24, An Afghan
policewoman, identified as Sgt Nargas, walked into a high-security
compound in Kabul and killed American contractor Joseph Griffin (49)
with a single bullet to the chest, the first such shooting by a
woman in a spate of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign
allies. Nargas moved to Afghanistan from Iran 10 years ago after her
husband obtained fake documents enabling her to live and work there.
The killing came just hours after an Afghan policeman shot five of
his colleagues at a checkpoint in Jawzjan province. The attacker
then stole his colleague's weapons and fled to join the Taliban.
(AP, 12/24/12)(AP, 12/25/12)
2012 Dec 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a vehicle driven by a suicide bomber exploded at the
gate of Camp Chapman, a major US military base, killing the attacker
and three Afghans. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack
in Khost province.
2012 Dec 31, Pakistan released
eight members of the Afghan Taliban from prison, including the
former justice minister under the Taliban, in a bid to boost the
peace process in neighboring Afghanistan.
2012 Rajiv Chandrasekaran a
journalist embedded with US soldiers (2009-2011) authored “Little
America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan."
(SSFC, 9/2/12, p.F7)
2013 Jan 3, Coalition military
officials in Afghanistan said an elite Danish soldier was killed
overnight by an explosive device.
2013 Jan 4, Afghan Police Maj.
Jalal Uddin said that 80 prisoners, formerly held by the US, were
freed from prisons across the country today, the latest batch of a
total of 400 to be released this week. The released prisoners had
been captured in operations against the Taliban and other groups.
2013 Jan 6, In Afghanistan 2
suicide bombers penetrated a government compound killing five people
in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province. In Helmand province a bomb
planted at a bus station killed one policeman and wounded another
2013 Jan 7, An Afghan soldier
turned his weapon against foreign and Afghan troops in a southern
province, killing one British soldier. 6 British soldiers were also
2013 Jan 8, In northern
Afghanistan gunmen killed two local government officials in separate
attacks in Kunduz province.
2013 Jan 11, Pres. Barack Obama
and Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai met in Washington to discuss bringing
down the curtain in the long Afghan war.
2013 Jan 13, In Afghanistan an
explosion killed 7 villagers as they tried to pull bodies of dead
insurgents from the rubble of a village mosque after a night raid by
NATO and Afghan troops. Four insurgents and an Afghan soldier were
also reported killed in the operation.
2013 Jan 14, In Afghanistan a
soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was
wounded by enemy action. He died of his wounds in Birmingham on Jan
2013 Jan 16, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide bombers in Kabul attacked the gates of the Afghan
intelligence agency, killing one person and wounding dozens. 6
suicide bombers died in the attack.
(AP, 1/16/13)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 20, The United Nations
said that Afghan authorities were still torturing prisoners, such as
hanging them by their wrists and beating them with cables, a year
after the UN first documented the abuse and the Afghan government
promised detention reform.
2013 Jan 21, In Afghanistan 2
Taliban suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gates of the Kabul
traffic police headquarters before another group of militants
stormed the compound, battling security forces for nine hours in an
attack that left 3 policemen and all 5 attackers dead.
2013 Jan 25, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber killed five civilians and wounded
another 25 in a botched attempt to hit a convoy of NATO supply
trucks in kapisa province.
2013 Jan 26, In Afghanistan 10
policemen died when a suicide bomber driving a motorcycle blew
himself up in northern Kunduz province. A remote-controlled bomb
planted on a bicycle exploded, killing one police officer and one
civilian in the eastern city of Ghazni. A police truck packed with
officers and detainees struck a roadside bomb in Kandahar city,
killing 10 of those aboard. It was one of four blasts that left at
least 24 people dead across the country.
(AP, 1/26/13)(AP, 1/27/13)
2013 Jan 27, Afghan authorities
accused NATO of killing three civilian men in a nighttime ambush in
the eastern Logar province. The coalition disputed the account,
saying it had no operations in Logar's Baraki Barak district the
previous evening. NATO said there were three dead, but they were
insurgents killed by Afghan forces.
2013 Jan 30, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded in an open-air market in Khost province, killing two
2013 Jan 31, Germany's
Parliament voted to extend the country's military mission in
Afghanistan by 13 months.
2013 Feb 2, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed a family of five in Helmand province.
2013 Feb 3, Afghan police
arrested six men and seized suicide vests, assault rifles and more
than 50 hand grenades during a raid on a residential building in
2013 Feb 3, British PM David
Cameron met in London with the presidents of Afghanistan and
Pakistan for 2 days of talks to discuss prospects for peace with the
2013 Feb 7, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crashed in Kapisa province, but no
crew members were seriously injured.
2013 Feb 9, In southern
Afghanistan two women and four men were killed in the blast in
the Nad Ali district, Helmand province.
2013 Feb 10, In Afghanistan US
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford took over as the new and probably last
commander of all US and international forces in the country.
2013 Feb 11, An Afghan
government panel acknowledged widespread torture of detainees after
a 2-week investigation of a UN report citing rampant abuses.
(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 11, The US began its
withdrawal from Afghanistan in earnest, sending the first of what
will be tens of thousands of containers home through a once-blocked
land route through Pakistan.
2013 Feb 12, President Obama
made his State of the Union address. He announced plans with the EU
to pursue talks aimed at achieving an overarching trans-Atlantic
free trade deal. Obama also said that the first 34,000 troops will
leave Afghanistan within a year and more in 2014, when all foreign
combat forces are to leave the country.
2013 Feb 13, In Afghanistan a
NATO airstrike struck two houses, killing 10 Afghan civilians and
four insurgents in Kunar province near the Pakistani border.
President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack. Mahmood, an Afghan
soldier-turned-insurgent, who was feted by the Taliban for killing
an American soldier during an insider attack on May 11, 2012, was
killed along with an accomplice in a raid in Ghaziabad district.
(AP, 2/13/13)(AP, 2/18/13)
2013 Feb 14, Dozens of Afghan
activists and supporters marked Valentine's Day by marching in Kabul
to denounce violence against women amid reports that domestic abuse
is on the rise.
2013 Feb 16, Afghan Pres.
Karzai issued a decree that orders the prosecution of Afghan
security forces involved in torturing prisoners and requires all
future interrogations be videotaped.
2013 Feb 18, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai officially banned Afghan security forces from
requesting international airstrikes during operations in residential
2013 Feb 19, NATO and Afghan
forces killed at least 25 insurgents and three of their commanders
in separate operations around the country.
2013 Feb 19, Afghan security
said intelligence officers have arrested a senior Pakistan Taliban
commander. Maulvi Faqir Mohammed was arrested over the weekend in
eastern Nangarhar province.
2013 Feb 21, A Pakistani
intelligence official said at least half the Afghan Taliban recently
freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency throwing
into question the value of such goodwill gestures that the Afghan
government requested to restart a flagging peace process.
2013 Feb 24, Afghanistan's
president said all US special forces must leave eastern Wardak
province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans
working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Suicide
bombers targeted Afghanistan's intelligence agency and other
security forces in four coordinated attacks in Kabul and outlying
areas, leaving at least 7 dead, including the 4 bombers.
2013 Feb 26, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents reportedly poisoned, then shot and killed 17
people as they slept at a local police post in Ghazni province.
2013 Feb 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber slid under a bus full of Afghan soldiers and blew
himself up in Kabul, wounding 10.
2013 Feb 28, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai demanded control of clandestine Afghan armed groups
that are linked to US-led forces amid complaints of abuses by the
units. A roadside bomb in Kunar province killed nine people, mostly
border policemen. Two brothers, 11 and 12, were killed with their 2
donkeys when a coalition helicopter fired at what they thought were
insurgent forces in the Shahid-e Hasas district of Uruzgan province.
(AP, 2/28/13)(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A7)
2013 Mar 3, In Afghan
insurgents attacked a supply convoy and killed one soldier in
Badakhshan province. 23 other soldiers were captured. 6 of the
soldiers were released following negotiations, but 16 others were
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 5, An Afghan tribunal
sentenced two top executives of Kabul Bank, Sherkhan Farnood and
Khalilullah Ferozi, to 5 years in prison for misappropriating a
combined $808 million. They were among 21 Kabul Bank and government
employees found guilty of wrongdoing.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 8, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 men wearing Afghan army uniforms and driving an Afghan
army vehicle forced their way onto a US base midday and opened fire,
killing a civilian contractor and wounding other US troops in Kapisa
province. Afghan police said 5 officers were killed by homemade
bombs while carrying out a poppy eradicating campaign in Farah
province. 4 Taliban were killed in the ensuing firefight.
(AP, 3/8/13)(SFC, 2/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 9, In Afghanistan
militants staged two suicide attacks that killed at least 19 people
in Kabul an d Khost city on the first full day of US Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit.
2013 Mar 11, In eastern
Afghanistan a police officer opened fire on US and Afghan forces at
a police headquarters, sparking a firefight that killed two US
troops and two other Afghan policemen in Wardak province. The
attacker was also killed in the shootout. In a second incident,
outside Kabul, US troops fired on a truck approaching their military
convoy, killing two Afghan men inside. A helicopter crash outside
Kandahar city killed five American service members.
(AP, 3/11/13)(AP, 3/12/13)
2013 Mar 12, Afghan officials
said counternarcotics teams have seized some 23 tons of heroin,
morphine and other chemicals in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar
(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 13, Afghan
intelligence agents killed five suspected suicide bombers and
arrested two others, all members of the militant Haqqani network,
during a raid in which a truck was seized with 7,200 pounds of
explosive on the outskirts of Kabul.
2013 Mar 13, In Afghanistan
several people were killed and injured when a suicide bomber blew
himself up in a crowd of sports fans watching a buzkashi game in
2013 Mar 16, In Afghanistan
several hundred demonstrators chanting "US special operations forces
out!" marched to the parliament building in Kabul, protesting the
continued presence of US commandos in troubled Wardak province. A
helicopter crashed killing one member of the US-led coalition and
injuring another in Kandahar province.
2013 Mar 18, Afghan opposition
parties, frustrated with the government's lack of progress in making
peace with the Taliban, confirmed that they have been talking since
the beginning of the year to the Taliban as well as the militant
group headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
2013 Mar 20, The US military
and the Afghan government reached a deal on the pullout of American
special operations forces and their Afghan counterparts from Wardak
province after complaints that they were involved in human rights
2013 Mar 21, In northern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a district administrator and two
of his bodyguards in Takhar province. A member of Afghanistan's
government-backed militia program shot and killed five of his
colleagues in Badghis province.
(AP, 3/21/13)(AP, 3/22/13)
2013 Mar 23, The US Pentagon
said it has reached an agreement to transfer the Parwan Detention
Facility to Afghan control.
(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 25, In Afghanistan the
US military gave control of its last local detention facility to
Kabul, a year after the two sides initially agreed on the transfer.
2013 Mar 26, In eastern
Afghanistan 8 suicide bombers struck a police headquarters, killing
at least five officers in Jalalabad. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah
Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack. A roadside bomb
killed two police officers and wounded another in the Nad Ali
district of southern Helmand province.
2013 Mar 26, Afghan and NATO
forces killed more than 20 insurgents in a 2-day joint operation in
2013 Mar 27, An Afghan teenager
killed US soldier Sgt. Michael Cable (26) in Nangarhar province by
stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local
children. The young man escaped to nearby Pakistan.
2013 Mar 30, In Afghanistan US
special operations forces handed over their base in Nirkh district,
Wardak province, to local Afghan special forces.
2013 Mar 31, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai met with the emir of Qatar in Doha to discuss the possible
opening of a Taliban office in Qatar.
(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 3, In western
Afghanistan 55 people, including 9 attackers, were killed in a
daylong gunbattle with security forces in Farah province. A NATO
airstrike killed 4 policemen and 2 civilians in Ghazni province. An
American F-16 fighter jet crashed in eastern Afghanistan, killing
the US pilot.
(AP, 4/3/13)(AP, 4/4/13)
2013 Apr 5, In Afghanistan a
bomb attached to a donkey exploded, killing a policeman and wounded
three civilians in Laghman province.
2013 Apr 5, In Afghanistan
American contractor David Gordon (38), detained in a contract
dispute on April 3, was released. 3 US congressmen, who complained
about his detention, said he had been seized without charges and
2013 Apr 5, In Iran a road
accident killed 18 people, including 15 Afghans, after a truck
smuggling fuel slammed into a sedan packed with Afghans who were
being brought illegally into the country.
2013 Apr 6, In southern
Afghanistan 3 US service members, 2 US civilians and a doctor were
killed in a suicide attack on a convoy in Zabul province. Anne
Smedinghoff (25) became the first US diplomat to die in Afghanistan.
Another American civilian was killed in a 2-day Afghan-led military
operation in Kunar province that left as many as 11 suspected
Taliban militants dead including Taliban commander Ali Khan. A
related US airstrike killed also killed 17 Afghan civilians,
including 12 children. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the US military's top
officer, began a weekend visit.
(AP, 4/6/13)(AP, 4/7/13)(SFC, 4/8/13, p.A2)(AP,
2013 Apr 8, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb hit a public bus in Wardak province killed at least
2013 Apr 9, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crashed in a field, killing two
American service members in Nangarhar province.
2013 Apr 11, In southern
Afghanistan two separate roadside bombings killed four people,
including an Uruzgan province district police chief.
2013 Apr 12, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants stormed an Afghan army outpost in Kunar province,
killing 13 soldiers in an area that is a major infiltration route
for insurgents crossing the mountainous border between Afghanistan
and Pakistan. One soldier remained missing.
(AP, 4/12/13)(SFC, 4/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 15, Afghan commandos
killed 22 insurgents during an operation to capture a Taliban
commander in the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province. Taliban
commander, Jamal Faroqi, was killed in the pre-dawn raid and 10
insurgents were captured. NATO said a team of Afghan and coalition
special forces captured a senior leader of the Pakistan-based
Lashkar-e-Taiba. A roadside bomb killed at least 7 members of a
family travelling in a trailer towed by a tractor in Zabul province.
A roadside bomb killed 4 Afghan police and wounded 3 overnight in
southern Helmand province. 2 policemen were killed and 6 kidnapped
during a Taliban attack on an outpost in northern Zawzjan province.
2013 Apr 15, A UN report said
opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has been increasing for a
third year in a row.
2013 Apr 16, In Afghanistan
insurgents ambushed a convoy of trucks in Wardak province, killing
five members of a government guard force. 6 Afghan soldiers, two
officers and four enlisted men, were shot to death on a main highway
that crosses Jowzjan province.
(AP, 4/16/13)(AP, 4/17/13)
2013 Apr 17, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs and insurgent attacks killed at least 18 people in
four separate attacks across the country.
2013 Apr 18, In Afghanistan
insurgents shot and killed four laborers building a checkpoint for
the Afghan army in Helmand province. The International Committee of
the Red Cross warned that security was deteriorating across
Afghanistan as militants flood the battlefield and conduct attacks
in the spring fighting season of the nearly 12-year-old war.
2013 Apr 19, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents attacked a local police checkpoint in Andar, a
district of Ghazni province, killing 13 officers.
2013 Apr 21, In Afghanistan
insurgents shot 6 police officers dead at a checkpoint in Ghazni
province. A suicide bomber killed 3 civilians at a shopping bazaar
in Paktika province. Among the dead was Asanullah Sadat, who stepped
down as the district's governor two years ago.
2013 Apr 21, In eastern
Afghanistan a Turkish civilian helicopter was forced to make an
emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of Logar province.
Insurgents took all 11 people aboard the aircraft hostage, including
8 Turks, one Afghan translator and 2 foreign pilots. Four of the
Turks were freed on May 12.
(AP, 4/22/13)(AP, 5/13/13)
2013 Apr 23, Mullah Omar,
leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency
against the government in Kabul, reportedly died in Pakistan. His
death was only made public in July 2015. Pakistan's defense minister
later insisted that Mullah Omar died in Afghanistan and was buried
there. On Sep 13, 2015, Omar’s eldest son confirmed that Omar had
died in Afghanistan.
(Reuters, 7/29/15)(Reuters, 7/30/15)(SFC,
7/30/15, p.A2)(AP, 8/7/15)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.78)
2013 Apr 23, Afghan and
coalition forces killed 6 insurgents during a joint operation in
Tagab district of Kapisa province. 7 others were killed in a
separate operation run by Afghan security forces in the Hisarak
district of Nangarhar province.
2013 Apr 23, In Afghanistan 20
people died in flooding in Balkh province.
2013 Apr 24, In Afghanistan 18
people were killed by the earthquake that struck Nangarhar and Kunar
2013 Apr 26, In southern
Afghanistan a bus collided with the wreckage of a truck that had
been attacked by Taliban insurgents, killing 45 people aboard the
bus in a fiery crash.
2013 Apr 27, In Afghanistan a
coalition MC-12 Liberty aircraft crashed in Zabul province killing
four service members. The Taliban announced the start of their
spring offensive, signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather
warms, making both travel and fighting easier.
(AP, 4/27/13)(AP, 4/28/13)
2013 Apr 28, In eastern
Afghanistan remote-controlled roadside bomb killed Col.
Mohammad Hussain, the deputy provincial police chief, and two other
officers in Ghazni province, an attack the Taliban claimed as the
opening round of their spring offensive. Afghan and coalition forces
arrested six insurgents — three in Helmand province, one in Baghlan
province and two in Kandahar province.
2013 Apr 28, In Afghanistan
NATO forces encountered insurgents in Zabul province. 4 insurgents
were killed in the incident. On May 8 the US-led coalition said it
had opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct during
the April 28 encounter.
2013 Apr 28, A New York Times
report, citing current and former advisers to Afghan Pres. Karzai,
said tens of millions of US dollars in cash were delivered by the
CIA in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags to the office
of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade.
2013 Apr 29, In Afghanistan a
civilian cargo plane owned by an American company crashed at Bagram
Air Field, north of Kabul, soon after takeoff, killing all seven
2013 Apr 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber targeting a police van killed at least 8
people in Peshawar, including the son and nephew of an Afghan
official involved in peace negotiations with the Taliban.
2013 Apr 30, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 3 British service members. A bomb
planted by the Taliban in Kandahar province killed 3 civilians and
wounded five. In Kunduz province a roadside bomb destroyed a car
killing a a local police commander and his driver.
(AP, 4/30/13)(AP, 5/1/13)
2013 May 1, In Afghanistan
insurgents ambushed government peace negotiator Malim Shah Wali Khan
(53), killing him and two bodyguards as they headed to a meeting in
the south to discuss plans for local troops to take over
responsibility from the US-led coalition.
2013 May 1, Pakistani forces
fired artillery rounds at Afghan border police in the Goshta
district of eastern Nangarhar province. In an ensuing five-hour
firefight, one Afghan border policeman was killed.
2013 May 4, In southern
Afghanistan 5 US troops were killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar
province. 2 others died as a soldier with the Afghan National Army
turned his weapon on coalition troops in the west.
(AP, 5/4/13)(AP, 5/5/13)
2013 May 4, In Afghanistan
insurgents in Baghlan province killed a German special forces
soldier and wounded another. This marked the first death in combat
of a member of Germany's special forces in Afghanistan. Several
insurgents are believed to have been killed in the fighting.
2013 May 5, A new jihadi
magazine, set up by militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, appealed
to Muslims around the world to come up with technology to hack into
or manipulate drones, describing this as one of their most important
2013 May 8, Afghan police
opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators. 8 protesters were killed.
They were protesting raids that Afghan and NATO forces conducted in
their village of Loye Karez two days earlier. 3 people were killed
when their vehicle triggered an explosive device in Lashkar Gah,
Helmand province. Afghan intelligence service said it arrested an
Afghan national who confessed to having been sent by the Taliban to
carry out a suicide bombing against Abdullah Abdullah, a
presidential candidate in the 2009 election.
2013 May 9, In Afghanistan
unidentified kidnappers abducted 11 Afghans working in a
UN-affiliated landmine clearing program in Nangarhar province.
2013 May 10, In Afghanistan 3
children in central Ghazni province were killed when they tried to
dismantle an old bomb.
2013 May 10, Iranian border
guards opened fire on Afghan laborers as they tried to cross the
boundary illegally looking for work. 10 laborers were killed in the
shooting with 8 wounded. 21 were taken by the Iranian guards.
(AP, 5/12/13)(SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)
2013 May 11, In Afghanistan a
bomb killed Faiz Mohammed, the deputy intelligence chief of Nuristan
province. A roadside bomb in Nangarhar province ripped through a
police vehicle, killing two and injuring three other police
(AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/15/13)
2013 May 13, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb in Kandahar province hit a bus and
killed 10 civilians, mostly women and children. 3 Georgian soldiers
killed when a truck bomb exploded at the gate of their outpost in
neighboring Helmand province.
(AP, 5/13/13)(AP, 5/14/13)
2013 May 14, In Afghanistan a
powerful explosion ripped through a NATO convoy in southern Kandahar
province. 4 US personnel were killed. A bomb hidden in a parked
motorcycle ripped through a crowded market in Helmand province,
killing at least 3 people.
2013 May 15, In Afghanistan 2
bombs exploded at a checkpoint outside a provincial governor's
compound, killing at least one police officer in Jalalabad,
2013 May 16, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed his car into a US convoy in Kabul, killing at
least 15 people including two American soldiers and four civilian
contractors. Islamic militant group Hizb-e-Islami claimed
responsibility for the early morning bombing.
2013 May 17, In Afghanistan
motorcycle-riding gunmen assassinated a police chief in front of his
house after he led an anti-Taliban campaign in Farah province. Two
bombs hidden in a motorcycle and a car exploded inside an elite
gated community linked to the family of President Karzai, killing at
least 9 people and wounding more than 70 near Kandahar city.
(AP, 5/17/13)(AP, 5/18/13)
2013 May 18, Conservative
religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked legislation aimed at
strengthening provisions for women's freedoms, arguing that parts of
it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience. 4 Afghan
army soldiers died in Bakwa district when their vehicle hit a
2013 May 20, Afghan Pres.
Karzai left for a two-day state visit to India, where he is expected
to request military aid. In the north a suicide bomber dressed in a
police uniform killed 14 people including a prominent provincial
council chief outside the council headquarters in Pul-e-Khumri,
2013 May 21, In western
Afghanistan a powerful roadside bomb killed six policemen when their
vehicle hit the explosives buried in the road in Herat province.
Gunmen kidnapped Khobi Khan (60), the father of the national cricket
team captain near his home in Jalalabad.
(AP, 5/21/13)(AP, 5/23/13)
2013 May 21, New York-based
Human Rights Watch said 600 females are now detained in Afghanistan
under charges listed as moral crimes, a catch-all category that
covers running away from home and sex outside of marriage. It said
the number of females behind bars has jumped by 50% since late 2012.
2013 May 22, In Afghanistan
hard-line Islamist students protested in Kabul demanding the repeal
of a presidential decree for women's rights that they say is
2013 May 22, In Afghanistan
Habibullah Khan, an anti-Taliban village elder, was killed along
with two bodyguards and a civilian bystander by a suicide bomber in
Ghazni province. At least 14 civilians were wounded, most of them
shoppers and merchants.
2013 May 24, In Afghanistan
Taliban gunmen backed by a suicide car bomber attacked an
international aid group's compound. 4 people were killed, including
a 6-year-old child, two compound guards and one policeman. All 6 of
the attackers were killed. A blast in Ghazni province killed 12
people at a mosque during evening prayers.
(AP, 5/24/13)(AP, 5/25/13)
2013 May 25, In Afghanistan a
would-be suicide bomber died when his explosives-rigged vest went
off prematurely in Kabul.
2013 May 26, In eastern
Afghanistan an insurgent attack killed a NATO service member in
2013 May 27, In Afghanistan 2
recently rehired Afghan police opened fire on their commander at a
checkpoint in Arghistan district, Kandahar province, killing him and
six of his men.
2013 May 28, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb under a bridge hit a lawmaker's convoy north of Kabul,
killing five people.
2013 May 29, In eastern
Afghanistan 7 insurgents wearing police uniforms and bomb-laden
vests attacked a government compound in Panjshir, a usually secure
province, killing one police officer. All 7 militants were killed.
Two insurgents attacked a compound housing the International
Committee of the Red Cross Jalalabad, killing an Afghan guard before
security forces rescued seven foreigners.
(AP, 5/29/13)(AP, 5/30/13)
2013 May 30, An Afghan official
said intelligence agents have captured six militants with suicide
vests and heavy weaponry who were planning a major attack in Kabul.
A seventh alleged plotter was killed in the raid on a hideout in the
2013 Jun 1, In Afghanistan 3
NATO service members and a civilian working with the international
coalition were killed in three separate attacks in the east and
south. An explosion from a roadside bomb killed 4 civilians,
including a child, when their vehicle was hit in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 6/1/13)(AP, 6/2/13)
2013 Jun 2, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked two checkpoints overnight,
killing 4 police officers in Nuristan province. The firefight left
13 militants dead.
2013 Jun 3, In Afghanistan a
buried bomb killed 7 people in the eastern province of Laghman. A
suicide bomber targeting American troops in Paktia province killed 9
Afghan children who were walking home from school nearby, as well as
two Americans and an Afghan police officer.
2013 Jun 4, Hundreds of Afghans
blocked a major highway south of Kabul, carrying 3 freshly dug-up
bodies they claimed were victims of torture by US special forces and
demanding the Americans be arrested. Violence erupted and two of the
demonstrators were killed but the cause of their deaths was unclear.
An Afghan family's car struck a bomb buried in a road in the
country's west. The father and 3 children were killed. In Helmand
province 6 people — 3 women and 3 men — were killed when a bomb
planted inside one of their homes detonated.
2013 Jun 5, US Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel said Germany and Italy will join the United
States as "lead nations" in regions of Afghanistan after NATO
transitions into a noncombat mission there after 2014.
2013 Jun 6, The Afghan governor
of Kunar province alleged that an overnight NATO airstrike killed 3
civilians and wounded seven there, a claim the US-led coalition
flatly denied. A civilian was killed when a bomb exploded inside a
restaurant in the northern city of Sari Pul. Another 13 people were
wounded. In western Farah province insurgents gunned down two tribal
elders as they drove into the provincial capital. A suicide attacker
drove a truck into the entrance of a camp in Helmand province in
Now-e-Zad district and detonated it. 7 Georgian soldiers were
(AP, 6/6/13)(AP, 6/7/13)
2013 Jun 8, In eastern
Afghanistan a man in an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on
American trainers working with him in Paktika province, killing 3 of
them. An attacker with a grenade killed an Italian soldier in Farah
2013 Jun 10, In Afghanistan 7
heavily armed Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn attack near the
main airport in Kabul, apparently targeting NATO's airport
headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and
at least one large bomb. Two Afghan civilians were wounded. All the
attackers were killed after an hours-long battle. 6 militants
wearing suicide bomb vests tried to storm the provincial council
building in the capital of southern Zabul province. 3 militants
attempted to attack a district police headquarters near Kabul. A
roadside bomb killed a NATO soldier from Poland in Ghazni.
2013 Jun 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber struck outside the Supreme Court in Kabul killing
17 people with wounded 30. Militants in Ghazni province attacked a
NATO convoy carrying supplies, killing two Afghan police officers
and two truck drivers. 3 insurgents were also killed in the attack.
In the north a mob stoned an Afghan doctor and his female patient
after they were discovered in his private examining room without a
chaperone in Sar-e-Pul province. The doctor was said to have been
critically injured and taken to India for treatment.
(AP, 6/11/13)(AP, 6/12/13)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A5)
2013 Jun 12, In southern
Afghanistan a motorcycle bomb killed an Afghan soldier and a
civilian and wounded 15 other people in Helmand province. 6
policemen were found shot at their checkpoint in Helmand province
and 2 others were missing, raising suspicions they killed their
(AP, 6/12/13)(AP, 6/13/13)
2013 Jun 12, Georgia said that
it has closed two of its bases in Afghanistan after 10 of its
soldiers were killed by militant attacks within the last four weeks.
It will not reduce the number of troops serving there.
2013 Jun 15, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a police van, killing 5 officers
and wounding seven as they were on their way to a training session
in Paktika province.
2013 Jun 16, In Afghanistan the
US-led military coalition said that one of its service members died
in a non-battle-related incident in the south.
2013 Jun 17, In Afghanistan
insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns
into a convoy carrying goods to Kabul, killing 3 drivers and
wounding two others. The police chief of Helmand province survived a
suicide car bomb attack on his convoy that wounded 3 officers.
2013 Jun 18, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai announced at a ceremony that his country's armed forces
are taking over the lead for security nationwide from the US-led
NATO coalition. A botched bomb attack against an Afghan politician
in another part of Kabul killed 3 civilians. 5 Afghan police
officers were killed at a security outpost in Helmand province by
apparent Taliban infiltrators. Insurgents fired two rockets into the
Bagram Air Base. 4 US troops were killed. The Taliban claimed
responsibility the next day.
(AP, 6/18/13)(AP, 6/19/13)
2013 Jun 18, Taliban spokesman
Zabiullah Mujahid said the group will open a political office in
Qatar to try to find a political solution to the war in Afghanistan.
2013 Jun 20, An Afghan
spokesman said President Karzai is willing to join peace talks with
the Taliban if the US follows through with promises he says were
made by Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call. Spokesman
Fayeq Wahidi said Kerry promised that the Taliban flag and a
nameplate with their former regime's name would be removed from the
militant group's newly opened political office in Doha, and said the
US would issue a formal letter supporting the Afghan government.
2013 Jun 20, The Afghan Taliban
said they are ready to free US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive
since 2009, in exchange for five of their senior operatives
imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture.
2013 Jun 21, In Afghanistan the
Taliban attacked multiple checkpoints at about noon in the
provincial capital of Kunduz, killing one member of the local
police, and wounding two. Fighting continued outside the city of
Kunduz where 18 Taliban fighters and another local policeman were
killed, and another 11 militants were wounded.
2013 Jun 22, In Afghanistan a
coalition service member died in a militant attack in the south.
2013 Jun 25, In Afghanistan
suicide attackers blew up a car bomb and battled security forces
outside the presidential palace in Kabul after infiltrating one of
the most secure areas of the capital. The army said the attackers
were killed but knew of no other deaths. A minibus hit a bomb on a
road northwest of Kandahar city killing 8 women, 2 children and a
2013 Jun 26, Afghan national
police clashed with Taliban fighters in the northern province of
Baghlan in a gunbattle that left at least two police officers and
two militants dead.
2013 Jun 27, In western
Afghanistan Taliban fighters ambushed a national police patrol
overnight, killing a commander and 4 of his men in Herat province.
In Ghazni province police ambushed a group of Taliban fighters and
killed 5, including a leader believed to have been responsible for
making roadside bombs and organizing suicide attacks in the area.
2013 Jun 28, In Afghan a
man and woman on a motorcycle riding near a NATO convoy were killed
when a suicide car bomber struck. Five civilians were wounded. 20
Taliban fighters and one police officer were killed in an operation
in Oruzgan province.
2013 Jun 28, Pakistan floated
the concept of an Afghan power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and
the Taliban as part of a peace talks "end game." The suggestion met
with outrage in Kabul.
2013 Jun, In Afghanistan an
eight article decree was issued late this month by clerics in
the Deh Salah region of Baghlan province barring women from leaving
home without a male relative and shutting cosmetic shops on the
pretext they were being used for prostitution - an accusation
residents and police rejected.
2013 Jul 1, In northern
Afghanistan a regional police commander and three of his men were
killed when their vehicle was hit with a roadside bomb in Baghlan
2013 Jul 2, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide attackers blew up a truck bomb at the gates of a
NATO supplier's compound in Kabul and sprayed gunfire at security
personnel. The ensuing gunbattle left a dozen people dead.
(AP, 7/2/13)(SFC, 7/3/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 4, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs killed 4 young girls in Helmand province. Lieutenant
Islam Bibi, the most senior policewoman in volatile southern Helmand
province, was shot dead on her way to work in Lashkar Gah. 2
schoolboys were killed when they triggered a roadside bomb in
Paktika province. A NATO service member was killed in fighting in
(AP, 7/4/13)(Reuters, 7/4/13)
2013 Jul 5, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber sneaked into a police dining hall in Uruzgan province
and blew himself up, killing 12. A border police officer and a
civilian were killed in a separate suicide attack in the south.
2013 Jul 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb seriously wounded Fazil Ahmad, the High Peace
Council’s chief in Ghazni province. His driver was killed. The
government said fighting over the previous 24 hours killed 14 Afghan
soldiers and 64 Taliban militants.
(SFC, 7/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 8, Afghan authorities
said they have arrested Zakaria Kandahari, a man who served as a
translator for US Special Forces and was wanted on allegations he
tortured and killed civilians. The Wardak provincial governor's
office said 16 Taliban were killed and two arrested in a 24-hour
operation that ended today. 2 Afghan soldiers were killed and six
others wounded. In Laghman province the Afghan intelligence service
launched a pre-emptive strike on a group of Taliban after learning
they were preparing to attack a police checkpoint. 2 militants were
killed in the ensuing gunbattle and one captured. In Nangahar
province 3 Afghan national police were killed and another wounded
when their checkpoint was attacked.
2013 Jul 9, An Afghan soldier
opened fire on NATO troops at the Kandahar airfield. One Slovakian
soldier was killed and 6 others wounded. A roadside bomb struck a
motorcyle-drawn cart killing 17 civilians, including 4 children, in
the Obi district of western Herat. A roadside bomb in Helmand
province killed 3 civilians.
(AP, 7/9/13)(Reuters, 7/9/13)(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A3)
2013 Jul 11, In Afghanistan a
twin bombing killed five people including 3 civilians whose car
struck a roadside bomb and 2 police officers who had rushed to the
scene to help the victims when the second bomb went off in Helmand
2013 Jul 14, In Afghanistan
NATO forces carried out a "precision strike" in Paktia province
overnight, killing 5 militants. Afghan suspect Lamber Khan, the army
soldier who opened fire July 9 on Slovakian NATO troops, escaped
this morning with the help of at least one other Afghan soldier.
(AP, 7/14/13)(AP, 7/15/13)
2013 Jul 16, In Afghanistan a
bomb planted on a bicycle in eastern Nangarhar province killed two
civilians and wounded three others.
2013 Jul 17, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed Afghan prosecutor Ahmad Wali Taheri in western Herat
province. Taheri was the brother of Karzai's adviser on national
security, Rangin Dafdar Spanta.
2013 Jul 18, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents pulled over a minivan with 8 young laborers
on their way to work at a US base, forced them out and then shot
them dead near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar province. A bomb
killed five children and a woman after it went off as they were
playing with it inside a Taliban commander's home in Paktika
(AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/19/13)
2013 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan a wave of bombings killed 15 people, including six
members of the country's security services.
2013 Jul 20, Afghan Pres.
Karzai approved a new law governing next year's presidential and
provincial elections. It defines the legal framework for the
elections and was approved by parliament earlier this week.
2013 Jul 22, Afghanistan's
parliament voted to dismiss Ghulam Mujtaba Patang, one of the
country's top security chiefs, by impeaching the interior minister
in a potential blow to stability as NATO-led international forces
speed their withdrawal from the country.
2013 Jul 23, In Afghanistan 3
US and 4 Afghan soldiers were killed after an insurgent riding a
donkey detonated a bomb in Wardak province.
(SFC, 7/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 24, Afghanistan's
first woman governor and a Myanmar civil society organizer were
among five winners of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize this
year. The Philippines-based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation singled
out Afghanistan's Habiba Sarabi, a 57-year-old doctor, for her "bold
exercise of leadership to build up a functioning provincial
government against great odds." The Foundation also recognized
Lahpai Seng Raw from Myanmar, for her "quietly inspiring and
inclusive leadership in the midst of deep ethnic divides and
prolonged armed conflicts."
2013 Jul 26, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorcycle loaded with explosives killed local
police commander Dawlat Khan, 3 of his men, and 3 civilians in a
bazaar in Qarabagh district, Ghazni province.
2013 Jul 28, In southern
Afghanistan a late night bombing in Zabul province's Shahjoy
district killed 11 people and wounded 12. Three of the dead were
local police officers while the rest were women and children.
2013 Jul 29, In southern
Afghanistan an early morning explosion killed a mother and two
children in Kandahar province. 13 insurgents were reported killed,
including local Taliban commander Qari Latif, and 29 captured in an
operation in northern Kunduz province.
2013 Jul 31, In Afghanistan
NATO helicopter personnel mistakenly killed 5 Afghan police officers
in Nangarhar province. A Taliban ambush left an official and 3 other
people dead in the country's south. Taliban fighters shot and killed
a tribal elder for allegedly cooperating with the Afghan government,
sparking retaliation from the family and other villagers in the
Sherzad district of Nangarhar province.
(AP, 8/1/13)(SFC, 8/2/13, p.A5)(AP, 8/3/13)
2013 Jul 31, The UN said that
civilian casualties in Afghanistan had dramatically increased by 23%
in the first six months of the year and blamed the insurgency for
the vast majority of the dead and wounded.
2013 Jul, In Afghanistan
Shokofa Salehi (22), a worker in the money transfer division at the
Kabul headquarters of Azizi Bank, disappeared. Investigators later
said she is suspected of transferring some $1.1 million out of the
bank's coffers to accounts of relatives. Besides Salehi, at least
nine people were believed involved in the case.
2013 Aug 1, In Afghanistan a
roadside mine exploded, killing 2 policemen and a prosecutor, and
wounding seven people in Faryab province.
2013 Aug 3, In Afghanistan 3
militants wearing explosives-rigged vests killed at least 9
civilians, including 6 children, in a botched attack on the Indian
consulate in Jalalabad near the border with Pakistan. Officials said
22 police officers and 76 Taliban were killed in the Sherzad
district of Nangarhar in two days of battles with insurgents that
broke out when militants shot a tribal elder.
2013 Aug 3, Heavy rains swept
across eastern Afghanistan, leveling homes and killing at least 58
people in five provinces, while an estimated 30 others were missing.
2013 Aug 4, In Afghanistan
lawyer Abdul Qayyum, who prosecuted Taliban militants, was seriously
wounded by a roadside bomb in Jalalabad.
2013 Aug 5, Afghan local
officials said floods from monsoon rains have killed least 24 people
in the eastern border provinces of Khost and Nangarhar. 61 people
were reported killed in villages of the Sarobi district, Kabul
2013 Aug 7, In Afghanistan the
Taliban ambushed a convoy of a female Afghan senator, seriously
wounding her in the attack and killing her 8-year-old daughter and a
bodyguard in the Muqur district of Gazni province. Senator
Rouh Gul Khirzad's husband, son and another daughter were also
wounded in the attack.
2013 Aug 8, Afghan President
Karzai urged the Taliban to lay down their arms. In the east a bomb
planted in a graveyard killed 7 women and 7 children of a single
family in Nangarhar province's Ghany Khel district.
2013 Aug 8, In Afghanistan 3
Chinese citizens, 2 men and a woman, were murdered in an apartment
in Kabul. One Afghan man was also found dead. One Chinese citizen
(Reuters, 8/10/13)(AP, 8/11/13)
2013 Aug 10, In Afghanistan 3
bombs in the Charcheno district of southern Uruzgan province killed
four people and wounded three.
2013 Aug 10, Afghan parliament
member Fariba Ahmadi Kakar was kidnapped while driving from Kabul to
the southern province of Kandahar. The Taliban later released her
three children and a driver but held Kakar to exchange her for four
2013 Aug 11, In Afghanistan a
father and two of his children were killed when the motorcycle they
were on hit a roadside bomb in Uruzgan province. 3 NATO service
members were killed in eastern Afghanistan. Heavy rains and
overnight hailstorms killed at least 22 people near Kabul.
2013 Aug 16, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb late today killed 3 women in Helmand's Sangin
2013 Aug 17, In Afghanistan
insurgents staged a pre-dawn ambush on a construction camp in
western Herat province, killing 10 people. 5 members of a family
were killed in the Marjah district of southern Helmand province when
their mini-van struck a roadside bomb. In Farah province a suicide
bomber detonated his explosive vest inside a private medical clinic,
killing 3 people including a local police commander.
2013 Aug 18, In Afghanistan 11
members of the Afghan Public Protection Force and 21 insurgents were
killed in a two separate gun battles in Farah province.
2013 Aug 25, In Afghanistan the
Taliban kidnapped and killed 4 engineers and 2 workers in Herat
province. The bodies of six Afghans were discovered in Paktia
province. The six, all drivers, were killed by Taliban because they
were working with the government.
2013 Aug 26, In eastern
Afghanistan 5 Taliban suicide bombers killed 2 Afghan soldiers and
wounded several others when they attacked an army base in the Tagab
district of Kapisa province. 10 other attackers were wounded but
managed to flee. NATO said one its soldiers was killed by a bomb in
(AP, 8/26/13)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 28, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters launched a failed attack against a base that hosts
troops from America and Poland. 7 people were reported killed in the
attack in Ghazni city. A suicide attack against a coalition convoy
and a separate rocket attack against tankers carrying fuel for NATO
killed a total of 10 civilians and wounded 25 in Helmand and Farah
provinces. Taliban insurgents staged an evening mountain pass ambush
on a police convoy patrolling a key highway, killing 15 officers and
wounding 10 in Farah province.
(Reuters, 8/28/13)(AP, 8/29/13)
2013 Aug 30, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked people leaving a memorial
service at a mosque in Kunduz province, killing his apparent target,
a Dashi Archi district chief, and 7 others with 11 wounded. In
Helmand province 12 people were killed in an ambush involving a
(AP, 8/30/13)(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A7)(SFC, 8/31/13,
2013 Aug 31, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a police checkpoint and
a bank in Kandahar leaving 6 people dead. A NATO service member was
killed by insurgents in the country's east. A roadside bomb killed 8
Afghan employees of a private mining company in Parwan province.
(AP, 8/31/13)(AP, 9/1/13)(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A7)
2013 Sep 1, In Afghanistan the
badly beaten, bullet-riddled bodies of 7 Afghan soldiers were found
dumped in Ghazni province, apparent victims of insurgents. In
Ghazni's Qarabagh district 2 Afghans, involved in civilian militias
that resist the Taliban, were killed during a gunfight with
2013 Sep 4, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai issued a legislative decree giving minority Hindus and
Sikhs a reserved seat in the country's lower house of parliament for
the next parliamentary elections in 2015.
2013 Sep 5, In Afghanistan
Sushmita Banerjee, an Indian woman whose memoir about life under
Taliban rule was turned into a Bollywood movie, was shot dead by
suspected members of the Islamist militia. On Sep 9 police detained
two insurgents suspected in her killing.
(AP, 9/5/13)(SFC, 9/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 6, Afghanistan began
releasing 11 Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of Fariba
Ahmadi Kakar, a female member of the Afghan Parliament.
(SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 7, In Afghanistan a
crowd of several hundred rallied outside the consulate in Herat city
to protest its failure to grant visas. Security forces opened fire,
killing one and wounding three. Female parliamentarian Fariba
Ahmadi Kakar was freed by the Taliban in exchange for four
2013 Sep 7, In Afghanistan a
NATO airstrike targeting insurgents in Kunar province hit a pickup
truck carrying up to ten militants, amid reports that at least 8
civilians, including 7 women and children, were among the dead.
2013 Sep 8, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants detonated a car bomb outside an Afghan
intelligence office near Kabul and then tried to attack it on foot
with guns. At least 4 soldiers guarding the compound were killed and
6 insurgents died in the assault.
2013 Sep 10, In Afghanistan two
roadside bombs killed 11 people, including passengers on a bus that
took a detour to avoid a bomb-laden road in Ghazni province. The 2nd
bomb was in Helmand province. A suicide car bomb went off in front
of an Afghan National Army security post in Logar province wounding
four Afghan soldiers.
2013 Sep 13, In western
Afghanistan Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the US
Consulate in Herat, triggering a firefight with security forces in
an attack that killed at least 3 Afghans.
(AP, 9/13/13)(Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013 Sep 14, In Afghanistan at
least 27 miners were killed in a collapse in a coal mine in the
northern province of Samangan.
2013 Sep 15, In Afghanistan
female police officer Lieutenant Negar (38) was shot in an
assassination attempt, two months after her female predecessor was
killed, underscoring worries about both security and the role of
women as foreign troops prepare to leave. Negar died the next day.
(Reuters, 9/15/13)(SFC, 9/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 18, In Afghanistan
Taliban gunmen shot and killed Amanullah Aman, the head of the
Independent Election Commission in northern Kunduz province, a day
after he warned that deteriorating security threatened next year's
presidential elections. Insurgents killed 18 policemen and wounded
18 in an ambush in the Wurduj district of Badakshan province. 47
insurgents were killed in the same area during a police operation
earlier in the week.
(Reuters, 9/18/13)(AP, 9/20/13)(AFP, 9/20/13)
2013 Sep 21, An Afghan wearing
a security forces uniform shot dead 3 American special forces
personnel and wounded another, in Gardez, Paktia province.
(Reuters, 9/21/13)(SSFC, 9/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 22, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 Romanian soldiers died after stepping on an improvised
explosive device during a patrol. A late night Taliban attack on a
border police checkpoint in Kandahar province killed 11 policemen.
2013 Sep 23, In northern
Afghanistan gunmen assassinated district intelligence chief Abdul
Hussian while he was on his way to work near Kunduz.
2013 Sep 24, Afghan security
forces fired a mortar round across the border, killing 2 Pakistanis
and wounding one person. Pakistan summoned a top Afghan official to
lodge a strong protest over the incident.
2013 Sep 26, An Afghan man
wearing the uniform of the country's security forces turned his
weapon on NATO troops in Paktia province, killing a US service
member of the international coalition.
(AP, 9/26/13)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 28, In Afghanistan 3
civilians died when their minivan was struck by a roadside bomb as
they were driving from Dayak district to Ghazni city. In Uruzgan
province 2 men died when their car ran over a bomb.
2013 Sep 30, The commandant of
the US Marine Corps sacked two generals in the wake of a deadly
attack last year by the Taliban on a major NATO base in Afghanistan.
2013 Oct 2, Three Afghan army
soldiers died and four were wounded when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in Helmand province.
2013 Oct 4, In Afghanistan a
NATO strike in the country's east reportedly killed five civilians.
The US-led coalition said the next day that it had targeted
insurgents and that its initial reports indicate no civilian
2013 Oct 4, Norway said will
slightly reduce its aid to Afghanistan from next year, signaling to
Kabul that it has not done enough to combat corruption and violence
2013 Oct 5, Latif Mehsud, a
senior Pakistani Taliban commander, was arrested by American forces
in eastern Logar province's district of Mohammad Agha. The
Washington Post reported on Oct 11 that he was forcibly snatched
from an Afghan government convoy in Logar province several weeks ago
as Afghan officials were trying to recruit him to launch peace
(AP, 10/11/13)(Reuters, 10/12/13)
2013 Oct 5, In southern
Afghanistan a gunman, possibly a private security guard, shot dead a
member of the US-led international coalition before himself being
2013 Oct 6, In southern
Afghanistan 4 US soldiers were killed by an IED during a NATO
(Reuters, 10/6/13)(SFC, 10/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 6, In Afghanistan
Germany handed control of a key military base in the country's
northern province of Kunduz to Afghan security forces. German troops
had spent almost a decade there as part of the international effort
to combat Taliban insurgents.
2013 Oct 9, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bombing killed four people, 2 civilians
and 2 policemen in Helmand province.
2013 Oct 10, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the NATO-led
force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over total
responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the end of 2014.
2013 Oct 12, US Secretary of
State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced they
had reached preliminary agreement on a bilateral security pact that
now depends on the approval of Afghanistan's tribal leaders.
2013 Oct 13, In eastern
Afghanistan an Afghan man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot at US
soldiers, killing at least one serviceman. The so-called "insider
attack" in Paktika province was the 4th in under a month.
2013 Oct 15, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb planted inside a mosque microphone killed Logar
province Gov. Arsallah Jamal (47) as he was delivering a speech to
worshippers to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. 15 people
were wounded. A British soldier was shot whilde on patrol in
Helmand Province and died from his injuries at the scene.
2013 Oct 18, In Afghanistan a
complex attack involving a car bomb followed by gunfire was launched
on an international compound in eastern Kabul and was still under
way. A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car in
Kabul outside a compound where many foreign workers are based,
killing at least two local civilians.
(Reuters, 10/18/13)(AFP, 10/18/13)
2013 Oct 21, In
Afghanistan a bomb stuck onto a car killed a civilian in
downtown Kabul. Authorities are unclear as to the motives for the
2013 Oct 22, Afghanistan’s
Independent Election Commission (IEC) cut the number of candidates
to 10, saying 16 disqualified candidates had either retained
citizenship of another country or failed to provide evidence of
enough support. The Afghan intelligence service said it has sacked
65 officers after discovering they were addicted to heroin.
(Reuters, 10/22/13)(Reuters, 10/23/13)
2013 Oct 23, In Afghanistan a
nighttime Taliban attack on a security outpost killed 4 policemen in
the Bla Murghab district of Badghis province.
2013 Oct 24, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed six Afghan soldiers in Herat
province. Soldiers killed 10 Taliban fighters during an operation in
Helmand province. A tractor hit a road mine in the Jani Khil
district of Paktika province, killing one person and wounding four.
2013 Oct 26, In Afghanistan a
gunman in Afghan uniform opened fire on ISAF coalition personnel
before being killed on the outskirts of Kabul.
2013 Oct 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 18 people, mostly women, who were
travelling to a wedding party by minibus.
2013 Nov 5, Britain’s Ministry
of Defense said a soldier from the 3rd Battalion, the Mercian
Regiment, was killed "as a result of an explosion during a
vehicle-born suicide attack" near Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.
2013 Nov 6, Afghan police found
the bodies of 7 soldiers, believed to have been killed by their
Taliban captors in Zabul province.
2013 Nov 8, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck a bus in Zabul province, killing 9 people,
including five women. In Kandahar province another roadside bomb
killed 3 people.
2013 Nov 13, In Afghanistan
roadside bombings in the restive south and west killed 3 boys.
2013 Nov 13, The UN said opium
poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high as
farmers seek to "insure" themselves ahead of NATO forces' withdrawal
2013 Nov 16, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle providing
security for a compound in Kabul where political and tribal elites
are due to gather next week to debate a security pact with the US.
12 people were killed and 22 wounded.
(Reuters, 11/16/13)(AP, 11/17/13)
2013 Nov 17, Afghan villagers
discovered the beheaded bodies of six men in Kandahar province. The
next day they were identified as policemen who had disappeared days
earlier from Zabul province. NATO said an international service
member was killed by a roadside bomb.
(AP, 11/17/13)(AP, 11/18/13)
2013 Nov 18, In Afghanistan two
separate roadside bombs killed 9 children. Police stopped a tractor
hauling roadside bombs near the border with Pakistan. A shooting set
off the bombs, killing the driver and a second person on the
2013 Nov 20, Senior Afghan
officials arrived in Pakistan to initiate peace talks with the
Afghan Taliban following a breakthrough in negotiations during last
month's summit in Britain. A powerful explosion killed 3 people at a
restaurant in the southern city of Kandahar. A Taliban ambush took
place in Helmand province killing Marjah police chief, Hajji
Tooryalai Jan. A suicide car bombing has killed two paramilitary
soldiers in near the Afghan border in the Shawa area of North
(Reuters, 11/20/13)(AP, 11/20/13)
2013 Nov 20, A rights group
said Iran is forcefully deporting Afghans by the thousands in
violation of its international obligation to protect refugees.
2013 Nov 21, President Obama,
in a letter to President Karzai, said the United States will
continue to respect "Afghan sovereignty" under a new security
agreement. Karzai added a wrinkle to the process when he told the
Loya Jirga that if they and the parliament approve the agreement, it
should be signed after next spring's elections in Afghanistan.
2013 Nov 22, Afghanistan
rebuffed a US demand to sign a highly anticipated security pact as
soon as possible, insisting the document must wait until after next
year's presidential election.
2013 Nov 24, An Afghan grand
assembly endorsed a crucial security agreement allowing some US
troops to stay on after 2014, although President Hamid Karzai set
conditions for signing the deal.
2013 Nov 25, US national
security advisor Susan Rice told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that
a delay in signing a troubled security deal risked the US pulling
troops out of the country completely next year.
2013 Nov 27, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants gunned down and killed six people working working
for the French aid group ACTED in the northern province of Faryab.
2013 Nov 28, In Afghanistan two
roadside bombs killed six civilians in the country's eastern
Nangarhar province. A coalition airstrike killed a child and injured
two women, leading to a condemnation of the attack by the country's
president. The ISAF strike also killed an insurgent in Helmand
(AP, 11/28/13)(AP, 11/29/13)
2013 Nov 28, In Afghanistan two
roadside bombs killed six civilians in the country's eastern
Nangarhar province. A coalition airstrike killed a child and injured
two women, leading to a condemnation of the attack by the country's
president. The ISAF strike also killed an insurgent in Helmand
province. The top US commander in Afghanistan apologized to
President Hamid Karzai for the drone strike earlier in the day that
killed a child and NATO promised an investigation.
(AP, 11/28/13)(AP, 11/29/13)(SFC, 11/30/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 30, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif promised Afghanistan that he would help arrange further
meetings between Afghan officials and a former Taliban commander as
part of renewed efforts to revive a defunct peace process.
2013 Dec 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide truck bombing killed 4 police officers in Wardak province.
2013 Dec 3, In southern
Afghanistan roadside bombs killed 9 people, including six civilians,
as insurgents pressed forward with a relentless campaign against the
government and its security forces.
2013 Dec 3, The US military
suspended shipments of equipment out of Afghanistan through
Pakistan, citing protests that posed a risk to truck drivers.
2013 Dec 7, Pentagon chief
Chuck Hagel said that Afghanistan's defense minister reassured him
that a security agreement with the US will be signed in a timely
2013 Dec 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber attacked a convoy of German troops near the
international airport in Kabul. The attacker was killed and there
were no ISAF casualties to report.
2013 Dec 12, In Afghanistan a
large bomb accidentally exploded inside a weapons depot in downtown
Kabul, but no one was hurt.
2013 Dec 14, Visiting Afghan
President Hamid Karzai said in New Delhi he no longer "trusts" the
United States, accusing the Americans of saying one thing and doing
another in his troubled homeland.
2013 Dec 16, Australia’s PM
Tony Abbott said Australian combat troops have completed their
withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the end of the nation's longest
war which left 40 of its soldiers dead.
2013 Dec 17, In southern
Afghanistan an aircraft crash killed six American soldiers.
2013 Dec 23, In Afghanistan two
NATO service members were killed in separate attacks in the east and
south. One was a British soldier killed by enemy fire.
(AP, 12/23/13)(AP, 12/24/13)
2013 Dec 25, Attacks in
Afghanistan killed at least 6 people. The US Embassy in Kabul was
hit by indirect fire before dawn but no Americans were hurt.
2013 Dec 27, In Afghanistan 3
NATO personnel were killed in a Taliban suicide car bomb attack on a
military convoy in Kabul.
2013 Dec 30, Afghanistan
rejected as baseless a US intelligence forecast that the gains the
United States and allies have made in the past three years will be
significantly rolled back by 2017.
2013 Dec 31, In northern
Afghanistan gunshots erupted during a rally in Samangan province
where a group was protesting the selection of candidates for the
2014 elections, killing 2 people and wounding eight.
2013 Dec, In Afghanistan a
single shot from a British sniper killed six Taliban insurgents when
the bullet hit the trigger switch of a would-be suicide bomber's
device in in Kakaran, Helmand province.
2013 Civilian casualties in
Afghanistan were estimated by the UN at 2,959 for this year.
(SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 4, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck outside joint NATO-Afghan in the Nangarhar
province's Ghani Khail district. One US solider and 5 Taliban
attackers were killed. Hours later an explosion hit one of the
entrances to Camp Eggers in Kabul.
(AP, 1/4/14)(SSFC, 1/5/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 8, In Afghanistan US
forces accidentally shot dead a four year old boy.
2014 Jan 9, Afghanistan said it
has enough evidence to try only 16 of 88 prisoners that the United
States considers a threat to security and plans to free the
remaining detainees. Pres. Karzai ordered the release of all but 16
of the 88 prisoners.
(Reuters, 1/9/14)(SFC, 1/10/14, p.A3)
2014 Jan 10, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 US service members and a civilian were killed in an
2014 Jan 12, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber riding a bicycle detonated himself next to a
police bus in Kabul, killing a policeman and a civilian in the first
major attack in the Afghan capital this year.
2014 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
Daniel Menard, a former Canadian brigadier-general and head of
Canadian forces in Afghanistan, was detained for alleged gun
smuggling. He was currently working for security firm Garda World.
Menard had resigned from the military after pleading guilty in 2011
to having an affair with a female corporal under his command.
2014 Jan 15, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was shot and killed by insurgents.
A NATO bombing strike on the village of Wazghar, Parvan province,
reportedly left 13 civilians dead. NATO later said the Afghan army
called for the strike. One Afgan and one NATO soldier died in the
(AP, 1/15/14)(Econ, 2/1/14, p.31)
2014 Jan 17, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near a Lebanese restaurant
frequented by foreigners in Kabul and bursts of intense gunfire
ensued. The assault against La Taverna du Liban included 18
foreigners and 8 Afghans, all civilians.
(Reuters, 1/17/14)(AP, 1/18/14)(Econ, 11/29/14,
2014 Jan 19, Afghanistan's
Pres. Karzai said the US can no longer carry out military operations
or airstrikes and must jump-start peace talks with the Taliban
before his country signs a security deal to keep American troops in
Afghanistan after 2014.
2014 Jan 20, In southern
Afghanistan 9 Taliban militants launched a suicide assault against a
US base killing one NATO soldier.
2014 Jan 23, In Afghanistan a
gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at a group of local cricket
players, killing 5 of them during a game in eastern Laghman
province. Police found the body of slain journalist Noor Ahmad Noori
in southern Helmand province.
2014 Jan 26, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near an Afghan military bus
in Kabul, killing 2 officers and 2 civilians.
2014 Jan 27, Afghan authorities
said a border police officer has opened fire on fellow officers,
killing 5 and wounding two at a checkpoint in Herat province. The US
military said the Afghan government has ordered the release of 37
"dangerous" prisoners who it believes pose threats to the country
and the region.
2014 Jan 29, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed two Afghan soldiers in a market in Ghazni. 15
Taliban fighters were killed in an operation conducted by the Afghan
Security Forces in Ghazni's Andar district.
2014 Jan 31, In Afghanistan the
Taliban attacked three police checkpoints overnight in the southern
province of Helmand, killing one officer before police repelled the
attackers. 4 policemen were killed when a roadside bomb explosion
hit a police vehicle in Kandahar province.
(AP, 1/31/14)(AP, 2/1/14)
2014 Feb 1, In Afghanistan an
insurgent ambush killed 4 soldiers and wounded another four in an
attack on an Afghan National Army foot patrol along the main highway
in Farah province. Gunmen shot dead two members of former foreign
minister Abdullah Abdullah's team in Herat, dealing an early blow to
hopes of a peaceful presidential campaign.
(AP, 2/1/14)(AFP, 2/2/14)
2014 Feb 10, In Afghanistan a
car bomb in Kabul killed two US contractors for the international
security force ISAF. A coalition soldier was killed in a separate
attack in the east.
(Reuters, 2/10/14)(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 11, The Afghan public
health ministry said it has launched an emergency polio vaccination
campaign in Kabul after a girl contracted the disease, the city's
first case since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
2014 Feb 13, Afghanistan
released 65 accused militants from a former US prison despite
protests from the American military, which says the men are Taliban
fighters who will likely return to the battlefield to kill coalition
and Afghan forces.
2014 Feb 13, Afghan women
marched in Kabul to protest violence against women and decry a new
draft law that activists say will severely limit justice for victims
of domestic abuse.
(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 15, In southern
Afghanistan an improvised explosive device killed a NATO service
2014 Feb 20, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on foot killed a security guard and wounded four
civilians outside a hospital in northern Kabul.
2014 Feb 22, Afghan President
Karzai's High Peace Council said it has held meetings with a
breakaway faction of senior Taliban leaders in Dubai. The Taliban
has denied links to the faction, organized by former Taliban finance
minister Aga Jan Mohtism.
2014 Feb 23, The Afghan Taliban
killed 21 soldiers in an assault on in a remote mountainous region
in Kunar province. Six soldiers were missing after the militants'
most deadly assault on the security forces in months.
2014 Feb 28, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a NATO service member.
2014 Feb, An Indian team
visited Moscow to firm up a deal under which it will pay Russia to
supply arms and equipment to the Afghan military as foreign combat
troops prepare to leave the country. An agreement was signed
in April in a move that risked infuriating Pakistan.
2014 Mar 2, In eastern
Afghanistan a militant car bomb prematurely exploded overnight,
killing 9 insurgents and 4 civilians. A lone suicide bomber entered
a police station in Kandahar province, though officers' fire forced
him to detonate his explosive vest early, only wounding one
civilian. 12 Taliban escaped from the 1,200-inmate Kandahar Prison
after a prison employee falsely put their names on a list of
detainees who were scheduled for release. Two were soon recaptured.
2014 Mar 3, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a police vehicle in Uruzgan
province, killing 5 policemen and wounding one.
2014 Mar 6, In Afghanistan 5
Afghan soldiers were killed in an accidental air strike by the
NATO-led force in the eastern province of Logar.
2014 Mar 8, In eastern
Afghanistan bomb placed under the car seat of a district chief
exploded, killing him and wounding six other people. 7 people,
including 3 women and 2 children, were killed and eight others
wounded when their car was hit by a roadside bomb while traveling in
Helmand province. 2 other civilians were killed in a bombing in the
Kajaki district. Security forces killed 13 Taliban insurgents in
Helmand's Gereshk district.
(AP, 3/8/14)(AP, 3/9/14)
2014 Mar 9, Afghanistan's
influential VP Mohammad Qasim Fahim (57) died. He was a leading
commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban and was later
accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the
country's civil war. A bomb exploded near a store, killing 2
civilians and wounding two others in the Spin Boldak district of
2014 Mar 11, In Afghanistan
Swedish journalist Nils Horner (51) was shot to death while he was
talking to a translator on a street in Kabul.
2014 Mar 12, In Afghanistan
three armed insurgents tried to storm a former intelligence
headquarters in Kandahar. The ensuing gunbattle left the 3 attackers
(SFC, 3/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 12, Canada ended
military operations in Afghanistan, ending a 12-year mission ahead
of an end-of-year deadline for foreign combat operations to end.
2014 Mar 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the
end of the year because his military, which already protects 93% of
the country, was ready to take over entirely.
2014 Mar 17, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed district judge Abdul Latif and his bodyguard in an
attack in western Herat province.
2014 Mar 18, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed 15 people in an attack on a busy
marketplace in Maimana, Faryab province.
2014 Mar 20, In Afghanistan
four teenage gunmen walked into the Serena Hotel in Kabul, made
their way to the restaurant, pulled out hidden pistols and started
shooting diners. They killed 9 people, including shooting AFP
journalist Sardar Ahmad, his wife and two of their children in the
head. Police killed all four attackers after a three-hour standoff.
(AP, 3/21/14)(AFP, 3/22/14)
2014 Mar 20, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near a police
station in Jalalabad while other Taliban insurgents stormed the
building, killing 10 police officers and a civilian.
2014 Mar 24, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint, sparking
a gunbattle that killed 2 policemen and one of the militants in
Helmand province. Five Taliban militants were arrested after
reinforcements from a nearby checkpoint joined the fight.
2014 Mar 25, In Afghanistan
suicide bombers and gunmen attacked an election commission office
beside the home of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, less than
two weeks before a crucial election. 10 people were killed including
2 policemen, an election worker and a provincial council candidate.
3 suicide bombers entered a branch of Kabulbank in the eastern
province of Kunar, killing at least 3 security guards and injuring
two bank workers.
(Reuters, 3/25/14)(Reuters, 3/29/14)
2014 Mar 27, In his first visit
to Afghanistan as Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani called for
regional unity as regional leaders celebrated the Persian New Year
2014 Mar 28, In Afghanistan six
foreigners including three Americans were trapped inside a Kabul
guesthouse after a group of Taliban gunmen laid siege to the
building. A gun battle erupted after a Taliban suicide bomber blew
himself up outside the building and insurgents forced their way in.
The aid workers survived. One small Afghan girl, a passer-by, was
killed as well as a driver and all five attackers.
(Reuters, 3/28/14)(AFP, 3/29/14)(SFC, 3/29/14,
2014 Mar 29, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents attacked the Independent Election Commission
headquarters in Kabul with rocket-propelled grenades and machine
guns. Police killed all 5 suicide bombers.
(Reuters, 3/29/14)(AP, 3/29/14)(SSFC, 3/30/14,
2014 Mar 30, In southeastern
Afghanistan a Romanian serviceman was killed and five troops wounded
by a roadside bomb on the Kabul-Kandahar highway outside Qalat,
Zabul province. Romania has 1,029 troops serving in the NATO mission
in Afghanistan; 23 have been killed.
2014 Mar 31, In Afghanistan
insurgent attacks across the country killed 18 people. In the north
Taliban gunmen overnight abducted Hussain Nazari, a candidate
running for a seat in a provincial council and seven members of his
2014 Apr 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber wearing a military uniform killed 6 police officers
inside the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound in Kabul.
Candidate Hussain Nazari and 8 members of his entourage were killed
overnight by their abductors in Sar-i-Pul province.
2014 Apr 4, In eastern
Afghanistan Anja Niedringhaus (48), a veteran Associated Press
photographer, was shot dead and reporter Kathy Gannon (60) was
wounded while they were sitting in the back of a car when an Afghan
policeman opened fire on them near Khost. The policeman, identified
as a unit commander named Naqibullah, surrendered to colleagues
after the shooting. On Jul 22 Naqibullah was convicted and sentenced
to death. That decision was overturned by an appeals court and in
2015 Naqibullah was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
(Reuters, 4/4/14)(AP, 4/8/14)(AP, 7/24/14)(AP,
2014 Apr 4, Afghan residents in
Nangarhar province said local Taliban militants have been offering
voters 500 Pakistani rupees - the equivalent of just over $5 - to
opt out of the April 5 election.
2014 Apr 5, Afghans voted
nationwide, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast
ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic
transfer of power. Around 60 percent of eligible voters cast their
ballots. Rocket attacks and gunbattles forced authorities to close
some 211 polling centers, raising the total number that weren't
opened because of security concerns to 959. 6,212 polling centers
(AP, 4/5/14)(Reuters, 4/6/14)
2014 Apr 6, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed two Afghan election workers and one policeman
and destroyed dozens of ballot papers in Kunduz province.
2014 Apr 7, Preliminary tallies
from Afghanistan's presidential election showed former foreign
minister Abdullah Abdullah leading in parts of Kabul but, with
ballot counting likely to last weeks. Preliminary results were not
due until April 24.
2014 Apr 7, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed at least 15 people traveling in
vehicles that had been diverted from a main road after an earlier
attack in Kandahar province.
2014 Apr 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed a pro-government tribal elder and wounded
three civilians in Paktiya province.
2014 Apr 13, An Afghan official
said 1,892 complaints of fraud in this month's presidential election
are being investigated but the number is lower than that of the last
election. A Taliban ambush killed three members of a local militia
that rose up against insurgent control in Andar district in the
eastern province of Ghazni.
(AP, 4/13/14)(AP, 4/14/14)
2014 Apr 15, In Afghanistan
gunmen abducted Ahmad Shah Wahid, the Afghan deputy public works
minister in Kabul. Maryam Koofi, a female Afghan lawmaker, was
wounded in a shooting that her sister called a political attack. The
government the next day described it as resulting from an
undetermined personal dispute with a police officer.
(AP, 4/15/14)(AP, 4/16/14)
2014 Apr 15, In Afghanistan a
NATO air strike killed a woman and two children in Khost province.
(SFC, 4/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 16, In Afghanistan a
group of policemen were kidnapped while travelling in civilian
clothes. The Taliban soon claimed to have killed at least 4 of them
in Wardak province.
(SFC, 4/17/14, p.A2)(SFC, 4/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 17, Afghan officials
said a leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house
arrest in the UAE, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai's
efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving
office. Agha Jan Mutassim, a finance minister during Taliban rule
from 1996 to 2001, had been missing for over a week.
2014 Apr 17, In Afghanistan
three Taliban insurgents escaped from a northern prison using
weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed 3
police guards in Faryab province.
2014 Apr 20, In Afghanistan new
partial results in the presidential election released today showed
candidate Abdullah Abdullah as the front-runner, though a runoff
election looked likely.
2014 Apr 21, In Afghanistan
Esmatullah, a prominent campaign worker in the presidential
election, was shot dead outside his home in Logar province. He had
worked as an election observer for presidential candidate Abdul Rab
2014 Apr 22, In southern
Afghanistan 5 police officers were killed in a Taliban attack on a
checkpoint in Ghorak district.
2014 Apr 24, In Afghanistan 3
Americans were killed when a security guard opened fire at the Kabul
Cure Hospital funded by a US Christian charity. They killed included
Dr. Jerry Umanos, health clinic administrator Jon Gabel and his
visiting father, Gary. The attacker was captured.
(Reuters, 4/24/14)(AP, 4/26/14)
2014 Apr 26, Preliminary
results in Afghanistan's presidential election showed former Foreign
Minister Abdullah Abdullah winning the most votes but not the
majority needed to avoid a runoff. Abdullah had 44.9 percent of the
vote and ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came in second
with 31.5 percent. The preliminary results were due to be finalized
on May 14 after investigations into fraud complaints.
2014 Apr 26, In southern
Afghanistan 5 NATO troops died in a British helicopter crash in
2014 Apr 27, Afghan officials
said recent torrential rains have caused flash floods in the north
that killed more than 100 people. Scores more were missing as
helicopters searched for stranded villagers.
(AFP, 4/25/14)(SFC, 4/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 28, In Afghanistan
about 300 Haqqani insurgents and foreign fighters came under
intensive fire when they tried to storm Afghan bases in Ziruk
district of Paktika province. Afghan troops backed by Western air
power killed at least 60 militants.
2014 Apr 30, In northern
Afghanistan a coal mine collapsed and killed at least 15 workers in
Samangan province. In the east a militant attack on a security post
in Khost province killed 4 policemen.
(AP, 4/30/14)(AP, 5/1/14)
2014 May 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed at least 13 people at a check point in
(SFC, 5/2/14, p.A2)
2014 May 2, In northeastern
Afghanistan numerous people were missing after a landslide buried a
village in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province. The killed and
missing numbered from 255 to 2,700.
(AP, 5/2/14)(AP, 5/3/14)
2014 May 3, In northeastern
Afghanistan rescuers and hundreds of volunteers armed with shovels
and little more than their bare hands dug through earth and mud
looking for survivors in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province.
2014 May 6, In Afghanistan a
roadside bombing killed 3 policemen and wounded two in western Herat
province. Afghan police fired gunshots into the air to disperse
villagers who fought police and aid workers distributing emergency
supplies near the remote site of the May 2 deadly landslide.
A late-night roadside bombing in Herat province killed 9 people and
(AP, 5/6/14)(Reuters, 5/6/14)(AP, 5/7/14)
2014 May 9, In western
Afghanistan More than 100 Taliban fighters staged a large-scale
attack on a remote police checkpoint, wounding 11 police officers in
2014 May 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber attacked an Afghan army vehicle, killing 5
civilians and wounding 36 in Kandahar province. NATO said one of its
service members died as a result of a non-battle related injury in
the country's north.
2014 May 12, In Afghanistan the
Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks to mark the start of their
spring offensive, storming a government building in the east where
attackers killed 2 police guards and 5 civilians, and striking a
police checkpoint to the south and killing 9 policemen.
2014 May 14, In Afghanistan a
bomb stuck onto an Afghan army vehicle in Kabul killed a soldier
while a woman died when a rocket slammed into a residential area in
Ghazni province. five militants wearing suicide vests attacked a
border police outpost in Kandahar province. The attack left 3 police
and all 5 militants dead.
(AP, 5/14/14)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A2)
2014 May 15, In Afghanistan a
shootout between Afghan and Pakistani border guards killed one
Afghan policeman in a remote southern region where the border
between the two countries is poorly marked.
2014 May 21, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters launched overnight attacks in several provinces,
killing at least 10 policemen and 3 civilians. Villagers also found
the bodies of 8 slain policemen who were abducted by militants two
2014 May 22, In northeastern
Afghan Taliban fighters reportedly kidnapped 27 police officers
during an assault in Badakhshan province.
(SFC, 5/23/14, p.A2)
2014 May 23, In Afghanistan
gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades
attacked an Indian Consulate in Herat, though its diplomatic staff
escaped unharmed. Police and soldiers killed three assailants in a
gunbattle that saw the building catch fire.
2014 May 24, Afghan oficials
said security forces have flushed out insurgents from Yamgan
district in Badakshan province, where 15 policemen were taken
hostage. 8 policemen were reported killed and seven others were
wounded. At least 7 civilians were also killed during operation.
2014 May 24, President Barack
Obama made a surprise trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
2014 May 25, In Afghanistan
Abdul Wadod Jaju, a police commander in Kandahar city, died of
wounds from a suicide bomber. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi
claimed responsibility for the attack.
2014 May 28, In Afghanistan a
NATO soldier died in a helicopter crash in Kandahar province.
2014 May 29, In Afghanistan
roadside bombings across the country killed 4 people.
2014 May 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 14 civilians after a wedding
ceremony in the Giro district of Ghazni province.
2014 May 31, Pakistani troops
killed 16 militants following a Taliban attack on army posts in the
Bajur tribal region. Afghan officials said the airstrike along the
border reportedly killed 5 civilians. The Taliban attacked several
military posts in northwestern Pakistan after crossing over from
(Reuters, 5/31/14)(AP, 5/31/14)(SSFC, 6/1/14,
2014 May 31, Sgt. Bowe
Bergdahl, the only American prisoner of the Afghan war, was freed
after Pres. Obama agreed to release five high-level Afghan detainees
from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The government of Qatar
served as the go-between in the negotiations and is taking custody
of the five Afghan detainees.
2014 Jun 2, In eastern
Afghanistan a motorcycle bomb targeted a minibus with workers from a
Turkish construction company, killing 3 Turkish engineers and
wounding a fourth in Nangarhar province. Four Taliban suicide
bombers attacked a government compound in Helmand province, killing
two police officers and a civilian. All 4 attackers died in the
assault. A NATO service member died in an attack in the country's
2014 Jun 2, In western
Afghanistan Rev. Alexis Prem Kumar (47), country director of the
Afghan Jesuit Refugee Service, was abducted by a group of men near
2014 Jun 3, Four Afghan police
officers were killed and one was wounded when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in Helmand province.
2014 Jun 4, In northern
Afghanistan a bomb placed in a thermos bottle detonated remotely at
a market killed 3 civilians in Maymana, Faryab province.
2014 Jun 5, In Afghanistan a
police chief and 2 other officers were killed when a roadside bomb
exploded while they were on a demining mission in Ghazni province.
Two army officers were killed in a separate shooting attack in Herat
city. In the east a soldier from the US-led military coalition was
killed by enemy fire.
2014 Jun 6, The leading Afghan
presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, narrowly escaped an
assassination attempt when two suicide bombers struck his convoy
after a campaign event in Kabul. 6 civilians were killed and 22
2014 Jun 6, In northern
Afghanistan at least 81 people were killed and many more left
missing in flash floods that fell in the Gozargah-e Noor district of
the northern Baghlan province.
(Reuters, 6/7/14)(AP, 6/8/14)
2014 Jun 8, In eastern
Afghanistan three suicide bombers attacked a parking lot at a police
base, killing a guard and setting 25 trucks ablaze in Nangarhar
2014 Jun 9, In Afghanistan
suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a court building in eastern
Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. A NATO service
member died as a result of a non-battle injury in the east. 5
Americans troops and an Afghan were killed in an apparent coalition
airstrike in Zabul province. A military investigation report on Sep
4 said a series of avoidable miscommunications among air and ground
forces led to the mistaken bombing.
(AP, 6/9/14)(AP, 6/10/14)(AFP, 9/4/14)
2014 Jun 14, Afghans voted in a
presidential runoff between two candidates, former foreign minister
Abdullah Abdullah (53) and ex-World Bank official and former finance
minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (64). A series of rockets slammed
into areas in the eastern Khost province, near the Pakistani border,
killing 6 civilians and wounding eight. A mortar shell killed 2
civilians and wounded three in Logar province.
2014 Jun 14, Afghan insurgents
cut the index fingers off nearly a dozen voters in Herat province
and killed 11 other people, including four election workers, to
punish them for voting in the presidential runoff. A minibus hit an
improvised explosive device in the northern Samangan province,
killing 6 women, one child and 4 men in the provincial capital
Aybak. Kandahar province police raided a building that had been
occupied by the Taliban the day before, setting off clashes in which
police shot dead two would-be suicide bombers but were unable to
prevent another two from blowing themselves up, killing 3 policemen
and wounding another 2.
2014 Jun 16, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb planted by the Afghan Taliban killed 5 civilians from
the same family in Kandahar province.
2014 Jun 18, Afghan
presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah suspended relations with
the country’s election commission and called on it to halt vote
counting Wednesday in an escalation of fraud allegations threatening
to disrupt what was supposed to be the country's first peaceful
transfer of authority.
2014 Jun 20, Afghanistan's
president Hamid Karzai said that he was in favor of the UN
intervening in the presidential election after one of the candidates
dropped out of the process over allegations of mass fraud. Guards in
a provincial governor's convoy traded gunfire with policemen at a
checkpoint, prompting clashes that left four of the guards dead and
four policemen wounded in Balkh province. A mortar shell slammed
into a home in Nangarhar province, killing one child and wounding
(Reuters, 6/20/14)(AP, 6/20/14)
2014 Jun 20, In southern
Afghanistan 3 US troops and a working dog were killed by a bomb
2014 Jun 21, Hundreds of
Afghans protested in Kabul against alleged fraud in last week's
presidential runoff. The UN urged Afghan presidential candidate
Abdullah Abdullah to return to the electoral process after he
dropped out earlier this week, accusing the organizers and the
president of fraud. A suicide car bombing in Kabul aimed at a senior
government official killed one civilian and wounded three others.
(AP, 6/21/14)(Reuters, 6/21/14)
2014 Jun 22, The party of
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah broadcast audio that
it said showed mass fraud had been committed in an election that
aims to transfer power democratically in the country for the first
2014 Jun 23, Afghanistan's
chief electoral officer resigned in a bid to resolve a political
crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential
vote earlier this month. Preliminary results are due on July 2, then
final results on July 23. Karzai has set Aug. 2 as the date for the
new president to be inaugurated.
2014 Jun 25, Afghan officials
said at least 13 policemen, 8 army soldiers and 100 Taliban fighters
have been killed in five days of fighting as Taliban militants to
wrest control of Sangin district in Helmand province. Helmand
province is a major route for the transit of opium and some
districts are controlled by drug dealers and the Taliban.
2014 Jun 27, Thousands of angry
protesters marched on the Afghan president's palace in support of
candidate Abdullah Abdullah's allegations that mass fraud had been
committed during the presidential election by organizers and state
2014 Jun 30, Afghan forces
continued to battle the Taliban in southern Helmand province for a
second week seeking to reassert control over a strategic district
just weeks after the departure of US troops.
2014 Jul 1, Afghan officials
delayed the presidential election result for several days, as a
dispute over alleged fraud threatens to derail the country's first
democratic transfer of power.
2014 Jul 2, Preliminary results
from Afghanistan's presidential election, due to be announced today,
were delayed amid accusations of fraud that threaten to split the
fragile country along ethnic lines. A Taliban suicide bomber struck
a bus carrying Afghan military personnel in Kabul killing at least
(Reuters, 7/2/14)(SFC, 7/3/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 5, In Afghanistan
militants set fire to 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO
forces near Kabul.
2014 Jul 7, In Afghanistan
former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai led in the disputed
presidential election, according to a preliminary tally. Ghani had
about 4.5 million votes while Abdullah had 3.5 million votes. The
Independent Election Commission acknowledged that vote rigging had
occurred and promised to launch a more extensive investigation
before final results are released.
2014 Jul 7, In northern
Afghanistan a rocket fired by insurgents hit a home, killing five
children in Kunduz province. Gunmen killed five policemen in a
separate attack in Herat province.
2014 Jul 8, In eastern
Afghanistan 4 NATO soldiers from the Czech Rep. were killed in an
explosion. At least 10 civilians, and 2 police officers were also
killed when a suicide bomber attacked Afghan and foreign forces near
Charakar, the provincial capital of Parvan province. A 5th Czech
soldier died of his wounds on July 14.
(Reuters, 7/8/14)(AP, 7/8/14)(AP, 7/10/14)(AP,
2014 Jul 9, In southern
Afghanistan insurgent suicide bombers and gunmen staged a deadly
assault on government compounds in Kandahar. All 22 attackers were
killed as well as 5 police and 4 civilians.
(AP, 7/9/14)(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A4)
2014 Jul 10, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters ambushed a convoy of de-miners traveling through
Herat province, killing 6 people. Two de-miners were kidnapped. 7
police officers died in the roadside bombing in Charsada district,
Gor province. The blast was followed by a four-hour gunbattle
between Taliban fighters and police officers that killed 8 suspected
2014 Jul 11, In Afghanistan an
attack late today on a checkpoint in the Shindand district of Herat
province killed 3 police officers. A suicide car bomber wounded
three NATO troops in an attack in the Behsud district of eastern
2014 Jul 12, Afghanistan's two
rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement to a complete
audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the
victor, a national unity government in a deal brokered by US Sec. of
State John Kerry. A UN-supervised recount of all eight million votes
cast will follow. Under the agreement the loser or his nominee will
become “chief of the executive council," a new position implying
(AP, 7/13/14)(Reuters, 7/15/14)(Econ, 7/19/14,
2014 Jul 12, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs killed at least 10 people. The deadliest attack
happened in southern Kandahar province when a bomb struck a civilian
car, killing 8 people.
2014 Jul 13, In Afghanistan an
overnight assault in Laghman province left 6 police officers and one
soldier dead, while security forces killed 15 insurgents. Insurgents
in Herat province attacked a police checkpoint early today, killing
one police officer. 4 insurgents were killed in the assault in
2014 Jul 15, In Afghanistan a
car packed with explosives exploded as it sped through a crowded
market in the eastern province of Paktika, killing 43 people with 74
wounded. In Kabul a remote control bomb concealed by a roadside
killed 2 employees of President Karzai's media office and wounded
(Reuters, 7/15/14)(Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014 Jul 17, In Afghanistan
four militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked Kabul
International Airport. All 4 were killed by police special forces.
2014 Jul 21, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeted a police convoy in Lashkar
Gah, Helmand province, killing 2 people. In the north at least 8
local policemen and 27 Taliban fighters were killed in an overnight
firefight in the Qaysar district of Faryab province. In southern
Uruzgan province 4 Afghan policemen were shot to death at a
checkpoint in Shahid Asass district. The attackers were two other
policemen from the same unit who fled the scene.
2014 Jul 22, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide attacker riding a motorbike killed at least 4 guards
in an area occupied by trainers from DynCorp. Int’l. in Kabul. The
victims included 3 from Nepal and one from Peru.
(AFP, 7/22/14)(SFC, 7/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 23, The Afghan
intelligence service accused Pakistan of stoking instability in the
country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. A
suicide bomber killed one policeman and wounded three in northern
2014 Jul 24, In western
Afghanistan gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two
Finnish women aid workers in Herat.
2014 Jul 25, In western
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents halted minibuses, identified 14
Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road.
2014 Jul 26, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb blast killed 4 civilians in Helmand province. In
Kandahar province Taliban attacks on some 15 checkpoints killed 6
police officers. Attacks across the country left at least 15 people
(AP, 7/26/14)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 27, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents attacked the home of Gen. Abdul Razeq, the
provincial police chief of Kandahar. The 6 gunmen killed a civilian
and a border policeman before they were shot dead.
(SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 29, In Afghanistan a
suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing President Hamid Karzai
near Kandahar city. Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in
Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates.
2014 Jul 30, Pakistani security
forces in the northwestern Dir tribal region foiled an overnight
cross-border attack from Afghanistan, killing 6 militants.
2014 Aug 5, In Afghanistan Maj.
Gen. Harold J. Greene became the highest-ranked US officer to be
slain in combat since 1970 in the Vietnam War. He was killed at Camp
Qargha by an Afghan soldier, who went by the single name Rafiqullah.
The shooting wounded 18 people, including a German general and two
Afghan generals, before Rafiqullah was killed. In the Uruzgan
provincial capital of Tirin Kot, an Afghan police officer killed 7
of his colleagues at a checkpoint, then stole their weapons and fled
in a police car. In Paktia province an Afghan police guard exchanged
fire with NATO troops near the governor's office. The guard was
(AP, 8/6/14)(AP, 12/4/14)
2014 Aug 6, In southern
Afghanistan a police officer working for the Taliban poisoned 5
colleagues and then invited insurgents to kill them and steal their
weapons. In Uruzgan province Taliban fighters killed a guard at a
checkpoint and then executed 5 others as they slept.
(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 8, Afghanistan's
feuding presidential candidates signed a deal to form a national
unity government, opening an apparent way forward in a dispute over
the fraud-tainted election that threatens to revive ethnic conflict.
2014 Aug 10, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy moving through Kabul,
killing at least 4 civilians and wounding more than 35 in an assault
claimed by the Taliban.
2014 Aug 14, In Afghanistan
roadside bomb has stuck a police car in eastern Laghman province,
killing 3 officers in Badpakh district. Four policemen were also
wounded in the explosion. The Taliban executed five people in a busy
opium market in southern Helmand province and left their bodies
hanging overnight after accusing them of kidnapping a businessman.
More than half of Afghanistan's opium is produced in Helmand. Around
90 percent of the world's heroin is produced in Afghanistan and last
year's crop was the highest on record.
(AP, 8/14/14)(Reuters, 8/16/14)
2014 Aug 20, Afghan officials
said as many as 700 heavily armed Taliban insurgents were battling
government security forces in Logar, a key province near Kabul. A
NATO soldier was stabbed to death on the streets of Kabul.
(Reuters, 8/20/14)(AFP, 8/20/14)
2014 Aug 20, Afghanistan
ordered NY Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg to leave the
country after he refused to reveal sources for an article saying
government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power
to end a stand-off over election results.
(AFP, 8/20/14)(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 25, Afghanistan's next
president was due to take over today but an inauguration deadline
has been pushed to September 2 as the Independent Election
Commission still poured over votes cast in a second-round run-off
held under UN supervision on June 14.
2014 Aug 26, Afghanistan's
deadlocked presidential election veered further off course after
both candidates withdrew their observers from a U.N.-supervised
audit of votes that was meant to resolve the crisis.
2014 Aug 30, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 men blew up their vehicles at the gate of the
provincial intelligence office in Jalalabad and six others then
opened fire. 4 Afghan intelligence forces were killed. All the
militants were killed by security forces.
2014 Aug 31, In western
Afghanistan a van slammed into a fuel tanker, killing 23 people in
2014 Sep 1, A top Afghan leader
said talks on a power sharing deal between rival presidential
candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have collapsed.
2014 Sep 3, In Afghanistan an
overnight attack by Taliban fighters wearing Afghan army uniforms
killed 5 Afghan soldiers and wounded 14 in the country's west. 6
Taliban fighters were killed.
2014 Sep 4, Afghanistan’s rival
presidential candidates pledged to NATO leaders that they would form
a government of national unity and sign legal agreements allowing
foreign troops to stay on next year.
2014 Sep 4, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents detonated truck bombs and fired rocket-propelled
grenades outside the office of the country’s spy agency and a police
compound in Ghazni, killing 18 people.
2014 Sep 5, A UN-supervised
audit of votes cast in Afghanistan's disputed election was
completed, but the results will not be known for days as the
contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continued.
2014 Sep 7, An Afghan judge
sentenced seven men to death for the August 23 gang-rape of four
women in a case that sparked nationwide outrage and highlighted the
violence women face despite reforms since the Taliban era.
2014 Sep 9, In eastern
Afghanistan a US air strike in in the Narang district of Kunar
province killed 14 people, including 2 children and 2 women.
2014 Sep 16, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed at least 3 foreign troops in an attack on
a convoy near the US embassy in Kabul. Taliban fighters killed 6
Afghan policemen in an ambush in Herat province.
(Reuters, 9/16/14)(AP, 9/17/14)
2014 Sep 16, In Afghanistan
Palwasha Tokhi became the 7th journalist killed in the country so
far this year. She was stabbed to death by a visitor reportedly
delivering a wedding invitation.
(SFC, 9/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 19, In northern
Afghanistan a bomb blast killed six people and wounded 12 shortly
after they left a mosque following Friday prayers in Baghlan
2014 Sep 20, In Afghanistan
fourteen Pakistani detainees were released from US custody in Bagram
Prison and repatriated to Pakistan.
2014 Sep 21, Afghanistan’s
election commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as elected winner
and next president. Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was
declared Afghanistan's next president, hours after signing a
power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah.
(AP, 9/21/14)(AFP, 9/21/14)
2014 Sep 25, In Afghanistan the
Taliban captured and beheaded 12 civilians and torched some 60 homes
in an attack in the Arjistan district of Ghazni province.
2014 Sep 26, Afghan officials
said Taliban fighters have stormed Ajrestan, a strategic district in
Ghazni province and were on the verge of capturing it. The attack by
an estimated 700 Taliban fighters began about five days ago and
early reports were that more than 100 people had been killed.
2014 Sep 27, Afghanistan said
it will delay paying salaries to hundreds of thousands of civil
servants next month because it does not have enough money. Villagers
of Arzakai hanged 4 captured Taliban militants from a tree as
security forces battled the insurgents for a sixth day in a district
of Ghazni province.
2014 Sep 29, Afghanistan
inaugurated its first new president in a decade, swearing in
technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government. Ghani's
first act after being sworn in was to sign a decree creating the
post of chief executive. Abdullah Abdullah was sworn in to that job
moments later. A suicide bomber killed 7 people at a security
checkpoint near Kabul airport just before Ghani was sworn in. Four
suicide attackers killed 8 people near a government office in the
eastern province of Paktia.
2014 Sep 30, Officials from
Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-delayed security
agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the
end of the year.
2014 Oct 1, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in
Kabul, killing 7 people and wounding 21.
2014 Oct 8, Five Afghan men
were hanged for the gang rape of four women despite the UN and human
rights groups criticizing the trial and urging new president Ashraf
Ghani to stay the executions. A suicide car bomber killed at least 5
people in an attack that targeted a former district police chief in
southern Helmand province.
(AFP, 10/8/14)(AP, 10/8/14)
2014 Oct 11, In southern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber struck a police headquarters,
killing one policeman and wounding three. Gunmen killed two Afghan
truck drivers on a road in the country's east.
2014 Oct 12, In northern and
eastern Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants led a string of
attacks on police and civilians, killing at least 14 people.
2014 Oct 13, In northern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of Afghan security
forces in Sar-e-Pul province, killing 22 soldiers and police. A
suicide car bomber killed one civilian in Kabul. A suicide bomber in
Nangarhar province killed 2 people.
2014 Oct 14, In Afghanistan 2
civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Kabul. A car
bombing during a local security force operation In Khost province
left 3 suicide bombers and 8 soldiers dead. In Helmand province
gunmen ambushed and killed Nad Ali district chief Mohammad Anwar
Khan and his guard. Anis Haqqani, a brother of the Haqqani network's
leader, and Hafiz Rashid, who allegedly helped equip suicide bombers
and select targets for attacks, were detained in Khost province in a
special Afghan operation.
(AP, 10/14/14)(AP, 10/15/14)(AP, 10/16/14)
2014 Oct 18, Afghanistan’s
leadership greeted the arrival of Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip
Erdogan. Pres. Ashraf Ghani and Erdogan signed an agreement on
closer bilateral relationship between the two countries.
2014 Oct 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed 3 Afghan security force troops in Helmand
province. In Khost province a roadside bomb killed a district police
2014 Oct 18, Afghan and US
special forces killed, Abu Bara al-Kuwaiti, a senior al Qaeda
leader, in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar near the border
with Pakistan’s tribal agency of Khyber. The NDS also seized weapons
and important documents regarding al-Qaeda activity as well as a
laptop with files detailing al-Qaida operations.
(http://tinyurl.com/le23u97)(SFC, 2/12/15, p.A2)
2014 Oct 19, In Afghanistan
insurgents attacked several army checkpoints in Logar and Uruzgan
provinces, killing at least 4 troops.
2014 Oct 21, In Afghanistan at
least four were been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a bus in
2014 Oct 25, In Afghanistan
insurgents attacked several police checkpoints in the northeast,
killing 4 police officers. 4 civilians were killed in two roadside
bombings in the south.
2014 Oct 25, An Afghan court in
Kabul sentenced mullah Mohammad Amin to 20 years in prison after
finding the religious teacher guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl.
The rape took place in May in the girl's home village near the
provincial capital of Kunduz.
2014 Oct 26, British troops
ended their combat operations in Afghanistan as they and US Marines
handed over two huge adjacent bases in Helmand province to the
Afghan military. Helmand province produces 80-90 percent of the
opium that helps finance the Taliban's insurgency.
2014 Oct 27, In Afghanistan at
least 7 people were killed when a group of Taliban militants
attacked a court in the northern city of Kunduz. One Taliban fighter
detonated his car loaded with explosives and 3 were killed by
2014 Oct 28, Afghanistan's
President Ashraf Ghani began a 4-day visit to China. Ghani met
President Xi Jinping in Beijing and pledged to help China fight
2014 Oct 31, The Czech
Republic's Parliament approved a government plan to keep troops in
Afghanistan for at least two more years. The troops will not be used
2014 Nov 1, Afghan Pres. Ashraf
Ghani Ahmadzai vowed to crack down on corruption and ensure security
in his nation. Violence killed at least 12 members of the country's
security forces in eastern Logar province.
2014 Nov 2, In Afghanistan a
gunman attacked Deputy Gov. Abdul Qadeem Patyall, shooting at him
through the window of a classroom at Kandahar University. Attacks
killed 4 other people as the country marked Ashura, major Shiite
2014 Nov 3, Turkish rescuers
pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus
strait and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying
migrants including children. The capsized boat was loaded with 42
Afghan illegal migrants.
2014 Nov 8, In Afghanistan Col.
Mohammad Yasin, chief of staff for Gen. Mohammad Zahir, was killed
in a suicide bomb attack targeting Zahir, Kabul’s chief of police.
At least seven others were wounded.
2014 Nov 10, In Afghanistan 6
police officers, including their commander, were killed in a suicide
attack on police headquarters in Puli Alim, capital of Logar
province. 3 police officers were killed when a bomb carried on a
motorbike exploded near their vehicle in Nangahar province.
2014 Nov 11, In Afghanistan two
senior officials of an Afghan bank that collapsed in 2010 beneath
almost $1 billion in debt were sentenced in a Kabul court to 15
years prison each for embezzlement and fraud. The court also ordered
the assets of Mahmood Karzai and Hasin Fahim, brothers respectively
of the former president and deputy president, along with 17 other
defendants, frozen until their debts are repaid.
2014 Nov 12, The UN’s Office on
Drugs and Crime said opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has hit
a record high this year and accounted for 90% of the world’s heroin
(SFC, 11/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 14, Afghanistan's new
President Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan's military headquarters in a
sign of warming ties after more than a decade of mutual distrust
between the two US allies.
2014 Nov 14, In northern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was shot and killed by insurgents.
2014 Nov 16, In Afghanistan
Shukria Barakzai, an outspoken female lawmaker, survived a suicide
bombing attack on her vehicle, suffering slight wounds, but 3
civilian bystanders were killed.
2014 Nov 18, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber and two gunmen targeted a foreigners'
compound in Kabul early today, killing 4 people. In eastern Khost
province a woman died when the van she was travelling in hit a
2014 Nov 19, In Afghanistan a
compound housing foreigners on the outskirts of Kabul came under
2014 Nov 22, In eastern
Afghanistan one soldier and 8 insurgents were killed in an attack on
an army base in Nuristan province.
2014 Nov 23, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament,
killing at least 50 people in Paktika province.
(AP, 11/23/14)(AP, 11/24/14)
2014 Nov 24, In Afghanistan
bombings across the country killed 6 civilians. 2 US soliders were
killed by a magnetic bomb in Kabul.
(AP, 11/24/14)(Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014 Nov 25, In Afghanistan two
explosions shook Kabul, leaving seven army officers wounded after a
bomb attack on their bus, while a grenade blast in the diplomatic
quarter caused no casualties but led to the arrest of a suspect.
2014 Nov 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in Kabul, killing
5 people including one Briton. Taliban fighters attacked a
guesthouse in Kabul. 2 attackers were killed by Nepalese guards and
a 3rd blew himself up.
(Reuters, 11/27/14)(SFC, 11/28/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 28, In Afghanistan
insurgents killed 5 Afghan soldiers in an assault Camp Bastion,
Helmand province, that lasted more than 14 hours. 2 police officers
were killed and two wounded in a suicide attack on their vehicle in
the Nawzad district of Helmand province. In eastern Nangahar
province 31 people were wounded when a mosque was bombed during
(AP, 11/28/14)(AP, 11/29/14)
2014 Nov 29, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide attackers killed the South African leader of a
foreign aid group, his son and daughter and an Afghan worker in an
assault on the agency's Kabul offices. A 3rd day of Taliban attacks
in southern Helmand province killed least 6 Afghan soldiers and 20
Taliban fighters at Camp Bastion. A suicide bombing targeting a
military base in the province's Sangin district, killed 5 soldiers
and wounded eight.
(AP, 11/29/14)(AP, 11/30/14)(SSFC, 11/30/14,
2014 Nov 30, Afghan Pres.
Ashraf Ghani dismissed most ministers as he and chief executive
Abdullah Abdullah worked to create a new Cabinet.
(SFC, 12/1/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov, Pres. Obama signed a
secret order authorizing a more expansive mission for the US
military in Afghanistan in 2015 than was originally planned.
(SFC, 11/22/14, p.A4)
2014 Dec 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber detonated his payload at a crowded funeral, killing 2
police and 7 civilians in the Burka district, Baghlan province.
2014 Dec 2, In northwest
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents killed 6 Afghan soldiers in Badghis
province. 3 insurgents were killed in the attack in Bala Murghab
district. An American drone killed 5 insurgents in Shirzad district
in Nangahar province.
2014 Dec 3, The Afghan
government said it will send a delegation to Iran to ask the
government to extend temporary visas to allow 760,000 Afghan
refugees who have no documents and risk deportation to stay on for
at least a year.
2014 Dec 3, In Afghanistan an
attack on a police checkpoint in northern Jawzjan province killed 4
2014 Dec 5, German
Chancellor Angela Merkel shook hands with Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani and said her country will continue to support
Afghanistan after NATO combat troops pull out from the country.
2014 Dec 7, It was reported
that Taliban commander Latif Mehsud, held under Afghan and Nato
custody for some, has been handed over to Pakistan along with 3
2014 Dec 8, In Afghanistan the
US and NATO closed their combat command, more than 13 years after
invading the country in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. A
drone strike killed 6 Taliban fighters in Nuristan province. Taliban
fighters backed by a suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters,
killing 5 people in Kandahar province.
(AP, 12/8/14)(Reuters, 12/8/14)
2014 Dec 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Afghan army personnel,
killing 6 soldiers and wounding 11. Hours later a teenaged suicide
bomber targeted a packed auditorium at a French-run high school in
Kabul, killing a German citizen.
(Reuters, 12/11/14)(AP, 12/11/14)
2014 Dec 12, In Afghanistan the
Taliban detonated a roadside bomb, hitting a convoy of foreign
troops and killing 2 American soldiers.
2014 Dec 12, Iran said it had
agreed to extend temporary visas for 450,000 Afghan refugees for six
months, lifting a threat to send them back home to a country facing
attacks by resurgent militants.
2014 Dec 13, In Afghanistan
gunmen shot dead senior Supreme Court official Atiqullah Raoufi as
he left his home in Kabul. Hours later Taliban fighters shot dead at
least 12 workers clearing mines in Helmand province. A bomb ripped
through a bus carrying soldiers in Kabul, killing at least 7 of
(Reuters, 12/13/14)(AP, 12/13/14)
2014 Dec 16, In Afghanistan 11
insurgents were killed in a US drone strike in Nangahar province.
(AP, 12/17/14)(Reuters, 12/17/14)
2014 Dec 16, Chinese PM Li
Keqiang visited Afghanistan to meet with Afghanistan's chief
executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah.
2014 Dec 17, Afghan insurgents
stormed a bank in Lashgar Gah, Helmand province, killing at least 10
people including three policemen. Attackers in Jalalabad, Nangarhar
province, attached explosives to police vehicles, killing a police
officer and wounding four others when they detonated.
2014 Dec 18, In Afghanistan a
police officer in Kabul was killed and three were wounded when a
suspected suicide bomber they were pursuing detonated his
2014 Dec 19, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents fired several mortar rounds in Dawlar Shah
district, Laghman province. One woman was killed and two women and
six children were wounded.
2014 Dec 20, In northern
Afghanistan a late night Taliban attack at a checkpoint killed at
least 7 policemen in Jawzjan province. 7 civilians, including two
children, were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Nari
district, Kunar province. Journalist Zubair Hatami (22) died in
Kabul from wounds sustained in a Taliban attack on a French-run
school earlier this month.
2014 Dec 20, The Pentagon said
that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been
returned to their home country. The four had been cleared for
transfer as a kind of reconciliation and mark of improved US-Afghan
relations. Eight Afghans are among the 132 detainees remaining at
2014 Dec 21, US cybersecurity
researchers said malicious software likely linked to China is being
used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan
2014 Dec 23, In eastern
Afghanistan at least 151 Taliban fighters were reported killed by
government forces during 12 days of fighting. The Pakistani Taliban
and Lashkar-i-Taiba, the group responsible for the attacks on Mumbai
in 2008, were reported taking part in the battle.
2014 Dec 26, In Afghanistan an
airstrike by US-led coalition forces killed 3 Afghan villagers who
were "heavily armed" but not part of the Taliban insurgency.
Villagers in the remote Ab Josh area of Logar province said the dead
were civilians who were protecting their land from nomads. A woman
and two men, members of the same family, were killed in southern
Helmand province when the motorcycle they were sharing hit a
roadside bomb. In Kandahar province 4 members of the intelligence
service and a civilian were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside
2014 Dec 28, The US-led
coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission. About
13,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, will remain in the country
under a new, two-year mission named "Resolute Support." 4 Afghan
soldiers were killed while repelling a Taliban attack on an army
checkpoint in southern Helmand province. 8 insurgents were reported
(Reuters, 12/28/14)(AP, 12/29/14)
2014 Dec 31, In southern
Afghanistan at least 28 people, many of them women and children,
were killed when rockets fired by Afghan army soldiers hit a wedding
party in Helmand province. Two Afghan soliders were soon arrested in
connection with the deaths.
(AP, 1/1/15)(SFC, 1/3/15, p.A2)
2014 Carlotta Gall authored
“The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014."
(Econ, 4/19/14, p.77)
2014 In Afghanistan nearly
3,700 noncombatants were killed this year as the area of farmland
used to grow opium rose to a record 224,000 hectares. This produced
85% of the world’s opium and 77% of its heroin.
(Econ, 7/4/15, p.33)
2015 Jan 2, In Afghanistan a
civilian man was killed after a rocket fired from an army checkpoint
struck a house in southern Helmand province.
2015 Jan 3, In Afghanistan
insurgents kidnapped 4 policemen from Wardak province. Their bodies
were found near the provincial capital Pul-i-Alam hours later.
2015 Jan 4, In Afghanistan
insurgents killed 5 policemen, including their commander, in the
volatile eastern province of Logar.
2015 Jan 7, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast killed Judge Mohammad-ul Hassan and wounded two of his
daughters in Jalalabad. Insurgents killed 6 people working on a road
project, including the head of a construction company, in northern
2015 Jan 8, In central
Afghanistan one policeman was killed and three were wounded when
their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Uruzgan province.
2015 Jan 12, The Afghan
government, after months of delay, unveiled its full list of Cabinet
nominees. An Afghan policeman opened fire, killing two colleagues,
including a district chief and a police unit commander in Helmand
province. The attacker was shot and soon died.
2015 Jan 13, In Afghanistan one
person died and three were wounded when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in the capital, Kabul.
2015 Jan 15, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed two policemen in the
northern Faryab province. A drone strike killed three Taliban
insurgents in the Nazyan district of Nangahar province.
2015 Jan 17, An Afghan official
said that 9 insurgents have been killed during a raid by security
forces backed by local citizens in Kunduz province.
2015 Jan 17, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the latest Muhammad caricature on
the cover of the new Charlie Hebdo issue, and called it an insult to
Islam and the Muslim world. Hundreds of people in Paktika province
protested against the continued publishing of cartoons depicting
Mohammad by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
(AP, 1/17/15)(AP, 1/18/15)
2015 Jan 17, Afghan officials
said security services have arrested five men in recent weeks in
connection with the Dec 16 massacre at a Pakistan military school
last month that killed 150 people, most of them children.
2015 Jan 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber attacked a police supply convoy, killing four
people and wounding 12 in Helmand province. Hundreds of university
students in Nangarhar province protested against the continued
publishing of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad by the French
magazine Charlie Hebdo.
2015 Jan 19, In eastern
Afghanistan the Taliban attacked government troops in Laghman
province, triggering a gunbattle that killed 2 soldiers and wounded
2015 Jan 25, In Afghanistan a
Taliban truck bomb exploded in the capital, wounding two people in
the first attack targeting Kabul in almost 3 weeks.
2015 Jan 28, Afghanistan's
parliament approved eight out of 25 Cabinet nominees. Two alleged
militants from a Taliban splinter group were reported arrested last
week. The Feday-e-Mahaz group had claimed responsibility for the
2014 killing of Swedish journalist Nils Horner in Kabul. In Herat
province a bomb blast killed a female police officer and wounded a
policeman at a checkpoint. Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint
operated by a group of armed villagers late today, killing 11
people. 7 militants were killed.
(AP, 1/28/15)(Reuters, 1/29/15)
2015 Jan 29, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomb attack on a funeral killed 16 people and
injured another 39 in Laghman province. 3 American civilian
contractors and an Afghan national were killed in a shooting
incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s int’l. airport. The
gunman wore an Afghan uniform.
(Reuters, 1/29/15)(AP, 1/29/15)(SFC, 1/30/15,
p.A6)(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 29, In southern
Afghanistan at least 23 people died and 31 were injured when a bus
crashed into a fuel truck on a narrow road in Zabul province.
2015 Jan 31, In Afghanistan
Muslim protesters against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad by
the French magazine Charlie Hebdo clashed with security leaving two
2015 Feb 6, In western
Afghanistan a bus crash in Hirat province killed 7 people and
wounded 12 others. A roadside bomb killed 2 people and wounded three
others in Helmand province.
2015 Feb 9, In Afghanistan
Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, the top recruiter for the Islamic State
group's affiliate, was killed by a drone strike along with 7 other
militants. Afghan forces fired the missile. Rauf was released from
Guantanamo in 2007 and sent home to Afghanistan.
(AP, 2/9/15)(AP, 2/11/15)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.39)
2015 Feb 10, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide attackers assaulted a police station, killing one
officer in Kunduz province. A roadside bomb in Jalalabad exploded as
Angeza Shinwari, a Nangarhar province councilwoman, drove past. The
blast killed her driver and severely wounded Shinwari and another
person. Shinwari died of her wounds on Feb 16.
(AP, 2/10/15)(Reuters, 2/16/15)
2015 Feb 10, China promised to
help build a hydroelectric power plant in a violent Afghan border
region, as well as road and rail links to Pakistan, in the latest
sign it is taking a more active role in Afghanistan.
2015 Feb 12, In Afghanistan
Sheirin Agha, a member of the country's High Peace Council, was
assassinated during prayers at a Kandahar mosque.
2015 Feb 12, China offered to
mediate in stalled efforts to engage the Afghan Taliban in peace
2015 Feb 17, In eastern
Afghanistan four suicide attackers dressed as policemen stormed a
provincial police headquarters in Pul-i-Alam, Logar province,
killing 22 police in an attack claimed by the Taliban. A bomb
attached to a vehicle killed one person in Kabul.
(Reuters, 2/17/15)(SFC, 2/18/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 21, In Afghanistan
Fazel Ahmad Azimi, the central bank director for the southern
region, said that at least bank three employees were involved in the
robbery of around 76 million afghanis (more than $ 1 million) in a
bank branch in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province. The
suspected employees were believed to have fled to neighboring
2015 Feb 23, In southern
Afghanistan unidentified gunmen in Zabul province stopped two buses
traveling to Kabul, and seized 31 men and boys belonging to the
ethnic Hazara minority. Islamic State militants were later blamed
for the kidnapping.
(Reuters, 2/24/15)(SSFC, 4/5/15, p.A3)
2015 Feb 24, In northeastern
Afghanistan avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least
165 people, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to
save those buried beneath. By week’s end nationwide the death toll
from avalanches and flooding rose to at least 247 people.
(AP, 2/25/15)(AP, 2/26/15)(AP, 3/1/15)
2015 Feb 26, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosive-packed Toyota Corolla
into a Turkish diplomatic vehicle in Kabul, killing at least 2
people and wounding one.
2015 Feb 27, Afghan forces
routed the Taliban from the Sangin district in Helmand province in
their first major solo operation since international combat forces
pulled out of the country. The operation on the long time insurgent
stronghold began Feb 10.
2015 Feb 28, In Afghanistan
Raees Khudaidad, charged with a string of armed robberies,
kidnappings and killings of Afghans and foreigners across the
country, was hanged at Kabul's main prison.
2015 Mar 3, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed 9 soldiers in Helmand province.
(Econ., 3/7/15, p.39)
2015 Mar 4, Afghan security
forces said they have killed dozens of militants in a military
operation aimed at freeing some 30 civilian hostages kidnapped last
week in Zabul province.
2015 Mar 7, In Afghanistan a
senior Afghan Sufi religious leader was killed along with ten other
men. They were shot in the backs of their heads while bowed in
prayer, in a ruthless and apparently well-planned operation.
2015 Mar 8, In northern
Afghanistan Inmates killed 2 police officers they had taken hostage
during a prison riot in which an inmate was shot dead.
2015 Mar 10, A series of
bombings across Afghanistan, including one targeting a police
checkpoint in the country's south, killed at least 13 people.
These included suicide car bombing at a police checkpoint
killed 8 people and wounded 23 on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah,
2015 Mar 14, US officials said
the Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of US
forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end, bowing to military
leaders who want to keep more troops, including many into the 2016
2015 Mar 15, In eastern
Afghanistan gunmen kidnapped eight ethnic Hazara people from two
cars but later released all but one of the hostages.
2015 Mar 16, The Afghan army
killed a militant commander who had claimed allegiance to the
Islamic State group. Hafiz Wahidi and 9 of his men were killed in an
operation in Helmand province.
2015 Mar 18, In Afghanistan
Mattiullah Khan, the police chief of Uruzgan province, was killed
while visiting Kabul by a suicide bomber disguised as a woman. A
bomb exploded in Helmand province near the governor’s offices in
Lashkar Gah killing 7 people and wounding over 45.
(AP, 3/19/15)(SFC, 3/19/15, p.A4)
2015 Mar 19, In Afghanistan a
woman, later identified as Farkhunda Malikzada (28), was lynched in
central Kabul. Her body was then set on fire and thrown onto the
banks of Kabul's main river. A mob was filmed stamping on the woman
and smashing a brick on her head after she was accused of burning a
Koran. Thirteen police officers were soon suspended and 13 suspects
(Reuters, 3/20/15)(AP, 3/20/15)(SFC, 3/23/15,
2015 Mar 21, In northern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb targeting a district police chief killed
3 civilians when it blew up their vehicle in Kunduz province. Afghan
security forces foiled a would-be suicide attack on the vice
president during a traditional horse-riding event in Zawzjan
province. A suicide car bomber targeted a patrol of intelligence
service troops in eastern Nangarhar province. Five people were
2015 Mar 24, Pres. Obama met
with Afghan Pres. Ashraf Ghani and in a joint news conference
announced that the US will maintain its current 9,800 troops in
Afghanistan through the end of this year.
(SFC, 3/25/15, p.A3)
2015 Mar 25, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives in downtown Kabul
killing at least 7 people.
(SFC, 3/26/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 29, In Afghanistan at
least one civilian was killed by a suicide bomb attack in eastern
part of the capital Kabul. Seven civilians were wounded.
2015 Mar 30, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bombing in Ghazni province killed 7 people,
all members of the same family.
2015 Apr 2, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked an anti-corruption
demonstration, killing 17 people and wounding up to 60 in Khost. In
Helmand province the police chief of a restive district was killed
by a roadside bomb.
(AP, 4/2/15)(Reuters, 4/2/15)
2015 Apr 3, In Afghanistan a
roadside bombing killed 7 people in the Baraki Barak district of
Logar province when a vehicle that two families were riding in
struck a roadside bomb.
2015 Apr 4, In northern
Afghanistan at least five civilians were killed and 17 others
wounded in two separate roadside bomb explosions in Baghlan and
2015 Apr 5, The Afghan Taliban
published a descriptive biography of their "charismatic" supreme
leader Mullah Omar, in a surprise move apparently aimed at
countering the creeping influence of the Islamic State group within
2015 Apr 6, Afghan traders shut
up their shops in Kabul and marched through the streets to protest
tax hikes. Elsewhere roadside bombing targeting police killed at
least 10 people. At least five people were reported killed in heavy
flooding in the northern province of Baghlan.
2015 Apr 8, In eastern
Afghanistan an American and an Afghan soldier were killed in a
firefight between US and Afghan troops. The gunfight erupted after
an Afghan soldier opened fire on an American delegation outside the
governor's compound in Jalalabad.
(AFP, 4/8/15)(Reuters, 4/8/15)
2015 Apr 9, In northern
Afghanistan militants stormed a government compound in
Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh province, killing at least 10 people with
dozens wounded. 3 of the attackers were killed but two remained
inside the compound.
(AP, 4/9/15)(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 10, In eastern
Afghanistan suicide car bombers struck foreign vehicles near
Jalalabad, killing 4 civilians and wounding 10 others. In Kabul
another suicide bomber drove into a vehicle used by foreigners,
injuring at least three Afghans. A roadside blast killed 12 people
on their way to a wedding in Ghazni province. In Badakhshan province
Taliban fighters killed at least 18 Afghan police and soldiers, 8 of
them beheaded, and left 10 wounded. At least 10 more were missing.
19 militants were killed.
(Reuters, 4/10/15)(SFC, 4/11/15, p.A2)(Reuters,
2015 Apr 10, In Afghanistan 5
local staff on the “Save the Children" int’l. aid group, who were
abducted 40 days ago in Uruzgan province, were found shot dead. The
government had refused their captors' demands for a prisoner
2015 Apr 18, In eastern
Afghanistan motorcycle-riding suicide bomber in Jalalabad killed 35
people and injured more than 100 outside a bank where government
workers collect salaries. Elsewhere in the east, the Taliban
announced the execution of three men accused of murdering a couple
during a robbery, saying they had been tried by an Islamic court.
(Reuters, 4/18/15)(AP, 4/19/15)
2015 Apr 19, In eastern
Afghanistan 19 land mine removers were kidnapped by unknown gunmen
on the outskirts of Gardez, Paktia province. All 19 were reported
released on April 21. Insurgents armed with guns and explosives
entered a police station in Lashkar Gar, Helmand province, after a
suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gate of the compound
allowing the others to gain entry. 3 police were killed. Authorities
confirmed that 4 Hazara farmers kidnapped by the Taliban had been
found beheaded in Ghazni province.
(AP, 4/19/15)(Reuters, 4/20/15)(AP, 4/21/15)(SFC,
2015 Apr 20, Afghan authorities
confirmed that 6 Hazaras from Daikundi province, kidnapped by
unknown assailants, had been found dead.
(SFC, 4/23/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 21, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb blast near a police station in Kandahar city
killed 3 people and wounded 17. In the north a bomb killed one
person and wounded five in Kunduz.
2015 Apr 22, The Afghan Taliban
announced the start of its annual spring offensive, warning it would
ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials, as
well as military targets, starting on April 24.
2015 Apr 24, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a US base outside Kabul and
targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital, as
they officially launched their spring offensive. At least 5 members
of a family, 4 of them women, were killed late today after an
insurgent mortar struck their house in Laghman province. Taliban
fighters began an attack on Kunduz city.
(Reuters, 4/24/15)(AP, 4/25/15)(AP, 5/9/15)
2015 Apr 25, In southern
Afghanistan a gunman late today shot and killed acting police chief
Gen. Gulab Khan and a civilian in Uruzgan province.
2015 Apr 28, Afghan forces
battled Taliban fighters on the outskirts of Kunduz city, with
police in Kunduz province saying scores of combatants had been
killed as insurgents mounted an offensive following the withdrawal
of most NATO forces.
2015 Apr 28, In northeastern
Afghanistan a massive landslide killed at least 52 people in
2015 Apr 30, The Afghan army
and police failed to expel Taliban fighters from the outskirts of
Kunduz city as a seventh day of fierce fighting put pressure on
national forces struggling largely without US military backup. The
government reported 20 Afghan soldiers and police killed and 140
Taliban-allied fighters dead. The Taliban claimed to have killed 232
Afghan security forces and lost only 9 fighters.
2015 May 3, In northwestern
Afghanistan Taliban attacks on police checkpoints killed at least 16
policemen in Badakhshan province.
(AP, 5/4/15)(SFC, 5/5/15, p.A4)
2015 May 3, In Afghanistan at
least 18 people died and another three were injured when a minibus
plummeted into a ravine in northwestern Badghis province.
2015 May 4, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber struck a bus carrying government workers in
Kabul, killing one person and wounding thirteen.
(SFC, 5/5/15, p.A4)
2015 May 6, Afghan officials
said as many as 10,000 families have fled their homes as Taliban
insurgents and government forces prepared for a major battle for
control of the southern fringes of Kunduz city.
2015 May 6, An Afghan judge
sentenced four men to death for the March 19 mob killing of a woman
accused of burning a Koran. Eight defendants were jailed for 16
years for participating in the attack in which a crowd beat and
kicked the woman, named Farkhunda (27), and set her body on fire in
Kabul. Nineteen police officers were also on trial, accused of
standing by and doing nothing to stop the violence. Their verdicts
and sentencing are due later in the week. On July 1 An appeals court
set aside death sentences for the four men convicted in the mob
killing. Three of those had their sentences reduced to 20 years in
jail, while the fourth was re-sentenced to 10 years.
(Reuters, 5/6/15)(Reuters, 7/2/15)
2015 May 8, In eastern
Afghanistan gunmen killed a police officer and a civilian at a
cricket match and kidnapped 36 people in Paktia province. All but
three of the abductees were soon freed.
2015 May 9, Afghan officials
said the bodies of 18 foreigners have been retrieved from the
battlefield around Kunduz city, found to be from Tajikistan,
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Chechnya.
2015 May 10, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying government employees in
Kabul, killing 3 people.
2015 May 11, In Afghanistan
kidnappers released 19 hostages out of a group of 30 that was
kidnapped in February, all members of the Hazara ethnic community
from the country's southern Zabul province. The 19 were freed in
exchange for 22 Uzbeks.
2015 May 12, In Afghanistan
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif promised coordinated military operations
with Afghan forces to hunt down militants along their shared border,
saying on a visit to Kabul that he condemned a recent Taliban
2015 May 13, In southern
Afghanistan gunmen attacked a government compound, setting off hours
of clashes in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. In central Kabul an
attack on the Park palace guesthouse killed at least 14 people,
including 9 foreigners.
(AP, 5/13/15)(Reuters, 5/14/15)(SFC, 5/15/15,
2015 May 16, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban militants blocked roads in Paktia province,
forcing cars to stop and kidnapping the occupants at gunpoint. Six
people were still being held out of the 22 initially abducted.
2015 May 17, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main
airport in Kabul, killing two young girls and a British security
(Reuters, 5/17/15)(SFC, 5/20/15, p.A2)
2015 May 18, The spy agencies
of Afghanistan and announced that they have agreed to share
intelligence and carry out "coordinated intelligence operations"
against militants operating along their porous border.
2015 May 18, In Afghanistan a
Taliban attack on a district government headquarters in southern
Uruzgan province killed at least 7 people.
2015 May 19, In Afghanistan a
large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul, apparently
targeting justice ministry employees and killing at least 5 people.
Shortly after the blast, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the
(AP, 5/19/15)(Reuters, 5/19/15)
2015 May 24, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints, killing
at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault.
2015 May 25, In southern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber in a truck loaded with
explosives struck a provincial government neighborhood in in Qalat
city, Zabul province, wounding nearly 70 people. Taliban gunmen
surrounded a police compound in the Naw Zad district of Helmand
province. 19 police officers and 7 soldiers were killed.
(Reuters, 5/25/15)(SFC, 5/26/15, p.A2)
2015 May 26, In Afghanistan
insurgents attacked a courthouse in Maidan Shar, the capital of
Wardak province, killing 2 police officers.
2015 May 27, In Afghanistan an
all-night siege on the Rabbani Guesthouse in an upscale neighborhood
of Kabul, ended in the early hours with the deaths of 4 heavily
armed Taliban attackers.
2015 May 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a teacher and 2 students were killed when a rocket
struck a school compound in Logar province.
2015 Jun 2, In Afghanistan
militants attacked a remote guesthouse and killed 9 Afghans working
for a Czech charity in Balkh province. A new report by US-based
Brown University said that almost 100,000 people have been killed in
Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion.
2015 Jun 4, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber targeted a police checkpoint at the entrance of
Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, killing at least 4 people.
2015 Jun 5, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed 6 members of a family in the Shah Wali Kot
district of Kandahar province. Another roadside bomb killed 5
civilians in Ghazni province. A bombing targeting a passing army
vehicle killed a woman and a child near Kabul.
(SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A5)
2015 Jun 6, In Afghanistan
insurgents attacked a convoy of de-miners, allowing all but six to
walk free in Logar province. Some 300 hundred Taliban insurgents
launched a major assault on the Yamgan district of Badakhshan
province. A roadside bomb killed 6 civilians in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 6/7/15)(SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A5)
2015 Jun 7, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters halted a car carrying six mine removers and
abducted them in Logar province. The Taliban launched an assault on
Afghan security forces in the Gizab district, Uruzgan province. In
the northeastern Badakhshan province, Afghan security forces
launched an operation to retake checkpoints overrun by the Taliban
in Yamgan district.
2015 Jun 8, In Afghanistan US
Department of Defense civilian employee Krissie K. Davis (54) was
killed in a rocket attack on the sprawling Bagram military base.
2015 Jun 9, Afghan officials
said a teachers strike demanding higher pay has shut down at least
27 schools in Kabul.
2015 Jun 11, In northern
Afghanistan Hamidullah Khan, a district attorney in increasingly
volatile Faryab province, was killed by a sticky bomb that was
attached to his car.
2015 Jun 13, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters overran multiple checkpoints in an overnight raid
in Helmand province, killing at least 20 police officers as the
battle continued to rage. The Afghan military acknowledged the
Taliban controls at least four districts across the country.
2015 Jun 14, An Afghan district
chief and 3 other people died when their car hit a roadside bomb in
northern Takhar province. An air strike killed the Taliban "shadow
governor" for the eastern province of Kunar. A drone strike killed
14 insurgents in the Dangam district of Kunar province.
(Reuters, 6/14/15)(AP, 6/15/15)
2015 Jun 15, In Afghanistan 2
people died after their motorbike hit a mine in northern Sari Pul
2015 Jun 16, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs struck two vehicles filled with passengers, killing 3
people and wounding 15 in southern Uruzgan province.
2015 Jun 16, The Afghan Taliban
warned the leader of the Islamic State group against waging a
parallel insurgency in Afghanistan, after a string of defections and
reported clashes with militants loyal to IS.
2015 Jun 17, In Afghanistan at
least 11 security force members were been killed in a Taliban
assault on government buildings in Musa Qala, southern Helmand
2015 Jun 20, In southern
Afghanistan a powerful roadside bomb exploded killing at least 12
family members in Helmand province.
(AP, 6/20/15)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 21, The Afghan Taliban
announced a 24-hour telephone "hotline" and email addresses for any
government employees wishing to defect to them, as the tech-savvy
militants try to bolster public support. Afghan officials said
Taliban insurgents have taken control of the Chardara district in
northern Kunduz province.
(AFP, 6/21/15)(AP, 6/21/15)
2015 Jun 22, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the parliament as
lawmakers met to consider a new defense minister. All 7 militants
were killed as well as a woman and a girl (10). A district in the
northern province of Kunduz fell to the militants as they
intensified a summer offensive.
(Reuters, 6/22/15)(SFC, 6/23/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 22, In Afghanistan
Dutch aid worker Anja de Beer was kidnapped in Kabul. She was
released September 11.
2015 Jun 23, Afghan government
forces regained control of a key district near the northern city of
Kunduz, after Taliban fighters had threatened to capture a
provincial capital for the first time since being driven from power
2015 Jun 26, In Afghanistan a
US air strike took place in Nuristan, an eastern province next to
Pakistan that is partially controlled by the Taliban. 6 militants
were reported killed.
2015 Jun 27, In Afghanistan a
US air strike took place in Paktika province, a stronghold of the
Haqqani network and other groups allied with the Taliban. One
al-Qaida operative was reported killed.
2015 Jun 28, In Afghanistan 11
government soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush on an army
convoy in the western Herat province.
2015 Jun 30, Afghanistan signed
an extension to a long-running UN police support program that will
transfer some $900 million to the government over the next 18
months. A Taliban suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of NATO troops
in Kabul wounded 21 Afghan civilians and killed one. Another Taliban
suicide attack targeted a police headquarters in Helmand province,
killing 2 people and wounding more than 50.
(AP, 6/30/15)(Reuters, 6/30/15)
2015 Jun 30, Afghan Brig. Gen.
Abdul Samad Habib, commandor of a recruitment center in Balkh
province, was arrested with 19 kg (41 pounds) of heroin in an army
vehicle in the northern Baghlan province. Habib was charged with
2015 Jul 1, Border clashes
between Afghan and Pakistani security forces broke out, killing at
least one person and potentially undermining efforts by both sides
to improve relations.
2015 Jul 1, In Afghanistan 3
children were killed and four wounded after they found an unexploded
mortar in a field while playing in southern Kandahar province.
2015 Jul 1, In Afghanistan a
nighttime Taliban attack on police checkpoints in the strategic
Wardak province killed 7 local policemen. The Taliban captured five
of the checkpoints attacked in Jalrez district and fighting
continued into the next day.
2015 Jul 5, In Afghanistan
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the best known jihadist leaders of the
1980s, announced that he had ditched the Taliban in favor of the
Islamic State caliphate.
(http://tinyurl.com/neb86kv)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.36)
2015 Jul 7, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani said he had sent a delegation to Pakistan to meet
Taliban representatives, his first acknowledgement of official talks
with insurgents who are fighting to topple the government in Kabul.
The Taliban staged two separate suicide bombings in Kabul, killing
at least one person and wounded three, including a NATO soldier.
(Reuters, 7/7/15)(AP, 7/7/15)
2015 Jul 7, In Afghanistan
Shahidullah Shahid, a former member of the Pakistani Taliban, was
killed along with 5 militants. He had defected to the Islamic State
and was operating in Afghanistan. Shahid was killed in the same
strike that killed Islamic State number two in Afghanistan Gul
Zaman, along with 49 militants in the eastern Achin district of
Nangarhar province. One other commander was also killed.
2015 Jul 8, Afghan lawmakers
rejected the first ever female nominee for the country's Supreme
Court, a setback to the government's efforts to promote women to
high-profile positions. Anisa Rasouli, the head of the Afghan Woman
Judges' Association and a juvenile court judge, needed 97 votes out
of 193 to win, but managed only 88 votes.
2015 Jul 8, Pakistan said
Afghan and Taliban representatives have agreed to meet again after
landmark through-the-night talks aimed at ending a 13-year
2015 Jul 10, In Afghanistan
Hafez Saeed, a senior commander in the Pakistani branch of the
Taliban, was killed in a US air strike along with 30 other militants
as they gathered in Achin district of Nangarhar province. He was
among a small but increasing number of senior Taliban militants who
have switched allegiance to Islamic State.
2015 Jul 11, In Afghanistan Abu
Khalil al-Sudani, described as a high-ranking Al Qaeda operational
commander, was killed in a US airstrike in Paktika province. He was
reportedly the head of Al Qaeda's suicide and explosives operations.
2015 Jul 12, In Afghanistan at
least 12 civilians were reported killed in a pair of roadside bomb
explosions in Kapisa and Kunduz provinces. In the southeast a
suicide car bomb killed 33 people and wounded 10 on the outskirts of
(AP, 7/12/15) (Reuters,
2015 Jul 16, In Afghanistan
Taliban gunmen killed 8 people including 4 police officers and 2
children in an ambush in Mihtarlam, the provincial capital of
2015 Jul 20, A NATO airstrike
hit two Afghan military checkpoints in a restive province east of
Kabul, killing 7 Afghan troops in what an Afghan official described
as an accident due to bad coordination. President Ashraf Ghani
expressed his "profound sorrow" over the tragedy and ordered an
investigation into the killings.
2015 Jul 22, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a market crowded with
shoppers, killing at least 19 people and wounding 38 amid other
Taliban assaults in Faryab province.
2015 Jul 25, In Afghanistan
Meya Hassian Adel, a respected tribal elder and former head of the
provincial council in Kunar, was killed by gunmen in eastern Kunar
province. At least 11 people were wounded after a bomb attached to a
motorbike detonated near a police station in northern Takhar
province. In eastern Nangarhar province, two civilians and two
policemen were wounded when a bomb exploded in Jalalabad.
2015 Jul 25, In northeastern
Afghanistan the Taliban took control of the Tirgaran police base in
Badakhshan province after some 100 police and border guards
surrendered and joined the insurgents following three days of
fighting. Elsewhere in Badakhshan heavy rains left at least 6
people, including women and children, dead in Kofab district. In
northern Baghlan province 11 people were kidnapped after gunmen
stopped their vehicle in Dahna-i Ghori district.
2015 Jul 26, In northern
Afghanistan a shootout at a wedding party left 21 people dead and
eight wounded in Baghlan province. In northern Sari Pul province, a
local police commander and seven of his men surrendered to the
Taliban in Kohistanat district.
2015 Jul 29, The Afghanistan
government said Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban movement behind
an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, had died
in April, 2013, in Pakistan. The Afghan Taliban appointed Akhtar
Mohammad Mansour as leader of the insurgency. Pakistan's defense
minister later insisted that Mullah Omar died in Afghanistan and was
(Reuters, 7/29/15)(Reuters, 7/30/15)(SFC,
7/30/15, p.A2)(AP, 8/7/15)
2015 Jul 30, The Taliban's
official spokesman disavowed peace talks with the Afghan government,
throwing fledgling efforts to negotiate an end to 14 years of war
2015 Aug 2, In Afghanistan 8
fighters, including a commander, were killed in a battle over the
leadership between two Taliban groups in a village in Shindand
2015 Aug 4, Taliban official
Syed Mohammad Tayab Agha announced he was stepping down as director
of the Political Office in the Qatari capital Doha, originally set
up to enable the Taliban to negotiate in any peace process. His
resignation came amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan
insurgent movement after the news of the death of leader Mullah
Mohammad Omar last week.
2015 Aug 5, An Afghan official
said drone strikes have killed up to 60 insurgents, many of them
allied to the Islamic State group, in recent days in Nangarhar and
2015 Aug 6, Afghan officials
said a truck bomb targeting an Afghan special forces base in Logar
province killed at least 6 people and wounded dozens.
2015 Aug 6, An Afghan
Russian-made M-17 military helicopter crashed, killing all 17 people
on board. The Taliban said it shot down the helicopter in the
southern province of Zabul, but a government official blamed a
technical failure and said there had been no gunfire.
(Reuters, 8/6/15)(SFC, 8/7/15, p.A3)
2015 Aug 7, In Afghanistan an
early morning truck bomb tore through buildings in central Kabul,
killing at least 15 people and wounding 248 others. A suicide
bombing at a police academy killed 27 people and wounded 28. One
international service member and 8 Afghan contractors were killed in
an attack on Camp Integrity.
(Reuters, 8/8/15)(AFP, 8/8/15)
2015 Aug 8, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber in northern Kunduz province killed 29 people, mainly
members of illegal armed groups that have clashed with security
forces and the insurgents in the past. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah
Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.
2015 Aug 10, The Afghan Pres.
Ashraf Ghani called on Pakistan to crack down on the Taliban after a
suicide car bombing earlier in the day killed 5 people near Kabul's
2015 Aug 11, In eastern
Afghanistan unknown gunmen kidnapped 12 ethnic minority Hazaras from
a car in Ghazni, days after suspected Taliban fighters kidnapped and
killed 4 Hazaras in the same province.
2015 Aug 12, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters disguised in police uniforms infiltrated a security
forces compound in Helmand province and killed 14 security
personnel. The Taliban used US-built Humvees with mounted machine
(Reuters, 8/12/15)(Reuters, 9/22/15)
2015 Aug 13, Al Qaeda leader
Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an online audio message, pledged allegiance to
Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, the new head of the Afghan Taliban,
in a move that could bolster his accession after the death of
Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.
2015 Aug 13, A high-level
Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan to discuss security
cooperation and peace efforts.
2015 Aug 15, Afghan police
arrested five people near the northern town of Sar-e-Pul after they
were filmed beating a man and his daughter accused of robbery by a
village fortune teller.
2015 Aug 17, In Afghanistan a
German woman, believed to be employed by German government aid
agency GIZ, was kidnapped in Kabul by armed assailants.
2015 Aug 21, In Afghanistan a
Taliban ambush on Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum's convoy
backfired when the war-hardened leader's men fought back, killing at
least 4 militants and capturing a dozen more on a remote highway in
2015 Aug 22, In Afghanistan a
car bomb targeting a vehicle carrying foreign citizens killed 12
people, including 3 US contractors, outside a hospital on a busy
Kabul street. Security sources said the target was a group of
foreign security contractors working for DynCorp International.
2015 Aug 22, In Afghanistan
three US air strikes killed up to 40 militants, but they regrouped
and chased government officials out of Musa Qala, Helmand province.
2015 Aug 23, An Afghan official
said the bodies of 3 border police officers, abducted last week in
Paktika province, have been found by local residents.
2015 Aug 23, Militants firing
from Afghan territory killed four Pakistani soldiers along the
border at the Akhandwala Pass.
2015 Aug 24, In Afghanistan the
Taliban seized Musa Qala, Helmand province, despite US air strikes
to repel them.
2015 Aug 26, In Afghanistan two
men in military uniforms opened fire in the former British base of
Camp Bastion, killing 2 NATO soldiers. In southern Afghanistan US
forces launched multiple air strikes on Musa Qala, seized by the
Taliban a day earlier.
(AFP, 8/26/15)(SFC, 8/28/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 28, In Afghanistan at
least 8 officers were killed and 15 wounded in separate Taliban
attacks on police checkpoints in Andar and Qarabagh districts. 5
police officers were killed when their vehicle hit roadside bomb in
the Chora district of Uruzgan province An Afghan forces airstrike
killed 16 insurgents and wounded 17 in Ghazni's capital. Afghan
forces launched an operation to retake the district of Musa Qala in
fighting that killed six soldiers and wounded 14.
(AP, 8/29/15)(AP, 8/30/15)
2015 Aug 29, A Taliban official
said gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five
dead in southern Afghanistan as its members met in Pakistan to
resolve a leadership crisis following the death of its former leader
Mullah Mohammad Omar.
2015 Sep 1, Afghan Pres. Ashraf
Ghani called for a national jihad (holy war) against corruption.
(SFC, 9/2/15, p.A6)
2015 Sep 3, In Afghanistan
officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international
organizations gathered in Kabul for a regional economic conference
to explore ways of rebuilding the country after more than 40 years
2015 Sep 5, In northern
Afghanistan at least 13 people were killed by gunmen who attacked a
minibus in Balkh province. All the victims belonged to the largely
Shi'ite Hazara ethnic minority.
2015 Sep 7, An Afghan official
said a NATO airstrike in southern Helmand province has killed at
least 11 police officers and employees of the Interior Ministry's
anti-narcotics department. US officials denied that a NATO strike
2015 Sep 10, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed 5 officers who were on patrol in Ghazni city.
The annual celebration of national hero Ahmed Shah Massoud
(1953-2001) descended into violence leaving at least 2 people dead
(AP, 9/10/15)(SFC, 9/11/15, p.A3)
2015 Sep 10, In Afghanistan the
annual celebration of national hero Ahmed Shah Massoud descended
into violence leaving at least 2 people dead in Kabul.
(SFC, 9/11/15, p.A3)
2015 Sep 14, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents stormed a prison on the outskirts of Ghazni,
killing police and releasing 355 of the 436 prisoners, including
nearly 150 deemed a threat to national security, and then attacked
troops rushing to help. 4 Taliban and 4 members of the security
forces were killed in the attack.
2015 Sep 16, The Afghan Taliban
said that a major dispute undermining the movement has been
resolved, after relatives of the militant group's late leader,
Mullah Omar, pledged support for his appointed successor Mullah
2015 Sep 18, In Afghanistan at
least 8 police officers were killed after their checkpoint was
attacked in southern Zabul province.
2015 Sep 19, Pakistani jets
killed 16 suspected militants in bombing raids in the Tirah Valley
near the Afghan border. Communications intercepts showed the
Pakistani Taliban gunmen were being directed by handlers in
2015 Sep 22, In northern
Afghanistan 10 soldiers died in an "insider attack" when fellow
soldier Mohammad Alim smuggled insurgents inside a checkpoint to
kill his colleagues in Qush Tepa district of Zawzjan province. A
roadside bombing in northern Balkh province killed 5 police
officers, including a district police chief.
2015 Sep 22, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier was killed in an attack near Bagram
2015 Sep 23, Afghan Pres.
Ashraf Ghani pledged to stamp out widespread sexual abuse of boys by
powerful Afghan commanders.
(SFC, 9/24/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 27, In eastern
Afghanistan Islamic State gunmen attacked checkpoints in Nangarhar
province, killing 3 police in the group's first attack on the
country's security forces. Afghanistan responded to the pre-dawn
attack with a wave of airstrikes that killed 85 IS militants. All
the terrorists killed were reportedly Pakistani citizens under the
command of Hafiz Saeed, who was also killed.
2015 Sep 28, In northern
Afghanistan Taliban fighters battled their way into the center of
Kunduz city and freed hundreds of fellow militants from jail, in one
of the most serious security breaches in 14 years of war. 3
militants and at least 17 Afghan police were reported killed in the
(Reuters, 9/28/15)(Reuters, 9/29/15)
2015 Sep 29, Afghan forces
backed by US air support battled Taliban fighters for control of the
northern city of Kunduz, after the militants seized a provincial
capital for the first time since their ouster 14 years ago. At least
30 insurgents claiming loyalty to Islamic State were killed when
militants attacked police checkpoints in Achin district, Nangarhar
2015 Sep 30, In Afghanistan
special forces from the US-led military coalition battled insurgents
near the northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban
2015 Oct 1, Afghan troops
recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz amid
fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the
provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its US allies.
150 Taliban were reported killed and 90 wounded in the overnight
offensive. The insurgents looted banks and seized military equipment
during their three-day occupation.
2015 Oct 2, In eastern
Afghanistan a US Air Force C-130J military transport plane crashed
overnight at Jalalabad air field, killing 6 American airmen and 5
civilians on the aircraft.
2015 Oct 3, In Afghanistan an
airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the city
of Kunduz, killing at least 22 people in what the US military called
possible "collateral damage" in the battle to oust Taliban
(Reuters, 10/3/15)(AP, 10/4/15)