- Timeline of Afghanistan (November 2003)
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timeline of the history of Afghanistanin November 2003. The list is not complete and you are welcome to expand it.
November 2, 2003"
Beginning a week-long trip, a delegation of fifteen
United Nations Security Councilmembers arrived in Kabulfrom Islamabadon a German military plane equipped with anti-missile gear. The all-male delegation consisted of U.N. ambassadors from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Bulgaria, Mexicoand Spain, of deputy ambassadors from Russiaand Pakistan, and of other diplomats from Angola, Cameroon, Chile, People's Republic of China, Guineaand Syria.
November 3, 2003"
United Nations Security Councildelegation that arrived in Afghanistanon November 2visited Heratbut could not meet with governor Ismail Khanbecause he was out of town.
The Proposed Afghan Constitution was presented to President Hamid Karzai at a ceremony in Kabul. A constitutional
loya jirgawas scheduled to formally adopt the draft in December.
Rockets were fired by rebel forces at the U.S. bases in
Kunar provinceand Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Pakistani soldiers killed two al-Qaidasuspects in a shootout near Zarray Lita, an Afghan border town.
November 5, 2003"
United Nations Security Councildelegation that arrived in Afghanistanon November 2visited Mazari Sharifand met with Tajik warlord Ustad Atta Mohammadand Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum. The Afghan leaders pledged to end their feud.
Kabul, Afghanistan, a bomb exploded near the offices of Oxfamand Save the Children. Pakistanannounced that it would exclude vegetable ghee, cigars, shampoo, RT silk fibre, razor blades, capacitors and video cassettes from the negative listunder the Afghan Transit Trade, but rejected the removal of three electronic items - refrigerators, air conditioners and televisions.
November 6, 2003"
Kabul, Afghanistan, unidentified gunmen murdered Shireen Agha Salangi, a former Afghan Northern Alliancecommander who later switched sides to fight alongside the Taliban.
Indian man was murdered by unknown gunmen in his home in the Taimani districtof Kabul, Afghanistan. The man was an employee of a private Indian firm which was working on an Afghan mobile phone project.
November 7, 2003"
United Nations Security Councildelegation that arrived in Afghanistanon November 2returned to New York.
United States State Departmentadvised U.S. journalists in Afghanistanto take immediate steps to increase their personal security, after sources indicated that Talibanrebels were planning kidnapings.
Zabul province, Afghanistan, rebel forces hijacked two U.N.-funded vehicles, capturing their drivers and communication equipment.
At least eight people were killed when rebels attacked an administrative buildings in
Zabul province, Afghanistan. The Taliban also kidnapped four relatives of the district chief and threatened to kill them unless the governor surrendered the district to them.
Three rockets landed near U.S. troops operating near the
Asadabadbase in Afghanistan. Operation Mountain Resolvebegan in Nuristan provinceand Kunar province, Afghanistan. The objective was to destroy anti-coalition forces.
November 8, 2003"
A group of rebels fired rockets at U.S.-led coalition forces in
Kunar province, Afghanistan. Coalition soldiers responded with small arms and aerial fire.
Talibanmilitia leader holding Hasan Onal, a Turkish engineer, hostage in southwestern Afghanistandemanded the release of 250 Taliban fighters by the Afghan Government. Onal had been abducted October 28.
The Afghan government dispatched a 12-member defence ministry delegation led by deputy chief of army of staff,
Ishaq Noori, to Mazari Sharifwith the two-weeks mission of merging the troops led by Ustad Atta Mohammadand the troops led by General Abdul Rashid Dostum.
November 9, 2003" Miss Afghanistan Vida Samadzaiwon the Miss Earthpageant's first "beauty for a cause" award.
November 10, 2003"
U.S. soldiers killed one rebel in a clash in the
Marzeh districtof Nuristan province, Afghanistan. Two or three rebels also opened fire on other U.S. forces there, then fled the scene when close air support was called in.
In a signed statement sent to local media,
Gulbuddin Hekmatyardismissed the Afghan Transition Governmentas a puppet of the United States. The statement also said that efforts to adopt the Afghan Draft Constitutionwere meaningless.
November 11, 2003"
Five Afghan civilians were injured in a mine blast close to the
Bagram Air Base.
Kandahar, Afghanistan, a car bombblew up outside a United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistancompound, injuring at least one person and damaging nearby buildings.
Asian Development Bankapproved a US$1 million technical assistance grant to carry out a preparatory study of redeveloping a road connecting Heratwith Andkhoy, Turkmenistan. Talibanforces used rockets and machineguns to attack Romanian armored personnel carriers returning to its base in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, killing at least one soldier and injuring at least one.
Kandahar, Afghanistan, a U.N.de-mining vehicle belonging to an international relief agency hit an anti-tank mine, injuring two people.
November 12, 2003"
television station, Aina ("Mirror"), started test broadcasts from Sheberghan, Afghanistan. On air for six hours a night and covering an area of 300 kilometers, the channel planned to broadcast cultural, social, entertainment, political and sports programs in the local Dari, Pashtu, Uzbek and Turkmen languages.
Manogi Districtof Kunar Province, a car was blown up by a remote-controlled bomb, killing at least three Afghans and injuring three.
November 13, 2003"
Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, unidentified men on a motorbike handed Reutersan audio cassette of Talibanleader Mullah Mohammed Omar. On it, Omar admonished commanders who have given up the jihad.
An explosion occurred outside the small U.S.-led coalition camp in
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Later, a rocket fired by unidentified attackers landed near the base.
November 14, 2003"
U.N.employees in Paktia Province, Afghanistanescaped injury after a remote-controlled bomb blew up near a vehicle they were travelling in.
November 15, 2003"
Six civilians died when a U.S. warplane dropped a bomb in the
Barmal Districtof Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
November 16, 2003"
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, two men on a motorcycleopened fire on a UNHCRvehicle, killing Bettina Goislard, a French woman who was a U.N.staff member, and injuring the driver. Local police fired at the motorcycle, injuring one of the two men and arresting both of them. The two men were beaten by an angry mobbefore they were arrested. Talibanofficials claimed responsibility and stated Goislard was killed because she was Christian. Pakistani border security forces arrested 60 Afghans trying to cross over into Pakistan illegally.
November 17, 2003"
United Nationssuspended operations in southern and eastern Afghanistanin response to the killing of one of their employees a day earlier.
November 18, 2003" South Koreatemporarily closed its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistanamid warnings that al Qaedamight launch a suicide bomb attack. Three South Korean diplomats were evacuated to Pakistan. South Korea had a total of 200 troops serving in Afghanistan. Canadadelivered millions of voter registration kits to Afghanistan's electoral commission in Kabul. Nationwide elections were to take place mid-2004.
November 19, 2003"
Two 107-millimetre rockets attached to a
car batterywere discovered by Canadian in a palace nearby Camp Julien, Afghanistan. The rockets were pointed toward Camp Julien, allegedly in anticipation of Canadian Defence Minister John McCallum's visit the following day.
November 20, 2003"
Ghazni, Afghanistan, on the road connecting Kabulwith Kandahar, gunmen kidnapped and later released an Afghan driver working with a U.N.-led de-mining operation, stealing his car, money and documents.
Camp Julien, Afghanistan, Canadian Defence Minister John McCallumspoke with troops before he traveled to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzaiand Defence Minister General Fahim Khan.
Completing a week-long sweep,
Pakistani authorities arrested more than 500 illegal Afghan migrants.
November 21, 2003"
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan defeated Afghanistan11-0 in an Asian zone preliminary World Cup qualifier.
As part of an
amnestylinked to the end of Ramadan, more than 60 suspected Talibanmembers and sympathisers were from a prison in northern Afghanistan.
November 22, 2003"
Armed men forced four or five
U.N.staff and other patrons to hand over cash and valuables at the Shang Hai restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Rockets exploded in a garden outside the
Intercontinental Hotelin Kabul, Afghanistan, but no casualties were reported.
November 23, 2003"
Near the village of
Shukhiin the Kapisa province, a U.S. MH-53 Pave Low helicoptercrashed shortly after leaving Bagram Air Base, killing five U.S. soldiers. Eight soldiers also were wounded. The troops were part of the 16th Special Operations Wingand were participating in Operation Mountain Resolve. It was later determined that the cause of the accident was engine failure.
November 24, 2003"
Kabul, Afghanistan, Turkmenistandefeated Afghanistan 2-0 in an Asian zone preliminary World Cup qualifier.
At least four Afghans were wounded when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators outside the defence ministry in
Kabul, Afghanistan. The protesters were ex-mujahideen fighters who had recently been dismissed by the ministry.
Afghan authorities in
Kabularrested two men carrying explosives.
November 25, 2003" DHLhalted its five-day-per-week delivery services to Afghanistanto carry out a security review. Service resumed November 28.
November 26, 2003"
During maneuvres of
Operation Mountain Resolve, U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistanwere attacked by rebel forces. One Afghan National Armysoldier and two U.S. soldiers were wounded.
Khost, Afghanistan, rebel forces fired on U.S.-led coalition and Afghan soldiers. In the ensuing exchange, one rebel was wounded and several others were captured.
November 27, 2003"
United States Senators
Hillary Rodham Clintonand Jack Reedspent Thanksgivingin Afghanistan.
United Nationschanged the curfew for its workers in Kabul, Afghanistanfrom midnight to 10 PM.
November 28, 2003" NATOagreed to take command of PRTs in five Afghan towns that were currently protected by Operation Enduring Freedom. However, NATO added that the change of command would only take place if military resources were available. Such a move would necessitate 3,000 more troops and bases in Tajikistanor Kyrgyzstan.
White House Office of National Drug Control Policyreleased a report that estimated the area in Afghanistanused to grow poppieshad risen from 4,210 acres (17 km²) in 2001 to 76,900 acres (311 km²) in 2002 and to 152,000 acres (615 km²) in 2003. United Nationsfigures published a month earlier estimating 185,000 acres (749 km²) in 2002 and 200,000 acres (809 km²) in 2003.
November 29, 2003"
Hamid Karzaimet John Abizaid, the head of the U.S. Central Command, in Kabul. Their agenda included the prevention of militants infiltrating from Pakistan. Hassan Onal, Turkish road engineer kidnapped by the Talibanon October 28, was released to tribal elders in Zabul province, Afghanistan. A Taliban spokesman claimed Onal had been freed because the Afghan government had released two militants.
Hamid Karzailaid claims that fugitive Talibanleader Mullah Mohammed Omarhad been seen the previous day offering prayers in Quetta, Pakistan. Pakistan quickly rejected the claim. U.S. Central Commandchief John Abizaidvisited U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyarcommander, Ghulam Sakhee, was killed in Kunar, Afghanistan.
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