- Timeline of Afghanistan (August 2003)
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timeline of the history of Afghanistanin August 2003. The list is not complete and you are welcome to expand it.
August 1, 2003"
Afghan Education Minister
Yunis Qanooniand Herat provincegovernor Ismail Khanin separate announcements denied Human Rights Watchallegations that they and other Afghan leaders were involved in human rightsabuses.
In response to a
July 29rebel ambush that killed at least two Afghan soldiers, roughly 500 Afghan troops backed by U.S.-led forces and helicopters entered the Tora Ghar Districteast of Sha Wali Khot, 10 km (6 miles) north of Kandahar. The operation against an estimated 100 rebels netted three Talibancommanders, Mullah Abdul Hakim, Mullah Abdul Hamidand Mullah Abdul Zahir.
August 2, 2003"
Afghan Deputy Defense Minister
Abdul Rashid Dostamlaunched a drive to disarm thousands of his militiamen in Jawzjan province. Around 1,000 of his fighters were disarmed. The disarmed men were to be sent to Kabulto join the Afghan National Army.
August 3, 2003"
United Nationsspecial envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, met for the first time with the six-member Afghan electoral commission. Atop the goals of the commission is to register millions of potential voters. To date, free elections had never been held in Afghanistan.
U.S. bases in
Paktika provinceand Kandahar provincein Afghanistancame under rocket attacks, but there were no casualties.
August 4, 2003"
Bakhtar News Agencyreported that Zabihullah Zahid, a deputy education minister for the former Talibanregime, had recently been arrested in Balkh province.
Thirteen Afghan militiamen were killed and twenty-one were injured when a truck loaded with 800 rifles, light machine guns, tank rounds and other ammunition exploded in
Aqcha District, Jawzjan province.
Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, a demining vehicle, from the Mine Clearance Planning Agency, was shot at twice, but there were no casualties.
Miranshah, Pakistan, authorities arrested Haji Jamil, a former Afghan mujahideen commander loyal to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
August 5, 2003" Alcatel, a French telecommunications equipment maker that was providing the GSM network for Kabul, won a contract to supply a complete GSM mobile network solution to Afghanistan.
A press coference in
Islamabad, Pakistanheld by Pakistani Finance Minister Shaukat Azizand Afghan Finance Minister Dr. Ashraf Ghanimarked the end of a three-day Joint Economic Commission between their countries. The ministers announced that Pakistan pledged to remove six more items from its negative list of exportable items, to reduce railway and port charges, and to simplify custom procedures. The two countries also agreed to enhance bilateral air-traffic, open bank branches of each others, and start railway traffic between Chammanand Kandahar.
Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairsin Kabul, thirty Afghan women graduated from a business-training course run by the Afghan Women's Business Center. The teachers had been trained in the United Statesand Kabul. The program was run by the small NGO Freedom Medicineand funded by the United States State Department.
August 6, 2003"
civilianpassenger plane since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistanto fly non-stop from Europeto Afghanistanlanded in Kabul. The German airline LTUthus began a regular schedule by which an Airbus 330-200 would leave Düsseldorfeach Tuesday evening and arrive in Kabul Wednesday morning after a 6½-hour flight.
In a press conference in
Peshawar, Pakistan, the chairman of the Afghan Organization of Human Rights and Environmental Protection, Abdul Rehman Hotaki, revealed that 495 Pakistani POWs remained in Afghanistansince end of Talibanrule. Most of the POWs were overcrowded in unhygienic conditions in the Shibarghan jail, and not treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention. He also asserted that some warlords had Pakistani captives in private jails.
Four Afghan government soldiers were wounded in an attack on a government 70 km (44 miles) from
August 7, 2003"
Six Afghan soldiers and a driver for
Mercy Corpswere killed in a gunbattle as they were guarding the government center of Deshu districtin southern Helmand province.
Fifteen miles (24 km) north of
Spin Boldak, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Talibanforces attacked with rockets a government vehicle, killing five Afghan government soldiers and wounding three.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimereleased a report that concluded there were, in Kabul, Afghanistan, at least 24,000 hashishusers, nearly 11,000 opiumusers and 7,000 heroinusers and roughly 7,000 alcoholimbibers. Canadian Forcesbought four French-built unmanned aerial vehicles (called Sperwers) for use in its deployment to Afghanistan. The $33.8-million contract was awarded to Oerlikon-Contraves Corporation, of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
Balkh province, Afghanistan, a rocket hit a parked vehicle belonging to the Halo Trust, a British demining agency, but broke in half on impact and did not explode.
August 8, 2003"
Insurgents fired two rockets at a U.S. base in
Asadabad, in eastern Kunar province, Afghanistan, but there were no reports of casualties or damage.
August 10, 2003"
United Nationssuspended missions in parts of southern Afghanistanafter a series of attacks on NGOs.
Asadabad, Afghanistan, a rocket landed about 400 metres (yards) from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Islamic Development Bankagreed to provide $4.7 million in financial aid to Afghanistanto set up a women's hostelfor Kabul University.
August 11, 2003"
In a ceremony at the recently refurbished
Amani High School, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisationtook charge of the International Security Assistance Forcefrom Germanyand the Netherlands.
Paktika province, Afghanistan, U.S. military planes, called in by U.S. ground troops patrolling the border, opened fire on what were believed to be attackers fleeing towards the border, two Pakistani guards and wounding a third. Asian Cricket Councildevelopment officer Iqbal Sikander, also representing the International Cricket Council, met Afghan to discuss development of cricketin Afghanistan. Leaflets, containing a death threatagainst all Afghans who supported the United States, were distributed near Spin Boldakand Pakistan's southern town of Chaman.
August 12, 2003"
Hamid Karzaivowed to execute Talibanguerillas involved in the murder of pro-Afghan-government clerics.
A report issued by the
United Nationsstated that Afghanistanhad re-emerged as the world's leading source for opiumand heroin. The report estimated that 500,000 people were involved in Afghanistan's trafficking chain and estimated an annual income at $25 billion.
Kunar province, Afghanistan, rebels fired two 107 mm rockets at a U.S. coalition base in Asadabad. There were no casualties.
August 13, 2003"
Hamid Karzaidecreed that officials could no longer hold both military and civil posts. The move stripped Ismail Khanof his post as military commander of western Afghanistan. Lakhdar Brahimi, the head of the U.N.mission in Afghanistan, urged the Security Council to expand peacekeeping forces across the country.
A bomb exploded on a bus in
Helmand province, Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people including eight children.
U.S.-led coalition forces in
Khost province, Afghanistan, killed 16 guerrillas. Five border guards died.
Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, at least 25 people died after fighting broke out between supporters of Amanullah, the former ruler of the remote district of Kajran, and his successor, Abdul Rahman Khan.
Kabul, Afghanistan, two men were killed when a bomb they were making went off, leaving twisted wreckage of two small cars strewn across their walled compound. A man who survived the explosion later told police they were constructing car bombs to attack "the slaves of the United Nations and the foreign invaders."
Talibanwere killed after they attacked Afghan border forces in southeastern Khost province. Two others, who were not Afghans, were arrested.
In a meeting at
Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Afghan National Security Adviser Zalmay Rasul, Pakistani Maj. Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayaniand U.S. Maj. Gen. John Vinesagreed to establish a hotlineto step up communications between the three nations.
August 14, 2003"
Kabul, Afghanistan, two aid workers from the Afghan Red Crescent Societywere killed and three others injured when five armed men on two motorcycles fired on their convoy.
After a rocket was fired near one of its compounds on
August 10, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugeesannounced that it was suspending operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
Afghan Ministry of Healthbegan chemically treating thousands of shallow wells in Kabul.
August 15, 2003"
United Nationsannounced that it and the Afghan government approved a $7.6 million project to register voters for national elections in 2004. A board of six Afghans and five international members was to oversee the registration of an estimated 10.5 million people over 18.
More than 1,600 soldiers Canadian soldiers arrived in
Afghanistanto start their tour of duty at Camp Julien, outside Kabul.
August 16, 2003"
In a ceremony at the governor's residence in
Kandahar, Afghanistan, Gul Agha Sherzaihanded gubernatorial power to Yusuf Pashtun. The change in power occurred in response to President Hamid Karzai's decree of August 13that officials could no longer hold both military and civil posts. Sherzai became a federal minister of urban affairs.
Afghanistan, General Baz Mohammed Ahmadiwas appointed as the new corps commander for Herat. He had previously been commander of the Rushkhar military barracks in southern Kabul.
Barmal, Paktika province, Afghanistan, fifteen militants and seven Afghan government soldiers were killed in a clash.
August 17, 2003"
Over 200 insurgents crossed the border from
Pakistanand overran the police station in Barmal district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, killing eight officers. Afghan security forces killed 15 of the attackers, who later fled the area.
A large group of insurgents set fire to a police station at
Tarway, Paktika province, Afghanistan,. Four officers were captured by the attackers, who retreated to Pakistan.
In the northern town of
Balkh, Jawzjan province, Afghanistan, two Afghan workers for the Save the Children Fundwere injured when armed men opened fire on their vehicle.
August 18, 2003"
Three Afghan government soldiers were killed in an attack
Paktika province, Afghanistan.
Talibaninsurgents ambushed and killed nine policemen near Kharwarin Logar province, Afghanistan.
Wardak province, Afghanistan, 20 armed men stormed a compound belonging to the Mine Dog Center. The attackers beat five employees with rifle butts, fired a rocket-propelled grenade at one of their vehicles and set a mine-clearing ambulance on fire. Police later arrested eight suspects.
Afghanistan, a group of about a dozen Canadian specialists, Led by Col. Mark Hodgson, visited three Kabul-area villages ( Qalae Bakhtiar Khan, Qalae Muslim, Qalae Badur Khan) largely ignored by the hundreds of aid organization.
August 19, 2003"
Armed men in attacked a locally run landmine detection center in central
Afghanistan, beating up Afghan staff and torching an ambulance.
Low-key celebrations took place in
Afghanistanto mark Afghan Independence Day. The holiday commemorates the day in 1919 when the U.K. gave up control of Afghanistan.
Kandahar, Afghanistan, An explosion occurred in the house of Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The government said the explosion was caused accidentally when some weapons were being moved. One man was injured.
Attackers fired three rockets at a coalition base in
Asadabad, Kunar province, Afghanistan. There was no damage.
A bomb exploded near coalition troops on patrol at
Bari Kowt, in Kunar province, Afghanistan.
Nine policemen were killed in
Lowgar province, Afghanistan.
August 20, 2003"
Jalalabad, Afghanistan, the first Afghan National Armyrecruitment center opened.
Afghanistan, a U.S. special operations service member died as a result of injuries received during operations in the vicinity of Orgun, Paktika Province.
A U.S. soldier was slightly wounded by a bomb while on patrol near the U.S. base at
Shkin, Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
At least three Afghan civilians were hurt when a U.S. military helicopter fired on their car, near
Urgun District, Paktika Province.
Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, at least 20 people were killed and 25 others wounded in fighting between rival militias.
Opponents of the Afghan government torched the coed
Abu-Sofyaan Schoolin Musai district, Logar province. The attackers warned the girls studying at the school not to return.
August 21, 2003"
In raids in
Uruzgan province, Afghan security forces captured six Talibanfighters, including two local commanders. Rocket launchers, rifles and grenades were found during the raid.
Over a two-day period in
Kabul, Afghanistan, PakistanForeign Minister Khurshid Kasurimet separately with Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, President Hamid Karzaiand Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim. Among other things, they agreed to increase number of flights between their nations. The Afghan government raised no objection with 640 Pakistani prisoners being released by Afghanistan, but U.S. authorities still had not investigated them for any links to terrorist groups.
U.S. and Afghan forces destroyed three
heroinfactories in Nangarhar province.
August 22, 2003" Pakistanreleased forty-one men who had fought for the Taliban. Authorities had determined the men did not have ties to terrorist groups.
Two Afghan soldiers and four rebel fighters were killed in a clash involving a group of 250 to 300 suspected
Talibanfighters in Uruzgan province. Nine suspected Taliban members were captured along with documents, assault rifles, shoulder-held rocket launchers and ammunition.
August 23, 2003"
Five Afghan government soldiers were killed in an ambush as they traveled through
Zabul province. At least three rebel fighters were killed in the battle that followed.
August 24, 2003" Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimearrived in Afghanistanto inspect the work of his Office.
August 25, 2003"
Doziarea of the Dai Chopan districtin Zabul province, Afghanistan, a joint Afghan-U.S. military operation, which involved F-16s and A-10s, killed over a dozen rebel fighters. The incident was part of Operation Warrior Sweep.
August 26, 2003"
Zabul province, Afghanistan, U.S. bombing raids killed an estimated 20 suspected Talibanfighters. Alexander Mikhailov, deputy head of Russia's drug control committee, stated that heroinfrom Afghanistanwas sweeping through Russia.
A two-day meeting in
Kabulbetween among Afghan, Pakistanand UNHCRauthorities began to discuss the fate of the Afghan refugees. In the meetings it was agreed that four refugee camps near the border would close down, and repatriation of some 50,000 Afghans would take place. Two of the camps were in the Chamanarea of Balochistan and two camps were in Shalmanon the Khyber Pass.
August 27, 2003"
A group of rebel fighters attacked U.S.-led coalition forces near the village of
Shkin, Paktika province, Afghanistan.
Gerhard Schröder's Security Cabinet approved sending a possible 250 troops to the Kunduz provinceof Afghanistanto help maintain order and aid civilian relief organizations. However, the decision required parliamentary approval.
Afghan Foreign Minister
Abdullah Abdullahvisited Kiev, Russia. In a press conference he said that drug trafficking jeopardized the postwar construction of Afghanistan; he urged the international community to increase the resources needed to fight the flow of narcotics.
August 28, 2003"
Zabul province, Afghanistan, U.S. fighter jets and helicopters bombed suspected Talibanhideouts. One U.S. soldier was wounded in related clashes in the Tangi Chinaranarea of Dai Chopan districtthat left up to 40 rebels dead.
British Secret Service Agent Colin Berry is released from captivity after negotiations between the British and Afghan Governments finally meets a head. Berry had been held since 25 February 2003. Throughout this time he had been 'moved' from location to location following questioning by the Afghan Ministry of Interior Secret Police. Berry reported that during his detention he had been routinely tortured or beaten during questioning by his captors. These allegations were confirmed by an British FCO Consulate by way of photographs taken after one such occasion where Berry had been repeatedly whipped with a metal cable. Berry stated that the line of questioning throughout his captivity had been centered on the concerns of his captors and the intelligence agencies knowledge of their activities. Berry was never officially detained and his captivity was always described as routine whilst helping enquiries. General Jellali stated that 'Mr Berry was our guest'. Berry was moved around by night and 'off the radar screen' for 7 months.
Farooq Wardak, director of the Afghan Constitutional Commission, announced that they would postpone adopting a new constitution by two months, delaying the adoption until the end of December 2003.
August 29, 2003"
Three Afghan government soldiers were killed and one Afghan commander,
Haji Wali Shah, was kidnapped by rebels near the Spin Boldak. Four rebels were wounded, but escaped.
U.S.-led forces came under fire in the
Dai Chopan districtof Zabul province, Afghanistan. Eight suspected Talibanfighters were captured and at least twelve were killed. A U.S. special operations soldier died in an accidental fall during a nighttime assault.
An Afghan presidential palace vault was opened for the first time in an estimated 15 years revealing Afghanistan's 2,000 year old
Tillya Tepe Bactriangold treasures. Pakistandetained 26 suspected Talibanmembers in a raid on an Islamic seminary near its border with Afghanistan.
August 30, 2003"
Afghan soldiers swarmed over remote mountain peaks in an ongoing battle with suspected
Talibanholdouts, killing and capturing several enemy fighters.
In a new offensive dubbed
Operation Mountain Viper, U.S. planes launched a second night of bombing in the Dai Chopan areaof Zabul province, Afghanistan. Pakistanannounced that it had set up 23 new check-posts over a 60 kilometer region along the Durand Lineborder with Afghanistan.
grenadewas thrown at the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. No one was injured in the explosion.
U.S.-led troops launched a new offensive against suspected
Talibanforces in Zabul province.
August 31, 2003"
Two U.S. troops were killed and three were wounded in a clash with rebel fighters in
Paktia Province, Afghanistan. Four enemy fighters also were killed in the 90 minute firefight.
Zabul province, Afghanistan, U.S. warplanes and helicopters continued tobomb suspected Talibanhideouts in the mountains of the Dai Chopan region.
A large group of suspected
Talibanfighters raided an Afghan government checkpoint along a highway to Kabul, killing four policemen and taking two captive.
Shajoi regionof Zabul province, Afghanistan, a police checkpoint near a camp for Indian and Afghan highway workers were attacked by armed men on motorcycles. Six of the sleeping guards were killed, several others were kidnapped and two vehicles were incinerated by rockets and gunfire.
Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Afghan soldiers and three supsected Talibanfighters died in a clash.
Kabul, Afghanistan, Commander Qalam of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-i-Islamifaction was arrested in a raid along with four colleagues
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