Chronology: Afghanistan

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See also, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Regional Affairs, Iran, Pakistan 2000

Jan. 17: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed Assistant Secretary General Francesc Vendrell as special envoy to Afghanistan, replacing former envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who had resigned from the position, after accusing Afghanistan's neighbors of lack of support in seeking a political solution to the conflict. [1/18 NYT]

Communications Minister Yar Muhammad announced that after years of being inoperative, Afghanistan's international phone lines had been restored. [1/18 NYT]

Jan. 22: Tehran's Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcast (IRIB) reported that Taliban forces had attacked positions in Sar-Pol province. Over a period of two days, they had killed seven people and injured twelve. [1/24 FBIS]

Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that in clashes between Taliban soldiers and opposition forces in Sang-e-Chorale, in Jozjan province, 13 soldiers on both sides had been killed. [1/24 FBIS]

Jan. 24: Ruling Taliban officials refused the US request to extradite Saudi millionaire Usama bin Ladin to the United States or a third country to be tried for his alleged role in the bombings of US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 7 August 1998. …