Chronology: Afghanistan

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Chronology: Afghanistan

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Oct. 16: For the third straight day, Taliban and opposition United Islamic Force for the Salvation of Afghanistan (UIFSA) forces of General Ahmad Shah Mas`ud clashed in Takhar Province, on the border with Tajikistan. [10/17 NYT]

Oct. 20: The Office of the UN High Commisioner for Refugees reported that due to fighting in the northeast between the Taliban and opposition UIFSA forces, 23,000 Afghanistanis had fled into Pakistan. [10/21 NYT]

Nov. 3: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's special envoy for Afghanistan, Franscesc Vendrell, said in an interview that the Taliban and opposition forces had agreed to begin talks aimed at ending the country's civil war. It marked the first time both sides had signed in writing their commitment to engage in peace talks. [11/4 NYT, FT, WP]

Dec. 18: UN Spokeswoman Marie Okabe said that the United Nations had begun withdrawing its foreign staff from Afghanistan, fearing attacks on them in response to impending UN sanctions on the ruling Taliban. [12/19 NYT, WSJ, WP]

Dec. 19: The UN Security Council, by a vote of 13 in favor and with two abstentions, approved the imposition of sanctions on the Taliban.

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