Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

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May 1: A suicide bomber killed at least 12 people, including at least five security force members in the Dalan Sang area of the Panjshir Valley. The suicide bomber drove his vehicle up to the gate of a police checkpoint and detonated his charge before security forces could stop him. Because of its position as entryway to the home of the Northern Alliance, the Dalan Sang area had been the site of defensive wars against the Taliban. [NYT, 5/1]

May 14: The Taliban appointed Ibrahim Sadar as their new military coimnander to replace Mullah 'Abdul Qayymn Zakir. Sadar was released from Pakistani custody earlier in 2014. The Taliban sought a new military coimnander after Zakir failed to disrupt the first round of elections in April. [WSJ, 5/14]

May 15: The Independent Election Coimnission released the official results of the 2014 presidential election, with fonner foreign minister 'Abdullah 'Abdullah receiving 45% of the vote and fonner finance minister Ashraf Ghani receiving 31% of the vote. Because no candidate received an absolute majority, the coimnission announced that a runoff election would occur between the two candidates. [NYT, 5/15]

May 21: In a series of attacks across Afghanistan, the Taliban killed at least 22 people as part of their spring offensive. According to the Taliban, the attacks proved that they could disrupt the upcoming runoff election for the president of Afghanistan, which they failed to do in the first round of voting in April. [NYT, 5/21]

May 26: The Taliban freed 23 police officers that they were holding hostage. The Taliban issued a statement saying the release was a gesture of mercy based on Islamic teachings. The Taliban killed eight police officers and captured 27 others the previous week in a raid on district headquarters in Badakhshan Province. [WP, 5/27]

May 31: United States Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Taliban prisoners held by the United States at Guantánamo Bay. …

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