- Timeline of Afghanistan (September 2003)
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timeline of the history of Afghanistanin September 2003. The list is not complete and you are welcome to expand it.
September 1, 2003"
Four Afghan policemen were killed, four were wounded and four were missing after a raid on their checkpoint 115 miles northeast of
Kandahar, Zabul province. Indian contractors working for the Louis Berger Groupcame under small-arms fire in nearby a guest house. Two of the company's security guards were shot dead when assailants opened fire on their vehicle. Talibantroops mounted a surprise attack behind U.S. and Afghan army lines, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers and slightly wounding General Sayf Allah. One U.S. soldier died when his parachutefailed to open.
September 2, 2003"
Germanycabinet agreed to extending its peacekeeping mission in Afghanistanbeyond Kabul, if the United Nationsvoted to expand the ISAFmandate there.
Pakistanand Afghanistanofficials announced that Pakistan had agreed to train 800 Afghan policemen in three of Pakistani training centers. Pakistan would also provide stipends to the Afghan police cadets during their training.
Muhammad Agha districtof Logar province, Afghanistan, the coed Moghul Khil Elementary Schoolwas set on fire, destroying two rooms and two tents. Leaflets were scattered that said girls should not be allowed in the classroom, threatening teachers who taught girls. Classes resumed the next day.
Five rockets were fired at the U.S. base in
Gardez, Afghanistan; there was no damage or injuries.
United Statesbarred its diplomats in Kabul, Afghanistanfrom any unofficial travel.
September 3, 2003"
Sar Murghab areaof In Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, a remote-controlled bomb went off killing senior Afghan military commander Mullah Gul Akhundwas killed along with his bodyguard. A third person in their car was seriously wounded.
Nava districtnear Asadabad, Kunar province, Afghan authorities seized 100 anti-tank mines, mortar shells and remote control bombs.
September 4, 2003"
United Nations Commission on Human Rightscriticized Kabulpolice for forcing the evicting 30 families in Shir Purvillage near the up-market Wazir Akbar Khan Districtof central Kabul by bulldozing their homes. Both the United Nationsand the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commissionappealed to authorities to suspend the operation until an alternative could be offered. The families had lived there for 30 years.
September 5, 2003"
Kabul, Afghanistan, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Grahammet with Afghan interim President Hamid Karzaiand Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah. Graham also opened the Canadian Embassy in Kabul (which had been closed since 1979) and signed an agreement lowering duties on textiles, such as Afghan rugs.
Afghan troops patrolling the
Mizan districtof Zabul province, captured five Talibanrebels, including a top Taliban commander, Mulla Abdul Salaam.
September 7, 2003"
Washington, DC, U.S., United States President George W. Bushannounced he would ask the United States Congressfor an additional $87 billion for U.S. efforts in Iraqand Afghanistan. Just $800 million was earmarked for Afghan reconstruction.
Rebels attacked Afghan government troops in
Kighai Gorge, Kandahar province, killing five soldiers dead and wounding five others.
September 8, 2003" United StatesDefense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldvisited Afghanistanand met with President Hamid Karzai.
Hamid Karzaisigned a decree postponing for two months the loya jirgaset to approve the new constitution. Rather than meet in October, it would take place in December.
Five Afghan soldiers in a convoy were killed in an attack by suspected
Talibanrebels in Kandahar province.
United Statessoldiers were injured in exchanges of fire in Paktika provinceand Kunar province, Afghanistan.
Ghazni province, four Afghan citizens were killed and one injured in their pick-up truck when they were stopped by rebels, then tied up and then shot. The citizens were employees of the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees, and were part of a water supply project in the area.
The interim Afghan cabinet approved a law allowing political parties to form.
Pakistansuspended the transportation of Indian cargo through Pakistani territory to Afghanistan, particularly equipment meant for the Afghan National Army.
September 9, 2003"
Over 10,000 Afghan citizens filled
Kabulsports stadiums to honor the anniversary of the 2001 assassinationof Ahmed Shah Massoud. President Hamid Karzaispoke to crowds.
The U.S. Embassy in
Kabul, Afghanistanalerted U.S. citizens to avoid public places. A ban on unofficial travel within the capital was maintained.
September 10, 2003"
A joint meeting between officials of
Pakistan, Afghanistanand the United Stateswas held at the checkpost of Friendship Gatein the border town of Chaman, Afghanistan. It was decided that the neighboring nations would deploy more troops at their border.
September 11, 2003"
Kabul, Afghanistan, a rocket exploded in the International Security Assistance Forcebase, Camp Warehouse, causing some damage but no casualties.
Kabul, Afghanistan, an explosion shook an ISAFbase used by Canadian troops.
International Boxing Associationoffered Afghanistanprovisional affiliation. Boxinghad been banned during the Talibanrule.
September 12, 2003" Miloon Kothari, appointed by the United Nations Commission on Human Rightsto investigate housing rights in Afghanistan, announced that Defence Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahimand Education Minister Yunus Qanooniwere illegally occupying land and should be removed from their posts. However, on September 15, Kothari sent a letter to Lakhdar Brahimi, the head of the U.N.in Afghanistan, saying he had gone too far in naming the ministers.
Afghanistan, two explosions took place near Kabul International Airport, closing the airport for two hours.
September 13, 2003" Iranand Afghanistansigned a memorandum of understanding on customs cooperation. The Head of Iran's Custom Administration Masoud Karbasianand the Head of Afghanistan's Custom Administration Gholam Jilani Pupelsigned the document.
In the Taftan area,
Pakistani border security forces arrested around 100 Afghans who crossed into Pakistan from Iran.
September 14, 2003"
Afghan Commerce Minister
Sayed Mustafa Kazemiannounced the approval of 5,000 investment projects worth $4.5 billion, expecting to employ more than 400,000 people.
Maruf district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, fifteen Talibanrebels were killed by U.S.-led coalition forces, including Mullah Hafiz Abdul Rahim. Taliban leader Abdur Rahmanwas captured and interrogated. Five Afghan National Armytroops were wounded, two of them seriously.
September 15, 2003"
Paktia province, Afghanistan, a group of a dozen Talibanmembers stopped vehicles on the highway and threatened to cut off the noses and ears of men who shave their beards or anyone caught listening to music.
Chamanarea of Afghanistan, an Afghan National Armymajor crossed into Pakistancarrying an AK-47. He was arrested by Pakistani border guards.
September 19, 2003"
Afghanistan, near the Bagram Air Base, at least six people were killed in two blasts at the home of an explosives trader. A boy in was killed by shrapnelwhen a rocket exploded after the main blast. Six to 10 people were injured in the second explosion.
Khost, Afghanistan, while trying to defuse a rocket aimed at the town, an Afghan National Armysoldier was killed and another severely wounded.
Bagram Air Basenorth of Kabul, Afghanistan, six people were killed in an accidental blast at an explosives-filled house.
Nine were killed in an accidental blast at an explosives dealer's house in
Mehtarlam, Laghman province, Afghanistan.
September 20, 2003"
Hamid Karzaiannounced new political appointments to the defence ministry. Eight appointments were given to members of the Pashtunmajority, including the deputy ministerial position to Major General Farooq Wardakwho replaced General Bismullah Khan. Five Tajiks, four Hazaras, two Uzbeks, one Baluchiand one Nuristani were also named to new positions.
September 23, 2003"
United States President
George W. Bushaddressed the United Nations General Assemblyregarding Afghanistan.
Shkinin Paktika province, Afghanistan, eight rockets landed near the U.S. base
Kunar province, Afghanistan, two rockets landed near a U.S. base.
September 24, 2003"
New York, New York, Afghan President Hamid Karzaiaddressed the United Nations General Assembly. He called for a wider international military presence in Afghanistan and an extension of ISAFbeyond Kabul. German Chancellor Gerhard Schrödertold the General Assembly that, in order for Afghanistan’s political reform effort to succeed, it needed sustained international support. Karzai later met privately with United States President George W. Bush.
Ozikhushkarea of Helmand province, Afghanistan, armed men opened fire on the vehicle carrying three Afghan workers for the Voluntary Association for the Rehabilitation of Afghanistan, killing an engineer for a local aid group and wounding his driver.
September 26, 2003"
Gardezin Paktia province, Afghanistan, rebels attacked with a bomb and small arm fire a U.S.-led convoy on an overnight patrol. There were no casualties on either side NATOSecretary General George Robertson announced that Canadawould take over command of ISAFin February, 2004.
Abdul Razzaq Nafees, a member of the 10-strong Taliban shuraformed in June, was killed in a clash with U.S.-led coalition and Afghan in Uruzgan province.
September 27, 2003"
Ottawa, Canada, Afghan President Hamid Karzaimet with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Reports surfaced that Canada would take over ISAFcommand in 2004, but Chrétien said Canada would not send any more troops to Afghanistan until its current 12-month peacekeeping mission was over.
Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, eight men were arrested on suspicion of smuggling boys. Afghan authorities said they had rescued 85 boys who had been abducted. They were being smuggled into Iranand into Pakistan. Children abducted in the region were sold as sex slaves or child laborers. NATOSecretary General George Robertson arrived in Kabul, Afghanistanto visit ISAFpeacekeepers. He also met with Afghan Defense Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahim, Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalaliand United Nationsofficials.
Mir Mundoarea of Helmand province, Afghanistan, rebels killed seven bodyguards of Helmand Governor Sher Mohammed Akhundzada.
In the village of
Shaga, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, arsonists burned down a coedsecondary school.
Rebels fired two rockets at the U.S. base in
Shkin, Paktika province, Afghanistan.
September 28, 2003"
Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Kabulpolice found an 18 pound bomb, a radio filled with explosives and two remote-control detonation devices disguised as mobile phones. Two people arrested.
Rebels fired six rockets at the U.S. base in
Shkin, Paktika province, Afghanistan.
September 29, 2003"
Shkin, Paktika province, Afghanistan, a U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded in a gun battle which also left two rebel fighters dead.
September 30, 2003"
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