- Timeline of Afghanistan (October 2003)
This is a
timeline of the history of Afghanistanin October 2003. The list is not complete and you are welcome to expand it.
October 1, 2003"
Hamid Karzaispoke as a guest at a Labour party conference in Bournemouth, England.
In the Nish area north of
Kandahar, Afghanistan, ten Afghan National Armysoldiers and two children were killed in their vehicles when they were ambushed by 16 rebels in two vehicles. In the same area, four rebels were when helicopter gunships from the U.S.-led force fired at their vehicle.
October 2, 2003"
Afghan security forces arrested five suspected
al-Qaedaoperatives, four Afghan and one from Pakistan. It was alleged that the suspects came from Pakistan where they were trained at an al-Qaeda camp.
October 3, 2003"
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Armitagevisited Kabuland Kandahar, Afghanistanto discuss the U.S.-led War on Terrorism.
Urgan districtof Paktika province, Afghanistan, rebels ambushed two fuel trucks supplying the U.S.-led coalition and beheaded two people and kidnapping the remaining four.
Dara-e-Noor, north Kandahar, Afghanistan, a pickup truck carrying Afghan National Armysoldiers came under fire from over a dozen rebel fighters. Ten government soldiers and two children were killed.
October 4, 2003"
Bagram Air Basenorth of Kabul, at least six people were killed and seven others injured in a massive explosion caused by people dismantling a cluster bomb.
Jawzjan province, Afghanistan, fighting broke out between two factions and spread to the south and west of Mazari Sharif.
Puli Khumri, Baghlan province, Afghanistan, and improvised explosive devicewas discovered 25 metres from the UNHCRoffice. The device was disabled by the Halo Trust.
October 5, 2003"
Afghan transitional president
Hamid Karzaisuggested publicly that he would seek the presidency in the June 2004 elections.
October 7, 2003" ISAFpeacekeepers and Afghan police arrested Abu Bakr on suspicions of planning terrorist attacks and killing two Canadian soldiers on October 2.
The U.S. envoy to
Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Kabul.
Kabul, Abu Bakrwas arrested for the October 2bombing that killed two Canadian soldiers.
October 8, 2003" Afghan Central Bankgovernor Anwar Ul-Haq Ahadidecreed that all prices in the Afghan marketplace would be specified in Afghanis.
Kabul, the Afghan Defense Ministry, the United Nationsand Japansigned an agreement to demobilize 100,000 factional fighters.
World Bankapproved a $US22 million loan to extend Afghanistan's phone and postal networks.
National Bank of Pakistanbecame the first foreign bankto open in Afghanistansince 1979. Standard Chartered Bankand First Micro Finance Bankhad licenses to open, but had not yet done so.
October 9, 2003"
Afghan Interior Minister
Ali Ahmed Jalaliflew from Kabulto Mazari Sharifto oversee a truce signed between Abdul Rashid Dostumand Atta Mohammad.
October 10, 2003"
About 40 prisoners including members of the
Talibanescaped through a tunnel at the jail in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The escape led to the suspension of the prison superintendent a few days later. It was alleged that the prisoners paid bribes of $80,000. It was not immediately known to where the earth was removed to create the 30 metre tunnel.
October 11, 2003"
The governing council of
Nangarhar province, Afghanistanbanned a Pashtolanguage newspaper(named " Khabrona") published in Peshawar, Pakistanbecause of its pro- Talibanstance.
Hamid Karzaiapproved a $200 million Japanese-led project aimed at disarming and demobilizing militiamen in Kunduz province. The program hoped to get started October 24.
Hamid Karzaiapproved a law barring warlords and members of armed forces from forming political parties. Under the law, judges, prosecutors, armed forces leaders, officers, non-commissioned officers, other military personnel, police officers, and personnel of national security would not be allowed to be members of a political party during their tenure of office.
October 12, 2003"
Zabul province, Afghanistan, eight policemen were killed when around 100 suspected rebel fighters attacked government offices. District offices were torched and four vehicles destroyed.
Chaar Chino districtof Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, rebels ambushed a pick-up truck carrying Afghan National Armytroops, killing all four soldiers in the vehicle.
October 13, 2003"
United Nations Security Councilvoted unanimously to expand the ISAFmission beyond Kabul.
Kabulpolicemen took up positions in Mazari Sharif, Afghanistanto help maintain a trucebetween Abdul Rashid Dostumand Atta Mohammad.
Kabul, several hundred former Afghan military personnel officers held their third demonstration in a month to protest their dismissal. They demanded reinstatement and lost pay.
Chaar Cheno district, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, hundreds of Afghan troops backed by U.S. soldiers and helicopters attacked a suspected Talibanhideout, killing at least four rebels and capturing eight others. One Afghan National Armysoldier was killed and five others were wounded.
Zabul province, Afghanistan, gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying two U.S. citizens, but no injuries were reported.
weddingceremony in Shab Koh, Farah province, Afghanistan, three were killed and four injured because of an armed clash between two government security officers.
October 14, 2003"
Bakwa districtof Farah province, Afghanistan, unknown gunmen wearing uniforms of government security forces opened fire on travelers along a highway, killing seven people and injuring two others. The gunmen robbed the travelers.
October 15, 2003"
Afghan forces and suspected
Talibanforces engaged in fighting in central Afghanistan.
October 16, 2003"
U.S. Commerce Secretary
Don Evansvisited some sites in Kabul. While visiting a girls' school he relayed a message to the schoolgirls from United States President George W. Bushthat "We care about you and we love you." Evans then put his arm around a female teacher at the school, a faux pas in the conservative Muslim state.
Char Cheno district, Uruzgan province, U.S.-led coalition troops completed a two-day battle with suspected Talibanrebels. Two Afghan National Armysoldiers and six rebels died in the fighting.
October 18, 2003"
On a road linking
Khost provincewith Gardez province, a group of 50 Talibanmen whipped drivers without beards, confiscated music cassettes from vehicles and passengers, and distributed pamphlets warning of harsh penalties.
October 19, 2003"
Kabul, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétiensaid that Canadian troops would not be sent beyond Kabul, despite United Nations Security Councilplans to expand peacekeeping operations.
Near the U.S. base at
Deh Rawudin Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, U.S. special forces soldiers in an operation with Afghan National Armysoldiers captured Mullah Janan, a Talibancommander thought responsible for rocket attacks on a base in southern Afghanistan.
October 20, 2003"
United Nationsoffice in Kabul, hundreds of dismissed Afghan military personnel and army officers protested, demanding back jobs and income lost during reforms of the Defense Ministry. The reforms were aimed at making the ministry more ethnically balanced, to encourage opposition factions to lay down their arms to bring peace to the nation. To date, 20,000 of 50,000 scheduled had already been dismissed since the beginning of 2003.
Helmand province, Afghanistan, two Afghan military intelligence agents were killed and three others wounded when their pickup truck hit a landmine.
Kunar province, Afghanistan, a bomb blew up a pickup truck killing four people.
Over forty Afghan children, mostly from
Baghlan province, who were illegally trafficked to Saudi Arabiaover recent years, were repatriated to Kabul. They would reside in an orphanagerun by the Afghan Social Affairs Ministry until their families could be located.
Kabul, the MMRD and the Embassy of Japanhosted an Ogata Initiativeworkshop to define goals for the next phase of the Initiative.
October 21, 2003"
The Afghan government confirmed that former
TalibanForeign Minister Wakil Ahmad Mutawakilhad been released from U.S. custody at Bagram Air Base. Taliban leadership promptly denounced Mutawakil. Pakistani border security force arrested Afghan Commander Nizamuddin and two soldiers who had crossed into Pakistan illegally. Pakistanbegan constructing a 40 kilometer wall along the Afghan border without seeking permission from the government of Hamid Karzai.
October 22, 2003"
In the first three days of a demilitarization program in
Kunduz, Afghanistan, more than 600 Afghan militiamen surrendered their weapons to the government.
Afghan Supreme Courtcalled on the United Kingdomto extradite Zardad Faryadi. Deputy Chief Justice Fazl Ahmad Manawistated that Faryadi should be tried in Afghanistan.
October 23, 2003"
Rebels fired rockets at a pickup truck ferrying passengers to
Haibakin Samangan province, Afghanistan, killing 10 people, including two children.
Kabul, British minister for international trade Mike O'Brien and Afghan Commerce Minister Sayed Mustafa Kazimisigned a trade agreement to strengthen bilateral business ties and to improve the international market for Afghan products.
October 24, 2003" Germany's lower house of Bundestagvoted to send German troops to Kunduz, Afghanistan. The deployment marked the first time that ISAFsoldiers operated outside of Kabul. Talibanmembers distributed pamphlets in Laghman province, Afghanistan, threatened death to Afghan women working for NGOs and to Afghan drivers carrying foreigners and their belongings on highways.
Afghan National Armysoldiers, backed by more than a hundred U.S.-led coalition troops, tanks, and jets, swept through parts of Zabul provincehunting for rebel forces. Sixteen suspected Talibanfighters were captured.
Afghan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programproject was launched in Kunduz, Afghanistan. In the program, demobilized combatants would receive a one-time incentive food package of wheat, pulses, vegetable oil and iodised salt.
October 25, 2003"
Khost province, Afghanistan, two classrooms of a co-edschool were completely destroyed by an explosion.
Gomal districtof Paktika province, Afghanistan, U.S.-led coalition troops killed 18 rebel fighters in a six-hour firefight, calling in A-10 Thunderbolt airplanes and Apache helicopters to help combat the attackers. Two CIAagents, William Carlsonand Christopher Mueller, were killed in a related ambush.
Pakistani and U.S. diplomats and military officials participated in a joint visit to the Afghan-Pakistani border to ascertain where the disputed boundary should lie.
October 26, 2003"
During a visit to
Mazari Sharif, Balkh province, Afghanistan, Afghan interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalaliappointed a new provincial governor, deputy governor, mayor and police chief. The shake-up was an attempt to quell growing ethnic tensions in the area. In one of the more controversial appointments, the former police chief of Kandahar( Mohammed Akram, an ethnic Pashtun) was named the chief in Mazari Sharif.
Afghan citizens, including Afghan Women's Affairs Minister
Habiba Surabiexpressed outrage at Miss Earthcontestant Vida Samadzaifor donning a red bikinion stage in Manila.
October 27, 2003"
In attempts to prevent the movement of foreign terrorists into
Pakistan, the Pakistan army established over 100 check-posts along the border with Afghanistan, and established a system of intelligence, patrols, and inspections in the tribal areas.
Rebels ambushed a U.S. convoy near
Orgun-Ein Paktika province, Afghanistan, injuring three soldiers.
October 28, 2003"
Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Refugeesannounced that the number of people returning to Afghanistanfrom Iranhas just passed 600,000 and the number returning from Pakistanhad just topped 1.9 million.
Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Developmentallocated US$30 million for infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.
October 29, 2003"
Afghan Supreme Courtcondemned Vida Samadzaicompeting as Miss Afghanistanat the Miss Earth beauty pageant, saying such a display of the female body goes against Islamic law and Afghan culture.
The French armed forces chief of staff, General
Henri Bentégeat, arrived in Kabulfor an official two-day visit that would including meeting with the French troops in ISAFand meeting Afghan officials such as Hamid Karzai, former King Zahir Shah, Defence Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahimand the commander of the Afghan National Army, General Bismillah Khan.
Orgunof Paktika province, Afghanistan, four U.S. special forces soldiers suffered minor wounds after their patrol was ambushed. Hasan Onal, a Turkish engineer, and his Afghan driver were kidnapped at gunpoint while traveling in the Shah Joy districtof Zabul province. The driver was freed a day later with the kidnappers' demands, which were the release of 18 Talibanprisoners by November 2. Onal was eventually released safely on November 29.
October 30, 2003"
In a small hamlet near the village of
Aranjin the Waygal districtof Nuristan province, Afghanistan, six people of the same family were killed when a house was bombarded by U.S. warplanes. The house belonged to a former provincial governor, Ghulam Rabbani, who was in Kabulat the time. The raid was aimed at Gulbuddin Hekmatyarand Mullah Faqirullah, both of whom had left the area just hours before. The victims (three children, an adolescent, a young man and an old woman) were all relatives of Mullah Rabbani. New ZealandPrime Minister Helen Clarkarrived in Kabulfor a two-day visit that would include talks with President Hamid Karzaiand encounters with New Zealand forces serving there. At the time New Zealand had around 100 troops serving as part of a humanitarian reconstruction team in Bamyan Province, near the site of the ancient Buddha statues which were destroyed by the former Talibanrulers.
Thirty-five miles west of the
Deh Rawood districtin Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, rebels killed a U.S. special forces soldier and wounded an Afghan soldier.
Zabul province, Afghanistan, rebels kidnapped four Afghan government officials, including the brother of Mullah Mohammad Zafar, commissioner of the Khak Afghan district.
United States House of Representativesvoted 298-121 in favor of $87.5 billion War on Terrorismbill. $1.2 billion of that was earmarked for Afghan reconstruction. $65 million of that was set aside for Afghan women's programs.
Because of attacks on humanitarian workers, the
United Nationstemporarily suspended road missions to four provinces in southern Afghanistan, including Helmand provinceand Oruzgan province. Afghanistanlaunched its first FMradio channel.
October 31, 2003"
Sar-i-Pul province, Afghanistan, fighting broke out between forces of General Abdul Rashid Dostumand Ustad Atta Mohammed, killing at least ten.
Helmand province, Afghanistan, police officers opened fire on military vehicles with tinted windows that had refused to stop for a routine check. In the ensuing exchange of fire, three Afghan National Armysoldiers and two policemen were killed.
Arabs and two Chechens in Khost province, Afghanistan, attempting to kidnapU.S. journalists, were thwarted when the car they stopped on the road between Gardezand Khostcontained only a local driver. The driver was beaten, but not killed, because he spoke Arabic.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's commanders, Abu Bakrand Qalam, were reported to have been arrested recently in Kabulby ISAF. Gulbuddin Hekmatyarand Burhanuddin Rabbaniheld talks in Badakhshan, Afghanistan.
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